Global Vibe Radio 023 comes courtesy of London based artist Philipp Ort. The DJ/Producer/Label manager has had quite a busy year between touring and producing in the studio. Philipp has released his music on labels such as Roots & Wings,Wiggle Records, Fabric London, Global Underground, Alive Recordings and Inmotion Music as well as on his own imprints Black&White Orange Records and Pins and Needles. Several of his tracks have been played and supported by the likes of Carl Cox, Sasha, Hot Since 82, DJ Sneak, Francesca Lombardo, Pig & Dan and more. We recently caught up with him to discuss details on his recent North America tour and music we can expect to hear soon.
Your most recent tour to North America last month saw you traveling from London to Canada, California, and Mexico. What was the experience like and what were some of the highlights from the trip?
The whole tour was an incredible experience with three great gigs, really cool crowds and on top of it I’ve met some amazing people on the way. Each city was a different experience but it’s great to see how music connects people wherever you are! It was very cool to visit these three places in one weekend and see more than just the clubs, I definitely want to go back to all of them, there is so much more to see!
It’s hard to pick out highlights as each gig was a highlight on its own but playing at renowned venues such as Salon Daome in Montreal and Avalon in LA definitely made a few dreams come true, no doubt!
You have quite the release catalogue over the past few years, what would you say drives your creativity and inspiration in the studio?
I usually get my creativity and inspiration from daily life, especially when I travel and play in different venues I always come back with a head full of new ideas from the experience I gained in the clubs, on the road and meeting new people or see new places. I have never been a person to mimic others’ style or music so I just always produced what I found is creative and unique to myself. Of course I get ideas and inspiration from listening to artists of different kinds of music as well and to cross this over into my productions is the challenge I really like. There are times where the inspiration just flows naturally and if that isn’t the case I just take a step back from the studio work until I can’t wait to get back on it. It’s usually not a long break though! :)
London is considered one of the major global destinations for electronic music; how has living in the city influence your overall music direction and did it give you a new perspective on things?
The reason I moved to London 10 years ago was because of the Drum n Bass scene and it all developed to Techno and House music from there. London is a great place for inspiration and it’s very vibrant here. The people are full of ideas in business as well as music and this definitely influenced me personally and musically from the beginning. It gave me a new perspective on many things in life, not just music, but it just thrives me forward every day and helps me to achieve the things I want most in life.
Who are some of the artists right now that you’ve been listening to a lot of? Are there any up and comers that have recently caught your attention?
Some of the artists I currently really like are Alex Niggemann, Ross Evans, Francesca Lombardo and Francys. Each of them have an amazing sound which suits perfectly to what I’m doing myself and their tracks are usually on most of my playlists at the moment. As for any up and comers, it is definitely my good friend Cur.l from Berlin who deserves a lot of praise for what he’s doing. I have been releasing his music on my label Pins and Needles since a while now and he just breaks about any musical barrier and always comes up with amazing new ideas and music that blows me away every time I listen to something new from him. Definitely look out for this name!
Between your own music production and running/managing a label, what can we expect to hear in the coming months from both ends? And how do you often find balance between the two tasks?
I am currently working on a new EP for Wiggle and I have a track coming out on KMS Records in November. Next to that I have an EP planned on my other label Black&White Orange Records which will be released early 2015. On Pins and Needles we have a massive new EP coming out on vinyl & digital from Cur.l including a bonus track for the digital release only.
At the moment I am also very busy with my other project I am running with Scott D’Souza called taMe where we run our own label taMe Music and we are currently working on some very cool projects which unfortunately I can’t reveal too much about at the moment. But our next release will be on taMe Music at the end of November this year with our two track EP ‘Skin & Bone’, so we are very excited about this!
Finding the balance between all these projects has never really been a difficult task for me as for some reason they just work very well together and usually my inspiration pushes me from one project to the other automatically. I like multitasking, so this definitely helps too! :)