MOBILEE is a label that continues to push the boundaries and the latest volume in their Back to Back compilation series does just that. The 9th volume comprises two 30-minute sessions with 18 tracks from the Mobilee back catalogue deconstructed, rebuilt & mixed by label talent RE.YOU and there’s also a ‘Best Of’ mix, showcasing the imprint’s 2014 releases. It certainly makes for excellent listening – especially if you are Mobilee fan girls like us.
Re.You has been touring Europe with some of the Mobilee crew to showcase the latest Back to Back release. He’s finishing things up in London this Friday 28.03 @ The Egg, bringing along Ninetoes, Sebo K, And.Id, Igor Vicente, Miss Jools.
We caught up with Re.You to chat about the compilation and the current Back to Back European tour…
You’re going to be travelling over Europe in the next few weeks to promote the forthcoming mobilee Back to Back Vol 9 compilation you’ve curated. We wish we could tag along as the line ups that are in store look pretty exciting, especially as support comes the Mobilee crew – Anja Schneider, Sebo K, Rodriguez Jr and Lee Van Dowski to name a few. Have you played with all of these guys before? Is there any city or club in particular that you’re extra excited to play?
Of course I play quite often alongside these guys. We’re doing at least one or two mobilee showcases every month with different artists. Sometimes we all play together which means a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to all the shows but of course the gig at Watergate Club will be special as it’s my hometown and all of my friends can join for this tour stop. For the last stop at the Egg I invited Ninetoes as special guest, so this one will be a highlight as well.
The tour ends in London at The Egg. We’re pretty honoured that you’re closing things off on our home turf – it’s going to go off with a bang that’s for sure! Is London a city you enjoy playing? How do you think it compares to the scene in Berlin or Paris?
London is really great. I like the creativity and the energy of this city. I booked my flight back to Berlin a day later to enjoy the city. So that’s how much I love it there. Normally I go straight home on Sundays after a long weekend. I love the vibes on Sunday in London, when all the daytime things are going on. But honestly Berlin is still the strongest of the above named in my opinion – however Paris and London are growing very quick – I just played in Paris and it was an amazing night at Showcase club. It’s good to see that the capitals are open to our music.
It’s fair to say you’re going to be travelling a fair bit over the next few weeks! What are your survival tricks when you’re on tour – do you have any rituals or a routine you like to follow when packing in so many gigs? Any strange rider requests (or do any of the other mobilee crew have any??)?
I always try to sleep a bit before the gig to gain some energy. When you travel all day and almost have no sleep it’s good to have some hours in the hotel. But honestly I don’t have a real ritual… Not yet I guess
We’re big mobilee fans, so the compilation is music to our ears. One half is a mobilee best of compilation and in the other half you’ve stripped down 18 tunes from the mobilee back catalog and turned them into two creative jams. What was your thought process in selecting these tracks – were you looking for specific individual elements? You must have had a few samples in mind before you even started sifting through the back catalogue?
We had a very special USB stick for mobilee’s 100th release with every single track on it, which helped me to make my selection. I roughly knew which tracks from which artist I wanted to use. I decided to ask every artist for one or two parts of their work. Then I started to create two 30 minutes tracks and integrate the different parts. It was difficult to get everything I wanted because some of it spanned back 10 years, and of course some people aren’t that well organised! But in the end I got 90 percent of what I asked for. I started with my own production – all the drumming – and then for example I added in the vocal, listened to it for hours over and over and finally formed it into a track – everything flowed.
We love music and we love cats. Probably in equal measures. Do you have any pets? We reckon they’d have a great music taste
I don’t have a pet! Actually we had a cat in our mobilee office where also my studio can be found. That cat actually bit every man who came there, so if you went to the bathroom or kitchen she was waiting for you and ready for an attack! In the meantime we found a new home at a family outside Berlin and she’s happy there.
And finally, the one question that everybody gets asked – if you were a techno kitten for the day what would you get up to?
I would do risky and epic jumps all day…