Spotlight 004: Manuel Bayer

Manuel Bayer, an artist from Freiburg, Germany is an artist who’s been steadily building a foundation and reputation for himself in the dance music industry. From launching his own radio show Wohnzimmer FFM in 2014, through to making the move to Berlin in 2018 (and releasing his first single!), he’s taken strong strides – he now heads up Daisy Dans Records and presents the latest single ‘Rocket’, this week.

We discussed his history, the new music and what someone should be thinking about before submitting a demo to Daisy Dans Records.

‘Rocket’ by Manuel Bayer is available via Daisy Dans Records Beatport

How are you – what’s good and how has 2021 been for you?

Thank you, I am doing well. 2021 was not an easy year for me so far, because I couldn’t perform in front of a real audience. But I used the free time to produce music in my studio. Two great releases came out of it. In March I released my track “Hibiscus”, now the track “Rocket” follows. The tracks show my musical facets, but the typical “DaisyTech Sound” runs through like a red thread. I hope, even though it might not be easy at this time, to play my own sound as well as my DJ sets in front of real audiences worldwide this year.

What has been the major challenges over the last year – what did you do to get through this?

The biggest challenge for me was that I could no longer devote myself fully to music. I had signed my international booking contract in January 2020 with the agency Omega Artists, which has its headquarters in the Netherlands, and unfortunately Corona came immediately. Due to the fact that I had no bookings, my financial cushion was quickly depleted and I had to look for a part-time job. I think that’s how a lot of aspiring artists felt. In June 2020 I decided to move from Berlin to my hometown Freiburg. I built my own external studio here and of course continue to work on my music. Due to the fact that I couldn’t perform in front of a real audience, I put my focus on live streaming via social media for now. With the weekly online event “From Home with Love” I was able to reach thousands of people. Furthermore, I played at the festival “Virtual DJ Stages” by “Killed With Kidness” (California). Even though the last year was not always easy, I never thought of giving up. I am a fighter and I know that I inspire people with my music.

What stage is Germany at with parties – do you have anything scheduled, are you attending any?

So far, the big clubs in Germany are unfortunately still largely closed. Open air festivals take place sporadically, but mostly the artists are booked for this, who should already form the line-up last year. So I have not planned any gigs yet. I will continue to spend the time first in the studio and work on my sound. As soon as it starts again properly, I would like to be with my own, fresh sound at the start.

What is your opinion on raves taking place defying restrictions?

I understand that people want to experience something again and want to party, but I don’t really think much of illegal raves. Due to the accumulation of mostly young people who are not yet vaccinated, the virus can spread faster again. Sure, young people usually don’t have such a bad course, but should the numbers rise again, it could be that the gigs for 2022 are also at risk. I would rather wait this year and then start next year at full throttle.

Tell us about your sound, the melodies, the progressive style, where did you begin with this?

Since you can’t classify my sound with Techno or Tech House, I developed my own style of music. DaisyTech is a new kind of electronic music. It is a mixture of Techno and Tech House. It captivates with its very own line of melodies and tones. The special thing about DaisyTech, besides the new sound color, is that you can feel the love with which the music was produced – but with a driving bass line as well as rhythm. My style of music was inspired by CocoonClub, where I worked for several years planning and executing events. We are breaking boundaries and want to establish our new music style DaisyTech on the market.

What inspired your new ‘Rocket’ release on Daisy Dans?

The story behind the track is the awakening of the world. After a long, hard time, people can now breathe a sigh of relief and start again with new strength. People want to go out again, experience something and have fun. I want to pick up the dance people with my track and take them on a journey through the galaxy. All the problems of the past are forgotten in weightlessness and hardly visible from space. With the rocket it goes into a new, better time, in which we can celebrate life exuberantly again.

Tell us more about your record label – what is the musical mission and ethos?

Daisy Dans was founded in Berlin in 2018 and embodies technology, experience and ambition with only one goal: to share the enthusiasm for electronic music with the world. I live for beats and bass and have made it my mission to make people happy with my music. Thereby our target group is broad. “DaisyTech” is for people who love music and go through life in a positive way. They are modern and have fun discovering new things.The name of the label is made up of the English word “Daisy” and the Danish word “Dans” dance together. Just like the popular flowers, the spirit of Daisy Dans blooms all year round. With my passion for electronic music and my power of persuasion, I want to create
something great. And there are already plans for the future. I want to sign more young, talented artists to give them the chance to release their tracks through my label. Furthermore, a merchandise line is planned for the near future.

For someone looking to share demos with Daisy Dans, what would you recommend to them?

It is important to me first and foremost that the person has fun with the music and you can feel this in his music. My label stands for positive, happy vibes and so should be his music. The tracks should have a driving bassline and an incoming melody. It’s also important that the tracks are neither too fast nor too slow (125-127 BPM) would be perfect. Overall, it just has to fit – me and my sounds. The tracks should stand out from the crowd and have a new, exciting sound. It just has to make you want more.

For Manuel Bayer specifically, what other projects are in the works, anything you can share with us?

There are some projects planned in the next time. I will be in the studio a lot and produce new music. Right now I’m also talking to a singer from Ireland. We want to do a track together – I produce the instrumental and she does the vocals. I’m really excited about the collaboration. I think it will definitely be a great track. Overall, I’ll be releasing a few tracks and I’m planning an EP for 2022. I’m also currently talking more with my booking agency again. I hope that I can perform in front of a real audience again soon.

Manuel Bayer

Spotlight 002: Michael Klein

Michael Klein is considered to be one of the Techno scenes’ staple names, born in Frankfurt, the German artist takes inspiration from the likes of Robert Johnson and has shared many energetic and raw techno releases across a slew of top end labels. Support on his music ranges from Danny Tengalia and Pan-Pot through to Laurent Garnier and Dubfire.

This month Michael’s ‘Lips’ EP is out on Turkish imprint RX Recordings and we got to welcome him for a chat on all things music, a reflection on the past year personally and for the industry as well as some key artists he is keeping his eyes on.

Michael Klein’s ‘Lips’ EP is out now via Beatport

Describe the past year – what are the positives from the bad situation?

The past year has been a challenge for everybody. Aside from all the horrible things happening around the world I luckily managed to switch my mind around rather quickly. Knowing that this phase will not pass after a couple of weeks I wanted to use the time to reflect and make use of it as efficiently as possible. Once you get out of the hamster wheel you realise the things that actually matter and are really important for you. With the constant pressure of trying to get more bookings, trying to get higher up in the charts, trying to be more active on social media connecting with fans you can quickly get lost and slowly stop really enjoying what started out as a deeply rooted passion.
Not having that pressure really helped me to get more focus into my productions and helped me to develop my sound further.

I also realised that all that stress and pressure is very counterproductive. Aside from the music things I was able to spend a lot of time with family and also develop a new passion for cycling which helps me to keep my mind clear as well. Long story short, for me the main positive of this horrible situation is personal development which will hopefully help me to be a better human from here on.

When the scene is fully back to its feet, what do you think will be different, and what do you think is a positive change from the old?

Clubs and raves are supposed to be places where you can let loose, be who you truly are and leave your worries at the coatcheck. As covid will still be something that will accompany us for the near future I worry a bit that it will take a while before we can really feel truly worry free and safe when going out. But given the circumstances that is ok and it will be a learning and adjustment process.

On the positive side I think we all will appreciate those nights out way more. Now after it has been taken away from us for so long, a lot of us really understand what the scene means to us. So maybe when you are at a rave you will spend less time on your phone Instagramming but rather trying to enjoy the moment to its fullest.

Tell us about your new ‘Lips’ EP – What inspired it?

A lot of time I get inspired by new toys that I get into the studio. This EP is no different. I created it shortly after I started getting into my modular setup. The main leads or sounds are all coming from various modules from my modular system. Especially with the track Lips I loved to play around with the main synth line letting it develop and move around throughout the whole track.

Specifically when producing it, what gear did you utilise?

As I mentioned most of it is coming from my modular setup. To be honest I don’t really remember which sound came from which module configuration but back then I was using the Noise Engineering modules a lot as well as the Moog Dfam. The percussions have been added afterwards, mainly from Native Instruments Maschine.

Tell us some of the music you have been listening to lately, any new artists to highlight?

I had my phases over the past months. I had a phase when I was listening to a lot of Trance records from when I started getting into DJing. Like the early Ferry Corsten and Tiesto tracks. But these days I m listening to a lot of sets especially stuff on the Hör and BCCO channels. There have been some amazing sets up from people like Future.666, MARRØN and of course the one and only Patrick Mason.

What is the most important message from your music, whats the most defining part of your tracks, the bass, melody or groove?

It’s all about the drive and the groove. It just needs to sound sexy.

RX Recordings:
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Spotlight 001: Emanate

Emanate debut in the Spotlight interview series, Emily Fox and Nathan Vain make up the dynamic duo and are known for their melodious and explorative electronic sounds. The US DJ’s and Producers have released on the likes of Culprit, Second State and soon, Family Piknik with their Split Light EP.

‘Split Light’ EP on Family Piknik is available at Beatport.

How have you started 2021?

The start of 2021 was tricky for us to be honest. Usually New Years is celebrated with a monumental performance of some kind and of course due to the pandemic this wasn’t possible. The vaccine had not been determined available yet either so for us it was a bit of a dark time. Thankfully after a month we all received news of the vaccine and things have been looking up since.

Tell us when you first met and why you decided to work together?

We were high school sweethearts and it was love at first sight. Nathan was a DJ and Emily hosted gatherings even back then. You can say we knew what we wanted from the beginning. Both of us have a musical background from childhood and as our journey developed and passion for electronic music grew we started to produce together. It was shortly after that we started performing together.

What is the production set up like?

Our production setup is an ongoing adventure that has been based around Logic & Ableton for quite some time.For us there are so many roads that lead to a finished track and we enjoy that journey in different ways. We have a few choice pieces of hardware (Moog Mother 32, TR-8S) & other gear we use. We usually record some sort of live element into our tracks. Sometimes vocals, hand drums or a synth that we’re automating in real time which allows us to capture special and magical moments that we then articulate through our tracks. 

When the music industry and world of dance music returns, what would be a positive change?

We hope to see the positive change of new talent emerging and a more even playing field for artists and representation in the industry. We hope to see a heightened sense of gratitude from humans in understanding the beauty of freedom as we once had it for the luxuries we didn’t recognize, like to be able to hug and dance together

The new Split Light EP is coming on Family Piknik, with some super remixes, what was the inspiration here?

The inspiration for the ’Split Light’ EP was a combination of sides we feel musically. The title track ‘Split Light’ representing a little more of the positive anthemic vibe versus ‘Flux’ with its deeper melodic presence. We are so pleased with the incredible and stylistic remixes that came from these. 

What’s been your favourite part about this past year?

Our favorite part about last year was the ability to focus on production a bit more and to be able to branch out with releases on other labels aside from our own imprint, Mioli Music.

What does it mean to work closely with the Family Piknik label?

Working with Family Piknik has been a dream come true for us. Our goal has always been to expand and help create a network internationally. Thankfully, Family Piknik share the same ethos and love for our sacred industry and it’s artists. It has been a pleasure to be a part of their label. We look forward to meeting them in person hopefully very soon and in some sort of party fashion 🙂

Please share one of your favourite tracks of all time, a tough question but go!

Our favorite track of all time? Yowzer, well lets say for electronic dance music and probably a predictable answer but ‘Rej’ by Âme was an incredibly influential track for us. However we could answer this question a million times! 

What else do you have in the works for this year?!

We have in the works, a possible relocation to another country! This is super top secret information though so please tell no one..! 😉