Exclusive interview with Alex Kvitta
Author : clubbersguide / Date : 31-08-2011 19:03
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Born back in 1974 half mexican/german musician and older brother of well known Frank Kvitta started his career back in 1998 when he got out his first record 'RMF - The beat'. Since that time Alex has always been developing on his musical skills. Trying different styles and sounds he started in 2005 in producing some harder stuff. In this year he got out his first hardtechno record on Bullshit Records feat. the well known track 'Scorpio'. Later in 2007 follow ups contained releases on Nerven Records and a reocrd with the Major Rush himself on his label Kne´Deep aswell as on Beatboost Records in 2008. Live PA performances incl. appearances on Loveparade, Dance Valley, Ground Zero, Day & Night Festival, We want more of diz, and many many more. In addition Alex now started also his sideproject 'Prototyp21' where he will produce & play his way of minimal Techno sounds.

Clubbersguide: When did you start DJing and where was your first gig?

Alex Kvitta: I started doing liveacts back in 2004, never liked djing. my first paid gig was in u60311 i think in 2005.

Clubbersguide: How do you see the role of DJ these days as opposed to when you first started out?

Alex Kvitta: I think in the early days a dj could effort just being a dj.. today to get on top u need to have also good producer skills and some smasher releases to get known.

Clubbersguide: What do you think is more important for a DJ - the mixing technique or the track selection?

Alex Kvitta: Cause all the digital help available today i´d say: track selection

Clubbersguide: With all the new styles and new kind of sounds coming out, do you think that the original sound of techno will become obsolete?

Alex Kvitta: No, never. like all kind of music the sound evolves over the years. has some high and lower periods, but for sure will never die!

Clubbersguide: What's your preference - playing at festivals or clubs?

Alex Kvitta: For the athmosphere it´s great to play in a filled club, feeling the ppl close, but to play a festival in front of like 3-5000 ppl is also an amazing experience and special kick.

Clubbersguide: What's been the best party you've DJed at? Whats the strangest thing that has happened to you at a gig? What was your best, and your worst party experience?

Alex Kvitta: So far my best gig was at a club in malaga called industrial copera. packed location great party ppl and ambience.
The strangest thing was that one time a guy stood in front of me in u60311 while i was playing a minimal techno set and he said: Why are you playing this music now? I know you are frank kvitta and you normally play hardtechno but then you wear this long hair wig.....!!!
Best experience was at a festival in Bulgaria. While i was playing suddenly a girl came on stage and started kissing me till security could "save" me....
Worst experience was one time when i arrvived at a club and there was no electricity. so everyone went home. At the end they repaired the problem and i played just for the cleaning personal....


Clubbersguide: Do you think drugs are still a very important part of dance culture?

Alex Kvitta: Yes.

Clubbersguide: Since your name is synonymous with techno, what is there that keeps you playing it, and how do you compare it to other styles?

Alex Kvitta: I grew up with electronic music. and since i was a child i loved it. more than any other music. so it´s the soundtrack of my life. impossible to not listen or play it anymore!
in my opinion there is no other style that has created more different sound variations. synths and sampling give you neverending sounds. rock for example u have bass guitar, electric guitar and drums. pretty limited and for me not so interesting though i like music like rammstein and metallica.


Clubbersguide: Techno has obviously been your passion for many years but all genres change as time goes on. How has your sound developed and how would you describe it now?

Alex Kvitta: Well i started back in 1998 with progressive trance. marc spoon was the biggest help that time. playing my releases really often since my first record. later i took a 3-4 year break with commercial releases. i just did music for me at home. trying to find a new style. i slowed down a lot in that period. so i restarted with minimal stuff and even ambient tracks being played on tv for chillout late night shows.
but also this period found and end where i needed more powerful music to express myself. so i did kind of techhouse things. in that time my brother got known for his hardtechno. i liked the idea of the hard beats and the dirty sounds, but i had a bit different thing in my head how hardtechno could sound. so i created my own sound for which i´m known now. but i never stop my evolution. it´s a neverending process. there´s nothing more boring than to use a sound twice, so my tracks never sound the same.
today when i look back i´m proud to say that i don´t have a certain sound. depending my mood i do music from ambient to hardtechno. but always in alex kvitta style ;)


Clubbersguide: Being a producer as well as a DJ, how much does one influence another, are your productions more influenced by your sets and the tracks you play or is it vice versa?

Alex Kvitta: well as i´m a liveact my music played is close to what i produce ;)
i listen carefully to what is played by the dj´s but i try not to be influenced to much by it, to keep my own style and not sound like xyz.


Clubbersguide: When you're making music, what kind of equipment are you using?

Alex Kvitta: basically i work with cubase studio (full of vst plugins)/ableton live and reason in rewire modus. over the years i collected lot of sounds i sampled from my old hardware like my yamaha cs1x or my roland mc505.
software based sound creations got so easy and better over the years that i sold almost all my hardware.


Clubbersguide: What do you find more challenging - recording your own tracks, or remixing tracks from other producers?

Alex Kvitta: i love to do remixes! i like the idea to give a good track a bit of my sound but respecting the original artwork. i want that ppl later still recognize the track. in general a remix is done much quicker than a own track. so i´d say to produce an own track is more challenging cause u start from the beginning and not having already some ready sunds and loops to work with. though a remix can turn out to be the hardest challenge ever... i already had to drop remix requests cause i wasn´t able to create a good remix from the basic material... hahaha...

Clubbersguide: Where do you find your inspiration?

Alex Kvitta: inspiration is everywhere. i convert feeliings into sounds.
so my music is inspirated by my everyday feelings.


Clubbersguide: Name some of your biggest influences...

Alex Kvitta: Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, electronic music in general

Clubbersguide: What piece of kit can you not live without?

Alex Kvitta: my IPhone

Clubbersguide: What other music and which other artists do you like?

Alex Kvitta: as i mentioned before, besides of techno or electronic music in general i like a lot hardrock like metallica and rammstein. u2 & the prodigy were also bands i liked over so many years now too.

Clubbersguide: What do you do to relax? Any hobbies besides music?

Alex Kvitta: sounds funny but i do music mostly to relax myself. a big hobby is soccer. i used to play for 16 years now i just watch it a lot. i love watching movies or play xbox aswell.
a few years ago i was part of a group which created aircraft addons for Microsoft Flight Simulator. the simming is still a big passion.


Clubbersguide: If you hadn’t become a DJ and producer, what do you reckon you’d be doing now?

Alex Kvitta: i would be an aircraft engineer

Clubbersguide: Tell us an unknown fact about yourself?

Alex Kvitta: i´m an aircraft engineer in part time

Clubbersguide: Where do you see yourself in 30 years from now?

Alex Kvitta: i hope retired and in good health conditions to enjoy the rest of this beautiful life along with my family.
(...and still having my little studio to keep expressing myself when i feel to" ;)



You can check the preview of his upcoming album on http://soundcloud.com/alexkvitta
Also you can buy his recently released album "A secondary exit for a primary reason" on JunoDownload

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