Ian Pooley - 'How I DJ'

Hailing from Mainz, near Frankfurt, Germany, Ian Pooley, alongside other German artists such as Mousse T and partner in crime, DJ Tonka, has been swapping the traditional hard trance/techno sounds typical of some German clubs for the funky and sublime sounds imported from America, to great affects. Pooley has been bridging the gap between techno and house, creating superb tracks such as the massive ‘Celtic Cross’ and ‘Chord Memory’, as well as recording more housier and disco orientated workouts for labels such as John Acquaviva’s Definitive Records, Effective Records and N.R.K Sound Division. Refusing to pigeonhole his sound, Pooley records have graced the record boxes of DJs as diverse as Dave Clarke, Justin Robertson, Dave Angel, Judge Jules and Terry Farley.

With Ian Pooley’s latest eclectic offering on Innervisions entitled Floris out now now on Traxsource – we jumped at the chance to launch a brand new feature with the man himself to showcase a bit about his personal preferences when he plays. This is how Ian Pooley DJ’s.

Are you more of a DJ or Producer — or one in the same?

I see myself 50% DJ and 50% Producer.

Describe what makes a good DJ in three or four words.

Most of the work is done in the head, being able to play spontaneous, love for the music.

Who or what inspired you to become a DJ?

I started to DJ when I was really young (13 years old). I was fascinated by DJ mixes by e.g. DMC, Derrick May or Coldcut.

When did you know you wanted to DJ?

There was no conscious decision, I just grew up with it. This was always a part of my life.

Who to you is/was “The Dj’s DJ”.

DJ Harvey.

Describe your main and preferred DJ set-up.

2 Decks, 2 CDJ 2000s, Rotary Mixer (Rane or DJR 400).

Do you use a lap-top? If so, what platform/program?


Why do you choose this way of playing?

I like a good mix of vinyl, CDs and USB.

Any special, unique, crazy things on your rider?

No, I’m easy.

Beverage of choice while playing?

Water and beer.

Favorite country/club/city to play? (feel free to name one of each)

Berlin (Berghain, Stattbad Wedding or Watergate).

Do you Sync, What’s your view on this? Has it leveled the playing field for the better or worse?

No I don’t. I have no idea, all the DJs i admire don’t sync.

Any DJ Controllers?


Favorite or “go-to” EFXs while playing?

Roland RE 201 Space Echo.

Read the crowd or just pound it out?

Read the crowd!

Big festivals or intimate clubs? Why?

Intimate clubs, because I can play what I really want to play.

Ever miss the CDs or Vinyl days?

See above (still using both).

How do you maintain your music library?

I usually go back a couple of months. If I haven’t played a track yet or just once I delete it. I’m definitely not a hoarder :)

Wavs OR MP3 — WHY? Is their a difference?

WAV, for sure there is. Sounds way better!

Any Tips for aspiring Young DJs?

Don’t use the sync button :)

How do you combat the “Everyone is a DJ” mentality?

I have no idea. It’s probably best just to wait for the day when it’s not cool anymore to be a DJ.

Ian Pooley latest project “Floris EP” out on Traxsource.

Ian Pooley’s artist page & releases on Traxsource.

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