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What has been a real issue on SoundCloud is now an issue on Spotify. I know that all the producers and labels are happy when I showcase their music on my shows. This system is broken and dysfunctional. Music that gets promoted via podcasts and radio shows gets blocked by a flawed copyright monitoring system. It’s not humans that make those individual decisions, it’s algorithms.
Worry not, the podcast and its individual shows is still available on SoundCloud, MIXCLOUD and via RSS feed:
Dear Spotify, if you read this: the entire fucking point of a DJ mix is the DJ playing records of other people. That promotes the record, the artist and the label. This is how underground electronic music works. I can’t believe I have to explain this to the world’s biggest music streaming company. You wanted podcasts, you get podcasts. Now, you kick the podcasts of DJs like me. This is ridiculous.
P.S.: The system is very slow. It took them around 2 months to find out that I promote other people’s music on my podcast, which is the entire point of playing and recording DJ sets and making them available as podcasts.
Then the idea came up in me to collect these questions and answer them myself, an interview with myself, so to speak. I have done something like this before, but only answers, without the associated questions.
Here is the result:
When were you happiest?
When I was 15 years old and met my great love. Every time we met, looking into her face was like the most beautiful sunrise.
I’m Capricorn, very determined when it comes to achieving my goals. I can only give up when something is not important enough to me, otherwise that’s not an option. That’s why we are together today, against all odds, and there were lots of very hard ones.
Life has done a lot of scars to both of us, but when I see her face, the sun is still rising. Every day.
What is your greatest fear?
I’m more afraid of life than of death. This fact itself sometimes scares the people around me who I care about. I myself am hardly afraid of anything, except for the brutality, ruthlessness and lovelessness that people are capable of.
What is your earliest memory?
There are very diffuse, weird images inside of me, of which I don’t know exactly whether they are reality or fantasy.
What is your most treasured possession?
Objects mean nothing to me, but I love my Yamaha HS 8 studio monitors. They make music sound the way it’s been recorded.
Who would you play in the film of your life?
Maybe the young Gérard Depardieu. I once read that he has become an idiot who drinks himself to death, perhaps because he cannot cope with the loss of his son. He said something about his son’s death that touched me deeply: “My little Guillaume was too brilliant and fragile for this world.”
I find this statement very loving.
What is your favorite word?
What do you owe your parents?
Nothing but misery.
What does love feel like?
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A rock star, an architect or an archaeologist.
What is your favourite smell?
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which book changed your life?
“Fate as an Opportunity” by Thorwald Dethlefsen. I was 17, absolutely clueless, and this book gave me a chance to develop a world view, even if it was a rather depressive one.
What is the worst thing anyone’s ever said to you?
“Without my money you won’t get anywhere.” My father said that shortly before his death. That was just one of many injuries, but it was the most disgusting.
What was the best kiss of your life?
Wilma’s first kiss when she was a little puppy. It went straight to the heart, the purest form of love.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
Is it better to give or to receive?
Both. But the order is important: always give first.
Which living person do you most despise, and why?
The orange piece of shit that other pieces of shit put on a throne that makes him the most dangerous piece of shit in the world.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
The year 17 A.C., Jerusalem.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
As great as the temptation is, and believe me, it is very big: nothing. Everything is as it should be. I think one of the most important things to learn in life is acceptance. Precisely because it is also the most difficult.
Where would you most like to be right now?
I have an imaginary place in my head that I’ve been carrying with me all my life. It is a plot of land on a plateau, high above the adjacent sea. In the background – or foreground, depending on the perspective – are beautiful mountains with snow-capped peaks. There is a Roman-style house on the property with an atrium. My retirement home. I would like to get this done before I depart from this life.
Tell a joke.
If a man comes around the corner, the bus is gone. If a bus comes around the corner, the man is gone. If they both come around the corner, the corner is gone.
Tell a secret.
If I tell a secret, it’s no longer one.
Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
Yes. I didn’t want to hurt or was a coward. Or both.
How often do you have sex?
I’m not counting something like that. But it feels just right.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
That I conquered fear.
Which living person do you most admire?
There is not one person I admire the most. I admire every person who manages to do what is right and does not primarily think of himself first.
But I have musical role models. I think the one I admire the most is Mark Knopfler. His ability to write and play music is incredible.
Aside from a property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
Drums. Drummers have the most expensive passion among all musicians. A cymbal stand costs as much as a guitar. Of course, depending on the model, but you get a decent guitar for a decent cymbal stand.
What would your superpower be?
I already have a superpower. I can create music.
What makes you unhappy?
The incredible amount of bad music that is commercially successful.
As a young man, I thought that was important. Today that tends to zero. In this respect, I’m no longer interested in my external imperfections.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Mark Knopfler, Mike Oldfield, Gavin Harrison, Simon Phillips and my parents in one room. The latter should only listen to what the others have to say. Maybe then my parents would finally understand why I have to make music.
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
I almost drowned in the open sea. I was saved unexpectedly at the last moment.
What is your most unappealing habit?
Honestly, I don’t know. Others can certainly say that better.
What is the top of your bucket list?
I really want to find the time and silence to finish my album.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
To everyone who needs an apology from me to deal with injuries I inflicted on him or her.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
The abolition of money. Mankind doesn’t need money. The planet offers all resources humans need. We have a distribution issue called greed.
What keeps you awake at night?
The future that people of my generation will leave behind for the next generation.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
This song has been with me all my life. A lullaby for adults. And since I then go to sleep, that fits very well. It may also comfort the participants at my funeral. I don’t know any other song that creates such warmth and peace in me as this one.
How would you like to be remembered?
It is not important to be remembered, only what you do in life should be. As a person I’m as insignificant as anyone else.
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Immediately after birth, all sorts of things are expected from you. They break your wings as quickly as possible before you even start flying.
Aunt Berta’s wet kisses on your still innocent child’s face only delight Aunt Berta. Uncle Alfred has a secret boner when you reluctantly sit on his lap. You endure it because there is a little pocket money or small gifts at the end of the evening, because that way you have already been conditioned.
A little later, you are expected to be compliant, shut up and consume. Almost everyone wants you to become someone you are not.
All my own experiences? Yes. 100%.
The lesson I have drawn from this is: don’t fulfill expectations, find your way back to yourself as quickly as possible, heal, become a natural being and do meaningful things.
In the next few days/weeks you might experience something unusual when you stream or download my music from the countless stores and streaming services out there. It could happen that my releases appear as double entries, and it’s possible that you recognize missing songs and changed song order of album releases.
That’s all because of the transition between 2 distribution companies. I transfer all my music from one to another, and they do not work in sync. One is faster then the other — with taking down and upping content — which is only one reason why I change partners. I’m quite unhappy with my former distributor, and the new setting is also better for you, as a fan.
That’s it. Nothing that should concern you at all, I just wanted to let you know, just in case something seems odd to you. I’m pretty confident that things are much better for you and me after the transition has been done.
Enjoy my music everywhere as always, everything will be accessible all the time. Thanks for your ongoing support!
After my well-deserved (cough) holiday at the Red Sea in Egypt, I made my promise — mainly to myself — come true and finally said goodbye to Facebook and Instagram.
I do not want to reiterate in this post what possibilities there are to follow me online, which is why I only refer again to this post where everything is described.
The following little story does not serve to remind the reader how well known I am (which I am not really), but to thank those who gave me something back during my holiday at the Red Sea in Egypt they claim I have given them before: hours and hours of good energy.
The question is: is it important to me to be recognized by people in the world? No. Although I’m easy to approach as a normal person, when it comes to being a musician, I’d rather not be recognized unless I’m on a stage or behind a DJ console. Also, I was there with my family and we had a very private time. Nevertheless, I experienced something in my vacation, which I found very heartwarming and of which I would like to tell you.
My family and I were marching from the beach to our room, on a cobblestone walkway, when my partner suddenly realized that someone was following us. A few seconds later, I heard a “DJ Ingo?”. I turned around, looked in the face of a friendly young man and said “Yes?”. It turned out that the entertainment director of the hotel complex had recognized me and wanted to take a selfie with me. That’s what we did. In the following days, my presence had strangely gotten around, and of the 700 hotel guests now approx. 699 of them knew who I was and that I’m around. Oh, and yes, I have been asked to play one night, but I didn’t, of course.
Side note: That’s nothing special. I am disproportionately well-known in Islamic countries compared to all other countries in the world (apart from Mexico and Argentina).
Over time, friendships developed between us and the very reserved “admirers” never spoke much about me and my job as a musician whilst we spent time together. It was a wonderful time, and I’m really thankful for that. This is how we experienced things in Egypt that most tourists are likely to be denied.
Thank you Dima, Jamaica, Craig and all you Ahmeds and Mohameds (sorry guys, you all have the same name).
We went snorkeling a few times in the Red Sea (view a few more photos here). This is most comparable to a huge aquarium or an IMAX 3D theater, incredibly fascinating. And sad at the same time, when you swim and realize in the midst of the ocean that all this is just dying. Unfortunately, with all the beauty underwater, I also had to realize that at least 50% of all corals in the reefs are dead. In addition, I have seen incredible amounts of PET or plastic washed up on the beaches, which we have collected a lot and disposed of in trash cans.
This may have been the last opportunity for me to see such a thing in reality before we humans have finally destroyed it. And I will never forget the pictures in my head. I will dedicate one of my next mixes to something related to this experience.
As I said, on September 18th, it will no longer be on Facebook. I’ll stay with you though, Facebook is not the center of the world.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your 10-year loyalty on Facebook. You are not the reason that I leave Facebook, the company itself or the business model behind it is the reason. I have repeatedly commented on this topic in recent times, and now is the time for this final decision, also because of a fruitful conversation with my long-term friend Jakob aka. Addliss, in which we both made this decision, as a healthy consequence.
Please do not get me wrong, I do not want to devalue anyone who finds Facebook great. This is a personal decision that everyone has to consider and decide for themselves.
I decided to stop broadcasting my shows on radio stations. The time commitments limit me too much in my personal freedom, and the unreliability of the stations annoys me too much.
I will record LIGHTWORKS and TIME OUT sets (and other specials) whenever I feel like it and my time permits. I will then, as always, offer those for free download on Soundcloud.
As a touring DJ, I am not very active, but still accept “good” booking requests. That means you can still book me, but I’m not running after any gig. Honestly, I’m just picking out the sweetest fruits. I’m tired of lying and cheating promoters and bad marketing because someone does not understand this job.
Please do not get me wrong … I’m not one of those who announce big on social media that they’re giving up the DJ job. Once a DJ, always a DJ. And also: never say never. I love DJing and I love to play for an audience that understands and loves what I do.
Mark my words: that will never end, until my last breath.
But I do not feel like having to get upset about people in this business anymore. I am too old for such nonsense, and too young not to enjoy certain things in a different and better way.
The music business has given me a lot and taken a lot. I have never taken the easy route and I have renounced or thrown away money because I am (still) an idealist. But I have not always kept up well with my energies, have had too much patience with assholes and bunglers. Too often people have taken advantage of the benefits associated with me without even considering giving anything back. I have always put too much faith in the wrong people, that’s been one of my life-long weaknesses.
All that has come to an end.
I will stay with you forever as a musician, composer, producer, storyteller, part-time idiot, puppet master, occasional DJ, show host and smartass. Promised.
On Instagram you can have a peek into what adventures are taking place in my life. I still have endless energy, plans and dreams. Nothing (except perhaps death) will keep me from realizing my ideas. No matter what obstacles have stood in my way: I have the partner by my side whom I always wanted to have, I live where I always wanted to live, and in the future I will only do what I really want to do. Nothing and no one will stop me. Well, maybe here and there, for a moment… but in the end I always reach my goals. Because I know who I am and who I’m not, thus I have plenty of substance to believe in myself.
There seems to be a rumour that I retired. Recently I also received messages from fans who asked me directly. I think it’s time to explain, and not just on this subject.
First of all: no. I haven’t retired, yet, nor do I plan so anytime soon. But I have either shut down or minimized certain activities that affect my work in the music industry, on the other hand, I draw my energy to other (and partially new) things.
About my management activities in the music industry
As you may know, I no longer work for FRISKY. I also removed my shows from the station, because I wanted it that way. I was not officially fired. At a certain point, FRISKY simply stopped communicating with me for reasons that to this day are incomprehensible to me, unless I suspected fraud. After all, I was the one who quit after nobody talked to me anymore. I got some sort of explanation (very much too late), but it wasn’t satisfactory at all. Despite the fact that it assumed completely false accusations that looked strongly like made up, for the sake of accusation. I can not spread the whole story publicly, it’s still a legal process that is far from over. I still have demands that I have to enforce in court.
With great pleasure I am Head of A&R for Pro B Tech Music. This job usually takes place in the background, which is why you do not notice much of it. But I am very busy. If you have demos, send them to me. 😉
I direct my energy more and more to the work in the studio. That means I produce, mix, master and compose a lot, both for myself and for clients. That’s great fun. I couldn’t imagine quitting this, ever. I will probably do this until my very last breath. I just love music too much.
I do that. Still. As long as I enjoy it and my time allows it. I don’t know when the time has come when it stops being enough fun to continue, but you will notice.
Quite clear: I’m picking out the really good ones. I’m tired of stupid discussions with promoters that do too much coke and have an incredibly inflated ego or want to fool me. I do not play for free drinks, travel expenses and hotel. BTW, I never did that.
To be honest: I have been involved in the music industry for about 25 years. I have experienced many beautiful things, seen many places and people and experienced unforgettable moments. But also many bitter disappointments. And I – 45 years old – do not feel like it anymore. Really not. I might be a bit stupid, but not that stupid.
And here is the most important thing…
Over the years, I have neglected far too many things. Friends and partnership, for example. Family. A normal life. I haven’t always given the really important people in my life the attention and energy they deserve. Although I always had the best intentions, I have been terrible on many subjects and fucked up opportunities.
At 45, I’m full of regrets that I need to process — believe it or not. Your own mistakes make you either go full retard (pardon the wording) or they make you humble and thoughtful. I want to be a better version of myself and live the life I could have lived earlier if I hadn’t clinged to stupid things and false perceptions. I also want to have more time and energy for private passions and hobbies, and I also want to really listen to the music I love more, not just skip through it, because I need to evaluate it.
I’m at an age where you do not have to get involved with everything or prove anything. I (almost) only do things that I enjoy doing. A few things I did before have only taken but not given back enough, or at all. Fuck this.
In a nutshell, I have no time or energy to waste. This life is short and will be over sooner or later, and I’m the only one responsible for my happiness until that day has come.
However, that’s the short explanation on the state of things. If necessary, I will explain more at some point. Thanks for your attention and for your support! I sincerely hope you understand what this is about, and what not.
I decided to offer all my music for which I own the copyrights* for free, now and in the future. “Free” means all music I have on my own label (L2 Music) can be downloaded for as low as zero (all currencies, smiles preferred) or for whatever amount you think is right, in the best possible quality! There are no hooks, eyelets or hidden conditions. There is just music.
You can either stream my music for free via Spotify or stream and/or download at Bandcamp.
*Digital downloads, not physical products, of course. I have no influence on the price of my music that I have signed with other labels, hence I can not offer this for free. But all of my albums are on my own label, and most of my non-dance-music productions.
Of course, I will still do paid remixes (and receive royalties for those), and sign my music to other labels, mostly dance music productions. But music on my own label (my albums etc.) will be free from now on.
Why am I doing this?
It’s simple, really. There is no point in asking you to pay for the download of music files anymore when you can stream it for free already. Those who like to listen to music in top quality (the audiophiles among you), there are the free or pay-what-you-want downloads at Bandcamp.
Nevertheless, I would like to ask each one of you to support me by becoming my patron:
Thank you, no matter if you’re just a listener or paying subscriber/downloader. You’re all equally valuable to me.
I am a musician. Not trying. Trying to be a musician is watching the first YouTube video on how to hold a guitar. Not what I have done for the past 15 years. That is BEING a musician.
You Sound Like…
I know you’re trying to be nice by putting me in good company, but musicians want to feel original. We don’t want to hear we sound like everyone else. That we’re unoriginal. It’s fine for you to sell your friends on listening to someone new by comparing them to well known artists, but when talking to a musician, the best compliment is “you sound like YOU and it’s awesome.” Unless you’re talking to a pop producer, then yeah, “it sounds like Katy Perry” is probably the best compliment you could give.
You Should Try Out For American Idol
I will slap you.
When Am I Going To Hear You On The Radio?
When your radio plays better shit.
You Should Be On The Voice
Because that’s a career builder. Right Jermaine?
You Must Love Karaoke
No, actually, I hate karaoke because I have to listen to you sing.
Can I Get On The List? Plus 1?
You don’t have $10 to support my music, but you have $50 for the round of shots you just bought everyone?
What’s Your Real Job?
It’s this little field called music. It’s way more real than those TPS reports you put together for the Bobs.
What’s Your Backup Plan
It Will Be Great Exposure
Meaning, it doesn’t pay. No thanks.
I Have A Great Idea For A Song
And I have a great idea on how you can fix my faucet better. But let’s keep these things to ourselves.
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