Wankelmut is a Berlin based artist who really rose to fame with his classic “One Day” remix of Asap Avidan & The Mojos back in 2011. Now with a recent track Grow My Love featuring the talented German singer EZEE, we caught up with him to discuss his rise to fame, and what goals he still has to achieve…
Hey Wankelmut! How is everything currently with you? What have you been up to recently?
I am in a very good mood. Spending a good amount in the studio working on new music and remixes for 2022. My one year old son keeps me also quite busy on a positive note.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your musical journey so far. What made you want to be involved in the industry, and what are some of the key moments/gigs/festivals that gave you the passion to be a DJ?
I started my journey into club land around 12 years ago on the dancefloor of clubs like Bar25, Berghain, Watergate and various others Berlin iconic clubs. The vibe was different to today which means much more in a freestyle experimental lifestyle. With that mindset I started DJing at a very small East Berlin underground club with zwo 1210s and a mixer to be followed by a very basic software production setup. After doing the „One Day“ Remix in 2011 things changed drastically and my worldwide trip kicked in.
Obviously where you live Berlin is associated with techno. Would you say living there influences your current house sound at all though or do you take your influences from elsewhere?
Since I grew up in a different time with electronic music having a different impact on your lifestyle, I would say yes the influence is there. But overall Berlin is more hardhitting and slightly a bit more techno than the current Wankelmut sound. But good quality music is of course still there – hello @ CINTHIE.
What artists did you look up to when growing up, who inspired you the most?
Acid Pauli, DJ Koze, Dirty Doering, Paul Kalkbrenner and DJ’s like Nico Stojan or Oliver Koletzki which I really enjoyed when they played.
What’s one piece of advice you can give to other aspiring producers?
Seriousness over hype.
What’s on thing you can’t live without on the road when touring?
Digital Gadgets to watch Films etc.
Outside of producing & music, what else do you enjoy and how do you spend your time?
To spend time with my wife and our son. I always enjoy a good night out at classic bars in the Kreuzberg area in Berlin too.
Do you have any goals for the next few years of your career? Where do you see yourself ending up in the future?
At the end of the day my main goal is to enjoy what I do. I am pretty sure that I will continue to do music for the next years especially since the demand is pretty high at the moment from labels asking for tracks and remixes.