When it comes to Jazzanova, there is always a lot to account for. "All the time, we have to explain to people what the sense in all of this is", says Alexander Barck, one of the DJs of Jazzanova, with an ironic grin on his face. "Sometimes it's funny to us, because we never think of it that way. We love music, we listen to a lot of music - old, new - and we like to make music. And that's just it: A playful interaction with it."
This may sound plausible, but it actually is a huge understatement, because this club collective of six belongs among a small, worldwide group of innovators, when it comes to Dancefloor, NuJazz, Broken Beat, to modern Folk und Soul. Around the globe, DJs and vinyl freaks adore Jazzanova. Their remixes for Masters At Work, Fat Freddys Drop, 4Hero or Ursula Rucker are gems. But the six guys from Berlin have also enjoyed the feat of treating the most different of source material with respect and to simultaneously give it an unmistakable Jazzanova sound signature for such diverse artists as Lenny Kravitz, Common, Azymuth or Calexico.
Their mentor Gilles Peterson, the British Top A&R, radio personality and founder of the label Talkin Loud, immediately recognized their talent and, shortly after their first release, contacted the guys about doing a remix for the Japanese 'United Future Organization'. Soon after, Jazzanova were booked solid for years to come and conquered the dancefloors of the world and their listener's hearts with their own productions and remixes.
The ability to bring together different styles and their enormous effort and input into research and the ability to put to work all possibilities, is not only widely respected throughout the international music community, but also constantly drives themselves to be a step ahead. At the same time, their music is truly authentic and works just as well "at the Montreux Jazz festival as in the illegal basement club of your girlfriend's cousin", as Cornelius Tittel, arts & culture editor of the German newspaper "Welt am Sonntag" writes. Whereas other producers have eight different pseudonyms, all working on one and the same stylistic groove, the six Berliners are always "Jazzanova" - coming up with an honorable, otherworldly, unpredictable mix of styles at all times.