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Dj & Producer, Frederic Stunkel.

Exclusive interview: exploring the soul of melodic techno with Frederic Stunkel

Frederic Stunkel, known for his distinctive melodic house and techno sound, has made a significant mark in the electronic music scene. With a passion for melodies and a talent for blending various genres, Stunkel has captivated audiences worldwide. In this interview, he shares insights into his musical journey having released on labels like Filth on Acid, creative process and the future of Melodic Techno.

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First, we want to get to know you “from the beginning.” How did your early life experiences shape your initial interest in music and eventually lead you to become a DJ and producer?

My initial interest in music was born very early. Coming from a family who loves all kinds of music, it was always a part of our lives. I tried to learn an instrument, but I was always more interested in music production, so I started experimenting with different software. What led me to become a DJ was the desire to share my creations with people, and DJing became the perfect way to do that.

What were the first steps you took towards a music career? Were there any pivotal moments or influential figures that encouraged you to pursue music professionally?

After a few weeks of learning DJing, a friend who was also a DJ encouraged me to play his warm-up set. I performed at our local club, and the audience loved it. He then took me along to another gig in a bigger city. The thrill of touring and playing gigs was a pivotal moment that pushed me to pursue music professionally.

It seems like you are an analog gear enthusiast. Can you share some insight into the specific production tools and techniques you are using?

Absolutely, I spent years figuring out the right gear for me. Everything comes together in Ableton for the mixdown, routed through a Universal Audio Interface, and fed into a 16 Channel Allen & Heath studio mixer where all my analog gear is connected. I often use layering of sounds to see how different synths can fuse. Other techniques include NY-Compression and FX synthesis, but there’s much more that would take too long to explain.

Frederic Stunkel is known for his melodic house & techno sound. Why is this the genre you chose to produce? What about it resonates with you?

Melodic Techno allows me to fully express my artistic side. It’s such a versatile genre where you can incorporate elements from other genres or classical instruments into the breaks. That’s what I love about it – the endless possibilities for creativity.

Can you describe a particularly memorable moment during a DJ set where you felt a strong connection with your audience?

One unforgettable moment was at the first Ikarus Festival. I played one of my own tracks, and the crowd celebrated it as if it were the last day on Earth. I still get goosebumps thinking about it.

Take us through a day in your life, from your morning routine to your production work and beyond.

A typical day for me starts at 8 am with a glass of water and breakfast, usually cereal and coffee. I check emails and social media during breakfast. After that, I go for a 30-minute run to stay fit. Once I’m back and showered, I head straight to my studio. I either start something new or listen to the latest mixdown, making notes on what changes are needed. I work until I feel it’s enough for the day.

What is the best advice you ever received as an artist?

Never stop working on your dreams and only do what you truly want to do.

How do you stay inspired and keep your creativity flowing, especially during times when you might feel uninspired or stuck?

I stay inspired by indulging in other interests like art and fashion. When I feel uninspired, I take a break from the studio, go out for a night of partying with friends, enjoy good food and drinks, and just live in the moment. The inspiration always returns the next day.

What role do you think technology and innovation will play in the future of Melodic Techno and electronic music in general?

Technology and innovation will continue to play a huge role in our scene. Look at how visuals have evolved in the past five years – from basic light shows to epic cinematic experiences. I believe we’ll see a lot of exciting advancements in the future.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

I just want to thank you for this great interview and the interesting questions.

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