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LABELS: Minus, Soundz, Suara, Elevate



Born and raised in a small Canadian town bordering Michigan, Hobo was fortunate to have quick and easy access to the nearby techno Mecca, Detroit. On weekends, all manner of electronic music genres were being broadcast from the techno city and it wasn’t long after discovering that when Hobo made his first pilgrimage across the border and into the clubs. Armed with a fake ID, his weekly visits would continue for years. Relationships were made, records were bought and it wasn’t long after those first forays into the scene that Hobo had begun to dabble in creating the music himself. From producing any and every genre to learn how to use a synthesizer to fiddling with turntables, his destiny was firmly set. Fast forward to 2006 and he was signed with Minus under his earlier “Tractile” guise. A one way ticket to Berlin was purchased and Hobo’s headlong dive into dance music was complete. Since that fateful trip Hobo has visited all corners of the globe playing this music that he loves and shows no signs of stopping.



Hello mate!  How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Hey! I’m very good. Winter is kicking in and I love it. The cold outside is a great incentive to hit the studio and that’s what I most love doing. So, today is a music day. Write, write, write!

Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
My most recent releases have been on my own label Soundz and they feature some remixes from producers whose music I really enjoy. I also released on Pig&Dan’s label earlier in the year and as a longtime fan of theirs, that made me pretty happy.

Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
Earlier in the year I made a very typical techno track called ‘Push’ that came out on a label called Proper Records and I made a funny little how to video to accompany its release. That video went on to get 3.5 million views, so you could definitely say that Push got me the most attention this year!

Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned?
I wrote a really fun album in the summer that is sort of a love letter to a certain city. It will probably come out next year and I think it’s kind of special. It’s a different format from most releases these days and will be a fun listen. Also will continue doing regularly placed techno tunes throughout the year, which is the most fun to release for me since they’re the tracks that I play out the most.

As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience. What is your favourite city or country and why?
I’m in love with Argentina. There is an energy there that is truly electric. I have also had a couple really great times in Spain this year. Spain of course has its own magic. A particular party in Valencia this summer was incredible. It’s one of the best places.

What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
Hotel82 in Valencia was so good. Lots of wild Spaniards and a sunrise… what more is needed!? My first time playing Birgitt&Bier (at IPSE Berin) this summer was great. It was cold and rainy outside but hot and sweaty inside. I got to go back to an old favourite of mine in Szeged Hungary. Singsing Music Hall. They appreciate good music there and it’s a joy to play. Kremlin in Lisbon this past October was very cool. It’s a really old monastery that the club has been built into, so I got to play where monks used to hangout hundred of years ago. Their old statues still adorn the walls. It was a very cool vibe. And a big surprise from the year, a Tuesday party in Amsterdam on Halloween was something special. It was packed and wild on a Tuesday. It was great. I really fell in love with Amsterdam that week.

What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
Hobo – Nevermind
Mark Reeve – Let Go
Dast – Codex
Ellen Allien – Innocence (Truncate Remix)
Slam – Tempest

Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars

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Charlotte de Witte – Closer
High Position – Cops
Carl Cox and Nicole Moudaber – See You Next Tuesday (Raxon Remix)
Julian Jeweil – Space
Slam – Tempest
Yan Oxygen – Last Orchestra
Secret Cinema – Seance
Christian Smith & Harry Romero – Neon Jungle
Joey Beltram – Shaking Trees
Spektre – Halcyon (Roberto Capuano Remix)
Hobo – First Person Singular
Ilario Alicante – Sense
Hobo – Nevermind
Hobo – Identity
Karim Sahraoui – Book of Life (Dast Remix)
Giovanni Carozza – Drift
Johannes Heil – Gospel Four
Mark Reeve – Let Go
Flug – Deepness