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40 Questions: Andre Crom

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Despite being one of the best producers in house and techno, Berlin’s Andre Crom is the boss of prolific label OFF Recordings, a label responsible for multiple hits from Charlotte De Witte, Villanova and Love Over Entropy.

Both Andre and OFF have undergone a somewhat dark transition in recent months, transitioning to a techno inspired blend of house and deep tech. The quality is just as high as before, perhaps even better for those who like their kicks heavy.

Read on to get inside Andre’s head as he undergoes the Big 40 treatment.

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

Barcelona, catching up with Emails and looking forward to getting back to production in a few minutes.

02. What year were you born?

1978.

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

My motorbike keys.

04. Worst experience as a DJ?

That time at the end of the world in Scotland at a fashion show afterparty in a barn. Everybody was super drunk and stumbling over their high heels, and a guy coming up to me “Hey, that’s nice music you’re playing, but do you have something REALLY good?!”.

05. Best experience as a DJ?

3 times playing Berlin’s infamous Sisyphos ‘Hammahalle’, each of them a 5-6 hour straight techno set. The sound and vibe in that room are just AMAZING.

06. Favourite record label?

Ofcourse I have to name my own OFF Recordings here, but apart from that I love so many, Hotflush, Soma, 50 Weapons (RIP), M-Plant, and so many others.

07. House or Techno?

Love both, but nowadays I lean more towards Techno.

08. First record you ever paid for?

Michael Jackson – Thriller, on TAPE.

09. Studio or DJ booth?

DJ booth, but you can’t have the latter without the first.

10. Your dream collaboration?

Slam.

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

I turned grey at 18 and coloured my hair until I got tired of it last year and I’m now sporting my natural grey. Funnily enough, everyone thinks that I am coloured nowadays!

12. Cats or dogs?

Both.

13. Ever smoked?

I HATE smoke.

14. Ever done drugs?

Lol, is that a serious question to a DJ? But let me say that the longer I do this job, the more I focus on the music and especially the production side of it, and advancing my career – and the less I enjoy getting wasted.

15. Ever stole?

Nope.

16. Busy city, or quiet beach?

Live in the city, chill on the beach (or actually the mountains, which I enjoy very much for holiday).

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

Daft Punk.

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

Acting.

19. Worst job you’ve ever had?

Being a banker.

20. Favourite record right now?

Steve Rachmad – Disturbance.

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21. Favourite record of all time?

Manuel Göttsching – E2 E4.

22. One thing you couldn’t live without?

My Macbook.

23. Favourite food?

Sushi.

24. Movies or books?

Movies.

25. Vinyl or CDJs?

CDJs for ease of use, but Vinyl for fun.

26. Favourite country to travel to?

Thailand.

27. Favourite club you’ve played at?

Sisyphos, Berlin.

28. Favourite festival you’ve played at?

Eastern Electrics, UK.

29. Craziest story of being on the road?

How much space do I have?

30. Weirdest request as a DJ?

To play something ‘REALLY GOOD’.

31. Coke or Pepsi?

Coke.

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

Haha, of course to make people love good music. Been working on developing that power for a while.

33. Late sleeper or early riser?

Early riser.

34. Favourite fruit?

Apple.

35. Strangest video you’ve watched on YouTube?

This.

36. Shower or bath?

Bath.

37. The top thing on your bucket list?

Rock it as a producer and with the label, find and give love.

38. PlayStation or Xbox?

Playstation.

39. Do you have any pets?

Just my synthies.

40. Anything to add?

Next time you go to a party, leave your phones in your pocket and just have a good time!.