Berlin-based producer & DJ Man Power is the incognito artist whose illustrious output on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs has produced rumours he may be the man himself, with similar whispers circulating about his identity deducing Michael Mayer, Tim Sweeney and others with a turbo-charged, genre-bending aesthetic.
Since first appearing as an anonymous, online presence almost only 2 years ago, Man Power has since released original music and remixes on a wide range of labels including Hivern Discs, Throne of Blood, Voyuerhythym, Ene Tokyo, and Correspondant, the home of his genius self-titled debut album which found it‘s released last week (Buy Links: Download/Vinyl)!
We are massive fans and more than glad that Mister Powers took the time to answer our cloze below where he reveals his love for Han Solo, his life and upcoming projects. You‘ll also find his new album, videos and latest mix embedded below! Berliners shouldn‘t miss his album release party at Salon Zur Wilden Renate (and the pre-event at Oye Kreuzkoelln) TONIGHT!
My name is Man Power but you might know me as Manuel Powers. I was born in North Shields, UK and grew up Wallsend, UK. When I was a child my idol was Han Solo, because he was simply the coolest man ever. I always wanted to be Luke Skywalker. Luke was cool, but Han was cooler, and if I was Luke then I got to be friends with Han. When I was 33, I started going back to school. It was then when I realised that I could do anything I wanted and decided to continue to just do things that I wanted to do. Since then I haven’t done anything simply because I was expected to.
One of the best gigs I have been to was for an acoustic artist in my hometown, called Richard Dawson. 3 of us sat on a sofa directly in front of him. We’re all fully grown, cynical, heartless men, and we were all moved to the point of tears. I loved how intimate, open, and honest his performance was. He’s one of the greatest performers in the world in my opinion.
Now I live in Friedrichshain, Berlin with 2 other guys who are involved in music and visual arts. In my house you can find a red light in my room which is never turned off and my refrigerator is usually full with Spinach and Olives. I enjoy peace and quite and time by myself a lot. I can spend hours in front of a computer screen. One of my favorite places to visit is Mexico, because I’m in love with the attitude of the people who live there.
On weekdays I work on music, corrspondence, and planning. I’m starting to cut down my other projects not though, so I can concentrate fully on making music and on weekends I usually either play somewhere, or go to see a friend play somewhere.
My favorite song at the moment is Opportunity Tulip – Lord Skywave. A film I watched lately and really liked was Dogville (I was a bit late to this one). The last series I watched and loved was I’m currently on Season 4 of the Wire, and it’s started getting very good (I was a bit late to this one too).
I am very inspired by most recently, Tokyo. The Japanese’ artisanal nature of every pursuit is just stunning. My dream is to remain in a position where I can make decisions based on what I want to do and say, rather than what other people decide I should do and say. My worst nightmare is being in a position where I need to make musical decisions from a financial standpoint.
I love my family and hate nothing.
I am addicted to nicotine and tea, I just cannot stop thinking. about everything. all of the time.
I get totally fucked up, when I have caffiene. It really doesn’t agree with me and turns me in to some kind of monster. The next day I need to apologise to a lot of people.
Local Suicide reminds me of a David Bowie song (although I know it isn’t).
Tomorrow I will be trying to squeeze a shit load of work in to the limited time I have before my friends arrive in Berlin for this weekends album launch party (FACEBOOK EVENT). Next month I should be on the road with Rebolledo, bringing his Topaz Efimero project to Berlin (MORE INFO), London, and my home town of Newcastle. Next year I hope to be still capable of surprising people with my musical choices. In 10 years I hope To have a family…and maybe some cats too.
If I wasn’t a DJ and music maker, I would be a much less happy person.
If my life was a Hollywood movie, Tilda Swinton would have the main role, because I think she’s amazing and can play anyone or anything. If I could have sex with anyone, it would be the person I’m having sex with.
If I was an animal, I would be a kind of small bear. Not a grizzly, but one of the shitter ones. If I was a drug I would be speed. If I was an invention, I would be a telephone. If I was an object, I would be a disappointment. If I could date myself, I wouldn’t object to picking up the cheque.
If I could play with anyone it would be any of my friends… I would like to collaborate with Bjork. FKA Twigs. MJ Rolfe (again). Matrixxman. Sabre. The Backwoods. Pale Blue (Aka Mike Simmonetti). Lord Skywave. Thom Yorke. Robert Wyatt. Lord of The Isles.
If I had only one wish, it would be for the continual safety health and happiness of my family and loved ones.