TC80's discography (started in 2015) could make you think that he’s new to the scene, but he actually is a veteran DJ who was a resident DJ in German clubs for a decade. His experience in production and mixing is evident whenever he plays, able to put together different styles, eras, and moods with expertise and a real sense of flow.
Unlike many other producers operating within the minimal or tech-house sphere, TC80 does not play by those rules. Continually experimenting, his releases tend to be more melodious and musically adventurous.
Inspired by Japanese video game soundtracks or psychedelic music and associated with the Berlin scene, represented by Club Der Visionaere and because of his releases on Cabaret Recordings, Tony offers a delicate touch to all aspects of his music into exciting new forms. You can hear this in the captivating melodies in splendid tracks on his different releases. We invited him to our 101 series where you can read more below.
What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?
Drink requests, birthday announcements, jukebox tentative…
Can you describe your studio setup for us?
Dynaudio BM5A MKII, Roland XP30, Roland MC-307, Roland MC-808, Korg Microkorg, Yamaha RM1X, Arturia Analog Experience, E-RM midiclock+, and Logic Pro.
Could you tell us the story about your first gig?
My first gig was in an after-hour bar/club in Metz, France. I just bought 2 technics after releasing the first record in 2004, 2 months later a friend of mine invited me to play once and I started a weekly residency there for some years.
Name three artists that currently inspire you.
Acid State, B.AI, Etienne, Two Phase U.
Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club
Once I played in Marseille and the electricity shut down maybe 30 minutes after starting my set. For 15min no light, people started to go. Suddenly the power came back but a second and third shut down completely killed the night. At the end, they noticed that the big fan for the « backstage » took too much power.
What do you do before and after your set?
Generally, I come with the promoter at the beginning of each gig and stay until the end. But just before a set I generally get focus on spreading good energy to start the exchange with the public. After a set, I sometimes need some minutes of calm to get down as I can be very focused and in the flow.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
In my first student summer job, I worked in a metal factory for once a month. I had the feeling to become a machine.
What are your favorite labels at the moment?
Cabaret, Reductive, Blank State, Lumbago, OPIA, Phonotheque…
Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace, and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?
Shiho Yabuki - New Meditation
Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?
Through discipline comes freedom.
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