Mr Fonk is a true DJ and very enthusiastic about it. You not only experience it through his well-selected mixes and gigs. Also talking to him and his love for certain tracks, eras and labels clearly transports his love. Living in Franconia as a kid, he made some of his first steps in the area around Nuremberg when it comes to clubbing. After living in Frankfurt and now Berlin for a time he experienced many different club cultures. All of them, but more so the people made an impact on him and his label S4AW. Smile for a while is not just a name it’s a mindset. What he wants to do with his label as well as his beliefs are just some of the topics we went through during our conversation. Keep reading
Frank Music celebrates its 25th release. Johannes Albert’s music imprint utilizes the summer break to release a nice mini sampler so to say. Plus 1 focuses on collaborative works. For this release, Johannes Albert produced some fine house with artists like Mr. Fonk and D.Y.A. The main track Turbo Basmati once again delivers one of the best track titles to date and also got remixed by his good friend and house stable Iron Curtis. The common theme of the release is fluffy and uplifting house with lots of pianos to match the summer vibes. It’s not just hot outside, it’s also hot music that can be found on release number 25 from the Franconian label. Keep reading
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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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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!
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.
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.
For our 48th edition we stumbled across Barbara Boeing from Curitiba, Brasil. The 31 year old regularly plays as a resident at Alter Disco and Discoteca Odara. We really like her style when it comes to music. She treats everything equally, Brazilian music, disco, house, techno or anything in-between. She really has a passion for many different styles. You usual can’t know what she’s playing due to her versatility. But one thing is for certain, she never lets you down. Ohrenschmaus Podcast #048 is no exception. Quality disco tracks bring the sunshine and are combined with sample-based house and some minor techno. A very unique mixture, but all those different tracks end up in a very powerful mix. We really hope you guys and girls enjoy her contribution as much as we do, your Ohrenschmaus Podcast!
Ohrenschmaus Podcast #048 comes straight from Brazil. Curitiba to be more exact. Barbara Boeing took care of the selection and mix this time and delivers a perfect mixture of house, disco and techno. Lovely sunshine music for the great weather in Nuremberg right now, but also very energetic and dark in certain passages.
Three and a half years after Drei Farben House’s third LP „Choice Item“, he is back with his fourth long-playing record „Fluency Fabrics“. It’s the 20th release for his very own Tenderpark imprint and therefore a very nice anniversary. Seven tracks made it onto the record in the end and all of them are spiced with lots of vocal, funk, disco and soul samples. Drei Farben House again delivered what he is known for already. House and deep house with a certain warmth, on point grooves and samples that are a tribute to the originals they were taken from. Of course the whole album is not coming up with serious changes, but that’s not the vision Micha is following. Once again he plays around with sounds that are quite familiar and he already used, but for this album he enmeshes them differently. He flips the old samples and comes up with something new that is still true to his sound. The same approach can be seen on the artwork. „Choice Item“ and „Fluency Fabrics“ both depict architecture in a natural environment, so the aesthetical idea remained the same. So both albums connect on many levels and still „Fluency Fabrics“ is recognizably the next step, with more details soundwise and an even clearer visual message, created by Till Sperle.
With our 44th edition we warmly welcome Albert Imhof. The Nuremberg regular, who recently moved to Leipzig and since than commutes between those cities, crafted a cozy mix for us. Warm house beats meet soft soul chips, energetic disco and uplifting funk. Perfect timing with the weather changing from dark and cold to bright and warm. If you’re from or around Nuremberg you definitely know Albert from several parties like You Can Win, Jack It! and many others. He almost played every club in the city because of his diverse taste in music. House, techno, soul, disco, funk just to name a few genres he really likes. Besides his musical taste and background Albert simply is a nice guy which company is very enjoyable, so if you have the chance go and see him play and when you do so grab a beer and a exchange some words with him, you won’t regret it.
After a busy February we are back with Ohrenschmaus Podcast edition #038. After the superb live recording from Johannes Albert we are happy to welcome Adieu Klaus with kisses, hugs and lots of love. Adieu Klaus gained our attention with his very own It Works Podcast series. After quite a few podcast we listened to and really enjoyed we asked ourselves who runs this nice project, the rest is history. Serving a wide range of contemporary house music Mr. Klaus recorded a nicely done podcast that depicts every single style of his musical ideas. from dub to house to techno to disco and everything in between. Thank you very much man, this podcast has it all. one love, op!
after a busy february we are back with ohrenschmaus podcast edition #038. after the superb live recording from johannes albert we are happy to welcome adieu klaus with kisses, hugs and lots of love. adieu klaus gained our attention with his very own it works podcast series.
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