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Pandemic chronicles

In one way or another, the coronavirus pandemic has put an extraordinary strain on all of us. For more than a year, most of us have been restricted in the way we live our lives. Celebrating techno culture live seems like a distant memory. Considering the circumstances, it could be perceived as trivial to feel the urge to party. However, embracing these nights is precisely what makes us human. We connect with hundreds or thousands of strangers through a collective goal, getting lost in the music. Being unable to socialise in this way has affected all of our mental health.

As a result, we have decided to collaborate with several artists to bring you a series of techno sets on our SoundCloud page. Each set is accompanied by an interview, which will be published below. The questions are focused on the way the pandemic has affected the artists professionally and personally. We hope these podcasts and interviews will allow people some much-needed distraction from the current madness until the day we can go out and make new memories again.

Artist interviews

We start our pandemic chronicles podcast with Bertman. He holds a unique place in our hearts since he was one of the last persons we got to hear perform live. He is the resident DJ of the magnificent Spazio 900, one of the most epic and memorable nightclubs in Roma’s Eur district. He also played during Cosmo’s 2019 Capodanno (New Years) and Cosmo’s 2020 Fuori orario (after party). The latter is one of Rome’s biggest raves, hosting the best lineup of the techno scene. This event alone is worth visiting the city. People from all over the country meet in the capital to spend two nights celebrating the best Italian techno culture has to offer. We thank Luis for taking the time to answer our questions and providing us with a solid set, characterised by its typical Italian flow and smoothness. Listening to it makes us feel melancholic. However, it also allows us to look forward to the near future, celebrating a weekend in Spazio 900, listening to Bertman live again.

 

joushikijin: How is your mood today?

Bertman: I feel sad. It has been more than one year that I can no longer work to perform in front of my clubbers.

joushikijin: How has the pandemic affected your mental health?

Bertman: Mentally, I’m tired of staying at home on weekends, but I’m very charged as soon as we can get back to normal.

joushikijin: What do you love most about creating music?

Bertman: Creating music gives me happiness and the desire to improve and see my productions on Saturday evening appreciated by clubbers.

joushikijin: What have you been struggling with the most during the pandemic?

Bertman: Boredom, but I took the opportunity to create new music and experiment with new electronic sounds.

joushikijin: What new thing have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?

Bertman: That family and friends are very important.

joushikijin: Can you name us the artist that has inspired you the most during the pandemic?

Bertman: Richie Hawtin, a great artist, and music innovator.

joushikijin: Since the pandemic, what has been your most favourite non-music-related thing to do?

Bertman: Go out for walks. I look forward to the day I can do that without a mask.

joushikijin: Once the pandemic is over, what are you looking forward to the most?

Bertman: Go back to the clubs and have fun all together. 

joushikijin: Is there something else on your mind you would like to share with the techno community?

Bertman: Music will never abandon us, especially in difficult moments. I LOVE MUSIC, I LOVE TECHNO!

 

Visit our SoundCloud page to enjoy his set.

We thank KØZLØV for taking the time out of his busy schedule and responding to our questions. Unfortunately, he did not have the time to spoil us with a set, which doesn’t affect our love for his work. 🥰 We get much energy from his few available sets and love to indulge in the hard-hitting madness of his tracks. Keep an eye out for his upcoming releases and podcasts.

 

joushikijin: How is your mood today?

KØZLØV: Generally, I’m fine, even with this pandemic. However, it’s not easy to maintain a good mood every day. I find some different activities to do and still have a social life. Nowadays, I think it’s vital.

joushikijin: How has the pandemic affected your mental health?

KØZLØV: During the first lockdown, it was not so bad because it was something new. After a few weeks and months, you do the same things at home, so you need to be creative and find something else to do. Basically, ‘creativity’ helped a lot. I’m always trying to do something to give myself purpose. We don’t know when the pandemic will stop, so we need to adapt our lives and adopt a new perspective until we return to normal life.

joushikijin: What do you love most about creating music?

KØZLØV: What I love about creating music is the surprise you can have when you make it.  For example, with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), you would create something in one way. However, in the end, you go in another way, and this feeling is something exciting for me. Sometimes you merely add one instrument, and you can continue your song differently.

joushikijin: What have you been struggling with the most during the pandemic?

KØZLØV: Definitely not having a social life during the first lockdown. It meant not seeing my friends and family as I normally would.

joushikijin: What new thing have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?

KØZLØV: I’ve found that my creativity has no limit. No matter how I feel, I can create music or find something different altogether. For example, going to the gym, learning about electronics or languages… I’m a curious person, and I think I’m thirsty to learn. Ha-ha. 😂

joushikijin: Can you name us the artist that has inspired you the most during the pandemic?

KØZLØV: I don’t think an artist inspired me, but I’ve found out about TY, and I really like his music.

joushikijin: Since the pandemic, what has been your most favourite non-music-related thing to do?

KØZLØV: My second passion after music, the gym. I’ve been doing that for years, and I never get bored with that.

joushikijin: Once the pandemic is over, what are you looking forward to the most?

KØZLØV: To travel like a normal person without PCR test everywhere, basically to live as before and not think about how can I go there, or which rules I need to know …

joushikijin: Is there something else on your mind you would like to share with the techno community?

KØZLØV: Yes, many people are surprised when I tell them that I’m not only a DJ. I’m also working during the week and will continue to do so because I love my job. I like to find a healthy balance between the week and the weekend. It allows me to maintain sound mental health.

 

Listen to KØZLØV on SoundCloud or Bandcamp.

We thank Vendex for emerging from the underworld, unmasking himself, and giving unconditional support for our project. 🤘🏽 He was on our playlist for the past year, and we were thrilled when we got the opportunity to collaborate. The result is an epic set, which we love to bits, plus our two-hour-long video interview, which is below as an abridged transcription. There is so much to love about his relentless music but what stands out the most to us is his blend of genres and love for dissonance. We are inspired by his energy in producing so much content consistently and taken by his humble personality, ability to share emotional warmth, and willingness to part with his expertise. We are excited about opportunities to collaborate in the future and confident that our shared passion for Italian culture and literature will allow us to introduce Italian techno lovers to one of the best underground artists. 😈🔥

 

joushikijin: How is your mood today?

Vendex: My mood today. I am super happy about being in this interview. I am happy most of the time, but sometimes I feel depressed concerning the overall situation, like being unable to anything. Spain is super restrictive right now, with the curfew at 22:00, bars are only open from lunch to 16:00. These kinds of things are a reminder that you can’t do anything. I can’t work doing the thing I love. One month ago I had to work in a gas company because I need to survive. I earned good money, and now I keep continuing with my work producing podcasts. However, the situation is really crazy, but at the same time, I am happy. I try to stay focused and creative, and that’s what I want to show to people. I want to share happiness with the world since I can see much depression in the world right now. Right now, I am happy.

joushikijin: How has the pandemic affected your mental health?

Vendex: We didn’t expect all that. In the beginning, I was like, what is going on. Ok, we stay at home to ensure we safe lives and not contribute to the spread. During the first lockdown, I was ok, since I was working. It became worse later when I realised that I can leave the house, but there is nothing to do. You can only go to work, and that’s about it. Politicians also came up with contradictory rules concerning what you can do and what you can’t do. It is ok that the Metro is full of people going to work, but you can’t go to a nightclub. All these things destroyed my mental health. It felt like the government is taking the piss at all the people working in the nightlife, like in bars, restaurants, and hotels. Like, are you serious? Anyhow, it’s complicated, but I always have hope. I mean, sometimes, I feel low because I want to work or party, but I keep my hopes up and think that it will be very soon. Until then, I keep working from home. I am patient.

joushikijin: What do you love most about creating music?

Vendex: It allows me to express my ideas, what I want to represent, what I like to combine. For example, I want to merge metal and techno. I always was a metalhead and previously a singer of a deathcore band. This kind of creativity is possible with music but in other areas as well. My aim is to combine literature, history, occultism, necromancy with my music and stage persona Vendex. Vendex is filled with tropes from Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia. It is what I love. I went to university, am a historian. It is my passion, art, literature, and techno. I can combine all of these things. It’s what I want to do most and what I want to create.

joushikijin: What have you been struggling with the most during the pandemic?

Vendex: The inability for us as an industry, as artists, not working is the harshest for me. My biggest fear was that I will run out of creativity since I cannot expose myself to new stimuli. I need to watch a lot of my favourite series and read books I like or video play games. I was worried this could be the end of Vendex because of not having new inspiration, being subjected to lockdown rules, and only stay at home or work. Anyhow, now, I can outside a little bit more, but before, I was desperate.

joushikijin: What new thing have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?

Vendex: I was surprised about my resilience. That I turned into a super creative person despite the lockdown. I noticed many artists stopped working. They are not producing, feel depressed, and stopped altogether. I can survive mentally until we are allowed to go outside again. I didn’t expect that my mental health remains mostly unaffected in this situation. I do have periods in which I feel down, but I never crashed completely. Another variable is that I started this project when I was fourteen, and it was always my focus. I think it might be the motivation for my future and the projects that keep me going. I don’t care, one year, two years, I don’t care, I keep working in lockdown. There is no point in looking back. I just keep looking forward. Having said all that, the situation is challenging.

joushikijin: Can you name us the artist that has inspired you the most during the pandemic?

Vendex: I love Dax J. In the past, I got much inspiration from him, and I Hate Models, but now, not as much as I used to but sometimes. However, nowadays, it is rare that I get inspired by others. Before, I was focused on him and some others, but now, I get inspired by various metal bands. I listen more to metal now than I do to techno. Also, I work with and collaborate with people and get inspiration from them, either directly or indirectly.

joushikijin: Since the pandemic, what has been your most favourite non-music-related thing to do?

Vendex: I am a freak, and I like playing videogames. I was super excited for Cyberpunk 2077 but was disappointed when it came out. I was thinking, what the fuck did they sell me? It felt like a scam. The game was not only buggy but also did not come with the gameplay mechanics they promised. They said that they would include plenty of features but ended up putting in only twenty per cent or so. Other publishers have similar issues, releasing games too early and fucking up. Anyhow, I love role-playing games like the Witcher, Skyrim, Cyberpunk, Fallout.

joushikijin: Once the pandemic is over, what are you looking forward to the most?

Vendex: I want to play in every country, in every nightclub, festival. I want to rave non-stop. I will enjoy the little things in life, like going to work without a fucking mask. Go to restaurants, bars, whatever I want. I am going to enjoy everything.

joushikijin: Is there something else on your mind you would like to share with the techno community?

Vendex: First, I want to address the artists. It’s going to be hard, but we are looking at the end of the pandemic. Keep working and stay active because if you procrastinate, you’re gone from the market. Keep working. It’s the only thing we can do right now. Second, I like to appeal to the ravers. Stay strong and do small sensible parties. If the system fucks you, fuck the system, really, fuck them. Now we are starting to have vaccines. The elderly are vaccinated. Go to raves, do illegal raves, enjoy the true techno spirit. I don’t care if I die raving. At least I die happy. I am sure this will trigger a lot of people, but I don’t care. People! Go to houses and organise small raves, small events responsibly. I reckon soon we will be back to normal. Third, this applies to everyone. Myself, I take no drugs apart from techno, and I am going to rave like crazy. But I like people who like to indulge in drugs like alcohol, MDMA, and others to take it easy. Please, guys, rave as fuck but be careful. Take your drugs, but do them responsibly. I don’t want to lose decent people to shitty decisions.

 

Visit our SoundCloud page to enjoy his set.

We thank HeizÖL for making the time to record this podcast and take our call for the interview. His sets have been part of our work playlist since the beginning of 2021, and we couldn’t do without them. We fell as much in love with his sound as we did with his attitude to the culture he is part of creating. He represents a new generation of artists revitalising the German underground techno scene with hard-hitting, driving, dark sounds. Behind his music stands the idea that techno provides an inclusive, non-judgmental, non-commercial, and safe space for everyone. ✊🏽 He is also part of Dopaminmangel/0815 Techno, which promotes artist from all over Germany. We hope you enjoy this set as much as we do. ♥️

 

joushikijin: How is your mood today?

HeizÖL: My mood today is like on most days, great. I don’t let anything get me down. I am a person that is generally in a positive mindset. It’s not easy to get me down, and that’s why I tend to be in a good mood.

joushikijin: How has the pandemic affected your mental health?

HeizÖL: To be honest, everyday life has changed little for me. I was able to work as before. My hours weren’t cut, and there were no restrictions. Not being able to meet with friends is one issue. However, apart from that, I was able to live my life relatively unaffected.

joushikijin: What do you love most about creating music?

HeizÖL: I can live out my fantasies, the things I imagine musically. I feel connected with everything when I stand behind the equipment. I feel every beat. The music flows through my body, and I have tunnel vision. It fulfils me.

joushikijin: What have you been struggling with the most during the pandemic?

HeizÖL: Social distancing, that’s not my thing. I like being close to people. Having to wear a mask and things, I don’t fancy that at all.

joushikijin: What new thing have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?

HeizÖL: Sharing time with the person you love most is vital. It’s something that needs to be appreciated since we’re working full-time and seeing each other little. Since the lockdown, we spent many weekends together and spending time together is something we must not lose track of.

joushikijin: Can you name us the artist that has inspired you the most during the pandemic?

HeizÖL: Most inspired? Not really, if I am honest. I motivate myself. I have this urge to create musically new things, and I already made some tracks. It is something I can realise myself with. Always something new, going further and further.

joushikijin: Since the pandemic, what has been your most favourite non-music-related thing to do?

HeizÖL: Do-it-yourself work around the house – bringing everything up to date. Well, suddenly, there was more time and disposable income for it – the most beautiful side project.

joushikijin: Once the pandemic is over, what are you looking forward to the most?

HeizÖL: The thing I look forward to most is being able to mingle with others. Like visiting a beer garden for a beer, enjoying the sun and talking to people without a mask or social distancing measures. That is something I miss a lot. In general, us finding a way back to normality. I would also like to meet on the street with three of my friends without being looked at like we’re dangerous criminals.

joushikijin: Is there something else on your mind you would like to share with the techno community?

HeizÖL: Techno has become somewhat commercial again. I wish this is not the case. Many clubs had to close. After all, they can’t afford the headliners anymore because they are that expensive. It’s an issue that not only affects the techno community but electronic music in general. People like David Guetta make a fortune each gig. It’s obscene. Even worse, he doesn’t play properly. He merely lets some tracks run on autoplay. That’s it. It would be nice if we can return to techno for the love of music and not money or to make a mark for ourselves, that’s something I would appreciate.

 

Visit our SoundCloud page to enjoy his set.

WNDRLST has dominated our playlist for the past two years. Few people get us going as he does. His dark, all-encompassing, and rich sound give our headphone amps and headphones the workout they deserve. 🎧 He will be part of the first event in a series that we have planned. We thank him for recording the set and taking the time to respond to our questions, sharing with us what moved him over the past few weeks.

 

joushikijin: How is your mood today?

WNDRLST: I am doing great. The weather is slowly getting better and warmer, and me being a summer person is affecting me positively. Also, now that there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel regarding the pandemic, I slowly gain back more motivation and inspiration for music.

joushikijin: How has the pandemic affected your mental health?

WNDRLST: At the very beginning, it honestly did not affect me all that much. Of course, there was a short period where everything seemed more dramatic than it actually is, which was worrisome somehow. However, as time went by, that disappeared quickly. The actual effects for me happened somewhere around November/December 2020. My inspiration dropped significantly, and I struggled a lot more to finish new music. On the upside, I think it mostly had a positive effect on me in general. I spent more time with my friends, which was necessary for me as I moved to Hungary around June this year. Aside from that, I also believe it made me value the everyday things that we can do in our regular daily life a lot more now that we see how easily the things we are most used to can be taken away from us.

joushikijin: What do you love most about creating music?

WNDRLST: The way I work with producing is basically with a completely blank mind, messing around until I find something that triggers something in me which is totally dependent on the mood I happen to be in – which is one of the main reasons why my spectrum of releases is quite extensive ranging from more emotional tracks to industrial (which by the way I would not describe as aggressive but powerful). Once the project is starting to take shape, I can usually finish the track within hours. That feeling of having such a smooth and easy workflow is, for me, one of the things I love most about producing music. This, however, also goes totally paired with then releasing it, receiving feedback and being able to play it out live in front of a crowd – it’s an almost indescribable feeling to see a crowd love the music I made and that for me never gets old.

joushikijin: What have you been struggling with the most during the pandemic?

WNDRLST: Not being able to visit my family and friends back in the Netherlands. I haven’t seen them for nearly a year now, which is definitely taking its toll. Also, as previously mentioned, my inspiration and motivation have dropped quite significantly. However, I am doing my best to find new ways to help me put out new music.

joushikijin: What new thing have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?

WNDRLST: To be more appreciative of the freedom and amount of options we have in our daily lives. I think it’s quite easy to take that for granted but going through a time like this where we have limitations definitely is eye-opening.

joushikijin: Can you name us the artist that has inspired you the most during the pandemic?

WNDRLST: Honestly, and this is not meant in any negative way, but no one, really. To be in my most creative mindset, I have to focus on what I do and try not to let myself get influenced by other artists, even when there isn’t a pandemic. However, I am still listening to other artists who are sending me their tracks for promotional purposes!

joushikijin: Since the pandemic, what has been your most favourite non-music-related thing to do?

WNDRLST: I had met some great new friends when I moved to Budapest, and have been able to spend quality time with them has been amazing. Also, having been able to explore the city, settling in properly was really nice and chilled. Besides that, I am probably spending way too much time watching series and films on Netflix.

joushikijin: Once the pandemic is over, what are you looking forward to the most?

WNDRLST: First of all, I will travel back to the Netherlands to see my family and friends. I miss them a lot. Secondly, of course, getting back on the road again and catching up on all the gigs that we all missed so much. Things have still moved forward throughout the pandemic, luckily, and there are some amazing things on the horizon, which I am really eager to announce, but it has to wait for now.

joushikijin: Is there something else on your mind you would like to share with the techno community?

WNDRLST: Hang in there. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we will see each other very soon. ♥️

 

Visit our SoundCloud page to enjoy his set.

JAPAU has found his way into our playlist in early 2021 by leaving a cheeky comment on a WNDRLST set. Since then, he has dominated our playlist, and his mad sets have given structure to our long workdays. He was the first artist we heard that managed 150 bpm or more without sounding like a lunatic at the peak of his amphetamine binge. His label PA•RA•DO•XON, was one of the first we reached out to, and we are thrilled that he has agreed to contribute to our project. He will be part of the first event in a series that we have planned. We would also like to thank him for always being there for us when we have technical questions, treating us with kindness, and embracing our madness. We hope you enjoy his set as much as we do. 🔥😈♥️⛓

 

joushikijin: How is your mood today?

JAPAU: I’m stressed out today because of my work, and every Thursday, I also go to evening school.

joushikijin: How has the pandemic affected your mental health?

JAPAU: Truly, I would say I’m getting steadily more unhappy, and it’s not getting better.

joushikijin: What do you love most about creating music?

JAPAU: The feeling that I can do whatever I want and let my feelings run free.

joushikijin: What have you been struggling with the most during the pandemic?

JAPAU: That I couldn’t visit my family during Christmas time, every year I visit my parents, but last year I couldn’t, this was shit. Also, my friends and I couldn’t meet each other in bigger groups.

joushikijin: What new thing have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?

JAPAU: I don’t have something in mind when you are asking me this.

joushikijin: Can you name us the artist that has inspired you the most during the pandemic?

JAPAU: I don’t have a special artist in mind, but I would say producer’s and DJ’s from France inspired me the most.

joushikijin: Since the pandemic, what has been your most favourite non-music-related thing to do?

JAPAU: Graphic design.

joushikijin: Once the pandemic is over, what are you looking forward to the most?

JAPAU: When the pandemic is over, I take my crew and rush to the next club to have a good time.

joushikijin: Is there something else on your mind you would like to share with the techno community?

JAPAU: I appreciate my little community very much. I can’t stop to thank you all for your comments and direct messages.

 

Visit our SoundCloud page to enjoy his set.

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Upcoming events

🇮🇹 Q4 2021

We are currently working on a collaboration with Link 2.0 in Bologna, Italy, to organise an event towards the end of this year. Safety is our priority! Right now, most of Europe is struggling with coronavirus restrictions, and there are many unanswered questions. However, we hope to have more answers by the end of this summer.

In the meantime, please support your favourite artists by buying their releases from sites like Bandcamp. Alternatively, see if they sell merchandise on their official websites.

Below is the lineup for the night. Stay safe! 😷

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Our approach

We are two psychologists who collaborate with others to work towards a sounder techno culture. We use TEC₁₁H₁₅NO₂ to promote equality, address mental health issues, and educate on safe drug use.

We set boundaries

We ensure that everyone’s boundaries are established and respected. Our priority is to provide a secure and comfortable work environment. Each person has a clearly defined role, and we assure that everyone knows what it is.

We are inclusive

We have zero-fucking-tolerance for intolerance and don’t accept sexism, racism, or any other form of discrimination at our events. This policy applies to the people we collaborate with, as well as our guests. We want everyone to enjoy a safe evening with us, regardless of physique, orientation, or preferences. We celebrate diversity and provide a judgement-free environment.

We share the loot

We don’t organise events to become wealthy. That is why, after each event, we split the profits with all workers equally, regardless of their function. We see it as our social responsibility to disrupt the traditional capitalist approach to event management, introducing a more responsible, sustainable, and anarchist way.

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