1 - Can you tell us a Tell us little about your background? Where did you grow up, and where are you based now?
I grew up in Munich, where I still live with my family – and nothing's going to take me away from here either:-) This city is fantastic, the Alps are at your doorstep and Italy's just around the corner. There's nowhere with more things to help you enjoy life than in Munich.
2 - How did you guys get started DJing and making music?
I already used to buy a lot of records with my pocket money when I was 6. Then a technics 1210, and after the next holiday job the mixing console and so on. Of course I played all the school events and at birthday parties. I slid into Munich's blossoming techno scene when I was 16 and I'm still there today. I gained a foothold in it after about 6 months and got my first gigs in clubs like the Pulverturm, Nachtwerk and Parkcafe. 2 years later my first releases came out at Kosmo Records.
3 - What do you think stands out the most about your sound?
My sound is all about energy, party and darkness. Those are the ingredients that make up tomcraft.
4 - When did you first feel that you had finally discovered your own specific sound?
Really early on. In the 80s I liked the dark sound like depeche mode, and that was apparent pretty quickly in my own music.
5 - How do you explain your music to your family members?
Haha. It wasn't easy at first. It took quite a while, but meanwhile they're all on board and like to listen to my stuff – especially my grandma:-)
6 - Do you know what kind of track you want to write before you start, or are you more of a trial-and-error type?
Both. Sometimes you know what you want or you have a sample or melody, and sometimes you just keep experimenting around until something kicks. Both ways a fun. The main thing is that the result rocks!
7 - What’s your studio like?
I have my studio at my place. I work together with eniac, who was already responsible for tracks like loneliness, overdose, etc. We both still like hardware. We love to fiddle with real buttons:-)
8 - Where do you record?
Wherever we're at the turntables;-))
9 - What time of day do you work best?
Since my partner and I have had kids, the work has moved into the daytime. We usually start around 10 and are at it until around 6 pm. When we're finishing productions we allow ourselves at least 1 or 2 night shifts – DJs are at their best and most awake at night.
10 - When you’re not making or playing/making music, what’s your preferred pastime?
11 - Do you DJ, play live, or both? How would you describe your sets?
I'm a DJ. My job is party, and I take that seriously. My sets are always full of energy and power. If I'm enjoying it, then it's working. I move and dance a lot, but I'm generally not aware of it at the time. I'm all the more astonished then when I see the videos afterwards.
12 - A little playlist of your favorite records thesedays?
Tomcraft feat. Sam Obernik – The Noyz
Tomcraft feat. Sister Bliss “Supersonic” - coming soon
Phunk Investigation – From The Dust
Digitalism – falling (Tommy Trash Version)
13 - What was the best party/gig/festival you’ve ever played, and why?
Without doubt the Love Parade in Berlin. I played to 1.3 million people there in 2003; I'll never forget that. The Fuji Rock Festival in Japan was definitely also a major highlight – I had the privilege of making music with the idols of my youth, the Beastie Boys there! R.I.P. MCA
14 - If you weren’t musicians, what would you be doing with your life?
ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA!
15 - Where do you think you will be musically in the next few years?
My style won't change. My passion remains unbroken and I love that. There are loads of club monsters in my future. The tomcraft 20 year anniversary album is coming out this year. You can expect some big surprises on that!
16 - What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Since Facebook and co. there are virtually no secrets anymore:-). The ones I still have will remain that way:-))
17 - A last word…
I hope to see you at one of my next gigs – rock´n´roll!