“From fan to permanent fixture in the Objektivity ranks in just a few short years, André Hommen may have received strong support from Dennis Ferrer during that time, but his current position of success is entirely his own doing. Known as a fierce production talent and one of the few truly specialist warm-up DJs around, here Hommen shows the breadth of his musical tastes over the course of an hour or so’s flawlessly selected house music.”
You’re now an integral part of the Objektivity crew… how did you first hook up with Dennis?
It was a case of “right time, right place”. I was a fan of Dennis’ and especially of his label Objektivity (the first-ever record ‘The Cube’ by Ferrer & Karizma Ltd. had just been released), so I emailed with Dennis back and forth and luckily he replied, as by now I realized how hard it is to get him to reply to an email! At that time I was doing some web-design and Objektivity had no website, so I just created one as I was bored one night. I had no idea that this was actually the beginning of a long relationship. Dennis liked the website so much, that he wanted me to take over more web-related things for Objektivity, such as social media, emails etc. Before long I was a big part of the day-to-day label -related stuff. I was DJing all over Germany by that time and Dennis also knew that I was producing some tracks, so he insisted to get the next available demo, which immediately got signed to Objektivity (Marashi in 2009, together with Gorge), so I also became an official artist. After that, he added me to some label parties and last year, Dennis decided to give me the label manager position of which, of course, I am very proud.
You usually play warm-up for the Objektivity parties… do you think that the art of warming up is sometimes overlooked by DJs who are always looking to make the biggest impact possible?
I really like that warm-up position. The most frequently-asked question is, if I ever get tired of playing warm ups, but I have to say that I really like it, because the warm up is actually the most important part of the night. I love to see when the dancefloor get crowded with each more track you’re playing. I really like to build up my DJ sets and start very deep and slow and take it from there, depending on people’s reaction. When Dennis decided to book me as his “preferred warm up” to play most of his parties, I was very super careful and wanted to do everything correctly but after two gigs he told me that I have to bang it out at least at the last 20-30 mins as people have to remember me too. So it’s a delicate balance between making the best possible impact AND doing that in a certain, reserved way. Like, for example, two weeks ago I was playing at Showcase in Paris right before Cadenza’s Andrea Oliva. I was playing VERY deep and very reserved and I got the most and best feedback on any warm up set ever.
Tell us about some of the highlights of 2013 to date…
The biggest highlight by now is definitely the Asian tour I did with Dennis earlier this year. Three weeks touring throughout the whole Asian region from Phuket, Bangkok, Macau, Bali, Singapore, Jakarta to Tokyo. I really like touring that part of the world as the people are so in love with the music and give you so much feedback. Plus you get a lot inspiration from touring there… I’ll be back on a solo tour in October and looking forward already.
How and when was the mix recorded?
I recorded the mix live at home in Germany, the night before I went to Miami for WMC. I did a mixture of playing Traktor vinyl and real vinyl on the Pioneer DJM900.
Are there any tracks in particular you’d like to highlight?
Well I started very deep with an old Rick Wade loop at the beginning, and I had to include Spencer Parker’s ‘Show Him You’re The One’ as this give me still goosebumps from my gig in Tokyo this year. Then the brand new Motor City Drum Ensemble which is an unbelievable track. And of course I had to add our latest release on Objektivity from Nasser Baker plus an edit I did in 2011 with the vocals of Kerri Chandler’s ‘Let’s Get Back to the Raw’.
In terms of your own music, what have you been working on recently?
I have been busy in the studio the last couple of weeks, finalizing my next own EP for Objektivity which hopefully comes around summer-time and I am also working on a remix for one of the upcoming Objektivity releases.
Check out the full interview on Defected.com.