Ever asked yourself who the DJs you follow on Play.fm actually are? Throughout the next few weeks and months, we’d like to introduce you to some of the most popular uploaders and radio presenters on Play.fm within a new feature series named Major Players! We’re starting off with Christian Brebeck from Switzerland’s capital Zürich, who has been serving us with fresh sounds since 2009 and has remained on top of our listening stats ever since. In the following interview, he gives us some insight on the idea behind Munich-Radio, his musical concepts and his life in Zürich.
Our first question is pretty obvious: Your mix series on Play.fm is called Munich-Radio, yet, you’re residing in Zürich. How did that come?
Munich-Radio was founded in Munich, which used to be my home until I moved to Switzerland for professional issues in late 2008. Now, Switzerland is the new base for my project – yet, I stayed loyal to the original name and concept, as it was already established globally pretty well.
Munich-Radio already started as a classic webradio in 2006 – what was your initial motivation, and in which way has the concept changed throughout the years?
As I already used to play mixes on local radio stations in Munich (Xanadu, Gong 96.3, 89 HIT FM, StarSat Radio) in my youth days, I developed the idea to share my taste of music with the world in 2005 – which turned out pretty well until the present day. As running a radio as a private person requires donations and private financial means to survive on a long term, I rather use streaming services like Play.fm or Mixcloud to present my work. It’s definitely the better option, as the music might be listened to anytime on demand, while a conventional radio station depends on it’s broadcasting hours.
Currently, I’m compiling samplers for airlines, lounges, hotels, bars or instore concepts and consider myself a small, but fine music label. In the long run, the conventional broadcasting activities of Munich-Radio will have to come to an end.
To someone who isn’t familiar with Munich-Radio yet, how would you describe its musical concept?
Munich-Radio is specialised in wrapping hand-picked titles of the genres Lounge, Downtempo, Electronica, Deephouse, Triphop etc. into a harmonic, diverse mix, which either takes you on a colorful journey or simply knocks your socks off.
Munich-Radio runs free successful mix series:
Beach-Access: Melodich House/Deephouse, Electro, Minimal
Munich-Radio Mix: Electronica, Lounge, Chill-Out, Trip-Hop, World Music
Space Quest: Very spacey, futuristic tracks of any genre, from chilled to jiggy
Furthermore, mix specials like Oriental, B-Sides, or Best of 90’s may pop up every once in a while.
What can we imagine the process of producing a Munich-Radio show like?
I’m always hunting for awesome tracks, that touch me in whatever way. All tracks that get shortlisted are gathered in a to check out folder for the appropriate mix series. Once a folder is well-filled, I start to mix the single tracks into one coherent piece, considering style, tempo and variety. A couple of hours and bags of trail mix later, the mix is ready for mastering and each single track is getting optimized once again. Mostly, the result might be heard here on Play.fm first, followed by other streaming sites.
Thanks for the appreciation – of course, we’re curious now, what is it that you like about Play.fm?
I dig Play.fm because it gives me a great global reach, and because uploading and editing your work is really easy to do… and all that free of charge and without any upload limits.
As mentioned before, you’re living in Zürich. What’s the local music and club scene like, which clubs, artists or record stores can you recommend?
No doubt, my favourite is the Supermarket. An authentic club with a similar choice in musical genres and artists as I play in my mixes – anything from Deephouse to Old School House (New Jersey, Chicago styled), no mainstream.
Vinyl lovers are best served at Panthera Records, who have 20.000 LPs and singles of the genres Deephouse, Minimal and Progressive in stock. However, I purchase my music comfortably online or directly from the artists.
Besides doing your Munich-Radio mixes, do you play live gigs?
While I was still living in Munich, I had weekly performances at O2-Lounge, Lutter & Wegner (Künstlerhaus), occassionally in other parts of Europe and worldwide as well. Currently, I rather play at private VIP partys than in clubs.
I rather consider myself a small, but fine music label, that compiles music for airlines, clubs, bars, lounges, hotels, in-store radio and similar purposes – in other words, I bring my personal taste of music to market.
Yet, I can still be booked for events.
And what do you do apart from your musical activities – jobwise as well as in your private life?
In my private life, of course, my heart mainly beats for music – that, I think, can be heard in my mixes.
Jobwise, I’ve been travelling the world as a freelance IT specialist and consultant in the world of telecommunications, mobile communiactions and IT security throughout the last 15 years. Windsurfing, my motorbike and the proper music added are a good contrast for all the mental exercise my work life demands.
Finally, let’s talk future prospects: What can we expect from Munich-Radio within the coming weeks, months and years?
A pipeline full of terrific tracks that are just waiting to be played out, for sure. Furthermore, I’m working hard to establish Munich-Radio as a music label and match even more tremendous compilations to customers, places and events they fit with.
Customers like Etihad Airways, BMW or various clubs and hotels of distinction have already been very excited, and it’s especially that kind of feedback, that keeps me motivated for that cause. As it’s hardly possible to manage everything myself, I’m currently looking for affiliates.
None less than 128 Munich-Radio mixes (status: August 11th, 2015) can be listened to right here – to stay informed about many more still to come, be sure to follow Christian’s Play.fm Profile!