photo credit: Peter Qvarth

Continuing on our quest for DJ legends we bring to you Crussen. Crussen is a Swede by way of Norway DJ/Producer who has that rare blend of technical skill and impeccable taste.

His sets and original tracks are approachable while entirely unique and cutting edge. His remix of “Theme for Namgar” stopped me in my tracks as something truly different from the zeitgeist of modern electronic music. His mixes have been my some of my all time favorites over the last few years, he appeals to music lovers spanning many genres – a Crussen set is perfect for so many occasions.

Crussen hears remixes in folk ballads and jazz standards and has the technical and musical skills to make it happen flawlessly and quickly. Listen to a Skype interview conversation we had with Crussen and his newest mix, our episode nine below.

Witness Crussen in the mix brought to you in collabo with Kentaur Podcast Sagas.

Follow Crussen on Soundcloud | facebook.
Previous episodes of our Quest for Legends can be found here and here.

Tracklist On A Quest for Legends Ep. 9 mixed by Crussen:

01 Nick Monaco – Maintenance Man
02 Steven Maff – Johnny
03 Rodrigo Gallardo – Vamos Mujer
04 Tribilin Sound – Bilongo Con Sandunga (Umoja Remix)
05 Rodrigo Gallardo – Agua de la Tierra (Nicola Cruz Remix)
06 *unreleased track*
07 Satori – Days Without You (Crussen Remix)
08 Lambert – Fagerhult (Crussen Interpretation)
09 Crussen – In-Am-É
10 Viken Arman – Lose Yourself
11 Majid Bekkas – African Blues (Luca Musto Remix)
12 Luc Angenehm – March Of Freedom (Dub Mix)


samsara-photo credit Hamid-Reza Koshmanzar-

Episode 8 in this chapter’s Quest for Legends, we’re excited to present, Stefanie Fehr (aka Samsara). A relative newbie to the scene, Fehr is completely unfazed by the growing number of DJs entering the scene. Learning to DJ less than 3 years ago, Samsara pulls from a deep love for the art, a deep sense of rhythm engrained in her soul from ballet, modern dance and belly dancing.

Samsara is quickly building a core following of fellow music lovers.

Enjoy the interview below and her newest mix brought to you exclusively by KENTAUR podcast sagas in collabo with WITNESS THIS. This mix is light and airy yet holds firm structure and complexity. She starts slow and subtly and unexpectedly takes to a place we had no idea we were going…

This mix is for writing, it’s for running, it’s for dancing, it’s for flying.

Witness Samsara in the mix for WITNESS THIS & KENTAUR podcast sagas.

WT: What are your goals this year?

Samsara: Well for me its always very important that I like what I do, so I can’t really say I have one goal… I love to DJ and I always look forward to new experiences.

WT: What’s your musical background?

Samsara: I danced intense ballet and modern dance for about 12 years. After that I continued with belly dance for more than two years. I’m sure the rhythm and the music has remained in my blood, especially the oriental one.

WT: Are there a lot of other women on the DJ circuit in Switzerland right now? Europe in general?

Samsara: Not as many as male DJs, but women are getting more. I’m happy about it. I think it’s good to have more variety, it gives a good mix.

WT: Do you feel like there’s an advantage – or disadvantage – to being a female in a male dominated industry?

Samsara: Hmm…… not really. In the end what counts is that the music that you play comes from your heart and that people connect with it.

WT: Are you doing music full time? Any side hustles or other jobs?

Samsara: I’ve been self-employed for more than 7 years as a beautician, and I started to DJ about two and a half years ago, so it’s great to combine the two.

WT: Thanks for your time and the great music Stefanie!


TRACKLIST On A Quest For Legends Ep. 8
– Subliminal – WhoMadeWho
– Shanti – MC Yogi
– Cosmic Flow – Maneesh de Moor
– Shaping our own Reality – YokoO
– Der Tanz der Glühwürmchen – Dominik Eulberg
– On Rainy days(Patlac remix) – In2Deep
– Ember ( blondish Remix) – WhoMadeWho
– Ayahuasca – Hermanez
– Illusions – Ciszak
– Faith Faktorm
– Rosas ( Constantijn Lange remix) – Viken Armin
– We mix at six – Dave DK
– Fade in – Dave DK

Find previous editions of our podcast On A Quest for Legends here, here or here.

nicola noir

Introduction and Interview by Dersu Rhodes

I’m not sure if the chills that ran up my back were from the howling wind that ripped across the playa, or the sound of Dikanda’s voice piercing the night. We had been playing on the top of Joule an Idaho art car, that had just picked thirty of us up for a journey deep into the night, it was its maiden voyage and the sound system rose to the occasion.

A girl leans forward, her face wrapped in a scarf, she says something but I can’t make it out above the rumble of the base and the sound of the electricity that crackles in the glowing trees of the art installation that we have parked next to. “Sorry?!” I yell.
“What is this song?” she screams back.
Nicola Noir, a producer from Switzerland!”

She looks at me, her eyes are tearing. She holds her hand to her heart and takes a breath in, completely moved by the music. For a moment time is frozen, it’s difficult to comprehend. We are all lost at sea, and the song Ederlezi remixed by Nicola Noir is our ship.

nicola noir_witnessthis_soundNicola at work.

I connected with Nicola before I left for Burning Man, I had heard his track featured in a Crussen mix and I wanted to know more about him and his music. The conversation has been incredibly positive and invigorating. Nicola Noir is an artist who is yet to take off, we’ve caught him at a moment where his career is building, but his ego is grounded and centered. We are so excited to be featuring his music and this interview and we hope you enjoy both as much as we have.

Listen to some of my favorites from Nicola Noir right here:

WT: What is your process for making a track?

Nicola Noir: When I make a track I don’t follow a certain process. Sometimes I get inspired by something unexpectedly. When that happens I go home after work, sit down and get on with making music. Most of the time I don’t really like the first loops I produce. Then I turn everything around and try something else. It also happens that I work on a beat for some hours but later forget about it. 6 months later I find it hanging around on my desktop. By that time I like it again and work it over till I have a positive feeling about it.

WT: How do you find inspiration for your music?

Nicola Noir: I find inspiration in other music of course but also in my daily meditation. There is so many different feelings we are confronted with and I like to talk about these feelings with my music. I listen to a lot of music and often I get inspired by certain elements of a song. Then I try to bring these elements into my music by reinventing them. I listen all kinds of music. From electronic, jazz, blues, to latin or asian music.

WT: What do your friends think of your music?

Nicola Noir: Many of my friends love music and listen a lot. Some of them are also DJ’s. These friends like my style and my tracks a lot. Friends who are not so much into music are usually more skeptical about my music. I think this is due to the reason that my music is not made for mainstream listeners. I like that. Since I have found my own style and only focus on music I really love I get way more positive and pushing feedbacks of my friends.

WT: Do you DJ as well? If you do, when you play do you play your own music?

Nicola Noir: Yes I DJ too. But my passion is to produce and really make music rather than playing it in clubs. I spend way more time in my studio than in clubs. But when I dj I also try to play some of my tracks. It’s a great feeling to see the people dancing and laughing while I play one of my tracks…

WT: What is one of your goals this year?

Nicola Noir: Actually it looks like I could release my first EP on a label this year. It’s not quite sure yet. But if this would happen I would have achieved my goal. It will be a very intensive EP with different music styles.

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“Actively making music is probably still the time when I am the most creative. It is the sounds that help me to come into a state of pure concentration.”

WT: Where is the place that you feel the most inspired?

Nicola Noir: There is many places I can get inspired. Sitting in the train and observing is great. Or lying in my garden at home. Even when sitting on the toilet I have experienced inspirations. It can happen in the most common places… Actively making music is probably still the time when I am the most creative. It is the sounds that help me to come into a state of pure concentration.

WT: Who are you listening to that gives you the most inspiration?

Nicola Noir: Most of the musicians and producers I listen to are totally unknown. At the moment I am really into south american producers. I also have had good inspirations by listening to some of the big numbers in Jazz like Abdullah Ibrahim or Dave Brubeck.

WT: If you could have any movie playing while someone listens to your music what movie would it be?

Nicola Noir: I would play Lord of the Rings. My music feels melancholic and meditative. And I think this would match the atmosphere of the movies. The trilogy are my favorite movies!

ON A QUEST FOR LEGENDS podcast Just Emma

Just Emma photographed by Saskia Uppenkamp– Photography by Saskia Uppenkamp & words by Greg Bevis –

This week On A Quest For Legends we are pleased to bring you German DJ duo Just Emma.

Since 2012, Saskia and Alex have built a name for themselves through their prodigious and consistent output of podcasts, original mixes, and frequent tours of Belgium, Poland, Switzerland and Germany. With releases on various European labels like Connaisseur, Katermukke, HanseHertz, and SuddenlyMusic, Just Emma now have a home on UnderYourSkin Records – a label they also own and operate.

Just Emma’s mix for this week’s podcast collabo with Kentaur is a masterclass in minimalism and melody. They blend eery and haunting soundscapes with mellow vocals to create warm and inviting but altogether unfamiliar spaces.

Saskia and Alex show restraint and excellent use of pacing as they oscillate between techy synths and instrumental builds to gently ease the listener into emotional and heart busting drops. It’s foreign and nostalgic at the same time, a skill that’s a testament to their maturity on the decks.

Please enjoy this week’s mix at sunrise if you can.

Witness Just Emma in the mix – brought to you in collabo with Kentaur Podcast Sagas.

Just Emma photographed by Saskia Uppenkamp

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atishPhotos by Steven Walter / Words by Greg Bevis, Dersu Rhodes & Nissa Rhodes

We caught Atish at a fascinating point in his career.

When we sat down with him in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, he hadn’t yet told his boss or his 11,000+ fans on Facebook that he was taking the leap and leaving his 9-to-5 gig as a programmer at Facebook, and allowing himself to dive fully into the world of producing and performing as an electronic music DJ full time.

Meeting an artist you admire can be an awkward experience. You show up, try to play it cool like it’s no big deal and then pray that you can think up the right things to say and don’t sound like an idiot. You also never know what you are going to get. The artist might not be in the mood to talk, or even had no idea you were coming so you feel like you are imposing the entire interview.

Meeting Atish for the first time couldn’t have been more different. We showed up and after a few moments of shy hellos the first few questions about music lifted any uncertain haze in the room and we all felt at home.

Atish is someone you could spend hours talking to. He’s acutely self aware and approaches music with an almost systematic precision, as if he’s a college professor dissecting and studying the habits and trends of the dance community. His love and commitment to the craft of DJ’ing was inspiring, offering countless pearls of wisdom and insight as both a performer and audience member.

Tune into our fresh Mix of the Month July – mixed by Atish, premiering exclusively on WITNESS THIS. We also invite you to enjoy our favorite moments from our conversation with Atish below…


Mix by atish –


Conversation with atish –

Atish is currently touring Europe and Middle East. Witness him live at one of the following gigs:
July 4 – Unleash, London
July 6 – Sisyphos, Berlin
July 10 – Suma Beach, Istanbul
July 19 – Naturklang, Zurich
July 25 – Garten, Beirut
Aug 1 – Nuba x Syncretique, Paris

You can follow Atish on his facebook page | Soundcloud.
Find the previous issue of Mix of the Month here.

UPDATE***TRACKLIST Podcast “A Swan’s Song”:
Daniel Dubb – Breathe (Intro) [Rejected, 2015]
Boddhi Satva – Mama Kosa feat. Kaysha (Atjazz Astro Dub) [Offering Recordings, 2015]
Savvas – Running Out Of My Heart (Yigit Atilla Remix) [Ready Mix Records, 2015]
Cipy – To Many Wishlist [Your Fifteen Sexy Heel, 2012]
Tamere – Schwing Din (Marcelo Nassi Remix) [Epoque Music, 2011]
Doubtingthomas – The Long Way Round (Koljah Remix) [Organic-Music, 2012]
TVA – Bold [Amam, 2015]
Polder – Hedwige [Amam, 2015]
Tred Benedict – Treefrog [Highgrade Records, 2015]
Samu.l – Bella Mattina [Nite Grooves, 2015]
Eddie Niguel – Solitude [Dig Deeper, 2012]
Colder – Turn Your Back (Patrice Baumel Remix) [Not Available / Bataille, 2015]
Einmusik – You feat. Jonas Saalbach [Einmusika, 2015]
Andrea Oliva, Jimi Jules – Cloud 9 [Objektivity, 2015]
Chaim – Escape Velocity [Rumors, 2015]
Benotmane – Cross Hands [Stil Vor Talent, 2015]

Room Service Sounds of the Sand

Summertime is nearly upon us. June gloom is in full effect, but we find that music helps us shine right through it. Join us on a sunny day in Berlin or a coastal Californian dreamscape with frosty beverages in hand, enjoying life’s simple pleasures. True friendships, beautiful landscapes, the sand in your toes, the sun on your face and most importantly…the best music. From our vibe to yours, dig in and order UP.

Artwork by Elsa Kawai + Robert Chrisman

Cranes (Wolf + Lamb Remix) – Monkey Safari
Hero (Canson Remix) – Soukie & Windish
Fly like a Bird ( Till von Sein & Tigerskin Remix ) – Pitto
Drifting – Gab Rhome
Say Goodbye feat. Julee Cruise (LoSoul “She’s Homeless” Mix)
Walking – Nhan Solo, Dilby
Medicine Featuring Name One – Maxxi Soundsystem
What’s The Cure – Soukie & Windish
Vacaciones En Chile – Ilario Alicante
I Would Fly – Maya Jane Coles
Modulation Transfer Function (Be Svendsen & Monolink Remix) – The Micronaut

On A Quest For Legends Episode 4 ZeitlupenUWE_cover

ZeitlupenUwe_X_WitnessThis_SUP7974Photography by Saskia Uppenkamp

For our podcast series ON A QUEST FOR LEGENDS we are still scouting and interviewing our favorite underground DJ talents. Some of these interviews are done over the phone, a rare few are done in person but most are done through email.

Often we don’t even see any photos of the person being featured before the feature gets put together. The result is a collaborative effort – varied perspectives all working together to portray a complex, talented, multi-faceted individual in a way that’s genuine and true to who they are.

My email convo with ZeitlupenUwe, aka ‘Martin’ is an honest, open and humorous interaction made only more entertaining due to our slight language barrier. Each question resulting in many more – each answer only shedding light on Martin’s personality.

I learned that Martin has 16 years on the decks, he’s Berlin born and bred, and creator of Berlin’s “Open air to go”. His sets are notoriously mellow, he pulls from 70’s soul and funk – the guy plays what he wants. Martin is most afraid of smoke-free clubs, loves Cola, joints & his girlfriend.

Enjoy his mix he put together exclusively ON A QUEST FOR LEGENDS – our podcast collabo with the boys at KENTAUR Podcast Sagas. And read on below for the bespoke interview.

Tune into Episode 4 of ON A QUEST FOR LEGENDS – mixed by ZeitlupenUwe.

WT: For us ‘English’ speakers, where does the name ‘ZeitlupenUwe’ come from? What does it mean?

ZeitlupenUwe: The correct translation is SlowmotionUwe, years ago I worked with a very slow guy and so we called him “ZeitlupenUwe”. It was the perfect name for my slow-motion project because it described the style so well.

WT: When you say ‘slow-motion project’ – are you talking about your DJ project?

ZeitlupenUwe: Yes, ZeitlupenUwe is not my first DJ name…at the beginning I called it a ‘project’…

WT: Did you have one particular moment when you realized you wanted to be a professional DJ?

ZeitlupenUwe: Maybe in the future.


“Play what you like, know every second of your tracks, and loops are dirty little helpers.”

WT: I hear you’re involved in “Open Air to Go” – what is that?

ZeitlupenUwe: An Open Air for everyone who can use a radio… after many parties that caused trouble with Police and the law – this is our way to work around these problems.
‘Open Air to Go’ basically involves throwing parties in public spaces – where people bring their own radios (totally legal) and tune in to the DJ’s playing on site.

WT: Are you ever afraid before you start a live set? If so, what’s your biggest fear when you’re on stage?

ZeitlupenUwe: Every time, I’m very nervous. But my only fear is technical problems, and I’m afraid of non-smoking clubs. Normally, I don’t drink, so smoking is important and gives creativity… 😉

WT: Is there something you wish someone would’ve told you when you were just starting out?

ZeitlupenUwe: Play what you like, know every second of your tracks, loops are dirty little helpers like sync.

WT: What’s something you’d like to do or achieve and haven’t yet?

ZeitlupenUwe: Play the perfect set.

WT: As an audience member, what’s the best show you’ve ever been to?

ZeitlupenUwe: Fusion Festival – Spirit of love, peace & harmony…

WT: Describe your studio and/or practice space…

ZeitlupenUwe: Sitting in row 2 @ Sqim’s Studio

I don’t know who Sqim is and I can’t imagine what sitting in row 2 at Sqim’s Studio would look like. Yet despite the most cryptic description of a studio I’ve ever read, I want to know more.

Checkout a glimpse of the “Open Air 2 Go” concept in the video below –

Follow ZeitlupenUwe on Soundcloud | facebook.
Follow OpenAir To Go’s website | Soundcloud | facebook.

For previous editions of our QUEST FOR LEGENDS podcast series please listen HERE, HERE, and HERE.

TRACKLIST On A Quest For Legends Episode 4 mixed by ZeitlupenUwe:
Teho – Union
Sailor & I – Sweat (DJ Tennis & Margot Remix)
Terranova – Labrador
Gabriel Anada & Maceo Plex – Solitary Daze
KiNK – Cloud Generator
Smash TV – Slayer
Reconidite – Levo
Agoria – Alluvion
Pachanga Boys – Time


Oskar E-Photography by Jonas Moss

Still ON A QUEST FOR LEGENDS, this week we’re honored to shine the light on the work of Oskar Embretsen, better known as Oskar E.

In one of our favorite mixes from 2014 for KENTAUR Podcast Sagas, Oskar E. took us back to the dark streets of the European club scene. His sets reminiscent of the darkest deepest chasms under the undergrounds of Berlin. His progressive trance and techno influences from his early career still shine through in his sets. Bathed in minimal electronic drama, his work is dark, gritty yet strangely optimistic.

With over 10 years of experience behind the decks, Swedish-born Oskar E. is easily one of the most technical Dj’s playing in Oslo’s club scene right now. Currently a resident DJ at Gudrun’s in Oslo, Norway, Oskar E. can be found playing weekly primarily in venues in Norway, Sweden and Germany.

Always a big smile on his face, he delivers eery, deep, dark, complex sets with an optimistic and positive vibe extending to his listeners. Pulling from a plethora of musical inspiration and styles, his sets are diverse and always a pleasure to listen to witness.

Witness Oskar E in the mix for ON A QUEST FOR LEGENDS… brought to you by KENTAUR Podcast Sagas & WITNESS THIS.

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More from Oskar E. on Soundcloud here.
Check our previous issues of the QUEST FOR LEGENDS – Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.

ON A QUEST FOR LEGENDS Chapter 2 TonElite_670

Tonelite_X_WitnessThis_SUP5402-Photography by Saskia Uppenkamp

“On A Quest For Legends” is our 2015 summer podcast series. We scout for electronic music DJ talents in collabo with our friends at KENTAUR Podcast Sagas.

Episode 2 is brought to you by TonElite from Dresden. TonElite aka Martin Saupe turned a passion into profession when becoming full-time DJ in 2011.

With the “Escape The Silence” events he and his crew have become important part of the party scene in Dresden, Germany. In Berlin he is represented by the OpenAirToGo collective.

In 2014, Martin won the DJ contest of our dear colleagues at JedenTagEinSet. Check out the mix he put together for “On A Quest For Legends” – brought to you by KENTAUR and WITNESS THIS. You can read on below for an interview with this DJ talent.

Witness TonElite in the mix for WITNESS THIS and KENTAUR Podcast Sagas.

WT: Did you have a moment when you realized you wanted to be a professional DJ or did it just happen?

TonElite: There were a few moments in my young DJ career that really motivated me to keep going. For example winning the contest of “JedenTagEinSet“ in 2014. But also the energy of the crowd after each successful gig is motivation enough. I am living my dream right now and this is really hard to believe sometimes – I just have too much humility for the whole thing.

WT: What role has Soundcloud played in your success?

TonElite: To me Soundcloud is one of the most important platforms on the Internet. On the one hand I can present my sound to people around the world and on the other hand I am able to get in touch with my listeners, booking agencies or event managers.

WT: Do you have any advice for young DJ’s just starting out?

TonElite: I think most important is to never lose the trust in yourself and your music – even if it is not going well at the beginning. You just have to have enough endurance. Principally, I believe that if you are doing something with all your heart, passion and dedication it will turn out to be successful. Sooner or later quality will come out on top.

WT: You’re living in Berlin now, right? How does living here influence your work?

TonElite: Actually, I am living in the lovely city of Dresden. But I’m visiting Berlin quite frequently and I’ve got many friends there. So in some way – and with a subtle irony – I would call myself a “little Berliner”. Berlin and the people living there have a special spirit. The electronic music scene in Berlin affects people and clubs worldwide – so it would be just presumptuous to believe that it hasn’t any influence on my work, too.


WT: Can you describe your music community in Berlin? How important is this to your work?

TonElite: I feel very grateful to be part of the “OpenAir to go” crew in Berlin. It is a collective with already more than 20 artists and everything is represented – from beginners to popular club DJs. The project is getting more and more popular and it is a very important network for me.

WT: What was the path that lead you to this genre? What kinds of music did you play or listen to in the past?

TonElite: I am listening to electronic music since my younger days. As a teenager I started with classic techno of the 90s. Being influenced by Westbam & Co I got in touch with classic Electronica. Generally, I love dark and driving sounds and I’m always searching for special and extraordinary tracks.

WT: Is there a venue or festival or place that you’ve always dreamed of playing?

TonElite: There isn’t a specific event, but I would love to play in exotic countries such as Thailand, Brazil or Argentina.

WT: As an audience member, what’s one of the best show you’ve ever been to? Electronic or not…?

TonElite: I am a huge fan of the live performances by Andreas Henneberg. He is a fantastic artist I really admire.

WT: Please describe your studio and/or practice space…

TonElite: I have a small home-studio with different hardware. There are classic midi-controllers, a midi-keyboard and some good studio monitors/speakers.


Hear more from TonElite on his Soundcloud or follow him on facebook.

Listen to Chapter 1 of our QUEST FOR LEGENDS series by Beth Lydi HERE.

TRACKLIST On A Quest For Legends Chapter 2 by TonElite:

Ruede Hagelstein feat. C.A.R. | Footprints
Olaf Stuut, SQL | Lithograph
Marc Houle | Demor (Genevieve Marentette Edit)
M.A.N.D.Y. | Gizmo
Francys | Different Shapes
Kyodai | Marea
Damian Lazarus | Different Now (Art Department Remix)
Hug & John Dahlback | Fluteorgie
Krink | Wrong
Lopazz | Share My Rhythm (Isolee Remix)
Freakme | Cornelius (NiCe7 Remix)
Amount | Voice And Girls
Siopis | Hand In The Sand
Soy Mustafa | Return Of The Anunnaki (John Tejada Remix)

KENTAUR and WITNESS THIS present... ON A QUEST FOR LEGENDS Chapter 1 feat. Beth Lydi_670

beth lydi dj mixes-Photography by Saskia Uppenkamp

In collaboration with KENTAUR Podcast Series, we bring you Beth Lydi, the first DJ features in our series, ‘On A Quest For Legends’, as we scour the globe for the best up and coming new electronic DJs.

Describing herself as a ‘workaholic with a butterfly image,’ Lydi’s world is multifaceted and jam-packed. She’s currently touring as a DJ, co-owns two labels and even manages various artists. Known to her quickly growing fan base for her infectious energy, her sets are super high-energy, hypnotic, dark and minimal and yet she still manages to infuse her own playful nature into them. More on Lydi, her perspective on Berlin and why she’s chosen the butterfly symbol to represent her below…

But first, listen to Beth Lydi’s new set exclusively on WITNESS THIS in collabo with KENTAUR podcast series.

WT: What brought you to Berlin? A love affair? A job? Solo mission?

Beth Lydi: Haha, I think it was a good mix of everything. Isn’t Berlin a love affair in itself? Joke aside though, yes to all! Job, love, life!

WT: Imagine you’re explaining the DJ scene in Berlin to someone who’s never been…what is it like there right now as a working DJ?

Beth Lydi: Well, it’s a tough business, no need to sugar coat it, but at the same time I wake up every day so happy to do it! Berlin is special, it has to be the city in the world with the highest density of DJs in one place. But it’s a good thing, you meet a lot of interesting people, and you get lots of inspiration.

For me Berlin has some of the best clubs in the world, and it is such an excessive and ecstatic party scene here. The city just never sleeps. I think part of the fascination of the scene is the intense focus of the here and now, but this goes for all over the world. The people, the music, the atmosphere, everything comes together and creates this great energy.

WT: Are there a lot of other women on the DJ circuit in Berlin right now? Europe in general?

Beth Lydi: The number of female DJs is constantly growing, and we are definitely moving away from the man-dominance that used to characterize the scene. Which is a very good thing, I’m all for diversity!

WT: What’s it like being a female in a male dominated industry? Do you think being female is an advantage or a disadvantage?

Beth Lydi: I think it can be a bit of both every now and then, but i like to think of it as unimportant what gender I am. It should be about the music, and how this makes you feel. If it is good music it shouldn’t matter what gender the DJ is.

beth lydi dj mixes

“The butterfly represents me. It is said that the butterfly counts not months, but moments.”
– Beth Lydi

WT: A lot of your music has almost a primal feeling… it’s intense and raw and yet you manage to bring a level of innocence to it…what was the path that lead you to this genre?

Beth Lydi: Haha, I think it must be my Norwegian roots coming out there. But it’s true, I have a soft spot for a bit raw, really groovy sounds, but at the same time I am a very happy and positive person, so maybe this shines a bit through.

My musical background is classical music, having played both piano, violin and sung in a choir, but I have always listened to all kinds of music. Rock, rap, techno, jazz, you name it. It think, as in many parts of life, it is important to let yourself embrace different experiences, often I find sounds in songs from other genres that really inspire me for my own tracks.

Music is such a beautiful kind of art, where you can create so much feeling, and this is what I love about it. Making people feel the way I do when I hear the music I play – excitement, ecstasy, happiness.

WT: What does the butterfly represent?

Beth Lydi: There is a wonderful quote from a Danish writer: “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” The butterfly represents me. It is said that the butterfly counts not months, but moments, may sound a bit weird, but that’s exactly how it is.

WT: Is there a venue or festival or place that you’ve always dreamed of playing?

Beth Lydi: No, not like that. I am always just very excited for my next gig and what awaits me! Every place has its own charm and character.

WT: As an audience member, what’s one of the best show you’ve ever been to? Electronic or not…

Beth Lydi: Oh, this is a difficult one. It is usually connected to so much around it… you know, the people you are with, the venue itself. But i think it must have been a few years ago when me and some friends saw Nicolas Jaar with his entire orchestra. It was my first time hearing the songs live, and it is such a big production with everyone, this was a very nice show.

Follow Beth on Soundcloud and facebook.
Listen to more great music in other guest mixes HERE, HERE, and HERE.

TRACKLIST On A Quest For Legends Chapter 1
01. Alex Banks | A Matter Of Time (Frank Wiedemann Remix)
02. Christian Arango | Poison
03. Groove Armada | Look Me In The Eye Sister (Audiojack Remix)
04. Danny Serrany & Eppu | Above
05. Beth Lydi | Rincon
06. Matthew Codek | Jumper
07. Marc Miror & Andreas Henneberg | Faces
08. Beth Lydi | Kaminda
09. Christian Nielsen | Foxy Foxy
10. Kevin Knapp | Audiojack – Stay Glued
11. Beth Lydi | Supersize
12. Ilario Liburni | Crapkin (Reset Robot Remix)
13. Luca Lento | Poema (Mendo Remix)
14. Lowboys, BDJ & Markomas | Raw Deal
15. Beth Lydi | Ego Trip

Tummetott Guestmix April 2015 Cover

Tµmmetott Jonas Panizza-photography by Saskia Uppenkamp

Jonas Panizza, age 22, a.k.a. Tµmmetott serves us the fresh Mix Of The Month April, and it’s 120 bpm full throttle.

In contrast to this rather fast-paced journey, Jonas had caught our attention a while ago with an amazing slow-house set that we loved so much that we asked him if he would like to release his next work with us – and here we are.

Jonas was born in Munich where he received a collection of 200 old-school hip-hop records from his neighbor at the age of 15, which made him buy his first record player. He learnt scratching before he knew anything about mixing or electronic music. His first big FUSION festival experience one year later made him fall in love with House and Techno.

Jonas is part of the WANNDA crew, a party ensemble from Southern Germany that throws wild electronic music parties in the style of a traveling circus. Jonas now lives in Berlin where he studies computer science. He is also member of the Berlin KOPFÜBER crew.

We acknowledge the skill in Tµmmetott’s sets. At his young age he already knows damn well how to curate mixes with seamless transitions that really keep you on your toes.

Enjoy his fresh mix he put together exclusively for the WITNESS THIS readers.
You can read on below for an interview with this young talent.

Witness Tµmmetott in the mix for WITNESS THIS.

Tµmmetott Jonas Panizza

“My musical style varies from day to day. But most of the time I’m really into slow house, although I just recorded a rather fast set for this feature.”

WT: Jonas, what influences do you quote for your musical style?

Tµmmetott: My musical style varies from day to day. It depends on many different factors like the side of the bed I get out in the morning, the mood of my friends I’m hanging out with, the meal I had the day before and of course the humidity! But most of the time I’m really into slow house, although I just recorded a rather fast set for this feature.

WT: You uploaded your last mix six months ago, what kept you busy during this time?

Tµmmetott: Yes that’s true, it has been a while that I came up with a new set. The reason is that I directed all my attention to my own productions. Since Christmas I’ve set up a small studio in my room in which I’m training my Ableton skills day by day. There is still a lot to learn but I’m more than motivated to invest time and energy in it. Just yesterday I got my first track released on the internet which I produced together with Oscar B. As a basis we used a sample of the Libanese violinist “Claude Chalhoub”.

WT: Which recent musical developments have caught your attention and why?

Tµmmetott: To name three artists: Ninze, Dwig and Midas 104.

Half a year ago Ninze released his live set “Mind Journey” and ever since I’m a huge fan of his productions. The Genre could be described as “Slow House” or “Down Pitched House” at about 108 BPM. He is mixing laid-back-beats with melancholic pianos or strings and a clever devised percussion set ensures high recognition. The set “Mind Journey” gives the impression that each track is produced out of the previous one. Most of his tracks are still unreleased but I believe his big breakthrough will come very soon.

The first time when my friend Julian showed me a record from “Die Wiese im Garten” – or just Dwig – I was pretty jealous about it. The Track “Orange Evening” inspired me a lot. It is and will remain one of my favorite songs. Furthermore I highly recommend his now released Record “From here to there”. Not my first choice for the club but perfect for afterwards. Now I got my own LP from Dwig in my vinyl collection.

Midas caught my attention at an incredible live Gig at Ritter Butzke in Berlin. With his “Eos EP”, especially the track “Dance on the Tightrope”, he totally got me. Each song is telling a different story. You can always discover new elements and details in it; you never feel that you’re caught in a loop. I think that in addition to his talent, his strong studio experience plays a major role.
There is probably no other artist whose tracks I played more often lately.

WT: Thanks Jonas, awesome inspiration! Keep it up.

Tµmmetott Jonas Panizza

TRACKLIST Tµmmetott – ‘A Very Strange Paradox’

Bob Moses | Interloper
Gottlieb Scheppert | ? (Unreleased)
Helms | Neverminds (Andreas Henneberg Remix)
Edy C. & Juri Paik | Sunshine in Hvar (Jonas Saalbach & Tschoris Remix)
Dave Seaman & One Million Toys | Everything Comes In Threes (D-Nox & Beckers Remix)
My Favorite Robot | The Waiting Rain (Mano Le Tough Remix)
NTFO & Karmon | Metropolis
Venzio, Nu Media & Sourge | Keep on Trying
Dahu | North
Marcus Meinhardt | Karati
Max Jones | Slow (feat. Mijo)
Enola | Words In A Bottle (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)
Dirty Doering & Sascha Cawa | Curry
Krink | Wrong
Stefan Z | No Words
Kotelett & Zadak | Tizia

Follow Tµmmetott on Soundcloud | facebook.
Listen to our past guest mixes HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Arkadiusz Cover Art by Mat MacQuarrie

Arkadiusz-photo with friendly courtesy of Planta Baja Bar-

Arkadiusz Dmytrow aka ‘Arkadiusz’ is a polish musician and blogger.

His DJ career began 2010 in Frankfurt am Main where he frequented the famous former Vinylshop Pro Vinyl and legendary electronica institution Robert Johnson in Offenbach am Main. Both had in retrospect the most influence in his decision to start mixing and for sure in his style of music.

During his studies in Würzburg he and his crew started their own event series called ‘PIKNIK’ (2012). Its mantra was to play music that they like, as opposed to what the people like. His biggest gig so far has been 2014’s Brüxsel Jardin Open Air where he has played alongside Acid Pauli, Couer, Sushiflow, Dka and Nathe Oye in front of some thousand ecstatic people.

From the beginning Arkadiusz has been more focused on deep hypnotic and experimental electronic music with a touch of melancholy, quoting as influence the likes of Lawrence and Nathan Fake. Arkadiusz tries to overlook trends and focuses strongly on little known genres that represent his merits.

As part of the crew of online magazine Das schoene Leben he started writing in 2012 supporting newcomer musicians and sharing his taste of music with the world.

Arkadiusz now lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, with his wife.

Witness our Mix of the Month March 2015 by Arkadiusz.

-cover art by Mat MacQuarrie

This mix is released on WITNESS THIS with friendly courtesy of KENTAUR podcast series. It is also the teaser for our upcoming podcast collaboration with the guys at KENTAUR.
Stay tuned for A QUEST FOR LEGENDS – a podcast saga in 16 chapters coming up on WITNESS THIS starting April 1st. So long, folks!

KENTAUR deep house podcast

Visit Arkadiusz Soundcloud or the KENTAUR Soundcloud for more great electronic music.
Catch Arkadiusz live at one of his next stops:
Mar 07, 2015 TBA (Guadalajara/Mexico)
Jul 18, 2015 Weinerei (Nuernberg/Germany)
Jul 24, 2015 TBA (Berlin/Germany)
Aug 01, 2015 TBA (Prora/Germany)
Aug 02, 2015 TBA (Berlin/Germany)

To listen to our past guest mixes check this awesome Trap-Mix by KALI or Sebastian Porter’s latest Tech-House set.