Influenced by the likes of Depeche Mode, New Order, Ultravox and Kraftwerk, Stuttgart born DJ and producer Celvin X has been going from strength to strength over the past few years, with releases on imprints such as Naked Lunch and Amigos to name a few. We caught up with the multi-talented artist to find out a bit more about his musical journey.
Hey Celvin! What was the song/artist/moment that made you get in to music?
At the end of the 80s, a video of the DMC championship fascinated me enormously, so much that from that moment on, I felt an intense urge to try DJing out myself. At that time, a very young DJ West Bam scratched and mixed like a young God in the competition. Everyone who knows the video certainly knows what I mean. So much talent, fun and heart and soul just captivated me. I had a feeling that DJing was my thing.
We know you love production, but was there a moment that you can pinpoint which made you want to make music?
It was the first videos I seen on the then still young TV station MTV. The dynamics in the different pieces of music and the constantly reinventing artists have inspired me.
When did you discover your passion for DJing and producing?
The interest came at the age of 12, when I first saw a device that was a kind of mixing console with two cassette decks. I really enjoyed playing with it, so I decided to become a DJ and make music at that very moment. Fortunately, only a short time later there was the opportunity to learn DJing through a youth center project, so I took my chances.
What was the first release that blew your socks off?
The first techno title that really moved me came from Laurent Garnier. I heard the title “Wake Up” (1993) in a small club in Lindau at Lake Constance and was immediately fascinated. This title certainly shaped my fondness for dark driving beats.
Was there an artist you admired most when you were younger?
I was so impressed by Depeche Mode’s kind of pop music that this is where the root of my love of electronic music lies. It was the time of musical change and rebellion that began in my early years and still influences me today.
Has there been a show/track which has changed your life and the course of your musical career?
A very small and cool after-hour club in Radolfzell on Lake Constance really brought me to electronic music. Here I played my first techno sets and quickly found a connection to the local techno scene, with which I grew up in the following years.
Finally, what do you think makes your work unique?
Probably there are several factors. On the one hand, it is certainly my personal style of music that has developed and redefined itself over the years. On the other hand, it is the people I meet on my way that make my work unique. I am grateful to have a job that allows me to work with so many wonderful artists and to have an exchange and on the other hand to spend the best hours with the celebrating people and to take them all on a musical journey.
Thanks! Give us one song that we should all check out?
Marco Effe, Luca La Rocca – Parallelism (Original Mix) released on Planet Rhythm. Also, if you’re interested in being a part of my next mix, send your promo to firstname.lastname@example.org