M.A.N.D.Y.'s Philipp Jung Talks Getting Physical at Treehouse This Sunday
In the last decade, M.A.N.D.Y.'s Patrick Bodmer and Philipp Jung have seen monstrous success with their productions and performances -- not to mention the inception of their record label, Get Physical. Even the newbies to the electronic dance music scene will recognize the epic bass line of the pair's 2005 hit "Body Language."
Jung, without Mr. Bodmer, will be spinning at the Sunday Sessions party at Treehouse this weekend, hosted by Link. And Crossfade linked up with him to talk about his second home in New York, sounds that make you move, and the new kids on the block.
Miami's happy to have you back again. How is it different playing a night like Sunday at Treehouse rather than playing a massive event over WMC?
To be honest, I don't know. It's my first time playing a Sunday night. David Link, the promoter who hosts the party, is an old buddy of mine. I went to Treehouse once during the conference and I really liked it. I'm sure it's going to be a good one.
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So you left Berlin, you were living in New York, and now you're back in Berlin?
I needed to be here restructuring the whole label. Hopefully, I'm going to be back in New York pretty soon. I'm really missing it. I still like Berlin, but I love New York. It has a big part of my heart right now. But then again, the festival scene is now in Europe, so I need to be here.
You mentioned the restructuring of your label, Get Physical. Why did you have to restructure?
Too many people and too many opinions. You see that the label goes in a direction where you don't have control anymore. It's important to only have people in the label that understand 100 percent what you want to do.
Get Physical is putting out music by some really great artists like Audiofly, Davide Squillace, and Art Department. What kind of sounds do you look for?
We need big stuff for bigger festivals, and little interesting sexy records for afterhours. It's a mix. We never look toward a very specific sound. You can say we look for something more physical, you know, that makes you move.
So you try to give something to everyone?
Yeah, you can say that. Everybody who's into electronic music should like at least a couple of our works. Not everything. But our taste is way broader than other artists'.
Who are some artists on Get Physical that we should expect to hear great things from in the near future?
There's Lopazz, who did the album with DJ T and is going to do a solo album. There's Raz Ohara who's a singer and songwriter and does stuff on our sub-label, Kindisch. There are a lot of new kids on the block that aren't so famous yet, but we try to help them with their careers. You help them, and they help you with your career as well because they inspire you.
I hadn't heard about the sub-label you just mentioned, Kindisch.
It's pretty much under the radar. Kindisch means childish. It's not so A-side driven. It's more of stuff that we can try out. It doesn't have to be successful in a way, which is good because you can invite an artist that you normally wouldn't release on your main label. It's a nice playground -- a very important one, as well.
What would you say you're focusing most on this summer? Producing? Touring? The label?
Good question. The first couple of months it was the label. Now that stuff with the label is in place again, I can take care of the music again.
Philipp Jung of M.A.N.D.Y. as part of Sunday Sessions. Sunday, July 17. Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach. Call 305-674-7447 or visit treehousemiami.com.
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