Kompakt Podcast #001 By Sascha Funke
Today we have a very special mix from the legendary German DJ and Producer Sascha Funke. A kind of techno that sways between the polarity of emotional overload and concrete rationale – hence immediacy, is what Sascha Funke is all about.
As a twelve year-old Sascha listens to a lot of euro-dance-pop.His first purchased record after the fall of the wall was “Technotronic Mega Mix”. A couple of years later he makes his first contact with techno and house thanks to Marusha’s radio show ‘Rave Satellite’. Being a regular listener results in Sascha buying his first techno record ‘The Seawolf’ (Underground Resistance).
As far as generation gaps go, it’s been quite some time since Sascha Funke’s last solo offering on Kompakt, 2001’s ‘Drei Auf Drei’, but the Berlin-based producer made more than up for it with his input on Saschienne, the project he put forth together with partner in crime Julienne Dessagne. The deep, sweeping techno of their debut full-length ‘Unknown’ found its fair share of loyalists, also serving as an ideal primer for Sascha’s latest solo output.
As Saschienne, Sascha has formed a duo extraordinaire with multi-talented instrumentalist, singer and wife Julienne Dessagne, displaying an expressiveness previously unknown to anyone following his solo work. That said, Sascha is no stranger to expressive depths, with his earliest tracks already oscillating between plucked introspection and purposeful anthems. Thanks to Julienne, Sascha rediscovered the joy of the early days in the studio. „She opened a new door I never saw before and behind which I found excitement and freedom, allowing myself to go into different directions I never explored so far.”
Sascha is now back in full force at Kompakt with his upcoming release ‘Zug Um Zug’, due to be dropped on November 10 (order the release here).
He has done mixes for Alexander Kowalski, ADA, Anja Schneider and Kompakt 100.
Launched in 1998 by Wolfgang Voigt, Jurgen Paape and Michael Mayer upon the back of pre-existing labels Profan and Auftrieb, Kompakt soon developed its signature “Cologne Sound” – a mix of minimalism, melody, and melancholy, often with an underlying pop sensibility.
Over the past seven years Kompakt’s inherent love of melody and emotion has seen the label embrace such seemingly disparate styles as ambient, minimal techno, tech-house, shuffle-tech, trance, and pop. The creation of sub-labels such as Kompakt Pop and Kompakt Extra hints at the diverse and ever-growing nature of the label. Thanks to its distribution network, it’s become a key player in the electronic music scene in Europe helping such labels as Traum, Musik Krause, Sender, and Dial.
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