Dresden’s dynamic David Jach is a producer who works his magic in a multitude of ways. From his energetic productions to electrifying live sets, the man destined for the top has momentum well and truly in his favour. Supported by the elite of the underground and releasing music only on the best labels, it is easy to predict a massive future in music for David.
Following David’s absolutely epic EP released on Lapsus Music earlier this month, we had a great opportunity to grab a few words with David and discuss many topics from the underground scene. It’s always great to get a deep insight into an artist’s workflow, and that is exactly what we have been treated with here!
Hi David, thank you for chatting with us today, it’s great to meet you! Let’s start with that spectacular EP ‘Panic’ on Lapsus with Sven Tasnadi. What was it like working with Sven?
It was the first time that we worked together. I’ve known Sven for years. I met him the first time during a show here in Dresden – since then we started a great connection with sharing music and I also played a lot of his stuff in my sets also he played a track from me. Sven came from Leipzig to Dresden and we produced the tracks in my studio together. We inspired ourselves – and this made this release very special for both of us.
What do you think it is about Lapsus that makes the label stand out and shine?
Lapsus is the label of Supernova. I like their music and style it’s a bit like mine and so it is one of the best labels which also present my style of music. It’s a pleasure to work with Lapsus Music.
Can you walk us through the process of creating the EP from start to finish? How did you and Sven work?
As I mentioned before – Sven and I produced this track in my studio. The first time we spoke about this was – of course – via Facebook. The idea for this release was born. Sven came really fast to Dresden and we produced the first track – followed by two other visits. Each visit – one track. It was really good that we had some breaks in between – so we had enough time to get new ideas for the other tracks. We got our inspiration from oldshool tracks with this typical 808 sound – we listened a lot to them. Sometimes studio sessions are a lot of listening with a little throwback to the late 90’s. This decade is influencing strongly in my sound.
How long did the EP take to create?
We worked around 4 month on this EP.
Can you tell us a little about how it all began for you? At what point did you decide to take up music production?
I started very early – a friend of my family was a DJ and he gave me my first DJ-Mixer when I became 14, I bought then turntables and started to practise a bit. Since this time I started to collect vinyl so my collection is huge with a lot of classics and I still love to play vinyl. An awesome feeling. With producing I started quite late – my first EP was released in 2010 “Trompedar EP” – Richie Hawtin and Marco Carola played this EP, I was really proud about this and decided to start also producing beside DJing.
What do you do when you find yourself hitting blocks and lacking inspiration?
I love the nature – and that’s what I usually do: I take my bike and cruising into the nature, relaxing in the sun. This is calming and helps me to create new ideas and to recover from my DJ performances. I also listen to my old vinyl and get inspired by these great tunes, a lot of inspiration is coming from these old-tracks I like especially the sound of the 80’s.
What would you say to a fledgling producer who has doubts in themselves?
The first thing I would recommend is that young producers should have loads of patience, the need to practice and practice and should create their own style. Important is to keep this style unless what other people telling you. Your style keeps you outstanding.
On the other hand – always listen to friends – close friends – people who are supporting you since the first second. They are always honest and they find nice words in situations which are difficult. Every DJ has these times during his career – so it is really important to believe in yourself!
Do you think we are headed into an age of live performance over a live DJ set?
I play only DJ-Sets and they are still really cool.
What do you think it is that makes DJ-Sets so engaging and interesting?
There are many reasons why DJ-Sets are engaging and interesting. You are able to play music from other DJs and not only your own music – a DJ-Set is more various than a live set – you can mix styles and react to the audience. Also, most of the great tracks are only available on vinyl and not digital.
We all know in the underground realm there are a lot of strange requests on DJ riders. Can you tell us, what is the strangest thing you have seen on a DJ rider?
I heard Paul Kalkbrenner is requesting a Lego-Box: this sounds really funny to me. Ole Biege (from the Monaberry – Gang) was requesting once a pipe wrench, this was strange I did not know what he was doing with that one – maybe fixing toilets at night. But honestly all these requests are sometimes a bit too much I prefer to keep this on a level which is easily feasible for a promoter. Important is the music and a great show and not exotic requests.
Can you describe to us, what would be your ideal venue to perform at?
There is not really an ideal venue it is more about an unusual venue – like playing at the Great Wall of China – a friend played there once this is really special. Also the DC10 club in Ibiza is one of the best venues and I would love to play there.
What do you think the major differences are between club nights and festivals?
The audience at festivals is much bigger due that it is easier to reach new people who are listening for the first time to my sound. Also it is great to play on daytimes – it is a different feeling for example if you are playing during sunrise, a special moment.
Obviously, the underground of Berlin is world renowned as being one of the best. How does the nightlife in Dresden compare?
To compare Berlins nightlife is really difficult – Berlin is outstanding but Dresden has as well a really nice and small sub-culture –this is excellent. People knowing each other and it is a like a family. During the week it is not much going on – but that’s fine to me otherwise I would never recover.
And what about the opportunities for fledgling producers in Dresden? Do you think more could be done for creative people?
Dresden has some famous producers like Jacob Korn or Purple Disco Machine. So there is a good connection here – everybody is knowing each other and there are some places to be for young producers to get connected. I think Dresden is a good base and you always find offers which are supporting your music creativity.
The summer is here and the sun is sizzling, are there any events this summer that you are most looking forward to performing at?
Like last year I will play at the Hurricane Festival so I am looking forward to this show. In August there is an open-air show in Berlin – Rummelsburg together with Andhim and Emanuel Satie and I will also play my first time in Albania this year. Very exciting.
Thanks very much for your time in chatting with us!
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