One of Canada's finest underground techno DJ’s and producers is now residing in Germany. DJ, Live Performer, Producer/Composer, Remixer, Sound Designer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Label Manager, and Teacher. Patrick wears many hats in the field of Audio Production which has made him into one of the backbone figures in today's Electronic Music Industry.
During the last decade, Toronto, Canada was the home base for DJ/Producer Patrick DSP who’s been active on many fronts in the global techno scene. Now calling Germany his home, Patrick DSP began his campaign of techno in the mid 90’s; his first club residency was at the Infamous E! Space in Toronto Canada in 1997. Incorporating his present tastes with his extensive background and knowledge of music, to the public, he has always maintained an anti-mainstream approach to music.
Clubbersguide: When did you start DJing and where was your first gig?
PatrickDSP: I've always been an avid music collector. I started playing music for friends around 1993 for house parties. In 1996, I had my first real club booking/residency when I moved to Toronto for college.
Clubbersguide: How do you see the role of DJ these days as opposed to when you first started out?
PatrickDSP: Nothing has changed; it's still about playing music and making people dance.
Clubbersguide: What do you think is more important for a DJ - the mixing technique or the track selection?
PatrickDSP: Making people dance, but if i have to choose, its track selection. It’s better to hear good music played badly than bad music played well.
Clubbersguide: With all the new styles and new kind of sounds coming out, do you think that the original sound of techno will become obsolete?
Clubbersguide: What's your preference - playing at festivals or clubs?
PatrickDSP: I enjoy playing music no matter what the environment. It's part of the job to adapt and make the best of your surroundings.
Clubbersguide: Since your name is synonymous with techno, what is there that keeps you playing it, and how do you compare it to other styles?
PatrickDSP: I enjoy it. To me it has energy. It speaks to me and my personality. I couldn't see myself playing any other style of music because my heart isn't 100% into it like it is for techno. People know when you're faking it.
Clubbersguide: Techno has obviously been your passion for many years but all genres change as time goes on. How has your sound developed and how would you describe it now?
PatrickDSP: BPMs go up and down. Certain sounds come in and out of fashion, for me I don’t think my sound has changed much over the years. I play what I like, I like what I play.
Clubbersguide: Being a producer as well as a DJ, how much does one influence another, are your productions more influenced by your sets and the tracks you play or is it vice versa?
PatrickDSP: They go hand in hand. Most of the music I make is for djs, and I’m not about to challenge that notion. So of course when I write music I try to keep in mind how others will play it but I also try to make them play the music in a particular way because of how the music is written.
Clubbersguide: When you're making music, what kind of equipment are you using?
PatrickDSP: Anything that’s nearby can be made into music.
Clubbersguide: What do you find more challenging - recording your own tracks, or remixing tracks from other producers?
PatrickDSP: Writing your own material is always more difficult because you’re always dealt with a big blank canvas that you can paint anything you want on it. With so many ideas and such little time, it’s hard to say “Okay, I’ll start with just this and not that.” Your possibilities are unlimited that’s why it’s harder. With remixes, you have limits already setup. So the question of where to start is much simpler.
Clubbersguide: Where do you find your inspiration?
PatrickDSP: From the people I meet and their energy.
Clubbersguide: Name some of your biggest influences...
PatrickDSP: My music collecting friends. I started playing music for them and to hear our music loud. And each time I play I meet more music lovers. Without good friends to share music with, I wouldn’t be doing this.
Clubbersguide: What piece of kit can you not live without?
PatrickDSP: My ears.
Clubbersguide: What other music and which other artists do you like?
PatrickDSP: I love ambient and musique concrete. I also listen to a lot of radio dramas from the 1940s and 1950s.
Clubbersguide: What do you do to relax? Any hobbies besides music?
PatrickDSP: Music is my hobby; I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it. But when I can’t, I swim or ride my bike.
Clubbersguide: If you hadn’t become a DJ and producer, what do you reckon you’d be doing now?
PatrickDSP: I’d be a pirate. Arrrrrrrrrr.
Clubbersguide: Tell us an unknown fact about yourself?
PatrickDSP: I’m addicted to chocolate chip cookies.
Clubbersguide: Where do you see yourself in 30 years from now?
PatrickDSP: You mean the world won’t end in 2012!?
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