A conversation with DJ Koze May 02, 2018 by Rob Hakimian For me, if I play [‘Pick Up’], it is like the roof is on fire. I think it has a simplicity and the ingredients are just somehow so well balanced; the pain, the melancholic, the sadness, the euphoria and the simplicity - mainly the simplicity, that it has so many fewer ingredients. And the energy is old, it doesn’t want to be a new club stomper with a modern sound, it’s as simple and few elements as possible, and focuses on when is the loop getting hypnotic, and what effect can you generate with this bass drum in and bass drum out in the right moments. This is the formula of course from Thomas Bangalter and Daft Punk in the early 2000s, the French house idea that was the blueprint for that, to make 12-minute tracks and they have only one magic loop and you only arrange them with tiny changes. Still I like this idea, I really like the simplicity in that blueprint and time, and I think ‘Pick Up’ transports a little bit of this energy. Had an unusual and inspiring chat with German techno legend DJ Koze; read up!