THE BIRDHOUSE 180: Matthias Tanzmann Interview


Over the last twenty years or so, Matthias Tanzmann has succeeded in doing something every producer and DJ should strive to do: remain unquestionably consistent. Fans with a keen ear will always be able to pick out his tracks. He started his own label, Moon Harbour Recordings, shortly after he began his career, and he’s used it as a platform to define his signature sound ever since.

From very early on Matthias established himself as a versatile house artist, and now he has an extensive catalog which burnishes that reputation. He’s brought his unique style to labels all across the house music spectrum from having the latest release on Dirtybird to being a regular on Toolroom, Soma, VIVa Music and more. Recently he’s brought together his close friends and fellow producers Martin Buttrich and David Squillace to form the supergroup Better Lost Than Stupid. They just put out a new single called “Deep Inside” which adopts the feel of groups like New Order and LCD Soundsystem. I’m thrilled such a revered artist like Matthias was able to contribute a mix to THE BIRDHOUSE. Check it out in full below!


How did your music career get started in earnest?

Right after High School when I started DJing at clubs and released my first records.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I am from East Germany and growing up there during the years after the Berlin Wall came down had a huge influence. It was the time were everything was possible and Techno was the new thing.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?


What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

Korg MS20.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

Matthew Herbert, Air, Steve Bug

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

Lots of water, sleep and some work out.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

At my studio.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I am a former table-soccer champion.


Favorite and least favorite colors?

Always depends on the context

Favorite and least favorite words?

Bottoms up!

Favorite animal?


Favorite board game?


Favorite guilty pleasure food?


Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Bj Thomas - Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

German or Detroit techno?


Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

It is great to be able to do all of that.

Biggie or Tupac?


Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars obviously.

Exercise or Netflix?

Both at their times.