1. How did you first get into music and producing and where and when did you discovery your love for house music?
Norman: I grew up with music, because my father is a musican and was a DJ when I was young. The first time I heard House Music was in 1989. I got a mono tape mix and this was for me my biggest step into music. After Prince, Michael Jackson and a lot of Funk and Rap, I realized – that’s my genre, because it’s the mix of all!
Marco: I discovered electronic music in Berlin in the early 90s in a friend’s basement studio where I first started to delve into drum machines and synthesizers. Before I discovered House and Techno I was into stuff like De La Soul, The Prodigy, Michael Jackson and Snap. Eurodance was quite big and we kids loved it. After I got more and more into this Techno thing, the mix tape sharing culture had a huge influence on me. In 1994 I started to buy vinyl and my story began.
2. In the year 2000 you started to work together under the name Luna City Express, taking the startingpoint in the House but delving into styles as Downbeat, Trip Hop and DeepHouse. How did this successful project emerge?
We met in 2000 in Italy for the first time where we both played together on a NYD party. Norman moved to Berlin the year after and we started our DJ team project Phage & Norman Webber, organized own parties and started to make music together. We changed our name into Luna City Express later in 2004, while we were working on a mix CD for the 10th anniversary of the legendary German club Muna. Our Moon Harbour relationship started in 2005, when Matthias Tanzmann signed our Fresh EP for his young and upcoming label.
3. You are considered as one of the most important couples inside the house and techno scene worldwide. A reference in the new German House, which is looking away from the Electro-House, recapturing the old Chicago Housespirit. What you think about the international Housescene? And in Germany?
We’re glad to hear that – thanks for these nice words. We think that the scene, especially in Europe, is just amazing! A lot of people, whether producers, DJs, dancers or music lovers, enliven the Underground. There are so many great House Clubs, events and crews who keep the old spirit alive, even though everything is changing so much. A lot of young and talented producers grow up with a complete new technical environment and produce some proper house music with a lot of fresh energy. We really like that! It’s also great that after 20 years of House Music and House Parties there’s still so much going on.
Germany is still one of the scene leaders worldwide. We’re proud and lucky that we have such a great electronic music scene here. Especially the vibe and energy in Berlin is so inspiring. A lot of creatives are living and working here, which makes collaborations and musical projects much easier.
4. The Spanish scene has seen a positive trend in recent years. It finally appears to have improved the product and reputation. Yet much still remains to improve and learn from other countries, such as Germany, with regard zs to collaboration and uniting forces. What is your opinion about this?
There are a lot of great producers and labels in Spain whose music we really like to play. Ibiza is still the biggest party island on earth even though the commercial aspect is overbalanced. The Sonar Festival in Barcelona is since years more than a solid insitution of the electronic music scene. So we think Spain’s reputation isn’t that bad. The problem is probably more of economical and political nature.
5. “The Next Level” feat. Roland Clark, work edited by Moon HarbourRecordings the last April, has killed the dance floors. The track Mr. Jack (Original Mix) includes it in “HelloFromPlanetEarth EP” edited by GetPhysical – yet another success. What s the secret of this success?
There is no secret, do what u like and don’t be a copycat!
6. Where would you feel most comfortable: mixing or producing?
We love both to be honest as they’re very close connected to each other. When u play on a party u have a situational output and the vibe of the night including the location and the people always give you something back. So when we are back in the studio we’re always inspired by our experiences from the last parties and create something new to play it out. It’s like a endless conversation, isn’t it?! 😉
7. If we say RAW SERIES, you say:
YES! We like it raw!
8. We take the opportunity to thank you for working with us and participating in this interview. As a wrap up, could you let us know something about your upcoming projects?
Recently we have released remixes on Italoboyz label Superfiction, on Hector Couto’s label Pura Music and of course on your label Novotek Raw Series. Furthermore we are working on a new EP and our second album for Moon Harbour.
Thanks for your time guys.