Monolink is known for making worlds collide. Coming from Germany, a place with a little reputation for dancey beats, he took over Nevada’s Burning Sun and spread his hypnotic soundscapes like wildfire across the planet. He has managed to give himself a unique identity by mixing different genres and resorting to his past as a singer-songwriter. We caught up with him following his performance at the Family & Friends Festival that took place in Egypt on December 29 & 30. Read below to dig through the different layers of Monolink:
In an industry full of repetition (whether in a positive context or not) you have managed to define a very particular sound for yourself and pioneer a new type of singer/songwriter/producer/DJ type of artist. How did your sound evolve to become what it is today?
This makes me happy to read. I come from a band/live music background and when I discovered electronic music for myself, I absolutely loved it. But oftentimes at those raves, I was missing the emotional depth I would experience at real concerts, a person who is up there on stage revealing something about him/herself, which also means making yourself vulnerable. So I immediately knew this was something I wanted to do, combining those two worlds.
Your performances are always hypnotic, groovy, dancey and enchanting. What challenges do you face as a live artist in a club music context?
Your music breaks so many stereotypical barriers. Do you have plans to explore that sound even further into different contexts?
What music would you say influenced you as a songwriter, and what music has influenced you as a producer?
You have performed all around the world in all types of venues, festivals and of course, at the famous Burning Man. What is your happy place when it comes to putting on the perfect show?
Tell us a bit about your process in the studio. How do you build a track from the ground up? Where do you start, how do you progress, etc?
You already broke a big boundary between the musician and electronic music. How do you see that trend evolving in the future? Do you think this movement will inspire more people to take that step or do you foresee major changes in the industry?