Even though being a member of the very successful German formation “Deichkind” has evolved DJ Phono into a different person one should refrain from confusing the two. Neither does DJ Phono produce music for Deichkind, nor does their repertoire appear in his DJ set. He is the brain behind the Deichkind live show and the whole overriding concept hidden within the Techno lunacy. Right from the off he has continuously and tirelessly attempted to force a gap between proletarian and sophisticated culture. He is a hellbender and merciless critic of the band luring them towards the end of the branch.
DJ Phono and Bon Jovi have nothing in common. This is why Phono composes music that he likes. “Party is my profession” is what he usually replies when being asked, why at 5 am in the morning he is still to be found at the legendary Hamburg “Pudel Club” – sober. There is always something new to discover, no matter where you look. This explains why he has turned his back on the usual “Hau den Lukas” method and ignores expectations. He rather likes to pick the bananas from the trees of slow mounting tensions, because DJ Phono is never bored on stage: Yes, he will even turn of his mobile phone off just to be alone with you.
Categories and limitations are only to be vanquished. People often create strange convoluted sentences in an attempt to describe his music. Someone once said very fittingly: “emotional-temporary-minimal-but-then-more-and-more-techno-with-pop-appeal-thru-techhouse-suitable-for-dancing-taking-the-cake-techno-electro+surprise”. Music associated with labels like his Homebase Diynamic Music, but also Kompakt, Get Physical, Dial, Playhouse, Smallville, Systematic, DFA, Environ, Ibadan, Border Community, Ostgut Ton, Pampa, Circus Company, BPitch Control and Liebe*Detail. Boring, dreary minimal-poppycock, is simply left out.
2011 started a new chapter. DJ Phono finally released his album “Welcome to wherever you’re not” on Diynamic Music. The release will be flanked with a supra-normal live performance. LEDs, hydraulics, roboter, radio technology and projections alternate the room. Daft Punk and Etienne de Crecy will be delighted. The concept comprises artists developing individual
Visual concepts for each album song and implying the respective localities and contexts. DJ Phono is also a member of the band Extra (1978). In 1998 he was European Vice Scratch Champion and incidentally, when he’s in the mood, he also produces and mixes music for others – former collaborations include projects with Erobique, Egoexpress, Commercial Breakup, International Pony and Die Goldenen Zitronen.
By the way, DJ Phono has no hobbies.