Suol and Dirt Crew recording artist Till Von Sein mixes Vol #11 of A 5 Mag Mix, 5 Magazine’s flagship House Music mix and interview series.
Till Von Sein is currently on the road in support of his new album, Precious, released in late May on the label that has released so much of his output, Suol.
We had a chance to catch up with the German producer and DJ (though he’d list those in the opposite order – “DJing was my first love and will always be,” he says) about Precious and what happens to Deep House when even your grandma knows what it is in our interview, which follows the mix below.
This exclusive set for our A 5 Mag Mix series follows mixes from Groove Junkies, DJ E-Clyps, Henry Street Music founder Johnny D., Jeremy Sylvester, DJ Godfather, Mr. Mendel, Naeem & Gusto, Parris Mitchell, Zernell and Kool Vibe.
You release a lot of collaborations with other producers, but more of them with Tigerskin than anyone else. Why? What sort of working connection do you guys have that results in so much solid material coming out of those sessions?
Alex asked me years ago, when I just had my first record out, if he could release a track of mine on a label he was still running back then. I was mega-stoked and he told me I could come to his studio and work on the mixdown with him.
After that session I asked him if he could help me with future mixdowns and the next step was him asking me if I wanted to work on stuff with him. I was blown away.
Ever since then we have released an EP every year together and worked on remixes, etc. He is my mentor, so to speak. I learned so much from him and still do. Besides, we are best buddies and I love just spending time with him talking about politics or whatever.
You’ve got a new album, Precious. Tell us about it. How is it different than #LTD?
I dropped my first one in 2011 and this one is basically an update of where I am in 2015. Fifty percent is House Music and the other 50% is R&B and soulful pop.
The whole approach is totally different. Nine out of ten tracks feature a vocalist or two plus a bunch of guest musicians. I wanted it to be organic and soulful, something you can dance too but also sit on the sofa or in the car. Laidback and positive and full of love. 😉
Are there any records that you’ve been digging lately? or any producers?
There is so much new stuff every week. I listen to new music constantly. The Soulection Radio Show for example is something which inspires me. Or the whole modern funk scene (Brian Ellis, Dam Funk, etc.) and of course my friends who always surprise me with new stuff like Tigerskin, Adam Port or Catz N Dogz.
As a DJ, if you don’t have a rider, what would be on it? What’s your ideal set-up to “work”? What gear do you prefer to play with?
I need two Pioneer Nexus 2000 and a Pioneer 900 mixer and then I’m happy. A third CDJ is sometimes fun.
Important are solid monitor speakers as I love to mix without headphones. I cue for like ten seconds and that’s it. Bad monitors are a nightmare for my ears.
Do you look at yourself as a producer that DJs or a DJ that produces?
A DJ that produces. DJing was my first love and will always be.
“Deep House” is a thing that our grandparents have heard of now. Do you believe this will last or is the trendiness of it already cresting?
Most people who thought they produced Deep House joints the last three years didn’t really produce Deep House… Did they? I’m not sure.
And now they all switched to… I don’t even know what they call this trance-y Tech House which is so en vogue right now. 😉
There will always be Deep House records around but the focus constantly shifts every new season to another sound… which is a good thing because you gotta stay fresh to stay in the game.
What can you tell us about this mix?
Say what? House Music all nite long 😉