EXCLUSIVE Interview w/ Christian Hornbostel
One of Sasha & Digweed’s favourite producers, the South-German, artist born in Venetia; Christian Hornbostel has had and continues to maintain an illustrious career remixing some of house music’s finest names in the business, including Satoshi Tomiie, Barbara Tucker, Joi Cardwell and Deep Forest along with releasing his original projects on prestigious labels like Soulfuric, Purple, Milk and Sugar & Nervous.
Along with playing all over the world as a DJ, Christian, also is a producer of the internationally acclaimed Housepacific radio show, which is aired worldwide in almost 40 countries.
1) Firstly, thanks for taking the time out to chat with us. Tell us where you are and how you are ! feeling right now.
I am on the prettiest island in the world, completely shielded from breaking news about global politics, inside jobs, false flags and other crap, from traders and charlatans, negative energy, side effects and other bad influences. A place for creativity, playfulness, balance and expression, where nobody talks loudly on the cell phone in public or shoots selfies in front of the mirror. This place is… my recording studio. :-)
2) Obviously, the topic for today is your new Nervous release ‘Sketches Of Funk’ – tell us in your words a little bit about how it came to be.
It’s a very simple story: in 2013 I had the pleasure of remixing Beautiful Design by Groove Addix and at the beginning of this year, I also remixed Faces by Groove Addix & Stephy Lange. Both productions were released on Nervous and both reached the Traxsource Tech-House Top 10. One month after the release of Faces I got an email from the Nervous guys saying they were looking to release some of my original projects. Who doesn’t love a nice surprise? So… it was for me a big incentive to get straight into the studio and to produce something special for them. Two weeks later ‘Sketches of funk’ came out… freshly baked.
3) Share a few artists that have influenced your current sound?
Among composers and producers the word influence can be a contentious term (lol), there is a fine line between admiration and plagiarism, and no one wants to be seen crossing it. Personally I prefer the word inspiration. It is milder and leaves more scope for safeguarding of your own style. Currently I’m very much inspired by the works and sounds of Vangelis Kostoxenakis, Dixon and Hot Since 82.
4) Which track (of your own) do you love the most and why?
‘Into your mind’ for sure. I released the single in the early 2000s on the German label Mindworx. Just a few weeks later Mindworx licensed the track to Southeast, a London based label run by Nicole Moudaber. ‘Into your mind’ (later also remixed by Moshic) got included in several renowned compilations (e.g. Slinky Intercontinental) which generated a fair deal of buzz around my profile as a producer and deejay. It was a very good time for me – resulting in some great gigs at London’s Gallery and Crash and I made some really great new friends and contacts.
5) You’ve been in the game for years, what keeps you both motivated after all this time? Tell us about the highs and the lows.
I read somewhere a wonderful sentence about motivation: a seed can only become a plant by focusing on the light and pushing against the dirt. If it cannot do this, it cannot become a plant. This is true of the human experience. We are all pushing against something. The greatest tool is never giving up, never losing faith and focusing on that light. Music can really be the light, because music is a universal language, which transcends boundaries and connects people even thousands of miles apart. Music just comes to us like a flash of illumination, coming from a never ending river of feelings. Music is hope, music is peace, music is the answer. But music is also discipline, sacrifice and ascesis, experimentation. Unfortunately in this…“era of the sample libraries” (Lol) many newcomers producers attempt to fulfil these commandments with a quick… ‘copy & paste’ action, without properly interpreting and consequently not perceiving the genuine and authentic emotional impulse of this profession.
6) What track are you most excited to drop during your DJ sets at peak time?
Feathers by Vangelis Kostoxenakis on Kling Klong.
7) Where can your fans catch you in playing over the next few months and what is next for you?
May and June are for me two really intense and cosmopolitan months. My release schedule includes, in chronological order, a remix for French producers The Spectaphiles on Quadriga recordings, a remix for German producer Mick Thammer on Kourai Khyseai, my new single Clouds Arena on Kaleydo, a remix for South-African DJ Thes-Man on Sandisco recordings as well one for Italian producer Paolo Barbato (feat. Jenny Cruz). Furthermore I am glad and excited to announce a forthcoming ‘Marvin & Hornbostel’ project, which will mark the reunion with my former studio partner Mr. Marvin.
As for DJ gigs, I suggest checking out my website at www.christianhornbostel.com to keep completely up to date on my touring schedule.