Survey interview

Survey drops a weighty 12 on Protect Audio (March 4) so we caught up…

Survey: We’re Hardy and SolHo, both born and raised in Berlin and the east of Germany.

For a while now we’ve played together and were involved in organizing parties, even before forming Survey.

DB: Tell me about D&B in Berlin, the scene.

S: The scene here is quite diverse when it comes to music, on the one hand you have the bigger raves with the sound you would expect, on the other hand there’s many parties with deep and forward-thinking music, in clubs like Gretchen, Subland, Rosi’s, Magdalena and //about:blank etc. Many people here do a good job, trying to push things forward. There’s many great producers like Felix K., Es.Tereo, FD, Amaning and so on who are based in Berlin, bringing more attention to the city and to the deeper end of D&B.

DB: So what shifts in D&B have you guys experienced in Berlin? How has it impacted on you?

S: Berlin has a quite interesting history, labels like Hard:edged and parties like Recycle were very influential for us. Naturally, the music has changed, as well as the clubs and the people. What’s cool now is that you don’t necessarily need a huge booking to have a great party and a good vibe, the people are more open towards deep and “wierd” stuff it seems.

Of course we’re influenced by the scene and the vibe here, but we just try to do what we are feeling at the moment.

DB: In general what is influencing you in D&B?

S: There a so many different styles of D&B now, without really defined boundaries. That’s more inviting for people.

It feels like it did in our early days, when there’s was something to explore everyday, that’s really inspiring for us. We are feeling the sound of producers like: Clarity, Overlook, Blocks and Escher, Loxy and Resound, Marukomu, Mono, Jumpat, FD, Tom Small, MTWN, Shiver, Homemade Weapons plus others.

DB: And in the early days of D&B? What made you want to be a part?

S: The late 90’s sound was definitely fascinating, but we can’t really fix that moment. It was more a kind of development growing into it.
We just felt that we had to make music, otherwise something was missing in life.

DB: Taking a cue from the vibe that creeps through in these tracks, what can we hear in your sets?

S: Normally we have a general idea that we try to go with, but it depends on the people what we play in the end. When we play out, we try to catch the crowd as well as giving the set our personal touch. Every gig is different and surprising… for ourselves too.

DB: This is a bit like the question above but does the live experience find its way back into your music, does it affect how you produce?

S: It’s more like that we write a track, and then think: That one will sound dope in the club.

However, we don’t want to think too much about what the reaction to a tune might be, although, also a very deep track should be enjoyable in the club. When we wrote ‘Grid Sheet’ for example, we definitely wanted to make a track that’s more heavy and works on the dancefloor, but is still kind of experimental.

DB: Last one, name a tune from each of you – of any genre – that is in your head right now.

S: Madlib ‘Stepping Into Tomorrow’
H: Headless Horsemen ‘Sleepy Hollow’

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