With his latest release 'One Night' out on Love Harder we caught up with Guardate to talk us through the release and more...
OTB: How are things in life for you right now?
Guardate: Awesome! Enjoying life to the fullest. I’m able to make a living from djing and producing and this is just great feeling. Really thankful for all the opportunities I get!
OTB: Where are you based, how long have you been living out there, and what would you say are the best and worst things about living in the city right now?
Guardate: I’m based in Munich/Germany, been living here forever. The quality of life is fantastic, sometimes I think I am on holidays while shopping or hanging around. It’s a big city with a lot of clubs and great DJ bookings, lots of culture, lots of sports. I’d say there’s nothing you can’t do here. The electronic underground scene could be a more versatile and the department of county administration could be more relaxed regarding open air parties :)
OTB: Where would you say has been your favourite place to play so far, and what makes it stand out from the others?
Guardate: The are a lot of nice locations and clubs around here I don’t really want to pick one out but it makes a difference if a club is done right with love or just to gain money. When everybody is having a good time, e.g. Djs, Bartenders, Owners it will be a great night for the party crowd.
OTB: How do things like the atmosphere, venue and sound system influence how you approach a set?
Guardate: Actually a lot! When I play in smaller clubs, I try to connect to the people in some way. They can see everything you do and literally look into your CDJ’s and write down songs. But this is great… I love this closeness/proximity. Sometimes these small clubs have bad sound systems or are regulated with a limiter, this is like the worst thing which can happen to a DJ. When playing in a small venue I like to build up my set with patience and wait for a response from the crowd to develop it more and more. In bigger venues or festival you often don’t have the time to do this because of strict set times but what I love about bigger areas or festivals is, that it makes me feel like I am on holiday and of course the overall hype and vibe of a big crowd is always a good thing!
OTB: How would you say your music has changed with the years?
Guardate: Technically, it got better from day to day and right now I am on a level as a producer, which allows me to transfer every idea to a good professional production. Musically, i’ve been always a fan of classic house/deep house elements and this is what my productions reflect.
OTB: How would you describe the music you make to someone who’s yet to hear it?
Guardate: (Deep) house music with classic house elements to make you sweat and move your feet.
OTB: How long have you been producing? Who influenced you to start?
Guardate: I’ve been producing for 6-7 years now. I was a DJ first so it was a logical step to take to make myself bigger as a DJ, but now i’m enjoying producing as much as DJing!
OTB: How do you stay motivated musically? What’s influencing you a lot these days?
Guardate: Whenever I have a lack of motivation I turn down the studio and go outside to play tennis or take my girl to dinner. You can’t force things here as it is supposed to be a creative process. My biggest influence is DJing itself, I get so many ideas while playing, that i’ve started to write them down and send them as a email to myself as a reminder for the next day. Some people use Whatsapp while djing, i’m writing down ideas :)
OTB: You have a release just about to come out on your own label. How happy were you with the end product and can you describe your thinking behind the tracks?
Guardate: To be accurate, Love Harder is not my label. I’m doing the A&R at Love Harder. The label boss is Alex Mallios. We’ve already produced a few colabs together, which have been released on Nurvous and Love Harder. There will be many more as we cooperate quite good in the studio. Regarding the 'One Night' release it has been quite a long ride, this is unusual for my productions. It started with a remix for my DJ sets and I asked the guys from 'Saxity' to jam on it, but Saxity came up with the vocal idea from Christine. I’ve started to re-arrange and re produce the whole track because I didn’t feel the old version anymore but loved the vocals of Christine. I wanted the bass to really hit the clubs in contrast to the vocals. I’m very content and happy with the result especially the counterpart to the bass is very catchy in my opinion. All sounds are programmed on the Elektron Analog Keys. What a synth!
OTB: What are your hopes for the rest of the summer? Is 2015 a big year for you musically?
Guardate: I think it the biggest so far! One Night is a big tune with great remixes and feedbacks so far. I definitely want to take the next step as a producer and DJ now and get more international attention. I got a few releases coming up on great labels this summer, but a must have is a collab with my studio partner & Love Harder Boss Alex Mallios called 'The Bourbon Street'. It features a great unknown sample and the drums will make you move for sure!
Thanks for the interview, highly appreciated!
'One Night' is out now on Love Harder.