The Under The MEOKO Microscope series is back with a bang; Berlin-based producer, Inner.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Inner. We know you have a busy schedule – How has everything been going?
Everything is going well, lately its been a lot of nature for me and it will be like that till end of summer.
It barely takes a pair of ears to tell that you have a real passion for minimal and techno. How were you first exposed to these sounds and what artists did you grow up on? Who were your major influences?
First music played by me as a DJ was Drum and Bass. In a short time after thru new friends met at the local electronic music club I discovered the likes of Anthony Rother, Miss Kitten and Sven Vath. Then came the first editions of Sunwaves and the Romanian djs. At the time they ware not playing „the romanian sound“ but a combination of house, techno, and tech house (the good one). One of the sets I still remember and look back too is Zip s set at SW after hours in 2009.
How was the techno scene growing up in Romania? Was there anything in particular that made you think, “Wait, I want to make it in this scene?”
Not really. It came natturelly as at the time we ware organising parties in my hometown since our local electronic music club just got closed. I was discovering new music and it was easy for me to share it with people . I did warm ups for about 2 years.
It’s been almost 4 years now since you moved to Berlin. How do you find the city? Are you enjoying your life there?
I moved to the city without knowing anyone or talking german and I was lucky to find some very nice people straight away that supported me from the beggining. Life in the big city has ups and downs, like everywhere. Somehow you are sourounded by people but it feels more lonely than in a smaller city. People are so concerned about their lifes that its hard sometimes to make plans with friends. But the city has so much to offer in terms of art, nature, to name a few so I enjoy living here a lot.
You’ve recently released some amazing music on Anthea’s label Partisan. Could you give us a bit of the story behind this EP?
We met at a party at CDV when I was playing a few years ago and we kept in contact ever since. Its hard to find labels that fit my music and that I am happy to release on. It was clear to me that Anthea has a vision for her new Partisan project and when I heard her talk with such passion about it I wanted to be part of it straight away. Now we became more than collaborators and I am happy to release among great music and producers.
In regards to your own productions, what projects are you working on at the moment?
Winter and spring was full of producing and studio sessions, now summer is here and its more about enjoying. If you live in Berlin you understand. But I did start a new project with ISH, jamming together and making tracks. Its been really fun but no real plans to release till now.
What do you find the most challenging aspect of producing your own music?
Not sure if its challenging but I get bored very fast. And its not making music that I get bored of its more the style of music. I feel I cannot keep a direction, that can be also a good thing but also a bad one, cause people get confused about who you are. Its easier to categorise djs or producers and listeners like to do that. But as a person you change so much over the years, plus the constant stream of good music that is played at the clubs in Berlin has a big influence on me.
And what about your own Record label Polen? How did you start the label and what are your aspirations for your own imprint?
Polen started mostly to release new producers and my own music. I always liked the idea of discovering new young artists that have something to say. Now its developing into something else, with more established producers coming with eps, but everything is going quite slowly but in a good direction.
What’s one thing that you don’t see enough of in the music industry that you’d like to see?
More parties at the beach?!
What would be your top three travel tips for touring Djs?
Drink lots of water, eat fruits and vegetables and be nice.
With all the traveling and the constantly expanding technology and gear, what is something that always stays in your DJ bag. What is it that you always have to have with you?
Ear plugs. For sleeping not for listening.
Last but not least, could you tell us a little about the mix you made for MEOKO? What was your approach?
Its hard for me to make podcasts. Most of the podcasts I made are on the fly. Press record and see what happens but for this I kinda try to plan it a bit and then endded up doing exactly the same thing as for the others. So I hope you enjoy!
Inner thank you so much for your time! Hope we’ll to see in London soon!
Words by Denny Kem