Johannes Kolter who is more known under his alias DJOKO is the newest House export from Cologne, Germany. He has been steadily on the rise with his own, fresh take on underground House music in the last 5 years.
In 2016 he started the Hoove event together with his good friend Thalo Santana to push forward aiming house music in his techno dominated hometown, showcasing a number of cutting edge artists in the scene right now. Since then many releases on substantial labels like Defected, Potobolo, Toolroom, CUFF, King Street, Love Not Money or Whoyostro got supported by the biggest names in the House and Techno industry and paved the way to a promising future.
DJOKO’s sound is influenced by funk and soul, garage and deep house and everything in between that is both underground and raw. His DJ-sets vary from breakbeat to house & electro maintaining the typical raw 90’s textures that keep the body moving.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
Someone once mistook the bar with the DJ booth and tried ordering some drinks from me.
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
I use Ableton which is connected to a Universal Audio Apollo Twin Audio Interface. All my Hardware stuff goes through the Allen & Heath ZED 16 Channel Mixer right into the Interface. Synthesizer wise I got a Prophet 05, Korg Prologue, Nord Lead A1, Moog Sub-37, Tb-3, Novation Bass Station and some smaller toys. For the drums, I sometimes use the Tr-8s which run through the Analog Heat.
However, a lot of this stuff is just there so I can have a jam with friends when they are over. I couldn’t tell the difference between analogue synthesiser and daw plugins to be honest. All this shit is there to give me a break from clicking the shitty mouse from time to time.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
The first gig was also the worst experience I’ve ever had. Apart from the excitement you get standing in the club for the first time literally everything that could fail, did fail at that point. The DJ before me had a really weird setup that didn’t allow me to use the CDJ setup from the club.
I had to rewire everything myself because the promoter wasn’t there and I had no clue at all how to do it. Then after 20 minutes in of my set-time figuring this shit out it finally worked and guess what, the power shut off. Cool experience to start off, right?
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
Leo Pol, Sweely and Youandewan.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.
I tried to implement a Drum and Bass track into a House/Techno set. I looked at many questioning faces at that point and tried mixing out as soon as possible.
What do you do before and after your set?
I don’t have a specific ritual besides getting hammered and enjoying the sets before and after.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I used to work in construction for the summer because my dad is an architect and offered me to earn some money at one of his constructions sites.
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
Partisan, Berg Audio and PIV.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Two glasses ey? Then something to take off these wet clothes from skiing earlier: D’Angelo "Me And Those Dreamin' Eyes Of Mine".
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?
I don’t know… maybe 'Don’t take yourself too serious'. :)
Check out his latest release which was out via MadTech from 22nd March onwards.