Evolving organically from a Berlin-based DJ collective aimed at spreading the musical tastes of a like-minded group of friends into a distinctive label and global force for intelligent, emotional electronic music, Nie Wieder Schlafen represents the possibilities of what can be achieved when you work together with passion and purpose.
The biggest purpose I see is bringing like-minded people together, to share emotion, opinions,Trustless
andexperience… We truly believe sharing and passing on what you know, is the most fulfilling purpose of life and this project as well.
Beginning as a hobby that would allow the collective of DJs an avenue for expressing and sharing what they love, Nie Wieder Schlafen began to expand as the team started receiving music from others who were inspired by the same energy. Some of the key aspects behind their musical tastes were being represented in these new connections; a fusion of complementary parts, exploration of new avenues, and dreamy hopefulness setting the atmosphere for what becoming a part of Nie Wieder Schlafen
With a sister brand “Never Sleep Again” representing in California, exciting new artists signed on, and some massive projects in mind, the team behind Nie Wieder Schlafen is excited about the potential future ahead. Giving a glimpse into this future they are releasing their yearly mix for Bespoke Musik’s show on July 19th @ 2 PM EST [convert timezone]. This Year 03 mix is all about exploring, diving deeper into their distinctive sound and featuring upcoming unreleased tracks from their label.
Their relationship with Bespoke Musik shows how joining with others who are riding along the same wavelength can result in the amplification of passion and purpose. With collaboration and connection as their focus in music and life, we can be sure that more and more people will be finding their way into the mysterious, melodic, meaningful world of Nie Wieder Schlafen.
Before the premiere of their Year 03 mix, I caught up with co-founder Steppi K aka trustless to discover more about their ethos & experiences.
It’s nice to meet you! Could you share more about the team behind Nie Wieder Schlafen & your roles within the label?
It’s a pleasure to do this, thanks for having me. Yes, with delight! NWS was founded back in 2014 as a tiny DJ-collective between ama:
Starting as a DJ collective, you have evolved to take on much more. Was there a point when you decided you wanted to go further or did it just seem to happen naturally?
I think the whole project of NWS
Do you have a set of guidelines or a mission that you run the label by?
This is a great
What have been some of the highlights of running Nie Wieder Schlafen so far?
The absolute highlight is the network that builds around the label. I probably would have missed out on meeting so many amazing people if this project didn’t grow into its existence. Everyone has to give his individual perspective and every single one is somewhat unique in
What do you enjoy most about what you do? What is the most difficult part, or what you least like doing?
Great question – I think connecting people, forming collaborative work between artists, giving creative input into the work of our producers and planning new concepts is definitely the most fullfilling work from the label perspective. Of course producing music and making people happy with your sets is my artist perspective, but this is nothing out of the ordinary I’d say.
I hate forced promotion. This is the most frustrating part – art should never collaborate with a capitalistic thought – it destroys your creative freedom. Artists start to do music, they don’t stand behind in order to gain more exposure and get bigger opportunities, but in my view, this absolutely destroys the world of art. It shouldn’t have boundaries, it’s a way of communicating what comes out of you, without using a restricting tool like language. Also forcing your art on people is very frustrating… but understandable, because it’s hard nowadays to really get an audience – on the other hand, it’s a problem of the people, not a lot of them are open to experimental music – for most, it has to be simple and not too complex. Much like action in movies is popular, because it’s easy to understand and consume – people listening to music have the same problem, unfortunately.
With such a finely curated catalog and mixes, you truly exemplify the role of tastemaker. It seems that much of this is built on the feelings your music represents, the emotional impact. How would you describe the music of Nie Wieder Schlafen? What does a track need to have to fit into your world?
It’s nice to see, that you took a little
What has been your relationship with Bespoke Musik? How do you connect together?
If I remember correctly, it must have been at the time of our PHCK ep – it was a truly ambitious release consisting out of 8 tracks. At that time, the bespoke team had already been in contact with our boys from the black forest. So that’s where the networking took place, but
Can you share more about your “Year” mixes and what this special Year 03 mix represents for you?
I think so far, every YEAR of NWS has a theme – YEAR 1 was about finding the right artists, exploring different sounds and simply having fun – YEAR 2 was about establishing a core family and pushing our core members – Year 3 is now about slowly narrowing done the sound of the label – after exploring it’s about diving deeper into one specific direction and I think, this is the first year of doing that. Also, this year feels like the first one, where we actualy know what the hell it is, we are doing, haha. I think a tiny bit of confidence has creeped in and that does sort of feel special – we feel very strongly about a good chunk of the music we will release this year, so much so, that we will put it into one consecutive mix, which will be exciting.
What are you most excited about for the future of Nie Wieder Schlafen?
I’m most excited about the potential of this family and community. A lot of people feel very enthusiastic about this little thing of ours and I think, if we can somehow bundle the energy, we are able to
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