Interview: Schlenker mit Turnbeutel // Schulausflug zum Ententeich

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Even though we don’t know much about this mysterious guy who calls himself “Schlenker” - we are loving his sense for music. In his mixtape, “Schulausflug zum Ententeich,” (engl. school excursion to the duck pond) he fascinated us with such a good choice of danceable tracks. This newcomer is worth hyping, and we are very curious about what’s to come next. I am very, very excited that Schlenker told us so much about himself in our 7questions and 7answers interview, which you can read below. Listen to this flawless and rousing mixtape we attached at the end and I promise – for all who like smooth e.d.m. – it’ll be on repeat for sure! (Btw, he published the whole tracklist for “Schulausflug zum Ententeich” on Soundcloud.)

What passion drives your music?

Music has always been important in my life. But who wouldn’t say that (he is smiling). I grew up in Berlin and my first substantial insight into the electronic music was at the Tresor Club when Jeff Mills played. Even though I don’t mix this kind of music now, he has been a great inspiration. Afterwards I got to know that he is a visionary of techno music. For me it is about mixing together well selected tracks. I want people to listen to more stuff than the everyday radio.

What type of music are you following personally?

For the main part I listen to the same music that I put into my mixes. Mostly it is music that makes you euphoric, that drives you upbeat. Also there are the slower tracks which I mostly put at the beginning or the end of my mixes. These tracks make you escape this world. Moreover there are times when I listen to thought-provoking music. That’s more the darkdub garrage stuff that we get from the UK. For instance you have the intro track Room 09 in my ‘Schulausflug zum Ententeich’ mix, even though it is a russian artist who produced this masterpiece.

What do you want the audience to listen for the most in your music?

I want to reach people who really care about what they listen to. They shouldn’t just follow a trend. When people listen to my mixes I want to capture them in this world of music. In order to get their full attention I often try the compromise between a wide variety of melodies, instruments and vocals but at the same time the tracks have to fit together for good transitions which people will keep in mind. I love trumpets, pianos, saxophones, melancholic and euphoric melodies as well as beat driven basslines and drops into slower tracks. Maybe you remember one significant drop from ‘Schulausflug zum Ententeich’. On the other hand I like to play a lot of tracks with vocals. They have to be lush, whispery or pitched down. Maybe you will remember that in my next mix, which is with less vocals but with two significant whispery vocals which get mixed together in a nice transition.

If you think about one track that reminds you of your childhood, what would it be?

Haha, do you know Westbam’s Beatbox Rocker? I was around the age of 13 I guess, when a friend of my older brother listened to this stuff. After that I recorded the whole B Side of a tape just with this track. „I’m a beatbox rocker and you dancing to my beat … and you dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing ….“. Again and again. (Laughing)

If you describe your music with one word, what would it be?

‘Schlenkful’ I guess (he is smiling) Perhaps you have to know what Schlenker means in german. I googled it and it says ‘meander’ in english. I hope it is the right translation!

What is the inspiration that drives you when writing?

As a student it is more an escape from reality. There are days when I listen to a lot of new stuff that I want to put into a new mix instantly. Then again you have to wait to release a new mix because at the end of the day it shouldn’t be mass consumption. I want the last mix to be kept in memory before I release a new one.

Can you tell us one experience about your music career which was extraordinary for you?

By now there isn’t much of a career I could speak about. I can just say what I already told via my Facebook Account: Soundcloud, the platform where I release my mixes, has a great community of people. If they like what you do, you will get great support. There evolves a strong dynamic when people share, follow and favorite. I have to thank these great people for that.

Thanks for this Mixtape Schlenker and for this short interview! ♥

Please—do yourself a solid—check out his soundcloud/ facebook and listen to his other tracks!

►► Repeat Pls. ℒove// Y

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Yasemin

wlr-founder // 27, London

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