Santé, hailing from Berlin, is part of a new school of artists championing musicality, skillfulness, and creativity over mindless loops and endless repetition. His productions, like those on his record label AVOTRE, ooze character, charisma, and humor, feelings so often overlooked in the realms of house music. The imprint recently released the next VA compilation - 'Argentinian Heat' which was released on the 1st of May and you can check it HERE.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
Most bizarre was an engagement shout out through a microphone while I was playing. The funny thing, which was very cool, was that the couple had met for the first time at one of my gigs.
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
I have an analog setup with a lot of synthesizer drum machines, guitars, and bass but at the center of my productions is a super-strong Macbook Pro. I needed to find a flexible solution due to the touring diary as I’m always noting ideas down whilst on the road.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
The first gig was in my hometown, where I had the chance to play after Radio Slave. It was the super cool cause on that night he also heard and signed my first record on his label Rekids.
Name three artists that currently inspire you
Apollonia, Willers brothers, and Kreuziger.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club
I think it is always a bad situation if a super wasted person is trying to steal the CD player and pulls the audio connection. But a cool thing is when the music starts again and everyone goes nuts.
What do you do before and after your set?
Most of the time I try and squeeze in a nap either before or after the show depending on flight times the next day etc.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I worked in a supermarket to fill up shelves but I needed the money to buy my first sampler.
What are your favorite labels at the moment?
Fuse, Cutting Headz, and Tamango.
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace, and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Talking Heads "This must be the place".
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?
I think being patient is the most important piece of advice, as well as taking your time to practice and refine your skills.