This week on the DEEP INSPIRATION SHOW we feature a rad interview with Liquid Phonk, a deep house duo from Freiburg, Germany. Liquid Phonk was established in 1999 by Patrick Lesser and Mirko Koenig, who met at a private party where they were both playing at. The started working in studio, blending their different styles of electronic and deep house, establishing their joint sound, which you can hear now in their mixes, productions and track remixes. We caught up with the guys from germany, this is what they had to say:
MA: Good Morning and best wishes from South Africa…
LP: Hello from the wild South-West of Germany! 🙂
MA: Please can you introduce yourselves and tell us where are you guys are from?
LP: Liquid Phonk is a Deephouse/House-Producer-Duo from the South of Germany: Patrick Lesser (34) from Offenburg and Mirko Koenig (38) from Freiburg.
Liquid Phonk started 1999. After some releases we were putting the project on hold for a few years (both Mirko and Patrick, went their own musical way: Mirko founded the DJ team ‘Deepkins’ with his old friend Christoph Shane and Patrick had a few techno releases on Bangbam, Labil and May Recordings. We restarted the project Liquid Phonk in 2012 – with refreshed vigor and sound!
MA: Please give us a bit of background on how you guys got started in music?
Patrick: My whole family is very musical. Almost everyone is playing an instrument or sings. So i followed the footsteps and began playing keyboard/piano and drums. At the age of 14 i was able to have a placement for week at a local recording studio. Since this experience i started collecting studiostuff and synths and built my own studio. unfortunatelly this hobby is a bottomless pit.
Mirko: Both my dad and my uncle played in the same folk music band, and since i can remember, folk-, disco- and rockmusic was looming large for me. My first contact with djing came very soon on different school parties. After this i was djing on some Sunday afternoon parties for young teenagers 🙂 In the early nineties i began to spin house in different clubs.
MA: You guys are not only DJ’s, but Producers too. When and how did you get into production?
Patrick: 1999 Mirko and I meet on a party, where i was doing my first live act (techno at that time under my alias “patrick lassarde”) and mirko was playing a DJ set. Short time after this we were in studio together and the project “liquid phonk” was born. 2001 we had our first release on Patrick Lindseys label “School Rec.” where also some other releases followed.
Mirko: yea, 1999 was a good year 😉
MA: What have been your biggest influences and inspirations in your music journey thus far?
LP: There is no specific producer or DJ that has affected us most. Every record, that hits our heart, has more or less impact to everyone of us.
MA: What has been some of your highlights as a DJ/Producers?
LP: First highlight was 2001, when we held our first vinyl-release in our hands.
Second highlight was a few weeks later, when we came into a local club and people were dancing to our release, played by a foreign DJ.
Another highlight was definitely last year, when house-legend Larry Heard aka. Mr. Fingers charted our track “Higher”, which we released on Something Different Records in November 2013.
MA: What don’t you leave the house without?
Patrick: Glasses, music, headache pills
Mirko: Music for my ears, a little bit money for a good coffee
We both are family men and love our families and friends, so the beloved are always with us – or at least in our minds!
MA: What is the one track that you never go to a gig without?
LP: There are many tracks – some tracks that change from time to time, some tracks we have in our case since years!
These days you can’t go to a gig without some KiNK, Jimpster or Shur-I-Kan tracks. But we also would never go to gigs without the great tunes by our friends Henry L & Ingo Sänger, Marlow & Rainer Trueby, Sello, Jorge Takei or Paskal & Urban Absolutes.
Beside this there are many alltime favourites and house classics in our case.
MA: What can we expect from this guest mix on the Deep Inspiration Show?
LP: Our Deep Inspiration Show became an almost-2h-guestmix. We started with two slow no-4-to-the-floor-tracks and switched afterwards to some really nice slowbombs. The last hour we speeded up a little to around 115bpm.
MA: Anything that you guys are working on that we might be interested in?
LP: Right now we are working on an upcoming EP for Something Different Records. Another EP we finished last year will come this year, too – for this we are in touch and dialouge with some great labels! Beside these two EPs we are remixing some great tunes to be released on different labels the next months.
MA: Where can people follow you?
MA: When are we seeing you guys in South Africa?
LP: You shout, we come! 🙂 No…seriously: right now we have no booking for SA. But since our release on Compost Black Label we have many fans in SA and we really would like to play and party there.
MA: Finally, what is the one music festival you still wish to play at one day?
LP: “Burning man” Nevada, USA!
But at least every gig in every little club is important for us. Either if you play for thousands of people or just hundred or less: it is the vibe and the connection between the crowd and the musician/dj, that makes a party unforgettable!
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