The melodic and uplifting sounds of German duo Monkey Safari have already been heard at the worlds biggest events such as Timewarp & Awakenings, gathering support from industry heavyweights along the way, including the likes of Richie Hawtin and John Digweed.
To celebrate their latest release on their own imprint Hommage, we invited them along for a chat and a guest mix.
Where did you record the mix, and what equipment did you use?
We recorded it in Tulum/Mexico during our stay at ‘Esto Es Tulum‘ Festival.
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?
It’s mostly pre selected tracks for a podcast to create the vibe we want.
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?
In a DJ set we always freestyle because you never know in which mood the crowd is. When you record a podcast you normally don’t have a crowd, so it’s more like a mood created by yourself.
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?
Usually we buy all of our music at Beatport, sometimes also at Bandcamp and Juno.
Could you tell us a bit about your most memorable DJ experience?
In more than 10 years making music you have a lot of amazing experiences, but it wouldn’t be fair to stand out just one.
Your most recent release was your beautiful track “Sturm” on Hommage. Can you talk us through your creative process for the track and tell us about any specific equipment used to bring the sounds to life?
We created the track at the end of last summer when it was starting to get dark earlier, but you still have these images from the summer in your head. That’s why the track has this special positive melancholic vibe, but that’s only our opinion. The sound from the Nord Lead as the main synth line touches this special vibe.
What other projects do you have lined up, do you have any new releases or forthcoming gigs we should be watching out for?
There is a lot of new stuff coming out in the next months. A remix from us for Yotto on Anjunadeep as well as some original material. We are also looking forward to playing our debut at Fabric London and some touring in India and around the world.
You can buy ‘Sturm’ on Hommage HERE.