After a selection of successful parties across the UK, Arkitekt have decided to captivate their unique blends of electronic exponents and put them into compilation CD’s for the rest of us to enjoy. Their underground vibes that they carry so well in the clubs will be transformed into tasteful mixes filled with the coolest house and techno from an array of artists. With their first release being unveiled on 15th October, Arkitekt get ready for a whole new beginning of something rather special.
Being the first to make waves in Arkitekt’s exciting new adventure is German DJ, Robert Dietz. A man, whose style has matured as gracefully as his career, be prepared for deep underground vibes across a selection of tracks that Dietz likes to play in the club and at home. His crafted trademark sound is built on his love of house from old school to new that is decorated with sexy grooves and warm melodies.
We chat to Robert Dietz ahead of his release to find out a little more about this exciting new compilation.
We’ve had a listen to your new compilation album ‘Arkitekt 01′, is there anything in specific that you wanted the album to sound like or is it more of a selection of the things you like to play and listen to when your at home or in the club?
It was definitely a selection of tracks I really love, like to play and listen to in any situation. My aim from the beginning was to include a varied selection of recently released music, rare and hard to find and exclusive tracks to the mix to give an insight into the spectrum of music you might expect to hear from Robert Dietz.
How would you summarise the album in 3 words?
Warm, multifarious and hypnotic.
Sometimes your surroundings can dramatically change the way you feel and think about things… Where were you when you put the album together?
I was mainly in my studio at home while I was listening and choosing the tracks, plus doing the final mix. It is the environment where I’m the most creative and therefore prefer to work. Regarding the personal feeling, I have to say that it is difficult to fade out your doubts and worries regarding the work. It was a long process for me to switch of my head and do what I feel instead of getting disturbed by too many influences from the outside which could mess up the way you want to have the mix.
Pick out one track and tell us what you thought when you heard this for the very first time.
For me, ‘Awshashen’ from Ben Nevile is one of my favourites – it’s a real special one. I heard it for the first time in 2001 in a Set from Zip in the late morning at Robert Johnson. In the moment the bassline flooded the dancefloor, the still packed club was just one huge smile. It was one of those essential moments in my clubbing history. The record with the track hasn’t been available anymore for a long time already, you can only find it on Discogs from time to time with a lot of luck.
To get this track licensed for my mix was something real special.
Looking at where you have played over the past few months, you have had a pretty exciting summer! If you could choose one place as your favourite, which one would it be?
It’s not very easy to pick one particular place or one moment out because there were so many, but the place I enjoyed a lot was my first attendance at the EXIT festival in Serbia this year. I had the chance to play the Dance Valley Stage and the energy over there coming from the crowd is something outstanding.
This year you have got the privilege of closing some of the biggest clubs in Ibiza, how does it feel knowing the season is coming to an end?
Actually it is a mixture of happiness and sadness, a relieving and empty feeling. The summer is always very intense, especially in Ibiza. You have many great moments with lots of emotions all over the island but you are happy that it finally getting back to normal and you can focus on other things again like work in the studio for example.
After the release, you’re back on the road again, what place are you most excited to visit?
I’m about to head to Asia tomorrow and I’m going to play in Singapore for the first time which is exiting me a lot. Never been to this city and I can’t wait to discover it.
And finally, do you have any ambitious goals for 2013?
An every year ambition is to keep up the good work and deliver quality music as a producer and a DJ. But the main goal is to get more music out again.
Thanks Rob for chatting to us! Arkitekt.01 Robert Dietz is released out now. Check out the 30min sampler below!