Hey David, where are you based and how did you first get hooked on dance music?
Hey hello, I live in south Germany and also grew up there. My family is very musical and so I had some very early contact with instruments and everything. When I was a teenager is was listening to a lot hiphop and breakbeat stuff. When I turned a little older I went on raves and parties and found my love to the electronic music scene.
What’s the meaning behind your name ‘Modeplex’?
Hahaha… nothing really special. I just wanted something that is international pronounceable and easy to write. That’s it lol!
Who are the people that most inspire you in dance music right now?
Mostly I get my inspiration from people I met or are fascinating me for some reason. But to name a few I would say I am big fan of Jobe, Jerome Isma-Ae, Hidden Empire, Innellea etc.
How would you describe the style of music you’re making and which major labels have you featured on?
I would say I do complex modern dance music/ melodic techno. I try to make touching dance floor music with some tiny influences from other genres. Currently I am releasing on Steyoyoke, Stil Vor Talent and Somatic Rec. They are really so supportive.
What have been some of the biggest highlights from your career to date? This can be tracks? Gigs?
Maybe the day Mr. Marc DePulse discovered me and took me on his label JEAHMON!. The track ‘Pulsar’ was really a door opener for me and had a big impact all over the globe. Suddenly I received feedback from a lot people and international artist.
Talk to us about your latest release that we premiered and who’s been supporting it?
Yeah, ‘Soul In Pieces’ is my latest release on Steyoyoke and the first of a 4 track sampler called ‘Quadrivium’. I have some lovely support by Township Rebellion, Marcus Meinhardt, Stereo Express, Paul Anthonee and so on.
Tell us about your DJ setup when you’re performing. Any plans to perform live?
I guess I am a typical DJ with nothing special on the setup. In my eyes the technical dj performance is so easy like never before. I started with playing vinyls, today I have a usb… So the more important thing is not having the most extraordinary equipment or mixing skills. It is more about how you interact with the crowd! In my eyes it is always like a dialogue between the dj and dancing people. And yes, I would love to perform live but I have to learn it first. Maybe I can get into it next year.
What are your next goals with the labels you want to appear on?
I am actually working on a few collaborations. Can’t say so much for now but it’s gonna be so cool! Now comes the summer season and I am playing a lot, so I might not spend so super much time in the studio. But I am full of ideas and super motivated to make them sound great.