THE BIRHDOUSE 199: Santé

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We are one week away from THE BIRDHOUSE 200, and what a better way to end of an amazing run of 4 years then with a guest mix from extremely talented German producer Santé. In the game for year, Santé has been producing since he was sixteen but it wasn’t until he got his first job in a studio that he really started to develop as a producer. His productions are smooth, groovy and rolling. When it comes down to Santé credits, Santé has had releases on every label you can think over, VIVa Music, Elrow, 8bit, Knee Deep In Sound, Defected and many more. Today he owns his own record label, Avotre Records, which has seen a solid line up of releases since its debut. Check out Sante’s guest mix and birdhouse questionnaire.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

I started playing guitar with 15 after a couple of years i got a bit board of the the typical song structure and at the same time  a friend introduced me to electronic dance music, so i bought my first sampler Akai mpc 2000. Ever since I was hooked to dance music.

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

I am born and raised in South Germany in a town called Ulm. After I finished high school, I moved to Berlin, and wanted to study audio engineering but never made it to the university. Insteated i worked a huge studio for 6 years where I met all my early contacts that shaped my career as a DJ and producer.

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

Never

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

AKAI MPC 2000

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

There are so many incredible artists which inspire me, two are definitely Rick Rubin and Daft Punk as a producers, there are also many incredible dance music artist hard to name them.

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

Surfing!

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

There are exactly two things, one is when i am in the ocean surfing with my friends the other is on huge festival stage. Both have something in common, living in the present being focused on one thing nothing else.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I love surfing, it´s not a secret but it´s my second favorite thing after making music

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Blue - Brown

Favorite and least favorite words?

Wave - Over

Favorite animal?

Cat

Favorite board game?

Monopoly

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Pizza

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Robbie Williams - Feel

German or Detroit techno?

Detroit!!!

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Illegal Warehouse

Biggie or Tupac?

Biggie

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

Exercise or Netflix?

Exercise