He caught up with dynamic German producer, Wankelmut, to talk about his latest track, career highlights, fashion and what’s next. You may know him for his tune ‘My Head Is A Jungle’ which reached chart success with the MK remix.
You’ve just released your new track I Keep Calling with Bjorn Dixgard. How did the collaboration come about?
I was always a fan of Mando Diao. On the other side, my hometown Berlin became important for Björn and Mando Diao since they recorded an album here. At the end of the day the link up was quite easy and we both enjoyed the time together.
Why did you choose to work with Bjorn Dixgard?
I was looking for a strong voice which can hold a good melody. Of course I was looking for someone who provides good lyrics. It turned out great.
How was he to work with?
Very nice. Very professional. We just met again for the videoshoot in Stockholm.
If you could collaborate with one other artist, past or present, who would it be?
Neil Young is someone I really like but I am not too sure about collaborating. At the moment I would love to work with K.Flay (and she knows that)
How happy are you with the finished track?
Very happy! We found a formula which makes sense on the radio and in the club. The remixers did an excellent job transferring it to the dancefloor keeping the original song.
Where was the first time you played it live and how was the reaction?
I tested it at Ministry of Sound in London over that excellent big room system. It went down very well.
You’ve also released a music video for I Keep Calling. What’s the inspiration behind it?
It’s more of a Vibe Video capturing Björn and myself. No serious concept behind that.
How long did it take to create the video?
One day in Stockholm and one week post-production.
Name three artists you had on your playlist growing up?
Neil Young, Massive Attack, Radiohead
What song have you got on repeat at the moment?
Huxley – Clunk
Where and when is your most memorable performance?
My sunrise DJ Set at the German MELT Festival in 2013. The vibe with those thousands of people was amazing.
Where, who and when is the most memorable performance you’ve ever seen?
Chemical Brothers Glastonbury 2011. 1000% Energy.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
The official release of my remix for Asaf Avidan’s “One day”. It sold 3 Million + copies so far and made it to No. 1 in 8 countries!
If you weren’t a music producer/DJ, you’d be a…
When you’re not creating or playing music, we can find you…
Relaxing with my girlfriend.
Drink of choice on a night out?
Favourite film or TV series?
Most embarrassing moment?
Audio drop outs due to power failure on a very big festival stage. Not my fault but very embarrassing.
Describe you style/fashion?
Streetwear. Not too fancy. Black.
Where can we see you playing next?
All over Europe.
What advice would you give to those wanting to make it in the music industry?
Stay true to yourself. Don’t bow down to fast dying trends.
Favourite thing about Christmas?
What’s going to be your New Year’s resolution?
Keep on doing even more music production.
Take a look at the music video for I Keep Calling below: