INTERVIEW WITH WIGBERT
Wigbert had early contact to electronic music by his older brother. So he started DJing at the age of thirteen. When he was fifteen years old he took part in an DJ contest and covered the third place. At this time he mainly played Tech-House and Progressive-Trance. During his personal development Wigbert collected many impressions and it lasted some time till he found his own style. On this way he was musically influenced by many famous artists like Sven Väth, Anthony Rother, Carl Cox, Depeche Mode or Kraftwerk.
Hello Wigbert, thanks for talking to Viva la Electronica. Now it’s December: how do you reflect back on 2014? What lessons do you take into the new year and did you have a very special moment you still remember?
Thanks for inviting me.
Reflecting back in December 2014: I can say this year was one of the most successful years in my music career. A lot of attention and a few very important releases made this year very unique. On top I moved into my first own external studio, which is in a famous studio complex here in Offenbach. So, not only one dream came true in this year!
Yes, one special moment was early this year. As Ali (Dubfire) got in touch with me and wanted to sign an EP – the „This and That EP“. That was an honouring and incredible moment for me.
What does 2015 hold for you and your musical pursuits? Are there any big plans or is it business as usual?
Currently, I’m preparing my new live set. For this, I’m working on special content and on a personal workflow in live performing. It takes a lot of time but I know – I’ll have a lot of fun on stage when it’s ready!
Also, some new stuff is coming in 2015.
I signed an EP on a New York based label called “Inmotion Music”. This label is run by Kareem Cali and the tracks released raw techno style.
Then my second EP on SCI+TEC is already signed and will be released around the end of the year. I’m very excited about the next year!
Since when have you been involved in electronic music and when was the point of breakthrough which let you become professional?
Through my older brother I got into electronic music when I was 14 years old. That was in 2002. He started with deejaying and I was very impressed. I also wanted to start learning beatmatching etc. After a short time I was addicted and I had a lot of fun to play around. So, at this time it was clear that it’ll be my future!
The breakthrough in going the professional way came many years later. I would say two years after I moved to Offenbach. This was in 2010. I changed something in my life, reorganised the whole workflow in music production and finally I started my musical project “Wigbert”.
Do you have a residency Club you play regular?
I’ll start a new residency from January 2015, for a new event series called „LOST“. This will be hosted in “MTW” in Offenbach. The club is situated in the same building as the famous Robert Jonson. The guys who run the event series have a really cool concept and visions where they want to be in a few years. It sounds super to me and I was very pleased after I received the invitation for a residency. They also have many experience in events, especially in Frankfurt! I’m really excited for this new adventure
What’s your favourite producing tool and do you also use hardware for your productions?
Yes, I’m working on a hybrid system: Hardware and Software – Analog and Digital.
Hard to choose one tool because I love my entire gear. It’s a sort of a special relationship to them [laugh].
These are some favourite bits: Moog Voyager, Modular System, Analog Rytm and my old Tape Delay from the 60s which I found on a flea market this year, for a good price.
You release on famous labels like SCI+TEC how is your releationship to the lable owner´s? Is your releationship rather based on a business level or do you also have personal contact to the other artists?
The great thing with labels like SCI+TEC is that it`s not always and all based on business. I have contact to some of the artists via facebook and skype. And I also met Ali (Dubfire) and Carlo Lio a few times in personal. It’s always a great pleasure to meet all of them.
It’s completely another thing to get connected to the label and the artists in real life – not only via mails. I think this keeps the label and music alive!
How would you describe your sound?
It’s actually Techno! Ha ha.
For me it’s hard to describe my own sound. I love several styles and these influence my music productions. I’m not a fan of saying: I only make this style. I’m trying to keep my eyes open and to bring my ideas and visions in one direction.
At the moment I would say Techno with Minimal elements and House grooves! That’s the style I fell in love with.
Do current, contemporary sounds and styles influence you in the studio? Or would you describe it as a timeless working environment?
I don’t try to follow any trends or want to produce my music like the current top tracks on beatport. A lot of music around me certainly influence my productions, but I try to produce my music how I like and feel in this moment. I listen to my own music a lot of times; even after month or years later and if I still love it I know it’s on a good way to become timeless.
How do you spend your time between your gigs when you Travel?
I try to meet friends when I know they are at the same place. Or a bit sight seeing, but not so much [laugh]. Mostly I want to take a rest and recharge some energy in a hotel or I take a dinner before I get to the venue.
Do you have a particular gig in the winter season you are looking forward to?
At the moment I’m in my creative phase of my new live set and looking forward to the new residency at “LOST”.
What’s your favourite tune from the last months you constantly play in your DJ sets?
Where do you think music is going in terms of artists not making money of tracks because of the digital age? What is the next big thing for music in your opinion
Nowadays, in this digital age, it’s really hard to get attention with your music. Everybody has the access to buy the right tools with little money. It’s also easier to sound more professional with a computer than ten years ago, the time when I started to learn in music production. For example, you need only a few things: a computer, Ableton Live, a good plugin synth or a sample library and maybe a midi controller. You can do amazing music with these few things. That’s why you can’t count the output of releases per day. Too much (the same) music and everybody would love to be famous.
For me it’s hard to say what’s the next big thing in music. More and more are going back to the roots and working again with analogue stuff. I think it’s a returning trend. Many manufacturers noticed this and developed modern analogue gear. That’s cool and a big thing for me. Especially the creativity of the artists and finally the quality of music which will be released. Be creative is the statement here!
Another big thing in my opinion is the huge amount of fans in electronic music. The scene grows up more and more and new events, parties or locations will arise in the next several years. I’m very excited!
You also run your label called Soño Vivo. What was your motive to start an own imprint?
Well, my motivation to start an own label was simple. I wanted to have an own platform for me and other artists. I can decide all by myself. Soño Vivo means: let your dreams come alive. And this was my incentive to start my own imprint and to share my music with the world!
Hero of your childhood was: my brother
My first record I bought: Ricardo Villalobos – Alcachofa LP – Plastikman – Disconnect (these both records were the first own vinyls I bought at the same time)
What did you want to be when you grew up a football star What’s your vice?
What’s your vice: I’m impatient