Interview: Pascal Hetzel & Sierra Sam’s “Free Your Mind From Words”

The Open Stage Berlin, a musical platform based in the German City, ended the year filming the newest release of Pascal Hetzel and Sierra Sam called “Free your Mind From Words” released in the Wilde’s Label compilation “Wilde Freiheit”. The Live performance was shot in a Record Store in Kreuzberg called The Record Loft, which suits perfectly to both influences in the electronic music scene, the old school Detroit techno and the old House classics, since they mostly sell second hand records, the store offers the opportunity to find old but gold vinyls.

Pascal, born in Stuttgart and Sammy in Belgium, both are based in Berlin trying to prevail and spread their favorite tracks and influences, that gave birth to what we know now as electronic music.

Here’s what they have to say about the berlin music scene and their musical taste:

Sierra Sam, Belgium, Music Producer and Label Manager

Pascal Hetzel, Germany, Dj and Producer.

LSD: What would you say are your biggest influences in the electronic music?

 S: I would say Carl Craig, old Detroit, and Chicago, basically old school records.

P: Pretty similar, Detroit scene, Dave Clark, I was actually a big fan of Juan Atkins, and Carl Craig’s been also a big influence for me.

LSD: What would you expect in 10, 15, 20 years as the future of djing?

 S: Vinyl is having a hype in the moment, let’s see if it’s gonna last, what it was 20 years ago is coming back again, so maybe in 20 years it’s gonna be very cool to play minimal with traktor, I suppose’.

P: Yeah, it’s kind of true, it’s like a circle, everything is coming back, we had minimal and after came electro now we’re back in the old school hype but you can already tell electro is coming back, I’m already afraid that minimal is coming back soon, in ten years, we have a little time so let’s enjoy electro for the moment’.

LSD: Do you see this whole vinyl hype as a temporal thing?

 S: Vinyl was always there, now is like uncool to play digital but we don’t know for how long.

P: I’m kind of a different opinion, I think people realize now how sexy it is to play vinyl, also people that start to mix now appreciate more to have a record in their hands, the feel of spinning the platform, I think the vinyl will still go up in the future, let’s hope.

S: I don’t dj so I don’t care so much, but I like having the physical product, like “oh shit, this record is awesome” and you listen to it carefully, not just go to your digital collection and say “yeah, this is cool”, I think people just feel better having it physical, it’s a beautiful object, the quality is better and the best thing is you don’t lose it when your hard drive crashes.

P: It’s like every time I play, with digital music you have this folder with tons of music, you might forget what you have in it, but with a record, I always recognize it, even 10 years later I still know how’s it gonna be when I play it.

LSD: Would you say in the future it will be more digital or analogue?

 S: I think there’s gonna be a split between 2 scenes, this one, that’s gonna be totally digital: the EDM, deep house bullshit and one scene that is gonna be the old school way, and the other one more focused on the photos for their Facebook page than music.

P: Also there’s a difference in the kind of releases, what’s been released digitally and vinyl, or the releases that are only vinyl or only digital. It’s completely different music, it depends on the track, some are sold massively in its digital form and some in vinyl.

LSD: How did you end up in Berlin and what does Berlin offer to musicians?

S: I came here to work for Jay Haze’s label Contexterrior almost 8 years ago, and realized you meet more people here, you have record shops like this one (The Record Loft) and you have also pretty good equipment shops, where you can fix analogue synthesizers for cheap prices and not so much time waiting. You can buy cool equipment if you are a gear freak and you can go to any single club with good music and almost every artist you like will come to play to this city for sure. You have amazing locations for parties, it’s unique, it is truly unique.

P: You never get bored, back in the days when I lived in Stuttgart, I got really bored and that can never happen in Berlin, there’s always something to do around here. There’s much offer and Berlin is always open to any kind of crazy idea, if you want to do something, just go for it, the people are more open to this kind of matter.

LSD: Would you say there’s a big difference in Berlin’s audience in comparison to other places in the world?

S: I don’t think so, the world is a global village, you have people from everywhere here, and everywhere else there’s also people from all around the world. We had the chance to play a few times in this amazing place in Dubai called Analogue Room, which is like an alien Club in Dubai, is basically the basement of a hotel next to a parking garage, amazing Sound System and few screens but there it’s really different, because they cannot party, they can’t access to alcohol and stuff, and then once a week they just go there and party, so it’s crazy, that was something different, for example.

P: In Berlin it’s pretty much the same, I mean, nowhere else you have the possibility to party 24/7 and never go home.

And, well, Resolute, in New York, is also a really special party where we used to play, where they kind of have the same vibe, the same everlasting parties with no rules and basically just like pinching the door of a warehouse, stepping in and putting a sound system there and that’s the party.

S: Because, you know, in Berlin everything is permitted, you can basically do whatever you want, that’s why those parties in New York and Dubai where kind of special, because it’s kind of illegal or not permitted, so to have 2, 3 or 4 hours of “freedom” in an ambience of control makes it memorable.

LSD: What do you think of the policy: “No Cellphones on our Dance floor”?

P: It kind of makes sense to me, I mean, it kind of kills the vibe when everyone is checking his Facebook and like, doing whatever on the phone instead of dancing, and also the no pictures policy, I kind of get the point, because if I want to get wasted on the weekend I don’t want to see my f*cked up face somewhere on the internet, like three days later. On the other hand it can be also a little bit too extreme…

S: You have to set rules, because then people are gonna say: “Yes, I’m just gonna take one picture, or two” but then all the people will follow up so I think is either no pictures or allow them as a whole”.

P: It’s like, while you’re djing you have this 5 mobile phones with bright cameras trying to film you right in the face..

S: You should ask Hawtin about it