Holmar & Philipp Jung Talk Friendship and Performing Together

24 May 2019 - - The DJ List

 

Leading up to this weeks Gather Outdoors festival, Teksupport's debut festival happening in the idyllic Catskills, we sat down with HOLMAR and PHILIPP JUNG to talk about their upcoming performance together as well as their new project "Beauty & the Beast"

The DJ List:
How did you guys first meet?

Holmar:
Well, I guess *the week we met* we knew about each other for a long time, but then we were at Yoga to the People and he [Philipp] was looking at my ass from behind while doing the downward dog and afterward, we had coffee and became best friends

Philipp:
That’s pretty much the story, yeah. I can confirm that. Once you look at Holmar’s ass, there’s no way back.

The DJ List: Wow, so Holmar, it’s your best ass-et?

Holmar: You know, I got some glutes, baby.

The DJ List: Very nice, very nice, Holmar.

Holmar: My gluteus maximus is, like, fire.

The DJ List:
You guys are performing together for Gather Outdoors. What led you to decide to try and do a B2B together at Gather Outdoors?

Philipp:
In general, I’d say that throughout the business when you tour for some time, it’s nice to find people who think alike. In the beginning, everyone is everyone’s friend. After some years, after you really find whom you share your approach to DJing with and what DJing means to you… it’s very often you find people who want “more more more” … but I think we focus more on spending quality time rather than always going for the biggest offers or the biggest gigs. We really choose wisely what we do together and try to make it different from other people. We talked about doing it [Gather] together around four months ago. So I planned my New York trip around Gather and here we are.

The DJ List:
Gather is an exciting event – a quality-festival with a good crowd you’ll be performing in front of.

Philipp:
Yes – and [have] time. Normally when you book festivals, you arrive an hour before your set time, play your set, then you go to the next festival. We try to avoid this. When we play together, we always try to make sure we actually have time to do it because the vibe for us and the vibe through the audience is much better. They [the audience] feels something that is actually there.

Holmar:
Yes, that’s why we’re going to head up to the festival a little early and hang out, have some hot dogs, ice cream, and laugh, meet people and chill out. We have a lot of homies coming, so it’s going to be a Gathering of friends and family for us. Hopefully, the weather gods are going to be with us and we’re going to be turnt and listen to good music. It’s a win-win situation!

The DJ List:
Do you feel like spending that type of quality time together enhance your sets when you step behind the decks?

Holmar:
Oh yes, of course. When you have two homies like us hanging out before we play, we come and play in a good mood. Like with any artist or anyone who works knows, whenever you create a good work environment and good vibes are going, no matter where – an office, a festival, or a bicycle repair shop – if you’re hanging out with friends and the vibes are good, that’s when the magic happens. The bicycle gets fixed just the right way.

Philipp:

Yeah when you’re vibing, your friends, the crowd, everyone around you can feel that energy and feeds off of it.

The DJ List:
So on the note of quality time and fixing bicycles, you guys have created a new project called ‘Beauty & the Beast.’ Can you tell us a little bit more about what your plans are for that project?

Philipp:
It’s basically a duality thing. Holmar and I – we both very much – can behave super nicely and be beautiful with our friends, but we can turn into party monsters (like so many others). Generally, it [the project] is to show the beauty and the beast in all of us – we’re all ‘good’ and ‘bad’ inside. It’s nice to have this ‘host duality’ in life – Beauty and Beast. We wanted to show the darker side and lighter sides of life in our music and our photos. To be open about there being nothing completely good or bad in us – it all depends on perception.

Holmar:
I concur. Sometimes, in a DJ set, it’s time to play beautiful. And sometimes it’s time to act a little more dark and devious.

Philipp: Yup.

Holmar: The fun part about the journey [DJing] is creating it [a journey]. We try to create a musical journey like writers write books that ***6:27-28*** , crescendos, and has an ending. I like to think of our DJing as a little bit of storytelling. We both have been djing for a long time and we resonate so hard with each other … hopefully we can make that happen at Gather. I’d like to think it’s pretty written in the stars – but you have to be there to be it, believe it and experience it.

The DJ List:
Balance is very important in life – whether it’s dark or light, otherwise things would be quite boring or monotonous. On the note of you guys performing in general, can fans at Gather expect original music from you guys in the future, or are you guys kinda just testing out your B2B concept for now and then maybe planning on music in the future?

Philipp:
Definitely, we’re going to produce together. At the moment, we let it [our work] flow a little bit. We don’t want to have too much planned. Nowadays, editing is super-planned and you have to write to your manager, and this and this and this… nothing against this, but in the beginning, it’s nice to let [a project] grow organically without having too many people talking and interfering with it. It has to be right for us.

We’re going to be in New York together … and maybe the next time in San Francisco we’re going to start on music. We’re not so focused on it [‘Beauty and the Beast’] having that sound or even what the name stands for – sometimes it can be 80 BPM or the next time, it [our music] can be the ‘correct’ beat stuff to 190 BPM.

Especially with a new project, it’s nice that people don’t expect anything from it so you can be really free.

Holmar:
We’re so blessed to have met with so many artists whose music we’ve both collected that we accept and platform. I have a bunch of new music and I even DJ some new music from other artists that are young and new, and older. So we’ll play a mix of that. There’s been music from the past that we’ve made separately and because we resonate with each other, we’ve both previously played each other’s music. We’re just figuring out our sound and then we’re going to spend some quality time together to make some music.

Philipp: But right now we’re DJing together, mostly.

The DJ List:
Maybe playing together will help inspire some of your new music.
In general, what is inspiring you guys artistically? Whether it’s new musicians on the rise or maybe a label or some tracks that are inspiring you guys – artwork, so on and so forth – what’s been bringing a lot of inspiration to you guys lately?

Holmar:
For me, it’s the trees. Sometimes they grow in many different sizes and get full. When I look at the trees, I feel like channeling them in my music. I talk to the trees and then I talk to the flowers, then the sky. I don’t know, I’m a nature boy

Philipp: (laughs) I’m pretty much the same.

Holmar:
Yeah, I go hiking. When I hang out with my friends, they inspire me a lot because they’re beautiful. My family – my grandmas, my mom, my dad, my sister – there are good people out there doing good work. Like our friend Emilie, for example, from Parties For Peace – she’s one badass woman doing good work all the time. I like to send her love all the time and I talk to people about people who inspire me.

Philipp:
In general of course, there’s always a new musical act or something that inspires you, but nowadays it’s so difficult that this happens for a long time because everything is so professionalized. Immediately, if something gets accessible, there’s so much pressure on it.

Holmar: I have some good surprises for you on the road, Philipp.

Philipp: Yeah?

Holmar:
Yeah. There are some really good new artists that are going to resonate with you. There’s so much young talent out there that I want to help put in our seat. There are so many talented people out there that are just waiting to come our way. But I’ll talk about that later in another interview.

The DJ List:
And finally, in terms of equipment or studio things, are they any plugins or pieces of equipment that have really been making you guys excited as of late in the studio?

Holmar:
Well, I have this pillow that’s really soft, you know. It makes my back feel really good so I can work on synthesizers. Because there are so many beautiful synthesizers out there, I can’t really pick one, but the pillow in my studio is, like, super awesome.

The DJ List: What kind of a pillow is it?

Holmar:
It’s Posturepedic; it’s made with memory foam. When I sit on it, I’m like, “ohhh it’s so good.”

Philipp: Ya. So only good things come out when you sit on that pillow?

Holmar: Yes, it’s my favorite pillow.

Philipp: Perfect, that’s a nice plugin.

The DJ List: The pillow plugin. I guess it’s a plug of sorts of if you put your butt on it?

Holmar: It’s made by some old lady in California. I forgot her name, Ursula – I think?

The DJ List: Wow, so it’s custom.

Holmar:
I’ll try to remember the URL for next time. I got love for Ursula, the Pillowmaker.

The DJ List: Ursula the Pillowmaker – we’ll give her a shoutout.

Holmar and Philipp: (laughs) Yes, thank you.

The DJ List:
Thanks so much for taking the time out of your schedules to talk to us and we can’t wait to see you play together this weekend at Gather Outdoors!

You can find Holmar and Philipp Jung playing back to back this weekend at Gather Outdoors Day 2 on the Oak Stage from 12:45 AM - 2:30 AM.

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