LessThan3: How was your set today at the A State Of Trance stage?
Jochen: It was fantastic–I opened the stage but it was close to the entrance, so I caught a lot of the people coming in at the beginning of the day. Three million listeners on ASOT radio, too. I dropped two new tracks and an upcoming collaboration with Paris & Simo, Flash, which will be released on April 21 on Trice Recordings. Also dropped a new track with Dmitry KO which is coming in May on Big & Dirty and my new remix for Fedde le Grand’s Where We Belong.
LessThan3: Have you played Ultra before?
Jochen: I played two years ago on the ASOT stage.
LessThan3: What’s your favorite “classic track” of yours to play?
Jochen: Every track has a story, so it’s really hard to choose just one. As far as good crowd reaction, Cubic and Tonight are both great ones right now, and Rotunda is always a huge one.
LessThan3: Does the new crop of tracks coming up for you mark any sort of shift in your sound?
Jochen: There are some vocal tracks, some melodic tracks, and definitely some big room influences in all of them. I have at least one track coming out per month until the end of the year.
LessThan3: Who has been your favorite act to collaborate with?
Jochen: I really enjoyed the collaborations I did with Markus and Cosmic Gate.
LessThan3: What other shows have you had in Miami this week besides Ultra?
Jochen: I played the Surfcomber party with Armin.
LessThan3: What do you enjoy most about working with the ASOT/Armada crew?
Jochen: I know everybody, and there’s always a great vibe when we’re traveling together. I’m not an Armada exclusive artist though, and I’m also not the typical trance sound most people expect. I think that’s why I tour with Armin a lot–he likes that I don’t play what everyone else does.
LessThan3: Who are some up-and-comers that you’re really supporting right now?
Jochen: Paris & Simo and Thomas Newson. Love both of those guys’ sounds. They’re keeping the scene fresh.
LessThan3: What do you think is the next phase of the electronic music genre? How do you see it evolving?
Jochen: I think there will be more “music” and atmosphere in electronic music releases in the future. Maybe more techno grooviness in the percussion and basslines too.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Jochen: Something by U2. I have a huge respect for them–I’ve loved their music since I was six years old.