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FUEL – Mr. Fonk [Smile for a While]

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Mr. Fonk not just recorded the latest edition of Ohrenschmaus Podcast, he also answered some questions. As we told him about FUEL and that we wanted to establish a format that is quick to read he immediately was down for it. 3 Questions, 3 Answers and not only about music? Yes, there’s more than music. Especially when it comes to creativity and artistry. It’s important to step back from music and participate in other spaces or simply enjoy other things. Mr. Fonk told us a bit about things he enjoys besides spinning records and managing his label Smile for a While. He told us about his favourite books, yeah he broke the rules and told us about two. He also explains why he had to and it totally makes sense. On top, he also came along with a movie he really likes and a certain track that sticks with him and why he still loves this gem ever since he heard it for the first time. If you already checked out Drei Farben House’s FUEL edition, you might think those two are brothers. It’s more than disco for both, trust me. So here we go.

Favourite books: Mel Cheren – My life and the Paradise Garage & Andrew Holleran – Dancer from the dance

I read those books more or less simultaneously, so that’s why I nominate two. Both have brought me to tears. I had read a ton of books about Disco before, but only those two really made me feel the daily life of clubbers, DJs and other protagonists of the scene. One is a memoir, the other is more or less fictitious. One is post-AIDS, one pre-AIDS. Both suck you in and never let you go until the last page.

Mel Cheren – My life and the Paradise Garage

Andrew Holleran – Dancer from the dance

Favourite Movie: Studio 54

I saw this movie when I was 19 and starting to go clubbing and it played a major role in honing my musical tastes. Back then I felt like being that Shane 54 guy. Coming from the outskirts of Nuremberg, delving into these whole new things: Nightlife and Dance Music. Even though I have enjoyed dance music since around 1989, it was only around 1998 when I could start to go dancing myself. This was a major part of my early soundtrack.

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Favourite Track: Ten City – That’s the way love is (Deep House Mix)

I heard this first around 2000 when I was checking tons of House Music CDs at Nuremberg’s only proper record store at the time: Laser Sound. This track has guided me through the ups and downs of love and life and its omnipotent meaning for me has never changed over time. I always liked Vocals in House Music. Vocals that mean something. This never changed either, not during the Techno heydays, not during minimal House or any other short-lived trend. The essence of House will prevail!

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FUEL – Drei Farben House [Tenderpark Records]

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FUEL is a new category here at Ohrenschmaus Podcast. This quick to read format gives you a short but intense behind the scenes look. It’s full of content you might have been interested in for ages. What really touches a DJ or producer besides music? That’s what we are taking care of here. What really inspires or influences those musicians, label owner and radio hosts? How do they stay creative? What matters to them? What left them speechless or had an ongoing impact and why? Here they will answer what print media had an impact, which piece of music or audio touched them and what full-video touched their soul. For the first one, we start with Drei Farben House. Tenderpark’s label head is around for many years and always displays a great sense for uplifting house and disco music. Also, a musician that names himself after a movie perfectly fits our requirements. With his musical background, it is no surprise that he came up with disco related answers.

Favourite book: Hot Stuff – Disco and the remaking of American Culture

My favourite book is Hot Stuff – Disco and the remaking of American Culture by Alice Echols because the author makes clear how much the 1970s Disco revolution is linked to the gay liberation movement, feminism and the black freedom struggle. She shows that without the intervention of these marginalised groups Disco would not have been possible. At the same time, these countercultural actors lay the ground for everything we nowadays consider underground club culture. It all started back then, folks! This fantastic book has been given to me by my premier Disco friend Vina Yun who not only works in the field of feminist journalism but who is also a great Disco DJ herself and a great friend.

Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture

Most seen movie: The Bodyguard

I’ve seen the kitsch movie The Bodyguard so many times that I’ve lost count of it. I mainly keep watching it because Whitney Houston to me is the greatest vocalist of the last 100 years and I just love to watch and hear her sing in the movie. And of course, the movie soundtrack consists of mainly her power songs. By the way: The soundtrack of The Bodyguard is until today the best selling movie soundtrack of all times! Only Whitney has the power to achieve that!

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Favourite mix: Roy Thode live at Paradise Garage, New York 20th of Octobre 1979

I would like to direct you to this fantastic mix from Disco pioneer Roy Thode who played this marvellous set at the historic Paradise Garage in late 1979 – shortly after the so-called Disco backlash. But as you can hear from his set as well as from the performances of countless other DJs at that time Disco was not dead at all. And so did all the club hosts, dancers, promoters and activists think and kept on dancing.

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Drei Farben House online:

Ohrenschmaus Podcast #001 – Drei Farben House

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Tenderpark on Soundcloud

Tenderpark on Facebook

Ohrenschmaus Podcast #061 – Mr. Fonk

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With number 61 in our small series we warmly welcome Mr. Fonk from Berlin. As many others he also has a Franconian background and shares our love for house. He clearly focuses on warm and sample based house as you can hear in his mix. Additionally he’s an expert when it comes to disco music which explains his love for disco infused house. Besides his musical taste he also is a very active person and manages three labels. Those go by the name of Smile For A While, All That Jelly and Edits For The Common Man. Some little background information we first met in May this year when we played at Paloma Bar in Berlin and only said hi to each other because we were kind of busy with so many friends of us that showed up. Afterwards we got in touch and immediately clicked. Since then we are in constant exchange and we came up with some ideas, one of them was a podcast for us. Few weeks later and here we are showcasing almost 2 hours of fine selected and mixed house that founds on house in all its facettes, colors and grooves. You will find some proper deep house, as well as disco influences and energetic, almost technoid stuff in there. It’s a real treat!

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Stefanos Skifos – Kiss Klub Afterhour 11.11.17

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Stefanos Skifos is one of the Die Rakete residents. His sound is minimalistic, but still energetic and diverse. It ranges from house tunes that really dive deep. More minimalistic and Romanian sounds. All the way to energetic, but still deep and melodic techno. This mix was recorded in November 2017 at the Kiss Klub party at Die Rakete. Kiss Klub is one of the longest running parties in town and also one of the best when it comes to deep and driving house or techno. Stefanos filled those 2 hours and 22 minutes with grooving minimal techno which we really enjoyed listening to. Always energetic, always on point and never too hard or banging. We can perfectly imagine how well this sound has fit into to early morning hours after the main booking. The mix is simply perfect for running sessions, cooking or to listen to at work. Excellent job!

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Ohrenschmaus Podcast #060 – MARKO M

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MARKO M is one of the founder of Ohrenschmaus Podcast. To celebrate the 60th episode he got behind the turntables by himself. In the end he came up with 60 minutes full of house gems and soft techno. All the records came from Edbert’s collection. A long time friend who sadly passed away a few years ago. Finally Marko owns some of his friends‘ records and can carry a part of Alois with him physically. This mix features house classics from The Timwriter, Boo Williams and many more. It ranges from Chicago’s house sound to soft and melodic techno. Please enjoy Marko’s selection and Edbert’s eternal groove. Hugs and kisses, OP.

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Iron Curtis – Live Recording Bassiani / Horoom Tbilisi 4.5.2018

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There is not much left to say about Iron Curtis. The Berlin based and Nuremberg raised dj and producer made quite a name for himself over the years. With releases on labels like Mirau, Morris Audio, Office Recordings, Hudd Traxx, Sudden Drop and many more he displayed his versatile understanding of club sounds. It ranges from sunny house to mid-tempo deep house, chord heavy techno and all the way to very harmonic and melodic arranged gems. All of those influences can be found in his dj sets of course and his last live recording really got us hooked. Old school chord house meets trance elements and raw techno bangers with acid elements. All topped with a sprinkle of cheesy and soulful vocals every now and then. Simply entertaining and uplifting throughout. Please enjoy his mix recorded in May this year at Bassiani in Tbilisi shortly before the raid happened.

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Ohrenschmaus Podcast #059 – Dubatech

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Dubatech is the man behind our 59th mix in our monthly series. Fatih is a steady part of the international dub techno scene. With his „Nonagon“ tune he created a puristic masterpiece. After this release in 2009 on Baum he continued his great work and released several great dub techno tracks. All with a personal note. He really knows how to build deep and driving tracks. They all feature sublime strings and calm pads with that typical dub techno delay and reverb. Perfect for the club, but also for more intimate and calmer moments. His mix strongly bases on those qualities. He simply created a magical trip through some dub techno gems. You just can’t go wrong with Dubatech in our opinion.  Driving and deep dub sound somewhere between house and techno. We hope you enjoy the mix as much as we do. Thanks, Fatih your work is truly appreciated here. One love, Ohrenschmaus Podcast.

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Hello and welcome to episode #059 of our monthly series. This time we welcome dub legend Dubatech to our show. As we are a huge fan of his „Nonagon“ which came out on Baum in 2009 and his following releases, we, of course, had to get in touch with him.

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Ohrenschmaus Podcast #058 – Deper

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For our 58th edition we bring in some hot and positive vibes that are dripping with rawness and rough sample influences. deper. from Hamburg simply contacted us because he really liked our show and if someone sents us a nice mail we also check it out and see if it fits our vision and guess what!? It did. So even though the sun hasn’t been seen this spring and there’s snow all over Nuremberg we still want to bring you some bright sounds. deper., the 24 years old rap lover compiled and mixed a nice selection for our listening pleasures. You can clearly hear his hip hop background and love for artists like Cypress Hill, DJ Premier and more. His love for jazz and funk also reaches out to his taste in house music. Labels like Beste Modus, Robsoul, Rutilance Recordings and many more shape his sound and fit his style clearly as you can hear. If you’re down for some smashing deep house with jazz, funk and hip hop influences deper. should’ve saved your sunday boys & girls. Kisses, OP.

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For our 58th edition we bring in some hot and positive vibes that are dripping with rawness and rough sample influences. deper. from Hamburg simply contacted us because he really liked our show and if someone sents us a nice mail we also check it out and see if it fits our vision and guess what!?

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Ohrenschmaus Podcast #057 – Herb LF

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February brings the heat for better days. The frosty days slowly come to an end and the sun shines through more often as March comes closer. With a small delay we finally present you our 57th mix in the series. This time we convinced Herb LF from Duesseldorf to join the roster and luckily he was so kind to record an exclusive mix for us. There’s so much happening in this 75 minutes that we can’t get into details here. Starting out with a speech from and about the Zulu Nation, things can’t go wrong to be honest. Herb LF might be the first DJ we experienced that really tells a story during his podcast using some awesome soul and disco infused tracks throughout. There are major hip hop and breakbeat influences combined with synth-heavy house and some deep gems. There are bright and loud moments followed by very sensitive and calm parts, it’s just pure elegance. Everything fits perfectly without following a certain sound, tempo or feeling and that might be one of the toughest things to do. Go and ask your DJ friends, they will tell you the same. Have a listen or two, or more. Enjoy the journey and thanks Herb LF your mix is quite outstanding. Love, your OP.

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February brings the heat for better days. The frosty days slowly come to an end and the sun shines through more often as March comes closer. With a small delay we finally present you our 57th mix in the series.

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Ohrenschmaus Podcast #056 – Andreas Koenig

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New year new heat. With podcast #056 we start into the new season with Andreas Koenig. He’s a long time friend, promoter and dj. With his Badebeats and Bergbeats collective he hosts some fabulous open airs in the Nuremberg area. On top of that he plays at Kiss Klub every now and then with his homeboys as well. Besides being a very kind person we really like a lot he also brings some serious heat to the floor with his steady grooving selections. Deeply rooted in the minimal techno and micro house fields he always plays records that simply bounce through and hook you on the grooves with no effort. With his selection for our January podcast he also offers a more melodic and experimental side in the beginning and towards the end. Thanks for your effort, the great mix and your friendship Andi. We really appreciate that, your OP.

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New year new heat. With podcast #056 we start into the new season with Andreas Koenig. He’s a long time friend, promoter and dj. With his Badebeats and Bergbeats collective he hosts some fabulous open airs in the Nuremberg area and plays at Kiss Klub every now and then with his homeboys as well.

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