Step into the pulsating world of Stuttgart's Bjørnson, a DJ and producer whose journey through the realms of pounding techno spans over a decade. As a beacon among the rising acts in the underground scene, Bjørnson is rapidly solidifying his place as one of the standout names in the german music landscape.
Bjørnson's discography is a testament to his dedication, featuring a growing collection of quality cuts that showcase his prowess in crafting immersive soundscapes. His portfolio boasts tracks and remixes released on esteemed labels such as KDraw, Tregambe and Hypnostate. Notably, luminaries like Joris Voorn and Richie Hawtin consistently lend their support to his tracks, spinning them in their sets at well-known events like Time Warp.Bjørnson was recently voted one of the National Breakthrough Artists in Germany and delivered his last mix for the radio show of New York legend DJ Boris from New York.
Congratulations on your impressive contribution to DJ BORIS's Transmissions podcast and radio show. What was your approach in curating a set for such a renowned show?
Actually, there wasn't a particular approach because I didn't specifically record the set. Instead, I chose an excerpt from a set that I recorded in the club in December. It is also much easier to “put together” a set live in the club than at home in the studio. That is really a very big difference. There's just a completely different vibe in the club than at home alone in the studio. Plus, a set in a club is much more spontaneous than a set recorded in the studio.
The energy in your mix is palpable, creating a captivating journey for the listener. Can you shed some light on how you build and maintain that energy throughout the set?
First and foremost, I try to leave space for the tracks. That means I give them the time to fully develop. Nowadays, many sets jump from drop to drop every 30 seconds. That wouldn't do justice to the tracks and the artists who produced them. But that's just my personal taste.
Transmissions has a global reach, exposing your mix to a diverse audience. Did this influence your track selection, and how do you think techno serves as a universal language that resonates with listeners worldwide?
It's great to have the opportunity to present your music to so many people. First of all, thank you for that! As already mentioned, the set was recorded at one of my gigs. But whether in the studio or in the club, I play what I like and share a little bit of myself with the listener. Techno music brings so many people from all over the world together every year and the community grows and grows. At the moment we're riding the hard techno wave, but that automatically brings attention to other subgenres. Techno brings people together
How do you discover new and underground music, and what criteria do you use when selecting tracks for a set?
I use different options to discover new music. On the one hand, I listen to a lot of sets from my idols and then search through the track lists. On the other hand, I also receive a few promos every week and I listen to every track. And then of course there is contact with colleagues who also produce. We send our unpublished tracks to each other and give feedback and use them in our sets. This is often the moment when the crowd asks for the track ID :D.
In my sets I try to use tracks with melodic breaks and epic drops, and tracks that are more raw and hypnotic. But most importantly, the tracks have to move forward.
Techno has evolved significantly over the years. How do you see the current state of the genre, and are there particular artists or labels you believe are pushing boundaries and shaping its future?
Techno is becoming more and more popular. And a lot of people have realized that they can make a lot of money doing this. This can be easily proven by the large number of festivals and their high admission prices, which result from the very high fees paid to the artists. In my opinion this won't last much longer. In many areas of the world the economy is weakening, which automatically means that people have less money left over for such things. What remains in the end are the people who pursue techno as a passion. It's just an up and down that repeats itself over and over again.
And in my opinion, there is a generational change taking place. Social media plays a huge part in this development. The younger artists simply know how to use social media to their advantage, and while artists of the older generation are annoyed because they can't keep up with developments, the younger ones are passing them by. And there are really a lot of them. That's why I can't name any specific artists now. But it will definitely be someone who is outstanding musically and in managing his social media channels :D
Your mix has undoubtedly left an impact on listeners. What do you hope the audience takes away from your Transmissions mix?
It would be nice if listeners noticed how passionately I do this. And then of course I hope you had a nice time listening to the mix. Maybe someone will like the mix so much that they will visit one of my social media channels ;-)
Looking ahead, what projects or collaborations can your fans anticipate in the near future?
A remix was just released on Klangtrauma Records from Germany. And there will also be another release from me on Hypnostate around March.