Having been active for a DJ for over a decade, you only recently started releasing your own productions and remixes. Which role does making music play in your life?
Making music has been always something I did in my own four walls since my teenage years, a great way to spend time and forget the world around me. With the development of my work as a DJ or my label I actually started ot share some of my work and made a couple of remixes, but the music I do is just for myself, my own therapy so to speak. Now with the career and making a living of this, making music as it has become part to keep my gigs going and exactly that kind of pressure just blocks me unfortunately. Also since fatherhood I haven’t had much of the chance lately to produce but I hope to get back on track very soon!
You primarily take care of your label 777 Recordings. Apart from a few successful solo EPs by Orson Wells and Futers amongst others you focus on compilations. Why’s that?
I have this thing with numbers. Basically, every seventh release is a compilation and every tenth release will be a remix EP. In between, there are artist EPs or split EPs with two artists. I like to work with a certain structure and compilations allow me to showcase a broader spectrum of sound, bring artists together and also release single tracks i come across. The next remix EP (External Affairs/777_20) for example will feature XDB, rRyoxymore, Christopher Rau and Luz1e. The next compilation will be a 3×12” extravaganza, as it is catalogue number 777_21 (21 = 7+7+7+)!
777 records are easily recognisable thanks to their graffiti-inspired artworks by Core which are being produced as lavish silk-screened covers. Where does the interest in this specific aesthetics stem from – and why make all that effort?
It came very naturally to print the covers and I just had this idea of using graffiti as I am a lover of the arts. My friend Core just does amazing work and understands the non-serious aesthetics I want, so it became this „red line“ after release number two to keep it black and white with different writing styles along each release. Printing with silk-screen by myself is a way to add even more feeling to the music, it all gives a more personal touch and just looks really good!
Aside from that, you also run Wrong Hands, a small vinyl-only distribution service. How did it come about that you started Wrong Hands?
I self-distributed my label since the beginning and over time I had my infrastructure and accumulated contacts. At some point friends who wanted to start a label or even friends who were unhappy with their distributors came to me asking if I could help out, so it just happened that I suddenly ran a distribution of my own. It is no science really, but it is a pretty hard job to sell records these days, as the market is completely over-saturated and digital is strong as ever. Let’s see where it goes…
At the end of December last year, the event series Tanzmichmal – initiated by you and a few others – celebrated its ten year anniversary with a final party. Why did you discontinue the project?
Tanzmichmal were the first parties i threw with some friends and over time I took over all responsibilities, but having started many other projects over the years it has just gotten to the point to let go… A ten year anniversary celebration was a great way to do so.
What was the idea behind your contribution to our Groove podcast?
I haven’t done one in a while so in the end I recorded something that takes more darker turns at a tough time in my life, making it valuable to me and personal to share instead of a normal clubmix or conceptual storytelling.
Last but not least: Where can we see you behind the decks in the next weeks and what are your plans as a producer and label owner?
You can catch me in Berlin on May 11th at Tresor where I have my residency. Before that I am at villaWuller in Trier on April 30th and on May 4th I have the privilige to play at Trippy in Seoul, South-Korea. As I mentioned I don’t get much time to work on new music as I have a family now but my plans for now will stay the same: release music through 777 – lots to come! -, distribute this and that and play here and there.
Stream: Ron Wilson – Groove Podcast 205
01. Mazewski – Shallow Orkiestra (Brutaz)
02. Andria – Shandumer (Kamagara Tool by Odopt) (Upcoming 777)
03. The Cyclist – Inhale Exhale (Bruce Remix) (Hypercolour)
04. Buzz Kill – When the Smoke clears (Dionysian Mysteries)
05. Lectromagnetique & Igors Vorobjovs – Qubit (Blind Allies)
06. Thanos Hana – Metro Malle (Tar Hallow)
07. Kuno – Uppercut (Upcoming 777)
08. Semita Serpens – To react without Fear (New York Haunted)
09. The Pulse Project – Soon to be (Patron)
10. Citizen Kane – Under the Skin (Medical Records)
11. Cobert – Twisted Metal (3n0 Records)
12. Shadowax – A&B (Buttechno Remix) (Rassvet Records)
13. Future DZ – Worst Drum Solo Ever (Tram Planet Records)
14. Glyn – Untitled (Upcoming 777)
15. Dialectic Sines – Deuterium (Tram Planet Records)
16. Philipp Otterbach – The Weak Song (Knekelhuis)