Classically trained in piano, Monika’s love of music is broad and deep. She grew up buying records, accumulating a music collection that grew to span funk, soul, hip hop, and house music. When the revolutionary rhythms coming out of Chicago and Detroit captured her imagination it led her to throw parties in illegal venues including World War II bunkers, trams and empty houses.
We hope you know that likely you are the only female artist who has a well-prepared global fan base, many people travel loads of kms just to hear you live. This is only an introduction, Monika, so our first question is that how are you? How did you spend your last weeks?
Thank you! I am very fine! I took 6 weeks off and did a little DJ break. Finally, I had the chance to go to the studio again, together with Pig&Dan. And I did my yearly ayurvedic treatment – a special detox and cleaning. After travelling so much and putting the body always in a jetlag, it is important for me to have get grounded again and do something for my body and soul. Now I feel fresh for the new year!
To 2015, electronic music has developed into a huge industry. Many people blame festivals for the commercialization. On the other hand, Monika Kruse still remains Monika Kruse which is very respectable. After all, do you think that there are situations when artists are restricted in their artistic freedom, being it for producers and DJs?
Well of course we play the music we love, but on some venues you can go more experimental than on others. Berghain is a good example for it. If I play on a big rave than I play more pumping as well. A DJ should be able to read the crowd.
Why do you think Berghain became the place of pilgrimage of techno lovers? In what things does this club differ from others around the world?
I think they have a special crowd and atmosphere you cannot find somewhere else. Plus you loose yourself completely in that club. It happens that you stay there for 24 hours and don’t realize it. The music/DJ programming is special too.
Your label, Terminal M celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. What kind of works can we expect of you?
I will release some stuff I did with Pig&Dan, including a remix of Alberto Ruiz. Plus there will be a rerelease of my old album Passengers, including some remixes. Paul C and Martini will do a release, and Pele and Shawnecy as well.
We read some really soul-stirring words in your new biography. Love, charity, and so on. If it is not an insulting question for you, can we ask that from what these motives come from in your life?
Love is the key for everything. I think if you spread love and if you are treating people nice, it will come back to you. If people would care more about each other than there would be more happiness in that world.
How much did you have to work to build up your career in 2005, and what’s the situation 10 years later now?
The situation now is completely different. When I started 25 years ago, it was important that you play a great DJ set. There was no Facebook, no social media, no hipster rules… it was pure. Nowadays, techno business changed into a normal commercial business. You have to feed all the social media stuff, Twitter, Instagram. People don’t enjoy the sets anymore cause they are chatting on Facebook or filming your set. It is strange. You need to feed the people not only with your music bit with much more – techno became pop business.
It is possible to be successful without the help of a well-known mentor?
It is possible, but really hard. You have to be a damn good DJ to make it without producing good records or a friend who is a mentor.
How much does a Beatport ranking count in an artists career? 15 years earlier, we would possibly laugh at this question, but now, stars can rise in any minute. Anyway, do you think that the audience is responsible for these progresses? Of course, only if it is a negative phenomenon for you – EDM, false producers, etc.
Stars can rise in a minute. But can they stay? Where will they be after the hype is gone? I saw so many DJs come and go. At the end the quality of your sets will count most.
Have you had the chance to listen to the Hungarian HI!FLY guys’ tracks? Do you like them?
Yes, I like the stuff of Yvel & Tristan very much. We actually were in touch years ago for a release on Terminal M. I like their percussive and deep stuff very much, plus they are very nice people !
“Sweat with a smile” – a very kind quote of you. We can assure you that we Hungarians will make you dance. As we have experienced it many times, you like to visit Hungary and be with us.
I really love the Hungarian people. They have a big heart and I always had a great time there! I am so happy to come back!
Sometimes, our readers’ requests can be funny, but we have to ask: will there be a Monika Kruse and Karotte b2b at PRLMNT?
We will see 🙂 We normally don’t plan this.