Philipp Straub from Vienna, Austria sent us some awesome pictures of his collection with more than 26.000 vinyl records. We were totally impressed, as we got in touch with him some days ago. Being in business for almost 2 decades now, some of you remind him for gigs and productions with the alias Felipe and Titanium and for the project called “The Space Navigator” in the early 90’ies. Don’t miss this interview and picture series.
Hey Philipp, you made it to room of the week 49 in our gallery. Your room looks like a lot of fun. A beautiful playground for DJs. When did you start working as a DJ? “I started DJing in 1993 and began with the first studio projects around 2 years later.”
Can you introduce yourself in one sentence? “Well let’s stick to the short info from my Facebook page written for me a while ago… I think is covers it pretty well: CEO of Titan International artist booking agency, one of the leading heads of electronic music in Austria and also a successful DJ & producer for more than 19 years around the globe.”
Seems like you already worked together with a lot of artists? “Well within nearly 2 decades I had DJ gigs with an uncountable amount of colleagues. Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, Dubfire and many more. Some of them I call friends until today. Production wise I had an Austrian partner with whom I ran our former labels Titanium and Supreme and with whom I also had many releases on big techno labels around 10 years ago such as Primate, Primevil, CLR, Bush, Rotation, etc… I had one cooperation with Johannes Heil which resulted in a release on Music Man Records under the name Think Tank.”
Your sound wall looks absolutely impressive. You told us, it was especially designed for your room. Looks a bit like your own little record library. We are a bit jealous. How many records do you store in there? “Around 26.000 roughly.”
What equipment do you use in your room and for your gigs? “I love playing around with equipment so I change the set up once a while. I was spinning vinyl for 7 years and in the end of this period started to use Korg Chaos pad, loopsampler and sometimes even a 909. Then I switched to digital DJ’ing but kept the effect machines. Once Traktor had internal effects I got rid of the other effects but had some controller for intuitive work such as Faderfox. After that for a while I used Allen & Heath 3D, then 4D and played only with 4 internal decks with no other controller, but after some years this got boring and I again found a challenge in syncing records manually. So I switched to CDs and again added a loopsampler from PVDJ occasionally. Now my perfect setup are 4 CD-2000 on the latest firmware, connected in a lan network, a Pioneer DJ-M 900 or 2000 mixer and I use an external harddrive for which I sort my tunes in Rekordbox. At the moment I try to get the maximum out of the smallest effort equipment wise and this works great for me. It is fun playing around but you always surface the crowd without staring into a laptop all the time. Also I do not have to carry any equipment or cables which is great. Of course I like the idea of the new Traktor with 4 decks, loopdecks and new controllers with which you can actually go far beyond regular Dj’ing but I am not a headliner and it is simply nerve braking when you always have to set up a complete arsenal of stuff for your gig. That can cost the focus. I think I will try to include the new Pioneer Remix FX machine which I just tested in Italy 2 weeks ago.
Studio wise we sold everything some years ago as I do not have enough time at all with running my company Titan and being married, but if I want to do something in a studio a close friend of mine who is an outstanding producer always has an open door for me and supports me as engineer.”
The personal highlight of your room? “For sure the two gold records for selling a lot of compilations in the late 90’ies. As well as a buddha statue that I got from a close friend. But the overall design is something I am still very proud of.”
You got a lot to choose in your collection, so this is gonna be a hard one: Your record for the lonely Island? “Yes, way too many to choose. I live this life since nearly 20 years and heard way to many tunes in outstanding situations that it is impossible to chose one particular. Also music style changed a lot within this time frame, but maybe if I have to chose one producer / artist that combines my old and current style the most then it would be most likely Paul Kalkbrenner – even though I do not play his tunes often.”
Thank you, Philipp!