Interview with M.A.N.D.Y.

Interview with M.A.N.D.Y.

by Marcos Colón
04.15.2011


When you're one of the most sought after DJ-production duos in the world, there aren't many mountains left to climb. But when you're Get Physical's M.A.N.D.Y., you can definitely find some. Always pushing the edge of electronic music with their unique groove-driven singles and mix compilations, Patrick Bodmer and Philipp Jung are two of the most talented musicians in the world, able to make thousands upon thousands of bodies move for hours on end. While you may think it's easy, think again. Their DJ sets feature some of the best selection we've seen to date, and it doesn't look like they'll be slowing down any time soon.

We recently caught up with M.A.N.D.Y.'s Philipp Jung about the release of their new Body Language mix compilation, the future of their Get Physical label, and just what mountains they have left to climb this year.

Clubplanet: How has your year been treating you thus far?

Philipp Jung:
It started with a nice vacation for me in New Zealand. Patrick did a cleansing, which is a wonderful thing to do every once in a while. Always busy with the label, with a couple of big releases, and now touring together quite a bit throughout Europe, so another year full of new adventures.

Clubplanet: Congratulations on your soon to be released Body Language 10 mix. Was there a specific type of mood you were going for this time around?

Philipp Jung:
There is always a specific mood when it comes to doing this mixes. It's months in the making, so it always takes a lot from us and we go through tons of mood changes in the process. What we always try to do is to find a way to produce not only pure club music, but rather to show our view on the current trends and releases. It's not easy at all, but so far we're always happy with the result.

Clubplanet: Get Physical is known as one of the best labels in dance music in the world. It seems that you guys have a high standard of groove when it comes to your releases. In your opinion, what makes a great Get Physical track?

Philipp Jung:
Thanks for the compliment! We always wanted to release music that makes your butt shake, but should (at least sometimes) put you in a nice state of mind and allow your soul to travel. So you could listen to it totally sober in the morning or in the car, but also at 4AM in the club with a couple of drinks. We also have to be able to play the music ourselves obviously. We have to like it and it has to fit into our sets somehow.

Clubplanet: What are some of your musical influences outside of electronic music?

Philipp Jung:
All kinds of stuff actually. I hardly listen to electronic music at home. I like indie stuff, like Mazzy Star, Grizzly Bear or Radiohead and equally jazz albums from Miles Coltrane and Chet Baker. We like classical music too, so it's a wide range. In our world there's only good and bad music, it’s not determined by genre.

Clubplanet: You've played at some of the biggest and best clubs in the world. If you had to play only ONE club for the rest of your life, what club would that be and why?

Philipp Jung:
My living room with my best friends. In that situation I'm sure to have good people around me and the right music.

Clubplanet: As you've probably noticed, dance music is picking up a lot in the U.S., primarily because of the pop-crossover tracks. Do you think that this trend will continue?

Philipp Jung:
I hope so. It's not music we particularly like, but it creates some interest for people who would normally not be in tune with dance music. Maybe these kids will one day discover that there is a full spectrum of other good quality stuff that's worth checking out. We think it's a good thing for our scene.

Clubplanet: Europe's known to have the biggest names in the world when it comes to electronic producers. Who are some up and coming producers in the U.S. that you think people should pay attention to?

Philipp Jung:
Obviously the whole Visionquest crew and Wolf & Lamb created quite a buzz lately and mostly for a good reason. There were some very interesting releases and I think they changed the actual BPM of the underground dance music a little.
You can now easily produce at 120BPM without a problem, which was quite difficult a couple of years back. It also goes more towards songs which we like a lot too. There's a new label in the making from my friend Adultnapper called 'Scissors & Thread' with some beautiful music waiting to be released.

Clubplanet: Are there any goals in music that you have yet to accomplish?

Philipp Jung:
After doing the mix compilation, which takes us a lot of time, probably other producers finish an album within this time, we want to release an album at some point. We've talked already so much about it. It's really overdue. We have so many tracks on the shelf, but  we haven't felt that they will make a complete cohesive album, so more to come. Of course we'll be in the studio a lot more again, which will be possible this year as the label setup is finally how we want it.

Clubplanet: What do you have lined up for the remainder of the year?

Philipp Jung:
We're actually rehearsing for our new videoshow, which takes lot of time, effort, and money. So far we're very happy with the results. We'll also be releasing a couple of nice singles throughout the year. We have collaborations with Matthew Dear and Adultnapper are already finished, and we're finding new interesting music for the label. Of course, not to mention, always finding a little time to stop and enjoy life without the whole madness around it. Although, most of the time it's positive. So there's plenty to do, but we're ready!
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