Lovely Leila of FlyByNight did an interview with me. Here is the original Portuguese interview. This is the (not 100% proper but from heart) translated version:
Interview with Ingo Vogelmann
“When I make music I feel like fish in the water.” DJ and producer, Ingo Vogelmann was born to create and play music and that is what he loves to do every day. In his sets it’s obvious your taste and preference for house progressivo, tech house and ambient, yet does not relate much to genre. According to him, good music is good music and he plays what fits. He loves all kinds of music, as long as it comes from the heart, so if you can travel and walk between the styles without fear. He’s know for his epic sets and was born in Germany, is a master when it comes to how the music flows and work with people. He is currently a resident DJ and head of the most famous internet radio, the firskyRadio in Europe. Established himself as onde of the most influential figures in the fielf progressive eletronic music over the past years. We talk to Ingo to know of his plans for 2010. See:
How was your first contact with music?
Oh, I started playing and making music at the age of seven when I played the drums! I started DJing around the age of 20. I’ve been at a friend’s place, he was a DJ already and he had a lot of records. I asked him if I could try to spin some records and it worked very well immediately. This was how I got the DJ virus.
You spend more time in the studio or on tour? Prefer production or DJing?
Sometimes when I have an album or EP in the pipeline I tend to avoid too many bookings to have enough time for the studio. Usually I spend weekdays in the studio and weekends in the clubs to play music for the people. I love both sides of my job, the nights in the clubs and the daytimes in the studio. Of course, bathing in emotions when I play live is a special and priceless experience always.
How are your shows? What technologies do you use?
Each show is very different wich depends on the venue and the people to name a few. My live setup is pretty simple. I play with my laptop, mixing software and a bit of external hardware, and I’m happy that the days are over when I had to carry a 30 kilos case full of vinyls with me. The mixing software also alolows me to kind of remix live and on-the-fly whilst my gigs. I love playing with effects but always take care not to destroy the original idea of the respective producer of a tune.
When you are producing, do you have a secret?
Well, I have some production secrets but when I tell you now they’re no secrets anymore, hahaha! What I can say is that you can only learn the technical side of producing, the creative part is pure talent, which is something given with birth. I always try to keep a tune interesting by using own sound design and few preset sounds. A very proper mastering is important to me, too. Nowadays a produecer doesn’t need much gear, you can do it with a laptop and a couple of good speakers.
Talk about your work on friskyRadio. How are your radio shows?
I’m a resident DJ and show host on friskyRadio since 2005. Recently someone called me a friskyDinosaur, hehe. Besides my 8 hour Progressive House show LIGHTWORKS and my Ambient/Chillout show TIME OUT I do everything I can to showcase new talents, getting also the best DJ’s in the world together and getting the friskyVibes out into the world. I’m proud and grateful that both my shows gained a lot of fans worldwide and frisky gave me the opportunity to do what I love the most.
What does music mean to you and how much space it occupies in your life?
Music is like everything to me. It only gives and never takes. The business side of it is a bitch but music itself is something like unconditional love. It doesn’t occupy any space of my life, it is my life.
How do you see electronic music in Brazil?
I know that dance music is traditionally very popular in Brazil and whole South America. I mean, where does Samba, Rumba and Bossanova come from? This is quite similar to electronic dance music, both genres excite masses and bring a lot of joy into people’s lifes. This is what it’s all about. I see a huge potential for electronic music in Brazil, and I can’t wait to play for you guys!
What are your latest works and what the most successful in your career?
My latest work is the TELESCOPIA EP on friskyRecords, has seen the light of the world at the end of December 2009. Success is very relative. For me a record is successful when it touched the people out there. So I can say almost every release was a great success for me personally because it always moved the hearts of people.
Who is Ingo? Where will he be in 2010?
I’m a hopeless optimistic visionary who dreams of a world of free culture and music for everyone. For 2010 I hope to play more in South America since I really love the people there who are so passionated about my music and electronic dance music in general. I’m also in the midst of production work for my next album and hope to release it as soon as possible. And — of course — I hope to play in Brazil very soon!