Ibiza Voice Podcast 528 :: Robert Dietzwww.unlock.fm/9uc
Robert Dietz is one of those DJs who's adept at surfing between the waves. He came to the fore in the late 2000s on the back of what become known in the UK as Frankfurt House with releases on key imprints, Cecille and Deep Vibes. Since then he's contributed music to a variety of crews; Luciano's Cadenza, Steve Lawler's Viva Music, Nic Fanciulli's Saved Records, Loco Dice's Desolat and most notably Gerd Janson's Running Back. Like fine wine and all good DJs, he has matured with age and delivers a mix of expertly sourced and crafted house and electro to complete Episode 528.
Ibiza Voice: What's new with you?
Robert Dietz: I've been spending quite some time in the studio over the last 12 months and the discography is growing gradually. Recently I released two EPs that I'm very happy with, on my own label Truth Be Told and Misfit Melodies, the sub label of Gerd Janson's Running Back and I've got two more to come till the end of the year. Other than that I'm about to fly to New York and Montreal right now to play shows at Schimanski and Stereo.
How did you record the mix?
The mix was recorded live in my studio using two turntables and CDJs. There's some pretty old shit on it and unreleased upcoming stuff from friends and myself.
Where do you get your music from?
I find most of the music I’m currently playing in record shops in Berlin, like Audio Inn, The Ghost, Gosu in Frankfurt or on Discogs. After years of checking promos and online shops I really got tired of it and its format. You start to realise again that its much more fun going out there and looking for music in the environment of a shop full of records carefully pre-selected by people with a certain taste or just digging through piles of second hand vinyls.
Tell us about your record collection?
I started collecting records as a kid already by the age of eight or nine years. Friends of the family gave me my first ones and since then the collection grew up to the detriment of my finances. I collect pretty much everything I like and feel, no matter if it's electronic music, ambient, hip hop or 80s synth pop.
Tell us about the scene that you came up in?
We started going out to electronic music in the late 90s when we got tired of the aggressive vibes on the hip hop parties back then. Techno was on my radar since I was 14 and I collected the music since then but the urge to check out the club scene came later. Frankfurt was and still is the biggest influence. Clubs like Robert Johnson, the old Monza or the early days of u60311 and Dorian grey were the spots that shaped my taste.
My first residency was also in Frankfurt in a pretty dodgy small after hour club called Vinyl Bar where all the people working in the night life came to party after their shifts. It was a coluorful mixture of ravers, hookers and pimps.
If you could consult your 16 year old self with words of wisdom gained from your career so far, what would you tell him?
Stay true to your school, be patient and most importantly, don't believe the hype.
The social media stage is almost as important in 2017 as the party stage.. are you happy about this or would you prefer to get on with making and playing music?
To be honest, it sucks. Basically I suck at it. People have to remind me more and more to post something to update my followers every now and then. But the older I get the more I get fed up with the social media game. I admire people with no internet connection.
What's the biggest lesson about people that your life as a DJ has taught you?
When it comes to the dancefloor and its magic, we are all equal, which is the most beautiful part of our culture.More about Robert Dietz online