Born and raised in Germany, Bellville has toured playing internationally playing at the infamous Ushuaia tower in Ibiza, Afrikaburn festival in South Africa, plus bookings in Dubai and Berlin amongst others. Having recently released his ‘Tankwa Desert EP’ on Incroyable Music, a release heavily influenced by his time in South Africa at Afrikaburn in the desert, we’ve invited him to do a podcast for us and answer some questions about what he’s been up to.
Thanks for taking the time to record a mix for our podcast series, was there any special concept behind your mix, or tracks played from your own releases?
I’m grateful about the fact that I got asked – thank you from the heart.
I guess my last podcasts have been a bit deeper and slower and this time it feels like that it turned out more energetic. The mix starts with my new release on Incroyable called „Tankwa Desert“ which is also pretty deep & slow (haha) but I like to create kind of an intro on each set and then build up the tension and energy.
Where did you record the mix, and what equipment did you use?
I recorded it with Ableton and mixed it in Cubase, which is the DAW I’m producing electronic music with since ten years.
What is your thought process when picking out tracks for a podcast, do you pre-select the tracks, or just pick out the first couple and freestyle it from there?
Its simple…I try to select tracks that I really feel the most and which remind me of certain moments while I was playing a Dj set or while I was listening to other artists who inspire me.
How do you compare playing in a club to recording a podcast, is there much of a change in your mixing style and track selections?
Sure I think there is a difference. The exchange of energy with the people is missing while recording a podcast at the studio. Of course it depends of the surrounding, the playtime and the venue whether a set recording becomes more a warm-up or an intense journey through the night feeling. I love both.
What stores or other places do you normally look for new music… is it all sourced online, or do you also pick up the odd bit of vinyl?
It depends, mostly online by listening to my favourite producers and I love to get inspired and listen to podcasts of other artists while I’m doing sport (except Yoga where I indeed enjoy the silence! J). I do have an old vinyl collection from the year 2002 on when I started DJ’ing and sometimes I grab one of these beautiful soulful and disco memories.
Could you tell us a bit about your most memorable DJ experience?
Oh there a many…one of the most memorable experience to me was probably at Burning Man while I was connected to so many wonderful people I got gifted to get to know during the journey. Same at Afrikaburn in South Africa in 2017 where I played a set on the „Spirit Train“ and at „Everland“ which was nothing but magic. Same at this year’s Afrikaburn especially from the energy of the crowd and the encounters I had. There was one particular moment last year at the Oregon Eclipse festival in the States while I was playing a 7 hours set through the sunrise until 11 o’clock on the Ooligan Alley / Noisily stage. At a certain point colourful hot air balloons approached and were right in front of me above the dancing crowd. When I experience moments like these I always thank to myself and reflect that it’s only the beginning of everything. For all of us.
What other projects do you have lined up, do you have any new releases or forthcoming gigs we should be watching out for
Beside our record label Incroyable we are about to launch our sub label and I’m excited about interesting and experimental collaborations with people from all over the world. Apart from that I’m happy to be back now, home in my studio after having travelled a lot over the last couple of months. So I’m focussing more on my music productions and beside that I will be playing at „La Terrazza“ in Barcelona in July and at „Electronica Festival“ in Cesme, Turkey in August. I’m really looking forward to our first Incroyable showcase with my music family at the ADE in Amsterdam in October. Him self her -thanks for having me and I wish you all a wonderful summer here in Europe.