MYNY, deriving from the word ‘mini’, started his career as a HipHop-DJ and producer in the 90s before turning his back on the genre – at least when it came to DJ’ing and later on to his own productions. Still his musical past has always played a role in his life, as his latest productions come in with a lush baselines, usually a trademark in HipHop music, but MYNY using it to create his own House music sound. Ahead of his upcoming ‘Define EP’ Torture the Artist grabbed the chance to speak with him.
Torture the Artist: You‘ve been producing music since the late 90s starting with rap & funk before turning to House music. What was the reason why you changed your style?
Then one day some guy came up to me and asked, if I were up to play a straight house set at a Club in Freiburg. I think that was the beginning.
MYNY: Back then I went out a lot and attended more and more house parties at that time, nearly every weekend. I loved the energy at those parties and started playing more and more House tracks in my HipHop sets and people liked it. Then one day some guy came up to me and asked, if I were up to play a straight house set at a Club in Freiburg. I think that was the beginning. I had been looking for a new challenge deep inside my mind and this was it.
Torture the Artist: Is electronic music able to fulfill your musical demands more than any other music?
MYNY: It just depends on the situation. At home I prefer to listen to some melodic stuff rather than Techno, while I prefer electronic music that keeps me dancing at the club.
Torture the Artist: SOLIDE is a rather new label that you run alongside Kalyma and D.Y.A . What is the story behind the label?
MYNY: The story behind the label is that we just wanted to do our own thing and to be independent in every way. That´s why we started SOLIDE. It is that simple!
I don´t really think my sound is much influenced by the climate of the region, it rather reflects what I listened to back in the days
Torture the Artist: You are from Freiburg in southern Germany – the hottest region in the country – is this influencing your productions as they come in rather warm in terms of sound and are also very percussive?
MYNY: I don´t really think my sound is much influenced by the climate of the region, it rather reflects what I listened to back in the days and, of course, the music I had played as a drummer and percussionist before I started DJ’ing and producing.
Torture the Artist: In terms of music, what releases can we expect to be out SOLIDE this year and what EPs from you are going to be released?
MYNY: There will be four releases on SOLIDE this year, including one from me, of course. There is more to come from my side this year, but I cannot reveal any information at the moment.
Torture the Artist: What would you say was the most beneficial move you made to further your career? For example, was it to take a job somewhere, to submit your work to someone, to frequent certain places often?
MYNY: The most beneficial move I made to further my career so far was the remix I did for Mary Joly‘s track ‘Gratitude‘ and is out on Offering Record. This track was heavily supported by many people. And of course the two venues I ran in my hometown for over six years, where I invited a lot of awesome acts.
Torture the Artist: Are there any milestones, or notable moments, in the evolution of your sound? For example, getting a chance to work with an idol of yours, or hearing a new, and different sound for the first time?
MYNY: No not yet, but I hope there will be one of those great moments soon.
Torture the Artist: What makes a night at a club a memorable one for you?
MYNY: A club night for me is memorable, when the crowd is open-minded and engages with my sound.
Torture the Artist: Is there anything you want your audience to know when they attend a night with you?
MYNY: Four to the floor is nice, but not a must. You should not expect more than 124BPM.
Torture the Artist: What records will definitely be in your box for your next gig?
MYNY: D.Y.A ‘Do It’; Rampa ‘528Hz’; Toto Chiavetta ‘Silence Has Come (Original Mix)’; Jonathan Kaspar ‘Even‘; and some more.
Torture the Artist: Name three places where you can be found, if you do not DJ or produce music!
MYNY: As I am a father now, you will find me changing diapers, at home, at IKEA or somewhere in the wilderness. <smiles>
MYNY’s ‘Define EP’ is out on SOLIDE, March 13th.