We were super thrilled to interview one half of mobilee Ralf Kollmann! Here’s how it went down…
Hey Ralf, we’re so excited to see two of our favourite labels teaming up for a mammoth night of music! Have you been mates with Sven and the guys over at Cocoon for a long time?
We are in the same business and met several times here and there. But as we are based in different cities we are not hanging out regularly.
The mighty Island of Ibiza has some little common adventures to tell though… Cocoon is a big team of really nice, enthusiastic and professional people and its always a pleasure to work and party with them.
What would you say are the main similarities and differences are between mobilee and Cocoon?
Cocoon and Sven are incomparable to any other label or DJ-stories on Planet Earth in terms of their history, experience, success and authenticity. Staying underground and true to yourself on such a high commercial level is a big achievement. Re-inventing yourself and keeping motivated for such a long time in the music scene is a big challenge. The last two things are important for us as well.
Who would win in an arm wrestle between you and Sven?
I would let him win of course!
How is it working with Anja? Do you ever find yourselves with a difference of opinion on releases or do you always agree?
Anja is the A&R and always has the last word. But the variety of music and output on mobilee is probably based a little on differences in taste and especially because mobilee gives the artist a lot of freedom to express musically. The musical frame is pretty wide!
mobilee is one of our favourite record labels and has put out some great releases. We’re really enjoying listening to the promo of the forthcoming Ross Evans EP ‘Caliente’, it really captures the mobilee sound for us. Can you give us details on any other future releases?
And.Id is coming up next on mobilee with ‘Lunar Distance’ followed by our annual mobilee back to back compilation. It’s Vol. 8 of the series and presented by Ray Okapra with lots of exclusive tracks and collaborations with artists like Nick Curly and Markus Homm.
The long awaited new Sebo K is on the way. Just got the maters from his ep “Avalanche” and it was worth again to wait! A bunch of new Rodriguez Jr. tracks just arrived in our inbox, etc… 2014 will be an exciting year again as always.
We’re coming to Berlin for a weekend away soon, do you have any clubbing tips for us?
Check out Wilde Renate and Stattbad if you like to experience something aside of the established Clubs. Always check the Watergate calendar, and just in case you are in town on April 4th you should visit us at Watergate to celebrate our Berlin gig for the mobilee back to back tour 2014 with Ray Okpara, Anja Schneider, Rodriguez Jr., Andrea Oliva and many more – event details here.
And finally, what would you do as a techno kitten for the day?
Laying lazy on the top of the hotel diagonal rooftop in Barcelona.
Ralf is playing at Cocoon vs mobilee London on 22 March alongside Sven Vath, Timo Maas, Anja Schneider and more | hosted by London Warehouse Events | full details and tickets here