The ninth edition of our little Beatcast series comes from Mario Vogelsteller aka beingboring, the man behind Corpid, the netlabel that brought us early records by Drei Farben House, Bobby Baby and Sascha Dive. He has also released electronic music himself under the moniker Peloton, and if you’re into mashups, chances are high that you’ve heard one of the tracks he made as Bumtschak. As beingboring is not a regular DJ, we consider this mix a special treat, which takes its listeners on a ride from its dark and brooding beginnings to synthpop heaven, dipping a bit into house and techno along the way. The mix being boring? Certainly not!
André Lodemann – Vehemence
Lawrence – Don’t forget
Map.Ache – Tel Aviv
Taron-Trekka – Radio Fligg
Ethyl & Huxley – Ten.1
&ME – F.I.R.
Ribn – Mined
Chaton – +91 Ahead Session 1
Redshape – Misc Usage
DJ Hell – The Angst (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
Grace Jones – William’s Blood (Aeroplane Rejected Remix)
Three questions with beingboring
Tell us a bit about yourself. Do you mix regularly or just for fun?
I’m not a DJ, but from time to time I like to express my feelings in form of a mix. I don’t like live mixing, though, cause contrary to most techno and house lovers I’m not a vinyl fetishist. Techno and electronic music in general has always been about the future (TECHNOlogy!) and it’s almost the year 2010, so I don’t understand why people still prefere a data medium which is far too big, bulky – and expensive. I love to download the music from the internet, carry it with me on my iPhone and arrange it in iTunes. I’m even fascinated by browsing through the cover artwork on the screen! My first mixes were made in ACID, but I’m using Ableton Live now. Both programmes allow me a lot more freedom and creativity than a pair of Technics.
How would you descsribe your musical influences?
I never liked handmade music and was fascinated by electronic music since my childhood: As I child I loved the typical electronic pop music, especially Pet Shop Boys (hence my alias) and all those Stock/Aitken/Waterman stuff (Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, etc.). Although it’s not techno, it was electronically produced music with sounds I had never heard before and without the typical Rock’n'Roll attitude. Then I heard “Pump up the volume” by M.A.R.R.S. which absolutely blew me away. From that moment on I was into Techno. I grew up in a very small village, so the only source to hear that kind of music was MTV’s Party Zone (they played a lot of early UK rave music like The Prodigy, Altern or radio shows like Steve Mason Experience on BFBS, HR3 Club night with DJs like Sven Väth, or “Raum & Zeit” with Klaus Fiehe on Einslive, who played a lot of Drum & Bass. So I spend my Saturday nights in front of the radio and recording all those shows on tape instead of going out and meet friends. Until today I prefer listening to music at home or in the car. I still live far away from any big city and I’ve only been to two clubs in my whole life (one of them being the old Ostgut in Berlin), but I listening to every kind of electronic music every minute when I’m at home.
What is your mix about?
When I create a new mix I usually have two kinds of ambitions: On the one hand I want to take the listener on a musical journey, and on the other hand I want to surprise him with new sounds. So you normally find a cheesy pop tune in my underground mixes, or a very experimental tune in a mainstream mix. I also get bored pretty quickly, so normally after 3 or 4 tracks every mix goes into a completely different direction than actually planned. But mostly when a mix is finished the whole musical journey must come to a coherent conclusion, otherwise I wouldn’t release the mix. Nevertheless this mix is a little bit different from my previous mixes: This time I wanted to play a harder, stomping set, which I managed to do in the second half of the mix quite well. But after a few very minimal and kicking tunes I got bored again, that’s why I ended the mix with some pretty camp tunes by DJ Hell and Grace Jones.