Sven, it is a pleasure and an honor to finally welcome you in dub, as one of our first and most loyal clients and as one of my role models as DJ.
If they would have told you where you stand today when you started playing records, what would you have said?
I would have laughed but at the same time i would have been very happy as it sounds fantastic.
What do you say about the modern technological tools of a DJ?
Regarding the players the spectrum is very wide. The amount of equipment in a booth looks more like a recording studio. But i have to say that this is in no way a reference for quality of a performance or the music itself. Quite the opposite: Many times it seems that the equipment takes too much off the attention of the DJ and leads to not taking care of the crowd. Even more, today a DJ seems to be more of a producer then a DJ. The tracks are not respected as a whole, they get mashed up. This leads to what we call functional sound: superficial cheap showmanship or razzmatazz and white noise breaks with idiotproof hands-up-guarantee!
What is important in a DJ set?
For me the most important is the good vibe on the dancefloor. Depending on the length of the set i love to vary working slowly towards peaktime. Magic in music and on the floor, this is my credo!
You love long sets, what was your longest?
More than 30 hours! This happens every season.
What is important if one wants to start DJing?
That you like to dance and make people dance, because it is of the most beautiful in this world.
Where do you get the energy to start over again every year?
The love of music and the ritual of dancing.
Your perfect day?
There are various perfect days for me. Ultimately getting up and looking into the eyes of my son is the most precious for me. I like to start the day swimming or running. To spend a day with family and friends on the beach, including a late-lunch, or staying at home listening to the latest releases, it depends on my mood.
How is your relationship with the german Gema?
The Gema is very important, it preserves the author’s rights. But unfortunately the whole association is completely out of date and most of the time very unfair. Especially our music is not captured the right way. This needs a complete reformation. But how?
Does the global EDM hype damage our scene?
I don’t think so. But the business created around it is scary. I can’t displace any pleasure from this hype, it is all too superficial for me. The image of a DJ is seriously damaged, let me just mention rubber boats, sync buttons, premixed sets fitting into the pyromanic show and being celebrated for all this squealing and scrambling. But finally the one or the other might get to the core: Techno, hehehe… we will see.
What means Ibiza for you?
It is a part of me and means very much to me.
If you would have a magic wand and could change three things on Ibiza, what would they be?
First i would improve all means of transportation from, to and on Ibiza. Then no more off-times. And last a bit more hippie spirit, like in the old times.
What means VIP for you?
Very Important Person. But nowadays it seems to be enough to book an expensive table in a club to be important. The significance of the VIPs is a wrong signal for our scene. Especially here in Ibiza it was never about elitary behaviour but unity and tolerance.
Cocoon is a big family, how do you keep it together?
With ideas, visions and passion! We got a big family of dedicated colleagues and friends who love to take care and preserve the good quality in our scene.
What music do you listen to if it is not club music?
Listen to my new podcast on Resident Advisor called ‘Privado’, it was released on June 24th.
Sven in 20 years?
Hopefully healthy and carrying the recod box of my son.
Is there a date of expiry for DJs?
There is a date of expiry for everything.
And finally, what do you think about dub Ibiza network?
An important media for Ibiza!