THE UNEARTHLY SOUNDS OF STARTECH42
Interview┃ Words by Amy Woodroffe ┃ 12.08.2021
The talented, Berlin-based house and techno artist startech42 makes his through the combination of modern style and old-school ingredients.
He shows off the Berlin-underground vibe in his most popular track ‘Daemmerlicht’, yielding ten thousand streams on Spotify, and gifts fans with a menagerie of tracks available on various music platforms including Soundcloud and Spotify. Receiving praise from DJs and radio stations globally, startech42 is growing his audience rapidly, one dance step at a time.
"We read that you were initially a guitarist. What drew you to house/techno?"
"After moving, I lived in a different place than my old bandmates. I started with some creative toys to produce music on my own and over time I realized that this is exactly my thing. Hence a bit later, about 6 years ago, I started to focus on seriously learning important tools and processes. The love for specifically making electronic music was mainly shaped by two factors: On the one hand Berlin and the surrounding area with its open-air culture and on the other hand also my interest in technology. So of course I love the musical parts of a production process, but I also enjoy rather technical aspects such as mixing. In electronic music the artist is often a composer, technical producer, and performer at the same time, I like that."
"Who, or what inspires your music?"
"That is a very interesting question. What comes to my mind first: Music of various genres, movies, nature, current affairs, and: Coincidence. Particularly the last point can play a significant role, some people call it "happy accidents"."
"What do you think was your most memorable moment so far as an artist?"
"My journey as an electronic artist is still rather young, but I can share the following anecdote: Unlike most stories, the first demo that I have ever submitted was accepted directly. But no worries, this success rate did not immediately persist ;) In any case, that definitely motivated me to keep going and to develop the confidence to share my music, which also includes allowing constructive criticism and feedback. When you start experimenting with making music for yourself the very first results might often not immediately be that much enjoyable. But patience and perseverance pay off a thousandfold when you receive positive feedback from people of whom you are a fan yourself."
"2020 was tough globally, how did you push through the struggle and continue to be creative?"
It hurt and still hurts to see the aftermath of this difficult time in many areas. In this situation, I am personally grateful for being lucky enough to have a job alongside music production. Nevertheless, there were plans that had to be postponed a little and some sources of inspiration have of course also disappeared, at least temporarily. However, I try to look optimistically into the future, even if this is certainly not easy for everyone. It is therefore important that we support one another.