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The Big 40: Aki Bergen & Richter

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01. Where are you right now and what are you doing?

Rich: In the studio, answering your questions!

Aki: At the studio too (yeah, we’re kind of geeky!), listening to some mixdown’s of our forthcoming EPs.


02. What year were you born?

Rich: 19XX.

Aki: I am somewhat grown up.


03. What’s the coolest thing in your house?

Rich: My videogame collection.

Aki: The couch in the living room.


04. Worst experience as a DJ?

Rich: Once while I was playing in a festival and a turntable suddenly stopped working.

Aki: I performed while I was drunk and couldn’t beatmatch a thing. That will never happen again.


05. Best experience as a DJ?

Rich: My first tour in Japan.

Aki: First Brasil tour, it was a pure blast.


06. Favourite record label?

Rich: Nowadays, Innervisions.

Aki: There are many I truly appreciate but I’d say Diynamic at the moment.


07. House or Techno?

Rich: Both.

Aki: Blondes or brunettes? Girls!


08. First record you ever paid for?

Rich: Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas played by Claudio Arrau.

Aki: Analogue Bubblebath by Aphex Twin.


09. Studio or DJ booth?

Rich: Both.

Aki: Is this another question about girls?!


10. Your dream collaboration?

Rich: Alva Noto is my choice.

Aki: Trentemoller.

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11. Tell us something we shouldn’t know about you?

Rich: I don’t like to sleep.

Aki: Guys, you really shouldn’t know about it.


12. Cats or dogs?

Rich: Cats forever.

Aki: I do know too many dogs but the only ones I love walk on four paws.


13. Ever smoked?

Rich: Yes.

Aki: Nope.


14. Ever done drugs?

Rich: Nope.

Aki: Nada.


15. Ever stole?

Rich: Few coins when I was a kid from my mother’s wallet.

Aki: Yeah, a book when I was 12 but I felt guilty and brought it back after a little while.


16. Busy city, or quiet beach?

Rich: Busy city.

Aki: Quiet beach and the sea as well.


17. One act who’s inspired you your whole career?

Rich: The first time I saw Plastikman live, several years ago. It was incredible.

Aki: I spent the most of my teenage life at Andrea Prezioso recordings studio. I basically spied on him for years and tried to learn as much as I could.


18. If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you be doing?

Rich: Dreaming to be a porn star.

Aki: Teacher at school most likely.


19. Worst job you’ve ever had?

Rich: Teaching piano in a private music school.

Aki: Janitor at Vatican Museum when I was 20. Gosh…


20. Favourite record right now?

Rich: Johannes Brecht: Breathe!

Aki: Andre Lodemann: Between The Notes.

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21. Favourite record of all time?

Rich: Y.M.O.: Solid State Survivor.

Aki: Pink Floyd: The Wall.


22. One thing you couldn’t live without?

Rich: The Music.

Aki: The Music.


23. Favourite food?

Rich: Sushi.

Aki: Sushi.


24. Movies or books?

Rich: Movies

Aki: Both.


25. Vinyl or CDJs?

Rich : Vinyl.

Aki: Vinyl lasts forever.


26. Favourite country to travel to?

Rich: Japan.

Aki: Ireland.


27. Favourite club you’ve played at?

Rich: Everyday I change my mind, so today I would pick the Liquid Club in Malta.

Aki: Vibe Club in Curitiba.


28. Favourite festival you’ve played at?

Rich: Monegros Desert Festival.

Aki: Goldsifh Outdoor Festival at Amsterdamse Bos.


29. Craziest story of being on the road?

Rich: Too many to tell.

Aki: Guys, do you really want to ruin my career? lol.


30. Weirdest request as a DJ?

Rich: To play with a boa constrictor on my shoulders.

Aki: Do you have any current music, such as Rihanna?!

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31. Coke or Pepsi?

Rich: Club Mate.

Aki: Midori Sour.


32. If you had one super power what would it be?

Rich: Invisibility.

Aki: My brother said invisibility so if I say x-ray vision, Richter and I would be a great couple of sex fiends. Let’s go for mind reading then.


33. Late sleeper or early riser?

Rich: Late sleeper.

Aki: Damn late sleeper.


34. Favourite fruit?

Rich: Mango.

Aki: Strawberries.


35. Strangest video you’ve watched on YouTube?

Rich: A hairy guy dancing shirtless to an old track of mine.

Aki: I have never watched a normal video on YouTube.


36. Shower or bath?

Rich: Bath.

Aki: Long and hot shower.


37. The top thing on your bucket list?

Rich: Friendship.

Aki: Love in all its forms.


38. PlayStation or Xbox?

Rich: Nintendo WiiU.

Aki: Commodore 16.


39. Do you have any pets?

Rich: Yes. My beloved Siberian cat.

Aki: I do. Two lovely, sweet dogs.


40. Anything to add?

Rich: Thank you so much for interviewing us. Cheers!

Aki: Gimme a beer now! Thank you guys.