LABELS: STIL VOR TALENT
DJing was his first love, production is his hot love affair.
Niko Schwind was born in Trier – the birthplace of Karl Marx – and very quickly discovers his own personal “capital”: his love for music and passion for sound. In 2001 he first got the chance to express these true feelings in public.
Since then, the same mission was to stretch through his biography like a red line: to invite people on the dancefloor on a journey, to tell them a story with his music. Now, in 2011, Niko has just released his second album on Stil vor Talent, an LP that is destined to catapult him into the ranks of the top DJs and producers.
The young and passionate DJ quickly made a name for himself in and around his hometown. People spread the word of his enthusiastic DJ sets, of his charismatic appearance, of his skill to transfer the energy of house and techno sounds straight onto the dancefloor in order to create a connection between DJ and crowd.
Soon enough, NIKO SCHWIND starts to play in clubs outside of Trier, in Hannover, Leipzig und Cologne as well as Catania and Belgrade. Big events such as the Alive-Festival, Nature One or Ruhr in Love, moreover, book him. In 2007 Niko moves to Berlin and quickly begins spinning records in prestigious clubs such as Bar 25, Club der Visionäre and Watergate. In February 2009, Niko lands his first bookings in South America, a place that he already revisited in October 2010. His reputation opens the door to the famous Vegas club and D-Edge in Sao Paolo, Brazil. It is safe to say that if DJing was his first love, production is his hot love affair.
NIKO SCHWIND starts producing in 2004, intensely working on sounds and patterns that will make his productions stand out among the vastness of contemporary electronic music. Everything that he experiences out on the dancefloor is transferred into his productions. His first EPs on Autist Records, on which he subsequently released his debut LP in May 2009, gather the attention of many top DJs such as Jeremy P. Caulfield. It is only a matter of time until Oliver Koletzki takes notice of Niko’s productions and DJ sets. In the past two years, he has consequently released two singles on Stil vor Talent that showcased his transition from a minimalistic tech house sound to mature, melodic house music.
In the spring of 2011, Niko is about to release his second album ‘Good Morning Midnight’ on Stil vor Talent. The album features col- laborations with vocalists such as Fran, but also with other producers such as Channel X, Patrick Blasa or Oliver Koletzki. Overall, it is evident that NIKO SCHWIND can be classed one of the most prolific house producers out there, with a stylistic breadth ranging from gentle vocal house to techy peak time anthems. It seems as if Niko approaches his productions with the view of a DJ and, vice versa, reads the dancefloor as a schooled musician – a talent that makes him truly unique.
Hello mate! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
My plan’s for today are pretty standard… I’ll probably spend the whole day in the studio to work on new tracks.
What is your plan for 2015 and is there anything special coming soon?
There are a lot of gig´s I am looking forward this year for example ADE, Levitate Festival (Kairo) and of course our Stil vor Talent Festivals in 10 different Cities in Germany during this summer. Iam also looking forward to my next bigger tour in Autum 2015. Last but not least iam thinking about a new album on Stil vor Talen
Please tell us a bit about your latest and upcoming releases!
I just did a remix for Benotmane’s ‚Cross Hands‘ EP, which will be released today. After the summer there’s a new EP for Stil vor Talent in the pipeline. And there will be some more Koletzki & Schwind stuff – we’ve just done a remix of HRRSN’s upcoming EP and have contributed a track to the ‚“Kitties wanna dance“! compilation on Suara Records.
How would you describe your sound?
Anything from house to techno really. I don’t like to limit myself to one specific genre.
What was your funniest or craziest experience while touring?
The live-act is really fun! First off, we wrote a lot of music together in order to have enough material to perform live. Currently we are working on streamlining the set-up for the live performance a bit more. And then we’ll be touring together again towards the end of the year
What keeps you motivated to make further, as DJ / Producer?
I love my job! It has always been my goal to turn my hobby into a career, which is motivating in itself.
What were your TOP 5 gigs so far ?
D-Edge, DGTL Festival, La Santanera, Watergate, Bar 25
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the Moment?
1. R.E.M. feat. Diamondancer (Oliver Dollar & Matthew K Play Prime Mix)
2. Momentum Kill Frenzy & Justin Jay
3. Abydos Benotmane (Niko Schwind remix)
4. Pay the rent Alex Burkart (Barnt remix)
5. How Carl Craig & Green Velvet
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Stefan
Alex Burkat – Pay the Rent ( Barnt Remix)
Barem – A (Dubfire remix)
Mark Jenkyns & MC Chickaboo – On Me
Cajmere & Sonny Fodera – Show you
Luna City Express & Diamondancer – R.E.M. (Oliver Dollar & Matthew K)
Mike Dunn – Can i turn it up (Jerome Sydenham Remix)
Paul C & Paolo Martini – Take some House (Riva Starr Edit)
Tom Demac – Guilty Measures
Carl Craig & Green Velvet – How
Benotmane – Abydos (Niko Schwind Remix)
Kill Frenzy & Justin Jay – Momentum
Fred Everything & Shur-I-Kan – Common Ground