101 with Nick Beringer

Nick Beringer is a versatile producer and DJ hailing from Germany. Inspired to turn on his hardware by a wide range of starting points, Nick is able to strip things right down to their bare essentials and still suck in the dancers and make a lasting impression. Evidence of this comes in his diverse discography on labels like Taverna Tracks, Dorian Paic’s Raum Musik, and his own label Rubisco where he can release whatever he likes. Past EPs like Nocturnal, Passage, or Slope & Dip showcase his seamless mix of the old and the new and have resulted in truly timeless club tracks.

All of this has made Beringer an in-demand name by tasteful clubs and crews across Australia, Europe, and at hotspots like Watergate and Tresor. His own crew, which also hosts parties in clubs like Griessmuehle and Ipse, is a thriving collective full of creativity and is one of the reasons Nick Beringer is now an essential part of the house and techno conversation in Berlin and beyond.

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

Besides the regular requests for Hardtechno or Hip-hop, I guess the funniest moment was when a guy showed me his phone asking me to close the set with a track from Metallica. Had a good laugh!

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

I share a studio with my friend Iron Curtis. We’re both in love with hardware but also use Ableton 10 for recording, arranging, and mixing. Our hardware setup consists of a few bigger keys and synths like the Juno 106 or Yamaha DX7, and a rack full of grooveboxes and drum machines like the Analog Rytm, Electribe, or TR-606. Everything‘s synced via the E-RM Multi clock and recorded through a 24-channel Soundcraft mixer.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

It‘s hard to recall the exact first gig, as things slowly evolved from birthday parties and school graduation parties to actual clubs. But I can definitely remember my first international gig: After releasing my first record in 2012 I was booked to play at Jesus Club in St. Petersburg. I was 20 years old and obviously had no clue about anything. In a good Russian manner, I was served an indefinite number of vodka shots during my set. The rest of the night is an unsolved mystery, haha.

Name three artists that currently inspire you.

I gain a lot of inspiration from exchanging music with my crew. In that terms, I can name Sota and Mbius, who are really pushing the quirky minimal sound, or Diego Krause, who’s just a machine when it comes to quality house music. But of course, other artists also inspire me a lot. A current example would be the whole scene around Huerta, The Ghost, and Youandewan. Super fresh stuff with a perfect balance between the old and new.

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

This might have been at one of my gigs at the Plötzlich am Meer Festival in Poland. That year I was booked for a smaller stage in the late morning hours so I had the glorious idea of playing an RnB set - didn‘t work at all! Shoutouts to my buddy Martin for still booking me the year after.

What do you do before and after your set?

Before the set, I always try to be on the dancefloor for about an hour. I think it’s super important to feel the vibe and connect with the crowd. There‘s no real habit I have for afterward, totally depends on the time of the night, but usually, I enjoy grabbing a drink and listening to the other acts.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I once worked as a mascot for a bigger clothing brand during Berlin fashion week. I had to wear a bear costume for a couple of days, running around the city hugging as many strangers as possible, and taking photos with them - super annoying, haha!

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

That’s a tough question. I guess it mostly comes down to the individual releases, but of course, some labels just always hit the bull’s eye. Recently I’ve really enjoyed the 2X-series curated by Alex Falconer. Labels like Traffic or Melliflow keeping things fresh with a more edgy sound and for instance Raum...musik or Bass Culture always delivering must-have releases.

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?

Egyptian Lover - Killin it

Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?

Sounds pretty cheesy but that would be “the journey is its own reward“. When you break down some of the most profound doctrines you often end up at this conclusion and it’s generally applicable. For instance, the reward of producing music for me is not the output, it’s the meditative state and the value of enjoying the moment.

Check out the latest remix from Nick which was released via Discotech and you can grab it HERE.

By Saša, edited on 08 October 2020