FRISKY caught up with Sabrina Mue, Berlin’s rising superstar in the electronic scene and talked about musical influences, music production, challenges and of course her new show right here on DEEP: Berlin Beep.
Berlin based deejay/producer, Sabrina Mue has come a long way. She got her first set of turntables in 2013 and since then has been leaving her mark both in Germany’s electronic music scene and around the globe. Sabrina’s sound is mixed with different electronic styles such as deep house, breaks, and acid. Her sound is experimental, like one big exciting journey.
As a producer, Sabrina Mue made her debut appearance with “Breakaway” in 2014. The track was made with Lars Moston, with whom she
also released ‘We Used to Dance’ and ‘Don’t You Want Me’. These tracks catapulted her on the world stage by some big names, including Claptone. She is constantly preparing for her next producing phase while exploring the realms of audio design and audiovisual art.
Germany’s Sabrina Mue is positively a name that will continue to be heard. You can join in and catch her show Berlin Beep right here on FRISKY. Premiering on March 5th @ 3PM EST / 9PM Berlin [convert timezone] you can listen anytime on-demand after with FRISKY Premium.
I’d like to ‘thank’ Sabrina for taking time out of her busy schedule to share her thoughts with FRISKY. It was a true pleasure getting to know her and a better insight into her electrifying musical world.
First, I’d like to start out by saying “thank you” Sabrina for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. I had a chance to take a sneak peek of your music and it is a delight to listen to. Tell me about your upcoming show and the meaning behind Berlin Beep. And describe your thoughts about being part of the FRISKY family.
Thanks for welcoming me into the FRISKY family, I’m excited about starting this new project with you guys!
The idea Berlin Beep is to transport the feeling of where I live, a roaring city and maybe the capital of electronic music. Every month I will feature great artists not only from Berlin but from around the globe. Because that is what Berlin is – a microcosm with so many influences from all over the world. I want to deliver a great show every month. It’s a wonderful chance to broadcast some of Berlin’s good vibes across the planet. To me, being a DJ is much more than playing other people’s tracks. Creating a mix, for me, is like telling someone a story, using the energy of what’s around me and giving it back to the people in a new way.
I read that the reason you get into electronic dance music was/is because you are “a nineties kid”, and that it is in your blood. Who would you say has been your musical influence(s) and why?
As a young kid it was a lot of MTV. So all kinds of music from Bowie or Moby to Nirvana or Bomfunk MCs. Then came a lot of HipHop and finally House & Techno. Lately I’ve been into experimental music such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich. There are lots of different reasons why a certain piece of music is able to catch me and become an influence for me. It could be musical ideas or use of frequencies, lyrics or rhythms. Mainly, what is important is character and attitude.
Describe when or how did you first discover your talent in music producing and writing.
That would have been about 2013. I was spending a lot of time on my decks, which I had bought a couple of months earlier, hunting for tracks online and at record shops, practicing my mixing, just enjoying diving deeper into the world of electronic music, discovering tons of cool stuff and not really thinking too much about production yet. But when I met Lars Moston and tried it out I got into it really quickly. “Breakaway”, the first track we made together got signed by Katermukke, so that was a cool start for me.
Your projects include some very exciting materials/tracks. What’s been your favorite project you’ve worked on? And how has that experience transpired/affected musical projects thereafter?
Playing at CTM/ transmediale was a great experience for me. I like to build a story with music and an artistic setting like theirs is perfect for that. That was inspiring and motivating for the next projects of course. Also because it was something different than the club scene, so an interesting perspective. But the club scene, especially the one in Berlin, is a constant inspiration anyway.
Adding to our previous question, is there any artist you’ve always wanted to collaborate with? Why?
Yes. If it can be anyone at any time then I would choose Delia Derbyshire, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, The KLF, CAN, Freddy Mercury or Debbie Harry.
I also saw that there’s an event coming up in March you’re involved in called, ‘Anomalies – Night of the Woman’. Tell me about this.
Actually, I canceled that one when I heard what the name and concept of the party was. Apparently it’s ‘International Women’s Day’ and it seems like that’s a reason to use all female line-ups for marketing and supposedly support female deejays by generously giving them a stage, whereas on all other days it’s just normal and totally okay to have hardly any females on the line-up. I won’t play at any events where women are only booked for their package-marketing value and not for their music. I don’t need anyone to book me for being a female and isn’t really interested in what I play.
What is your opinion about what many would describe as shifts in electronic music within the past decade? With that said, what do you feel/believe are the secrets to remaining relevant to a broader audience and in reaching diverse listeners of all ages?
My style is to combine different styles, so I don’t mind that much if certain subgenres shift – which they don’t do all that quickly anyway, I think. Certain trends get copied for months on end before people get bored it seems. That could be one way to reach a lot of people I suppose, but that’s not really a conscious choice, it’s just what I’m into. As for production, I just try and make music with character. Anything can cross over from the underground to a broader audience if it stands out. It’s cool to be creative, to explore, and maybe find a cool new way of playing an instrument or creating sounds.
What would you say has been your biggest challenge that you’ve encountered starting out in the electronic music world and when creating music?
I didn’t really worry about too much starting out, but there certainly were some strange situations, where people behaved weirdly because there was a female deejay. Or to realize there is a general mistrust about your ability until you prove yourself.
Creating music, it can be tough to keep hitting barriers of some kind and to push yourself to carry on and break through (or go around) them.
Adding to challenges, how would you describe the way you have grown as an artist over the lifetime of your career? And what would you say to your younger self knowing what you know now.
Hopefully, I don’t know, I’m just keeping myself entertained. My advice would be: be open, not to pay too much attention to trends or rules and try to make something that matters.
Let’s talk more about your show Berlin Beep. Kindly share with me how did Berlin Beep get started with FRISKY? What will we get to hear from your show? Anything special FRISKY listeners should pay attention to when listening to Berlin Beep?
It was a really sweet birthday gift for me, opening my inbox and reading the inquiry about hosting my own Radio show at FRISKY. With Berlin Beep, I will feature great artists which share the same passion for music and have some kind of connection with Berlin. Genre-wise it will be quite open.
It’s fair to say that every artist has their own unique style and ways bringing out creativity while working. What insight about your unique creative process can you share with me? Do you find yourself always prepared to capture ideas as they emerge? And how would you best describe the creative process behind Berlin Beep?
I don’t really have much insight into where all that comes from, it just happens. But capturing ideas really is something I try to be good at. I do things like getting up in the middle of the night to write something down.
Do you have any new projects/album releases you’re currently working on that you’d like to share with us?
I’m working hard on my solo debut. And there’s another release with Lars Moston in the works as well.