From a Spandau-Basement experiment to a now well established force in contemporary techno: The rise of the smoked out musicians that go by the name of FJAAK has been nothing short of spectacular so far.
Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to talk with us! We know you have extremely busy days.. Thank you for such a fun session. How are you doing ? What’s happening with you two?
Yessss it was more than fun 🙂 !
And we are doing more than great! that summer was awesome so far – full of fjaaking unforgettable moments and good times with the best peoples – what else is to say 😀 !
Can’t wait for the winter to waste all of it’s time in the studio haha!
Recently you did first time closing in Berghain, How do you feel after such an entertainment ? Do you remember what you felt before last track you played there ? Any life changing thoughts ?
Playing the closing Slot at Berghain for the first time was very special and of course unforgettable for us. Not mainly as musicians, mainly as friends. As we were Born and grown up in Berlin a lot of good friends and also family were coming and we got kind of a real familiar feeling inside It – especially when you so much time together. From time to time you start to be more and more connected with everybody in This moment… we played at aquasella the same day early in the morning and had a blast!!…so it was the 6th show in a row that weekend and we played for 11h until almost midday – one of our craziest and most awesome nights ever!!! It was real magic to just see again how much energy music can release if when it’s in it’s right place
What’s your creative process when you make music? How do you know it’s finished ? And it will move and keep energy at the dance floor ?
It’s always different and there are no rules for our creative process at all. Sometimes you create nice stuff just with jamming with stuff like drummachines, synthesizer, effect – racks or just a new plugin. And the most important for us is recording all the time so you don’t miss your nice ideas. Changing your ways or machines, adding new programs… talking to people – listening to music in clubs, vinyl stores or just at home always give you a lot of impressions!
Have you been always into techno music ? What was your main influence in your music journey?
We like a lot of different kind of music. Also we do still different kind of music also house music, hip hop and jazz. As we are children’s of the 90s HipHop and Techno were our biggest influences. But not only music influences your music. All our friends were doing all different kinds of art that always inspired
Can you give us one of your favourite memories from a show and after 😉 ?
One of the most special rave we were ever was in an old Preusen forbidden underground station. It was an illegal rave on nye in the middle of Berlin with 7 floors and around 5k people. Cause it was so dusty all our records were fucked afterwards.
Could you tell us more about Spandau20 project ? What are your upcoming plans with it ?
Spandau20 is our new berlin based label. All artist on this label are really good friends from us how started doing music with us like 15years ago. Our favourite DJ‘s and producers we know!
Imagine this : it’s 2020, ecosystem of the planet is dead, there is evacuation spaceship for the other planet. If you could take just one suitcase with you, what would be inside?
A laptop and as much weed as would fit inside haha! And some dank genetics … y‘all never know …not sure they got weed on the other planet hahaha DJ‘s and producers we know!
Did everything always went well?? Do you remember your worst gig?
Yes, we will never forget it haha! We were booked for a live show and had a DJ gig next days, so we even brought records… when we arrived they had a light-Mixer and nothing else…. we ended up playing with usb sticks we packed full of music from our laptops… back then we only played vinyl and even didn’t really know how the cdj proper works so…. hahahahaha… at the end the usb sticks fjaaked around hard and we got some emergency loops n shit … ahahahaha
What do you absolutely love about your audience ?
We love that they don’t like plastic, smoke a lot of weed, share the passion for fat kicks, cosy grooves and big blunts. But seriously mostly it’s that nerdy thing… we Love analog gear and this passion behind it and thats what we Love to share….often it’s the stage technicians.. just talk about those compressors seems to make us happy for ever LOL
Lets nerd this shit onnnnnnn!
Models : FJAAK
Photos by KEYI STUDIO / EYESDICE & BERLIN BUNNY