I would say 'hello Douglas', but Douglas Greed is not, in fact, your real name. Is there an interesting story behind your nickname?
I´m a big Douglas Coupland fan and allways wanted to have a 'Douglas' alter ego. Last year on my birthday, I even met him and now have a 'Dougi and Dougi' picture of the two of us in my collection. I think I kind of scared him when I told him my story.
Your background lies in hip hop and drum’n’bass. How do these genres influence your productions now?
I think you can hear that most of my tracks evolve around a heavy bassline and some of them have that kind of 'dnb bringing the drop' flavour. I still listen to drum and bass, especially the whole Exit Records stuff. Really interesting music!
You’re identified with the house/techno genres. How did you feel making tracks for your debut album? 'Krl' is not really a dance album...
I never wanted to make a pure house/techno album. I think making an album is an artform that should be used by an artist to explore himself and not just do the whole 'business as usual' routine. That, and my dancetracks fit better on a maxi release. Making this album was kind of a back to school thing for me. I had some ideas and things that I allways wanted to do and try out. The album gave me the chance to do so, by working with a lot of singers and trying to include some interesting twists.
This year you are going to release a 'Krl' remix album. How did it come to the decision of making the release? Who will appear on it?
A lot of my friends came to me and told me which songs from the album they loved and most of them asked me if they can make a rework. So we decided to combine them all and make a release out of it. So we have over 15 remixes right now that we´re gonna split into two releases. Marek Hemmann, Ruede Hagelstein, Juno 6, Mooryc, Clara Moto, Mollono Bass, Ruundfunk 3000, Acid Pauli, Ritornell, Patrick Pulsinger and a few others did some great remixes!
Mooryc appeared on your debut album and you also made a remix of his track 'Turn Left'. But it seems that your cooperation will not be confined to just that. Can you tell us a little more about your 'Eating Snow' project?
Mooryc and I got to know each other in Poznan two years ago, but i think it took us a year to start the first project together. After we did the tracks for my album, we decided that it would be really good for the two of us to drink beer more often. So we rented two flats for two weeks in Germany and put all our studio stuff in them. We worked on a lot of tracks and launched our project Eating Snow. In a couple of weeks i will come to Poland for a few days or weeks to work on some more tracks. Hopefully we will finish our album then and have it released at the end of this year!
We can say that recently you have been very strongly associated with Freude am Tanzem Records. How did it happen that you released your new ep 'Storytelling' via International DeeJay Gigolo Records? What story did you want to tell us this time?
I was DJing in a club in Munich and played an unreleased track of mine and someone knocked me on the shoulder, asking me if he can have the CD. I said no, and was a bit disturbed by that question. So i kept on playing and he asked me again. I looked at him, thinking: man,, you know this guy! It took me like 10 minutes to realise that DJ Hell had just asked me for my tracks. So we met at the bar after i finished playing and later on I sent him some tunes. There is gonna be a new release pretty soon and i also included the track 'A Club's Gotta Be Dirty' on my podcast.
You both DJ and perform live. Moreover, you have recently been developing your live project...
I love doing both. As a DJ I have the possibility to choose from a couple of hundred tracks. I can play a straight set, and have the freedom to drop a Joy Division track in the middle. Making people looking up to me a bit skeptical when i play something unusual - I love that!!!. It´s a great pleasure when I DJ for a couple of hours in a good club with a great PA. Sometimes it feels like telling a story for hours. Some of my best DJíng memories where sets of 10 h length. On the other hand as a liveact I play mostly for just one hour. Playing strictly my own stuff and can see how people react tothe ideas I had a few weeks ago in the studio. That´s also a really great experience. At the moment, I have a singer and a percussionist, and we play as kind of a techno band which is a totally different energy to everything I did before. I love exploring new things and changing stuff all the time. It's something that keeps me going.
As a DJ, which is your favorite medium?
I play vinyl, CD and use a sampler.
Can you tell us something more about the mix you recorded for us?
I wanted to include some little special things. So i did a bit of a special version of my track 'Shiver' at the beginning of the mix. I tried to make a mix that you could also use as a kind of a example of how I play as a DJ. Switching styles and moods and trying to take you on a bit of a journey. A bit of straightness, a bit of funk, a bit of sex and a bit of dirt!
What are you up to next?
We have a big concert for the album at the end of this week which we will record fully to put it online later as video and audio. After that, I will go to Poland to work on Eating Snow with Mooryc, and then I have a couple of remixes and requests from different labels. I also have the idea and story for my next album..... so......Moving everything is moving along.