The last few years has seen Purple Disco Machine work hard to become the world’s most in demand disco house artist by releasing a plethora of well-received EPs/singles, remixing A-list artists such as Gorillaz, Jamiroquai, Two Door Cinema Club, New Order and Claptone whilst performing at the world’s best clubs and events. His latest release ‘Dished (Male Stripper)’ has proven to be THE standout dance release of the summer and is still continuing to rule the airwaves and boasts over 5 million global streams. Now the legendary dance music imprint Positiva Records bring us a killer remix package delivering five fresh and unique flavours courtesy of some of house music’s hottest names. DMCWORLD gets the world exclusive interview…
Interview by Dan Prince
Tino, a huge welcome back to DMCWORLD. Where on planet disco are you today?
Back home in Dresden today! Not been here that much this summer LOL so it’s great be hanging out with friends and family in my home town for once.
So young man, a rather incredible way to round off a spectacular summer with your latest track ‘Dished’ continuing it’s dancefloor dominance thanks to a new remix package. Let’s kick off with the original, what was the inspiration behind the tune…?
I appreciate you calling me ‘young man’. Thank you! After the radio success of ‘Devil In Me’ I wanted to release another club focused track like ‘Body Funk’ from last year. A disco mash up of 2 tracks that could rock the dancefloors and be an Ibiza and festival weapon. So I looked for 2 tracks that could fit well together. I also wanted to continue with the Moroder / italo disco sound for the music sample as I had seen how well ‘Body Funk’ worked because it was different to the usual house 4 to the floor rhythm track; so I deliberately looked for tracks from that scene. Likewise, I wanted the vocal sample to be more 70’s or 80’s New York disco and deliberately looked for vocals from that era. My manager sent me a link to ‘Male Stripper’ which had been a huge Hi-NRG hit in the UK in the early 80’s. He obviously remembered it from his clubbing days lol ;-). From the first listen I knew that synth riff could be something special in a new track. I then overlaid a vocal sample from a track by Ellis D (Junior Vasquez in disguise!) called ‘My Loleatta (Dishapella)’ which is made from a live recording of Loleatta Holloway at Better Days night club in NYC which Arthur Baker owns. This is where the word ‘Dished’ comes from.
Purple Disco Machine - Dished (Male Stripper) (Official Video)
The remix collection delivers four fresh and unique flavours courtesy of some of house music’s hottest names. How hands on were you choosing Illyus & Barrientos, Tuff City Kids, Babert and Nicky Night Time…and what’s your favourite rework?
Team effort from me, my manager and our Label Sweat It Out Records. I like them all but I usually play Illyus & Barrientos in my sets as I support those guys generally.
Your love of music is down to your father who was a huge vinyl collector. Even though you grew up in East Germany he still managed to amass a huge collection – even though it wasn’t your taste. Whilst you began collecting soul, funk and disco he was busy with his Pink Floyd and Genesis. All these years later though, surely he must have some gems you have ‘borrowed’ off him?
Of course. It is a rare day when the original vinyl pressing of Phil Collins ‘In The Air Tonight’ doesn’t get played at Purple Disco Towers.
What did your family think of your choice of career?
They knew that I was never going to be a regular office guy so they were cool with it provided I could turn it into a proper career. I worked in a record shop and as a chef before I became a professional DJ & Producer so they were already used to my ambitions.
You have remixed some huge names over the years including Gorillaz, Jamiroquai, Two Door Cinema Club and New Order. Who’s back catalogue would you really like to get your teeth into and do some reworks of some of their classic tracks?
Prince would be incredible.
What are the big 5 tunes in your box this weekend…
I have been playing the original since April so great to keep it my sets but with a fresh twist.
Purple Disco Machine – Body Funk
It’s just the biggest track in every set. It seems to be an anthem now. The crowd always sing it back to me!
Purple Disco Machine - Body Funk
Weiss – Feel My Needs (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
I love the original so much, so it’s a real privilege to remix it.
Weiss - Feel My Needs (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
David Penn – Nobody
I have been supporting David for a few years now. A consistently great producer of house music.
David Penn ‘Nobody’ (Feat. Dames Brown)
Mele, Shovell – Pasilda
A Latin house party starter and Shovell is a good friend from Glitterbox and is a featured percussionist on my album.
Melé & Shovell ‘Pasilda’ (Extended Mix)
You have had a monstrous summer touring all around the world. We have been lucky enough to catch you in Ibiza at Glitterbox where you are a firm favourite. It’s a great party right?
Really good. I think what Simon Dunmore & Glitterbox are doing so well was to realize that there was a big gap in the middle for house music, especially house influenced by disco, which was fun and incorporated songs as well as grooves. But was also cool and not cheesy. And he was proved right, as Glitterbox has been a big success and other promoters have been influenced by the idea.
What has been your favourite festival moment EVER?
Tough question! I don’t really know but there have been some more special than others. Tomorrowlands was really good this year and maybe Lightning In A Bottle in USA. That is a very cool festival.
October sees you travelling to the likes of Miami, Berlin, Mexico City and Dubai. Where in the world do you always love returning to, which destination really loves your sound the most?
I always love to return to Dresden because my family is here. And my studio! This year France has been my most visited country as my record ‘Devil In Me’ was a big hit there.
What is the best…
Film you have seen this year?
You Were Never Really Here.
New artist you have discovered?
City you visited for the first time?
Montpellier. I played at a really good festival there this summer.
Gift you have bought yourself?
A new iPad as my old one was either lost or stolen.
And finally, what is coming out next from you studio wise?
A couple of remixes (I can’t say who yet!) and that’s me done for 2018. 2019 is all about my tracks for my next album and edits for a mix compilation…
Purple Disco Machine ‘Dished (Male Stripper)’ is available to stream/buy here…