I often get asked something like
Ingo, can you teach me producing?
Can you show me how to DJ right?
Can you show me how to mix like you?
And then I ask myself: What do this people really want? Do they want to give people music or is it their ego they want to polish? Do they want to become popular?
Exactly 6 years ago a good friend said to me “it will take 6 to 8 years until you have become someone remarkable”.
I always have the same answer for the people who keep asking me about my “secrets”: No. If there were a recipe or manual how to become a popular musician I guess I would have done it myself. And it wouldn’t work, it would have been a mistake. Nobody can walk the same way someone else did already, everyone has to go his own way, a way that’s just for him. Sasha, Digweed, Seaman, Warren, van Dyk, whoever there is at the top of the Dance Music Olymp … they’re all very individual — well — individuals. Each of them has his very own way of doing things or avoiding doing them.
And then, am I popular? Well, I guess I’m known. Known for very unpopular anti-mainstream productions and for quite popular live gigs and radio DJ sets. Plus, for very unpopular attitude and opinions. Especially the last mentioned isn’t very good for a musician who wants to make a “career”. God knows how much I hate this word.
If I were about to give any advice it would be simply nothing. The best advisor always doesn’t advise. He lets you have the experience I went through.