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Moon Harbour turns 15 at The Warehouse with Matthias Tanzmann

30 November 2015
Moon Harbour turns 15 at The Warehouse with Matthias Tanzmann
German DJ and producer Matthias Tanzmann has been one of the most revered names in house music and techno for nearly 20 years. A maestro on the decks and behind the scenes, Tanzmann is a Circoloco resident at DC10 in Ibiza, and co-founder of techno-house crossover label Moon Harbour Recordings.

We caught up with him ahead of his set at Qubika Presents 15 Years of Moon Harbour at The Warehouse on 5th December.

Matthias Tanzmann

You grew up in Leipzig, what was the music scene like there and did it influence you in any way?

When I started going out in the mid 90s Leipzig already had a small electronic music scene. It was influenced by Berlin, which is not far from Leipzig. In the late 90s Leipzig developed its own identity for deep house. It was also when I put out my first releases and the idea for Moon Harbour was born.

How did you come to be a resident at Circoloco?

I have been playing there for 9 years now. I was once told they first requested me because of a remix I did in 2006 that has been played at the DC10 terrace a lot. The track was Marlow feat. Delhia - Movin (Matthias Tanzmann Remix) and it was released on Moon Harbour.

It’s amazing that Moon Harbour has been going for 15 years now, what do you put the label’s success down to?

The label can only be as strong as its releases are. Therefore, I’m very happy to be able to work with great artists. We have become a family over the years. And of course I am very grateful for the team that stands behind the label and keeps everything running.

What’s been your favourite release from the label and why?

That keeps changing. I recently rediscovered Seuil - Double Room when I made a classics mix for our latest Moon Harbour Radio edition. I haven't listened to it in years. It will go back into my playlist now.

There’s a lot of budding DJs out there, if you could offer them one piece of advice what would it be?

Define your professional aim, work hard for it and stay true to what you see yourself standing for.

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