Regular readers will be no stranger to techno double act GNTN. We’ve been big supporters of their music and those of you that joined us for our fifth birthday party in London would have also caught their mighty DJ set. Well things have been shaping up quite nicely for them and so we thought we would catch up with the boys to see what’s been happening and what the future holds in store…
Thanks for chatting to us guys. It’s fair to say that 2016 has been a pretty big year for you both with a number of record signings and international gigs. As we approach the end of the year can you tell us what your highlights have been?
Jan: Thanks for taking time! One of my highlights definitely has been playing for you guys in London. Has been such a great experience! What else was great, is seeing more and more people reacting really well to our music!
Marcel: I think in general 2016 went pretty good but there are two highlights for me. The first one, like Jan already said, is the party with you guys and second is getting in to the Beatport Top 100 recently.
You’ve recently been confirmed on the line up for Familia at London’s Egg club 11th February. You must be looking forward to that… how did that gig come about?
Yes, we are a bit nervous already haha.
Well, our newest record just came out on FAMILIA, who not only act as a label, but also as a really renowned event series in London. Luckily we were asked to play one of there parties, which made us more then happy!!
You guys seem to have a pretty solid and well rehearsed routine when you DJ together. How long have you guys known each other and when did you decide to form GNTN?
Jan: I think we know us for about 4 years now. When we met back then, we more and more spent our free time together. We started messing around with FL Studio (now we produce with Ableton) and with our first release in 2015 on Hotfingers Records, we started acting as GNTN.
Marcel: Also when we play a set, we don’t need to talk about anything. Actually I know exactly what Jan is planning and the other way. Also it’s quite beneficial that we both believe in each other and that it the reason for our harmony, I think.
It’s fair to say that we are big fans of you here at TTK and we see great things ahead, but can you tell us what other DJs or producers you aspire to and any that have had an influence on the GNTN sound?
Jan: I am really influenced by melodic artists like Julian Wassermann or Stephan Bodzin. I think we take all that influence and try to form something new out of it.
Marcel: On the one hand I’m also in to melodic music like Jan, but on the other hand I like some harder Techno. My personal influencers are ANNA, Skober and Jay Lumen.
How do you go about producing as a duo – are you quick to agree on ideas for new tracks and how do you cope with any differences in your opinions (if any!)?
Jan: We always agree on what the other one thinks actually! We really have the identical idea of how our tracks should sound.
Marcel: I totally agree with Jan! Our process in producing tracks is straightforward and uncomplicated.
We’ve already mentioned one of your gigs for 2017; can you tell us what else the New Year has in store for GNTN? Any releases in the pipe line or other exciting gigs lined up?
Actually quite a lot is planned! We will bring out a free track in January, a new EP in February, working on a new collab EP currently and one other EP will be out around June, together with our mate “The Reactivitz”.
What are your plans for New Years Eve? Will you be behind the decks or on the dance floor? And have you made any New Year’s resolutions?
Jan: Spending NYE in Austria with my girlfriend and parents. My new New Year’s resolution: Playing some sports again!
Marcel: Actually I think I will spend the first part of the evening with my family , my grandma has also birthday. After that I’m going to meet some friends, get drunk and maybe visit a party.
And finally, the question that we ask everybody – if you were a techno kitten for the day, what would you get up to?
Jan: Pissing on Marcel’s couch.
Marcel: I would definitely avoid cucumbers 😮