Role reversal no. 2 – with Christian from the himmeblau magazine about my rolling speech error, my rock’n’roll background and of course the techno community.
Find the German interview here. This interview was held in German, so here’s a translation.
Inspired by the spirit of techno
Sabine Spethling sets sail again. So to speak. Very soon. For now, she will just get on the train. Before our coffee gossip at the Rosenheim train station, the Munich player chatted with Patrick Gallenmüller who friends of electronic music know as DJ Pele – and perhaps even more as a co-founder and organizer of top-class festivals. After Sabine conducted the official artist interviews for the “Echelon” in 2016 (the year of the tenth anniversary of the largest electro festival in southern Germany), she now wants to be involved in marketing for the Ikarus and the Contact Festival, she says. Which makes sense insofar as the 29-year-old has both studied marketing (in Kufstein) and has built terrific connections to the techno-community (in the whole world). “Community” – that seems to say it consciously. In any case, she uses the word much more often than the actually more loveless, elitist-sounding “scene”. A scene separates itself. She, however, she says, glaring at me with bright blue eyes, sees herself as someone who wants to “connect”.
That Sabine would become an expert, lover, even ambassador of the world of brutal basses, was not foreseeable. Grown up in Velden in Franconia, she is vaccinated by the father as a child with the guitar riffs of AC/DC. As a teenager, she shakes her rapper hair on rock and metal concerts – sometimes before, sometimes on stage. “Ronyon” is the name of the band in which she plays guitar and sings. “We stole the name from Shakespeare,” she says, grinning. It was a “bad swear word” that she does not translate, but quickly pushes under a ladylike mantle of silence. (I’m a shrew, I loosen the coat in hindsight – to discover a “mangy dog-monster.” Fits well with the genre.)
My brazen questions Sabine may ask, because her booklet fell into my hands. A booklet that – as it turns out – was created as a chic sidekick to her real passions. After spending her time with the “Easywriters” blog, which belongs to the Vice-Cosmos, she has been doing her own thing for over one and a half years: she combines the topics of travel and techno with the online magazine “tunes&wings”. Her vision: to immerse herself deeply in the techno scene all over the world – sorry – to immerse herself in the techno community in order to portray her close up. “Every country,” enthuses Sabine, “can tell its very own story about how this culture developed there. And this culture is everywhere at a different stage. “So she wonders on the spot to the key protagonists. To the people who put the seed; but also to those who are currently shaping sound and clubs. Oliver Koletzki, Petros Haffenrichter, Tara Brooks, Timo Maas, Monolink, Rui Vargas, DJ Pippi – an illustrious list has already come together.
The conversations Sabine podcasts online. Hearty, humorous, profound and often very personal conversations. One hears: One asks, who really has interest, who wants to get to know her opposite. Who asks so, learns more. About the people, but also about their environment. And so the podcasts soon turned from portraits into real travel guides, which are peppered with insider knowledge and real insider tips. Sabine discovers festivals and clubs that are not yet on Tripadvisor; which can only be reached with the help of “locals”; reminiscent of the primeval times of techno in Germany, the motherland of this culture: temporary venues, improvised locations, underground.
At the same time, Sabine explains, there is also a movement in techno around the world that is no longer just about mundane celebrations. Integrity, environmental protection and sustainability (“zero waste”) now play a role. I think of yoga retreats – and Sabine nods. That’s it! These are the kind of festivals she loves to visit these days. In addition to the music, a framework program is offered that raises that already inspiring shared experience to another level; where to recover from meditation or yoga while celebrating; where one almost tripping from one to the other trance. Yes, caught, indeed she is a spiritual person, admits Sabine. At events like the Envision Festival on Costa Rica, the Noisily in the UK, the Air in Bali, the Garbage festival in the Polish forest or the Feel in Germany, this need for a kind of deeper awareness is well satisfied, she emphasizes.
What else is on the “Bucket List”? It is essential to explore Tel Aviv, Lebanon and Beirut, she says. Not only does it sound very time consuming, that’s it. In order to make tunes&wings stand out, Sabine has recently given up the job in a real estate company. Instead of product development in the field of student housing, there should be even more on the ears. “Brave!” I suggest. “Not really” says Sabine and shines. Sometimes you just have to jump. “The time was right.”
After Ibiza, Cape Town, Lisbon or New York it will be so soon after: Berlin. The state capital and also the capital of techno will become the new home port. Besides tunes&wings she will also interview artists for BLN.FM, a Berlin radio station. (tricky: before she gets to the mic, she should train the magically rolled “r.” Berlin is not on it. “Industry,” she says, to show the state of affairs.
She will not lose all of Bavaria. Contact and Ikarus push (“what an awesome line-up this year!”), Visit the Echelon and – an ambitious, highly exciting project – a film documentary about the techno culture in Munich are on the plan. There are quite a few Berlin as a techno stronghold, says Sabine. But in the 90s the scene was flourishing in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich alike. In Munich, there was the Ultraschall, the Kraftwerk, Monika Kruse lived here. And then, sometime in the 2000s, something happened. The big DJs have migrated, clubs closed. What has happened there? Sabine wants to get to the bottom of that. And at the same time show that there is really something going on in the community right now. With the named festivals or in clubs like the MMA (Mixed Munich Arts), the BLITZ or the Bahnwärter Thiel. So the stuff for tunes&wings will not run out long ago. What does she say at the end of every podcast? “Rock’n’Roll and stay tuned!”