I got to know Berlin-based DJ Tak^D at an online radio station where we both had a show. We got along quite well, and we noticed a significant overlap in our musical tastes. However, this was about two years ago, and we somehow lost contact after leaving that particular online radio….
…until a few weeks ago, he sent me a link to one of his DJ sets – and after the first few beats, I felt that I should feature him here.
First of all, here’s a DJ set that nicely shows his style:
- Wiley – Never Be Your Woman (Hervé Re-work)
- Crookers Ft Kelis – No Security (Bart B More Remix)
- Michel Cleis Feat. Totò La Momposina – La Mezcla (Ant Brooks Remix)
- Duck Sauce – Anyway (Original Club Mix)
- Kris Menace & The Dream – Walking On Lightning (U-Tern Blend)
- Funkerman feat. I-Fan – Sexy People ‘Rock You Tonight (Funk`d Up Remix)
- Remady – No Superstar (Original Mix)
- David Guetta Feat. Kid Cudi – Memories (Jp Candela Remix)
- Nanchang Nancy & Prok & Fitch – Walk With Me (Axwell vs. Daddy’s Groove Remix)
- Spencer & Hill – Haunted House (Original Mix)
- South Street Player – Keeps
- Timbaland Ft. Justin Timberlake – Carry Out (Luffy Luf Dance At Night Mix)
- Jean Elan – Killer (Jean Elan Mix)
- Jean Elan – Serious (original mix)
- Röyksopp – The Girl And The Robot (Jean Elan Remix)
- Spencer & Hill – Heads Off (Original Mix)
- Riva Starr – Maria
“I just like to dig a little deeper than others and be more daring. I really like it when a DJ set consists of many different styles, but you don’t hear that very often in clubs.”
Tak^D has certainly learned a thing or two about digging for music over the last few years. Even though he lives in one of the most culturally vibrant cities in Europe, he still finds it hard to find a club he really likes.
“It’s very rare that more than one style is played at a party. Many DJs only do that when they are playing a radio set, not in a club. When I play at a party, I never limit myself to one style only. However, I always try to play both tracks for music nerds as well as normal party people.”
With an attitude like that, it’s no wonder that he gathers inspirations from all around the world. While Minimal Techno is still a very dominant style in many German cities (including Berlin), it often helps to look at what is played in other countries.
“A friend of mine introduced me to Grime, and I really got into this whole UK style. I also like to listen to DJ sets from around the world. For example, the BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mixes are often very good. I also listen to a lot of current french stuff like Kitsuné or Ed Banger.”
You can hear DJ Tak^D at the Carnival of Cultures Parade in Berlin on May 23rd.