'The name changer'
When I started out it was very hard to break into the local scene. There were a few DJs, a few promoters and that was it. I released a track on a well known label in 2008 under a different name and that went really well, the track got nominated for grammy awards and so on and then I changed my name. I did something different, then that went well, so I changed my name again. Then I became Detlef - which is the name I’ll keep forever.
Why the name changing?
It’s a psychological thing. Every time I achieved something major I wanted to try and do something new, something better, something different, sometimes just something more...musical and I felt I had to change my name to do that.
What’s the hardest part of making a track?
The part in the middle, when a lot of the composition’s done, but you’re not finished. Because you listen to it over and over and it’s hard to tell whether it’s good or not anymore. It’s about passing that stage, and finishing it because you almost always have something good. But that middle part is awful - I’ve lost many tracks that might have even been good because I got caught in the middle!
Do you purposely try to create one sound?
No, no. That’s why I kept changing my name, to get away from that. It’s about finding a groove, but a groove can come from absolutely anywhere!