The Austrian born, Berlin-based Luis Rosenberg has a refined taste for music that makes him truly un-prejudiced. He doesn’t discriminate in his choices - as long as it has groove, it will catch his ear. Luis tends to select tracks for his eclectic sets that are interchangeably timeless, unique and innovative
Luis Rosenberg joined us for Kantocast 007 and here are some questions he answered for us.
What pushed you towards DJing?
I started to go out when I was about 15 years old. Very early on I was fascinated about DJing and vinyl in particular. I thought it was a really cool thing to play music hundreds of people would move to. And I was right, it's awesome :)
Where did the inspiration come from?
Hip-hop was the main source of influence in the beginning. I thought scratching was a fantastic way to create something completely new from existing sources. I have watched the scene from "La Haine" where DJ Cut Killer mixed "Sound of da Police" with Edith Piaf at least 1000 times.
Do you think music interconnects with culture?
Absolutely. The best example is what's currently happening with house music. As the world around us becomes more hectic, the music seems to slow down drastically.
How does the environment you live in affect your music?
Living in Berlin definitely influences the music I play. Not only because of all the great artists and bands here but also because of the people around me who seem to create or listen to music on a non-stop basis which constantly delivers new input for me. That's fantastic.
Do you get inspired by any other form of arts?
I've recently discovered painting for myself and became a big fan of classic and modern art.
What makes a set a good set?
For me, it’s all about diversity. If a set has no ups and downs, different moods or changing themes it’s nothing for me. I also like natural influences a lot. Everything around bongos, animal sounds, choirs, acoustic instruments etc. triggers my attention.
You seem to have a wide range of sources. Is there any particular era or bands that influence you more?
I love African, Indian, Turkish and South American things. Especially if they groove and are a little bit emotional.
What’s the process you follow when bringing tunes together? Is it instinctive only or do you plan ahead?
I usually plan ahead but in the end, the outcome is mostly totally different than I've initially planned it to be.
What would you like to say about your podcast?
It was nice to record this set for Safak aka Oceanvs Orientalis because he actually played a vital role in bringing in the Turkish influence. I've tried to include that but everything turned out a bit differently of course.
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