This Is How Purple Disco Machine DJs

It’s been a great year for Purple Disco Machine, with a series of amazing releases and the number one spot on our Top 20 House Artists of 2015 so far. Hailing from Dresden in Germany, the sound of Purple Disco Machine has often been described as ‘deep funk’.

His latest sublime release alongside Boris Dlugosch is ‘L.O.V.E.’, a real slow burning disco diva of a track and is available now on Traxsource via Defected. With regular gigs at the world’s hottest clubs, we asked ‘Purple Disco Machine’ to talk about his personal preferences on DJing, clubs and music.

Are you more a DJ or producer?

I started 15 years ago as a producer and 2 years later as a DJ. I missed out on how lots of my music works on the dancefloor in those years!

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

Feel the crowd.

Who or what inspired you to become a DJ?

When I started DJing I was a big fan of Sven Vath. I am from Dresden in East Germany, so not many of the big US House DJs came over. I travelled a lot to see Sven Vath at festivals and club nights. In my opinion, even today he’s one of the best DJs in the world. Even though I do not make or play the same music as him, it is clear he is an inspiration in his dedication to being a DJ.

When did you know you wanted to DJ?

I bought my first turntables when I was 19 and spent a lot of money on vinyl! I played at a friend’s birthday party and from that day I knew I wanted to became a DJ.

Who to you is ‘The DJs DJ’?

Again, it’s Sven Väth. Not so much what he is playing, but how he plays it. He is very dedicated to the art and craft of being a DJ. I admire that. 

Describe your preferred DJ set-up?

I play with USB and prefer to play with 3 CDJs so I can be more flexible if I want to play acapellas or add some FXs to my set.

Why do you choose this way of playing?

I just find it more flexible using USB and Recordbox. I prepare my sets in the evening at the hotel room and sometimes I download new promos or work on my own edits right up until the last moment. I can then try them out that evening and see what works.

Any special, unique or crazy things on your rider?

Not really. No rubber ducks or cakes or other stupid things! I come to make music or play music; that’s it.

Beverage of choice while playing?

I love a gin and tonic!

Favourite country / club / city to play?

To be honest I love to play in countries like Romania or Serbia, but I’ve also got a lot of fans in France and Spain.

Do you sync? What’s your view on this? Has it levelled the playing field for the better or worse?

I started DJing with vinyl and turntables so I learnt the craft from the beginning. That’s why I never used the sync button and I guess I never will.

h4. Read the crowd or pound it out?

In my opinion it’s always a mix. Of course a DJ should stick to that they love, but every club in every country is different and sometimes you must read the crowd. For me, that’s the difference between a good DJ and a bad one.

Big festivals or intimate clubs?

Usually I prefer small, intimate clubs where you can feel the crowd and the spirit. But during the summer season, I love to play at big festivals too. Both are quite different but the spirit at a big festival, when the sun is shining and everyone is in a good mood, can be awesome as well.

Ever miss the vinyl days?

Sometimes I miss the good old vinyl days, but not for travelling! ha

How do you maintain your music library?

I use Recordbox, which is the most comfortable way for me as I can easily create playlists for every gig. 

WAV or MP3?

MP3 for me. If you bought a good 320 MP3 from a legal store you can´t hear the difference to a WAV in my opinion. 

Any tips for aspiring DJs?

Keep your dream alive and don´t care about set backs. 

Do you do any of the obligatory DJ poses?

Usually I don’t think about it. I love the music I play and I don’t care about DJ poses! ha

Purple Disco Machine artist page and releases on Traxsource.