The musical journey from Detroit to Berlin is a trip that is usually well documented. For techno, this journey was simply a natural evolution, from its Motor City roots to its European counterpart. The journey was also the path chosen by Berghain resident and all round “DJ's DJ” Ryan Elliot. With over ten years experience behind the decks, (the last four of which he has been a Berlin resident) the Man from Michigan has proven himself time and time again as an intuitive selector with some serious technical skills to boot. With tracks and remix work on labels such as Ghostly International, Ostgut Ton and Spectral Sound it's a pretty safe bet that Elliot has the minerals when it comes to production. We spoke to Ryan ahead of his show for us and Funkyzeit on June 7 alongside Trus'me at Crucifix Lane. He talked to us about Berlin, the Prime Numbers boss and the importance of youth subcultures...
Ryan, how has 2013 kicked off for you so far? I can't believe we are almost halfway through 2013. It's been a very busy year already, but that's good! I've been playing every weekend as well as working on some remixes and original productions.
You've been a resident at Panorama Bar and Berghain for a number of years - how did you first hook up the slot there? And what brought you to Berlin in the first place? I played a few good sets there in the beginning, and seemed to get along very well with the people that run the club and also some of the residents. When I decided to move to Berlin to take the next step in my development as a DJ and producer, the residency seemed like a natural fit.
How did you first meet Trus'me? Any future collaborations on the cards between the two of you? David contacted me about doing a remix for his label Prime Numbers. I was very excited as I've always been a Trus'me fan and the song he asked me to remix (Nards) was one of my favourites by him. We will be collaborating again in Barcelona this year during Sonar, as he's asked me to play his Prime Numbers party there.
How do you find playing in London compared to other cities in Europe? I love playing in London, I think it has one of the healthiest scenes in the world. The crowds in London are always a good combination of "educated" and "up for it". You need both for a good party.
What can the FunkyZeit crowd expect to hear from you? Does your set vary a lot depending on where you're playing? I always play both house and techno in my sets, and that's what I plan on doing at FunkyZeit as well. I try to work with the crowd to see what the want more of and take it from there.
Recently you guested on RinseFM, a station that's been growing in its eclectic nature and output for years - are you a fan of pirate radio and the ethics of urban sub cultures? Yes, I think sub cultures are essential from the development and progress of any art from, especially music. New ideas and reinterpretations of old ideas always come from sub culture and youth. That's what moves everything forward.
In terms of productions and remixes, is there anything in the pipeline that you can reveal to us? My next Ostgut EP will be released on June 17th. After that I have remixes coming out across the summer and autumn on Deep Moves, Ear 2 Ground, Work Them Records, Sushitech, and and EDEC.
FunkyZeit present: Ryan Elliott & Trus'me
Friday, 7 June 2013
11pm - 6am
Listen to Trus'me on Pulse Radio.