I was granted the opportunity to interview Eric Sneo on my blog. Of course, he’s one of my favorite Techno DJs that has been always active in the club scene. I liked the way he answered all of my questions, some of them were centered around his life, while others allowed him to reveal important details about his upcoming album ‘Sound Traveler’.
1 – Who would you say your biggest musical influences are?
Well if we are talking mainly about Techno, then I would say that the biggest influences have been in the early 90’s at Omen Club in Frankfurt, and later during my career as a resident DJ at the Palazzo Club. I have been listening to a lot of DJ sets from Sven Vath, Chris Liebing, Adam Beyer and so on, but always wanted to take inspiration whilst will having a main focus on my own style which is very important.
2 – What’s the meaning behind the album’s title ‘Sound Traveler’?
The title of the album implicates different things. First of all the passion for music and sound and therefore the will to travel around the world and to spread this kind of music. Also, the word ‘sound’ is very important, as you have to be open minded to experience sound. If you listen with certain prejudice or expectations, you will not be able to experience sound. That’s why I hope that people will give their full attention while listening to this album.
3 – What are the main differences between your new album ‘Sound Traveler’ and the first album you produced?
The first album that I produced was on Terminal M, and it was a much rougher sound. That was a completely different time, back in 2005. The common style itself was more distorted and pounding. Basically, the new album is quite groovy without loosing the power. It features different tracks, some cool and easy groovin’ ones, but also some real big room Techno tracks. The title track of this album ’Sound Traveler’ is a combination of electro and ambient style. So I hope everyone will find a track they like on this album.
4 – What can fans expect from the collaborations on this new album?
I had only one collaboration on this album, and with none other than the label’s boss himself, Christian Smith with the track named “Loaded Dice”. I really like this track a lot because of the deep and heavy bassline and the mighty brake, it works really great in the clubs.
5 – What’s your favorite track on your new album? Why?
One of my favorite tracks on the album is the track “Zissle”. This one is pure Techno underground and it only has a few elements within it. The track has a really heavy impact on the dance floor.
6 – Do you define yourself as an underground DJ?
I try to not define myself in any one way, but always try to stay open minded. It’s difficult to say what the expression “underground DJ“ means, as I am sure everyone has their own definition of underground music.
7 – What is the most challenging thing about making new music?
I’m not sure if there is any new music at all. It’s more like trying to make something ’new’ out of the sounds, machines and elements you already have. I have not really heard a totally new sound for a long time. Basically, it’s all about being creative and not try to copy your own sound but deliver something fresh.
8 – What’s the best Techno club in your homeland?
That is a difficult question actually, as I do not play that many times at home. Strange, but that’s the way it is. My favorite club is Fabric in Madrid. I have played there regularly for many years and I always love the vibe and the people there. Every club offers something different, there are so many, its hard to choose.
Not really, just the normal shit that happens sometimes during a live show like pressing the wrong button or having technical problems with the microphones, feedbacks and so on… live is live!
10 – What are your future plans for 2017?
Of course, the biggest project at the moment and for this year is my new album, on Tronic and that’s due out in February, which will be followed by an album tour. From there, let’s see how everything develops! One thing is for sure: I will stay tuned to Techno!