In this new series we speak to some of the fastest rising resident DJs in the world. We kick off with two talents who will be amongst a tasteful team of resident DJs at the blissful 5 Senses in Thailand.

Its second instalment will take place from 14-19 Feb 2019 on the paradise island of Koh Phangan, where you can soothe your soul and move your feet while surrounded by the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells that only Thailand can offer.

Providing the carefully considered soundtrack will be international headliners Behrouz, Francesca Lombardo, Thomas Schumacher, Supernova and Graham Gold, plus real stars from the underground such as Davide, Dirrty Dishes, Mikah, Axel Haube, Sense of Sun, Fake Shamans, Silky Thunder, Konrad Ritter and Salvo Salvatore and a specially selected team of 14 residents, with many more world class headliners.

LUNA SUMMER

Luna Summer is a rising star is is set to head to the top of the scene in the coming years. As resident at 5 Senses she brings her fresh organic sounds to the festival, and you can check them out in the mix embedded below or catch up with her on Facebook.

Can you remember when you first decided you want to become a DJ and why?

All my life I was in love with music. But for the first time when I tried to play music in the role of a DJ which was on private event in NYC 5 years ago I understood: 'yes, this os what I want to do!'

Who is your biggest musical inspiration and why?

Musical inspiration reaches back to my childhood from old to new. From Pop to Electronic Music. When I was young I loved The Doors, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, Jamiroquai, Amy Winehouse, Kings Of Leon, Sting.

Electronic wise there is quite a few DJs and live acts who I admire. A few of them are The Black Madonna, tINI, Honey Dijon, , Btraits, Perel, Bonobo, Mendy Indigo, David August, Black Coffee, Lil Louis, Solomun, Jamie Jones….and plenty more.

What is your personal style, how do you like to perform and what style of house/techno?

Currently I combine a mixture of House, Techno, Deep House, Melodic House, Disco and Acid House. Of course this could change in the future as I am always on the look out for new musical styles. I love multi-genre sets.

What is the art of the resident in your opinion? How is it different to headlining?

The art of being a resident is to create good vibrations permanently. Especially when you play the warmup spot it’s all about creating that magic touch which sets the tone for the whole night. People need to remember it the next day and think: “Ah it was good – I want more.” There needs to be a story which you continue and build whenever you play – having certain songs which become your trademark sound are good but you also should not repeat yourself too often and build on the style you created.

As a headliner you are more limited – you probably squeeze many peak time tracks into your sets – obviously that’s totally up to the style of the main artist itself but often the musical variety is limited in a headliner spot. The set really needs to be on point from beginning to end.

Are there any residents you really look up to, really take inspiration from?

Graham Gold is my favourite resident of 5 Senses. He is a legend. Always interesting to listen to his stories about house music in the 80-90s.

What are some key experiences you have had, crazy moments, weird situations etc that have helped you grow and become a better artist?

Probably one of my crazy experiences was to decide to move from Kiev, Ukraine to Thailand spontaneously. I felt it was the right moment and right place to dig deeper on this DJ thing. It's where I evolved and started to play a lot. I am growing by constantly learning and working hard every day.

What's some of your favourite recent tracks, that feature in some of your sets? Artists and track name and why this track?

Bell Towers – My Body Is a Temple (Original Mix)
I like the cool leftfield house disco vibe of it and how the tracks develops. I like the story it transports. It's a very meditative track - at the same time it has enough balls to kick on any house/techno dancefloor. Big fan of the oldschool pads in there as well

Maurice Joshua - This is Acid
An amazing classic which I love to play. This is acid house.

Royal House - Can you party (club mix)
A track which always gets the party started for me.

808 State - In you face (Bicep remix)
Totally my style. Oldschool crafted sounds with that little bit of happy acid touch redone by Bicep.

Kraftwerk - Expo2000 (DJ Rolando mix)
I discovered this classic in one of Peggy Gou’s sets recently. I had to add it straight to my set. Lovely classic reworked by techno pioneer DJ Rolando.

Perel - Angelika
I saw Perel when I was in Berlin. I love her whole album on DFA and really like how she posts funny stuff on her Instagram. Her music is really dope.

&ME - In Your Eyes
Big fan of the whole Keinemusik Crew from Berlin. &Me’s productions always work magic on the floor.

GHEIST - loewe
I saw them live in Berlin. They definitely rock as a live artist and their new track always works super in my sets

Ron Flatter - Felis Silvestris
Another great party starter in my sets.

Younger Rebinds - Axon
Younger Rebinds is the project of dutch legend Benny Rodriguez. I remember when I was in Ibiza and Sven Vath played a new track from him and I was totally after it. I later discovered that one of his older tracks out on the great Running Back label was already always in my sets.

Do you ever plan the first record, or first few records?

On the day of the event I sometimes sit down and imagine the crowd of the night in the venue. Then I see myself playing in front of them – testing various tracks which I think transport my energy for a great set-opener.

In the end sometimes I plan these tracks in advance but once you play it can also happen that everything goes completely freestyle. I love to plan a few planned tracks upfront but then getting loose and playing freestyle is such a cool feeling.

Tell us about the scene when you are based and it's evolution over the time you have been a resident artist in this area/region

I am based in Thailand since 4 Years. I am originally from Kiev, Ukraine. The scene in Thailand and also on Phangan is very special here. It maybe feels like the beginning of Djing still since people really have no big egos here and all help each other – no matter what style. I love that. On a musical matter I think its developing in a good way and I am happy to be part of it.

How often do you look for new music, and where? Are you always picking records for your residency, ones you know will work in that certain space?

Almost every day and everywhere: Beatport, YouTube, Soundcloud etc.I take inspiration from the sets of my favourite DJs etc. I like to pick old, classic tracks same as unreleased music which nobody knows yet.

How do you see the evolution of 5 Senses and how it fits to the Island and the future of the scene?

5 Senses is already by now a well known brand and very well connected on the island. The first festival last year was a success. It covers the islands most important Djs (speaking of Phanghan) and mixes it up with their international network. I like the team spirit where people support each other. I like the idea of bringing people together and giving them the possibility to hopefully also break out of the island one day.

What are you looking forward to most about the festival and the coming season?

I am looking forward to feel the vibes again and meet all the artists from all around the world on the island. And of course to create a magic time together.

Tell us about your residency, and if you perform different in each place you play about style and tempo, and how your experience as an artist had helped you to build on that

I can play a different selection of the tracks in different venues but I always stick to my style. I like to build the energy in the club with the power of good selections of my music. Tempowise I normally go from 115 to max 123-124 bpm. But I can also play different sets musicwise - I don't really limit myself. But normally I tend to push my style through since I think it’s important to build your own sound brand and not always try to do everything. So being focussed for me is the key thing at the moment.

Tell us about you best moment or moments in your career up to now

For me right now the best moment for me is to be a part of the underground electronic music scene in Asia and to bring some part of my work to develop it here. And to share my music taste with people bringing them something new they surely will love.

KONRAD RITTER

Konrad Ritter is a seasoned vinyl specialist who is based in Berlin. He knows how to get the most in the know crowds going wild and brings that class and quality to 5 Sesnes.

Find him on Facebook and read more in this exclusive interview. 

Can you remember when you first decided you want to become a DJ and why? Who is your biggest musical inspiration and why?

Mmh.. it was not really a decision, it was classic as usual. We starting at home with some technics 1210 and began slowly to mixing and then it continues with the first gigs In small clubs before it becomes bigger and bigger.

I have a really musical family and had the luck to join music from my first year on earth. There were a lot inspiration by from german bands from the eighties form east and also west Germany like Keimzeit and the early Herbert Grönemeyer records to Van Morrisson, the smiths and so many other bands. Then there was huge Hip Hop time where I was inspired by Gangster and Mobb Deep and so on and then I heard the first House tracks on MTV. Aphex Twin made his first video or stardust came out and that was is it. 

What is your personal style, how do you like to perform and what style of house/techno?

I think my base is Housemusic, more the Chicago house or even Detroit House… now I play a bit more experimental but I depends from the club and the people and the vibe.

What is the art of the resident in your opinion?

Good question. I guess it’s about to play in the name of the club and the musical philosophy of the club in combination with the own style of the DJ.

How is it different to headlining?

Its totally different, cause sometimes you cant play your own style of music. I mean everybody knows that and its part of the game. It’s about progressive music that makes everybody dance in a peak time.

Are there any residents you really look up to, really take inspiration from?

I think the guys from Keinemusic crew did a very great job in the last years in their residencies. They create their own style of club music and own energy.

What are some key experiences you have had, crazy moments, weird situations etc that have helped you grow and become a better artist?

There were a lot of moments. Be good prepared and start with water and not with beer!

What's some of your favourite recent tracks, that feature in some of your sets? Artists and track name and why this track?

I heard a track I guess 9 years ago in the morning at Panoramabar. It was some groovy house tune with a super sweet soul voice and it totally blows me away. From this time I used the track for along time in my sets and actually I use the track these days sometimes also.

Do you ever plan the first record, or first few records?

Yes… mostly I start with planning the first tracks, I guess everybody did that. After a while you know what the people want to hear and create with them the vibe.

Tell us about the scene when you are based and it's evolution over the time you have been a resident artist in this area/region How often do you look for new music, and where?

I guess I am looking for new music every week or of course some days before the gig. It’s about the right combination between old and new tracks.

How do you see the evolution of 5 Senses and how it fits to the Island and the future of the scene?

I know the guys from Berlin where we met us on parties where I played or the guys. I think they are going to change the festival season in Thailand. More different styles plus a very sexy location. I am sure its going to be huge the next years!

What are you looking forward to most about the festival and the coming season Tell us about your residency

I think especially for 5sense it’s the location, the weather and the vibe. I am really looking forward to the February and to the first festival in 2019.

Tell us about you best moment or moments in your career up to now

I played in Moscow very often. One time I played the closing set in an old bathroom from Joseph Stalin and the location, the crowd and the energy totally blows me away. One of the best moments ever.