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Exclusive Interview with German Production Extraordinaire liquidfive


Recently, we sat down with German dance-pop producer and DJ liquidfive as he sheds some light on his recent releases ‘Veins’ and ‘Lights’, taking us through the influences that birthed those tracks, as well as give some indication of what might be next for the talented producer.


Hey Martin, thanks for joining us! Can you tell us some more about your recent releases Veins and Lights? How did they come about?

Hi Dusted Nation, I have to thank you and am really looking forward to the interview with you. Veins is a cooperation with the amazing Los Angeles singer-songwriter B Martin. Brendan Martin aka B Martin is an American musical Artist, known for his Kendrick Lamar/Juicy J collaboration. He’s also won several major Hip Hop competitions: Best Hip Hop Artist in NY and Who’s Next with Hot 97. In addition, he placed first and won T-Pain’s ”Motivated” competition landing him on The Grammy Winners Album and Mixtape. The contact came through a friend of mine. I’ve always liked Brendan’s singing skills. He then sent me a vocal demo for Veins and I was really excited and then did the backing track and the song was finished. Veins is a song that you don’t get to do every day and I’m particularly proud to have done the song with Brendan. It’s a song for eternity. Lights is a cooperation between my Producer Friends Joel Coopa and Alltag. The three of us always wanted to do a song together but it never happened in this combination. I only had the idea for Lights a month ago. The boys were so excited that we went into the studio together and finalized the song. This track is a fusion of pulsating beats, infectious rhythms, and mesmerizing melodies, a song with a very special atmosphere that immediately invites you to dance.


Were there any main differences between the creative processes of producing both tracks?

For me there weren’t many differences in the creative process. The songs are very different in their production, but my approach is almost always identical because I follow the vocals and then try to create a catchy instrumental for them. In the end, it was quite difficult for Veins to find the right backing track.


How would you describe your sound to those who haven’t heard your music?

I hear this question very often and always have a hard time answering it. My mission, with which I started making music, is to bring danceable electronic dance music into the world and establish it. It is a combination of strong vocals, catchy instrumentals and unique sounds, combined with a high recognition value. According to my motto: Join me on my journey from the depths of electro dance music to the top of the charts.


You have worked with the likes of Tom Novy, Joe Killington and others, what do you gain most from collaborating?

What helped me most was the experience and the different perspectives of producing music to expand my own musical horizons. Each of these artists has their own approach to making music, so I learned a lot from them to take my productions to the next level.


If you could collaborate with anyone in the scene at the minute, who would it be and why?

That’s a very good question that I can answer straight away. For me it would definitely be The Chainsmokers. I’m a big fan of the boys and have already played with them on the same main stage and was impressed by their show from the start. The combination of their own singing combined with the drums are very cool and unique. I also like their music style, so I would do such a collaboration straight away without thinking.


Where did you find your initial inspiration to become a dance music producer?

Oh, it’s a long story. My father, who was a gifted guitarist, always tried to make me a musician. However, I resisted it because I always wanted to become a professional footballer. My career then ended due to an injury and I was very frustrated. When my father passed away in 2008, I decided to honor his wish and started making music. At first it was just me and my warehouse manager at the time, a guitarist, since he already had some experience with Cubase, so that was my introduction to music production. I’m originally a drummer and so I decided to found the band liquidfive in 2011. liquidfive because there were five of us. I then broke up the band in 2014 and continued working alone as a DJ. Producer. Songwriter until today.


What are the main differences that you see in the German scene compared to other countries?

For me it is not difficult to answer this question. I think that the solidarity between musicians all over the world, and especially in the Netherlands, is greater than here in Germany. In the Netherlands, for example, the DJs support each other and no one is afraid that they will lose something of their success. In Germany, however, things are different. I think that’s a shame because you lose a lot of potential with this attitude.


Outside of Germany, what is your favourite place to play?

Outside Germany there are Ibiza / Spain, Poland but also the USA. Ibiza because I like the vibe of the parties and the weather and Poland because it is my birth country. In the USA I like the clubs, especially the ones in Miami.


What can we expect from liquidfive in the near future?

This year is going to be very wild. I’m playing a festival bus tour in Germany from the beginning of July to the end of September. There will also be a worldwide radio show from me starting in May and of course lots of new songs with some interesting collaborations. I currently have so many songs that I’m really having trouble deciding which one comes next. These are truly luxury problems, but I’m very happy to be in this good situation. I’m really looking forward to this year, it’s going to be a really cool one and I hope that it will of course be very successful.


If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Listen more to yourself and give less weight to the opinions of others. Do what you think is right and pursue your goals without any ifs and buts.

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