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Legowelt – The House Of The Alpha Wolf

Legowelt

Welcome to the House of Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt.

Playing a big part in the history of Bunker Records, carving his way through more international clubs than you can name, remixing and recording for prestigious labels like Clone, Minimal Rome, Cocoon Recordings and his very own Strange Life label.

Step into the world of Mr Wolfers…

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You had a real education discovering Bunker records in your hometown in The Hague when you first started.
What did they teach you, and is there anything you learnt that you still carry with you even today?

    Yeah basicly just to not give a fuck about what anyone thinks of you or what you are doing, to not bow to any peer pressure…that pretty much the whole “dance” music industry is just a facade of the dumbest and stupidest people imaginable and that its pretty easy to exploit all that haha!

You’ve been lucky enough to be successful early on, and keep a strong momentum going.
Is there anything you have picked up from your experiences that has really helped to boost that momentum.
Maybe something that you did where you really thought that was really incredible.

    Well I can’t do much else…this whole music producing thing has been my job for more then 10 years now…i guess thats the most incredible thing in these times. I don’t think there is one particular thing that helps to boost the momentum, its all small and little things that add up together I guess.


Another part to that question, is there anything you have seen
other artists do that really blew you away,
that you really admired and wanted to emulate yourself?

    Yeah that is pretty much the driving force of any artist I think? The
    inspiration of other artists which is basically a fundamental need to imitate/copy their music but in the end will end up different cause you will always use different elements/colors or maybe it just sounds
    different cause you’re technically incapable or lazy. But yeah there are so much artists that blew me away its too much to mention…starting from when I was young I wanted to be Underground Resistance, Aphex Twin, Orbital, Unit Moebius etc. all the usual suspects.



You’ve had a vast number of releases over the years through the 90’s, the last decade and beyond,
you clearly have a passion for it that is still burning bright.
What’s behind keeping you motivated for so long? Most people would be burnt out and jaded by now, how do you do it?

    Always look for something new….you got to push your own music to new directions be open to all kinds of influences always keep searching for new music new instruments new cultures new ways of producing etc Its a giant journey of discovery or something

You’re extremely busy with writing, DJ mixes, releases,collaborations remixes and touring the US this month too. Does it feel like it has always been this way for you? Do you feel sometimes you want to stop and take a breath? How do you cope with it as it can be mentally very draining.

    Well its not the hardest thing in the world, its all pretty dream-like and thats what it feels like I guess it doesn’t feel mentally draining at all, on the contrary its an extremely inspiring energetic job…i get to make music, travel the world be in all kinds of crazy adventures…i feel very privileged every second I am doing this cause I couldn’t have dreamed this when I started making music

Are there any mistakes you have made along the way that you wouldn’t want to wish on anyone else?

    Hmm not really maybe I shouldn’t have sold my Oberheim Matrix 6

What are your thoughts on social media? Do you think it’s a valuable tool for musicians or something that’s just a passing phase that will be superseded. Maybe even go back to more physical and emotional experiences again. Hence maybe why festivals are getting bigger and bigger.

    I don’t really think about those things, I got twitter I like that cause its fast and very fragmentary and pretty much doesn’t make sense at all…its not really that important to waste your brain cells thinking about. I stopped using Facebook cause its pretty fucked up in a way, becoming a kind of evil institution where people just give all their information and give up their privacy just like a bunch of mindless sheep. Apart from that for most people Facebook is just a thing to show off how cool and great you are…I guess twitter is all that too but kind of different I used to have a Legowelt Facebook thing but last year I just deleted it. There is still a Legowelt fan Facebook or something but I got nothing to
    do with that its run by some weird fan but people think its me and mail that guy or something its kinda fucked up and scary.

What would you say to artists or labels starting now, as it is so hard to become established.
What have you learnt that you think could apply to people starting today in electronic music?

    Just don’t give a fuck about anything and don’t expect anything I have no further advice

How do you think music will be consumed in the future? What’s the forecast for your productions and where do you see them ending up? I could easily imagine some cool product tie ins with a Legowelt soundtrack.

    I have been thinking of that sometimes how music will be in the future, I think there will be new breakthroughs in how we perceive music…i dunno exactly what or how but there will be probably some scientific discoveries about frequencies and how they affect the brain or mind or whatever…
    It will be a much more intense experience…either by just amplifying the frequencies in certain ways, new kinds of speakers/sounds/implants or whatever…not sure how but it will go this way as I have a feeling that sound/music is a very fundamental energy in the time space continuum. Then there will be a time when music will be taken much more seriously and become more sacred like it used to be in times of the dawn of man. I don’t think i will see this in this lifetime it will probably take another few hundred years before we get there.
    As for my own productions I have no idea were I will take it thats all going to be a surprise for me and the listener

You can buy records from Legowelt at Clone Records and get updates from the official website Legowelt.

Interview with Guy Tavares – Bunker Records – Survival & Success In Music

Guy Tavares has been in the underground music business for 20 years, and has become something of a cult legend himself.

Based in The Hague in Holland, he’s released over 200 records via his labels Bunker and MotorWolf.

Guy has been privileged enough to have worked with several influential artists including :
Legowelt, The Exaltics, Alden Tyrell, Rude 66, I-F and many more.

He has some great words of wisdom about survival and success in music, he should know he’s still out there in the trenches right now, so his words aren’t just theories, they’re real world observations.

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You are one of the few who has survived through good times & adversity for 20 years, other labels have folded, big distributors and record shops vanished.
What do you think you have done differently from the rest to still keep going and be relevant? Is there a Bunker recipe?

    Stay small and prepare to live like a cockroach, don’t expect to make any more profit than the minimum required for a very basic subsistence economy. It helps being a squatter and not having to pay rent, which alas isn’t possible in every country. Have more than 1 source of income, not just the label, in my case playing dj-sets, doing live concerts, organising events, recording/mixing/mastering other bands.

    Stay exclusive to stay cult, you could increase your sales through better promotion and distribution, but there is a financial price for that, so in the end your profit will hardly increase, plus any commercial success is always short-lasting and will usually end your musical career within a year.

    The times of big icons like the rolling stones are over and nowadays only the cult market is
    loyal. Anything else will be forgotten in 6 months…
    So far , so good, i’ve never had a regular job in my life, hahaha

You’ve worked with and met some very influential artists from all over the world, and still
attract the best, The Exaltics, Legowelt, I-F, Alden Tyrell, Rude 66, Shemale.
Is there anything that really stands out for you with those that succeed?
Maybe something about the way they approach the marriage of business and art that you really admire?

    One common feature amongst those that you’ve mentioned is again that not one of them is doing it to
    gain success (i.e. social affirmation), make money and increase social status, no, they just make
    music, as they cannot help it, which keeps it all ‘authentic’.


On the flip side of that question, although failure is learning and it can definitely define you and make you stronger, are there any things you’ve seen people do or experienced that you can see straight away was a big mistake?

    Just don’t fall for the big dollars’ offers, as it’s only a false illusion, many end up with even
    higher debts than before.

Getting good advice is really hard for most Electronic musicians, when you find some it really stands out. Perhaps you could build something like a Shaolin Temple on your desert plot in the US.
You make the pilgrimage, suffer, pain, learning and at the end emerge enlightened and skilled in the electronic fighting arts. What would you teach there?

    I would just send you all away and out into the big, bad world to be as compulsive as possible and
    make as any mistakes as possible, “your temple could be your house, your house must be your temple”, just do it, haha!

The whole music industry has taken a nosedive, and it’s had an impact on Electronic music too, marketing and social media have become things musicians have to learn, but it’s a minefield. What do you think about social media, and are there any modern marketing techniques you really think are impressive?

    Social media has become a necessary evil, but I’d advise you to outsource that as much as possible to friends, family and fans, so you’ll have time to make art/music or read a good book for that matter.
    And other than old-fashioned basic calculation skills I see no need for modern marketing techniques, they are an illusion, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow

Everyone is uncertain about the future of music as it’s getting devalued and pirated pretty
heavily. If everybody went out and toured or Dj’ed there wouldn’t be enough venues to hold them.
You’ve surged through a lot of change .What do you think about where things are going and how do you think people can adapt?

    At this moment there’s just too much of everything and we’re reaching maximum entropy regarding
    musical production and promotion, there’s just a certain amount of information that the individual can handle.

    I could imagine that eventually people are fed up with too much of all this fake crap and
    return to the archaic level of local small-scale physical production within small semi-autarchic
    communities. actual physical flyers are coming back, as no one reads his FaceBook invitations anymore and a real personal invitation that has been handed out to you by a real person that you actually know, is much more intimate and will therefore be processed more efficiently by the human mind.

    Vinyl, valves,paper books and tape are also returning as they are ‘real’, you can actually hold and touch them and easily understand how they work, even fix them much more easily than anything from the digital domain, even small stores could return, as personal direct advice is more valid than from any anonymous internet mail order giant, where you end up scrolling through meaningless menus.

    Just like with music instruments and any other technology, it should be durable, easy to fix, easy to make and not be too complicated/over engineered, the real hi-tech is lo-tech! what idiocy to make very complex and expensive technology that is also very sensitive/vulnerable, so when it breaks down much too soon, you cannot fix it on the spot, so it does not work: dumb technology, not smart technology, only developed to impress others, a typical short-term strategy.

    Why is the old AK47, despite being outdated by newer and much more precise and powerful weaponry still the most preferred weapon of choice for most fighters in the world?
    It always works under any circumstances!

Do you think the days of being a full-time electronic musician are gone, and with that dream to reach for fading for many, what do you think will happen to the music itself?

    No, nothing really basic really changes, it’s about music in the first place, not necessarily
    ‘electronic’ music: these electronic devices are just instruments, but for rendering one’s emotions
    and visions into sounds, anything goes, as long as people have an able physical body, they can make
    music, these little african boys that drum with their hands on the windows in the back of the trams in the Hague make beautiful music too…

Have you ever thought about having a more commercial side to help bring in funding, to allow you to indulge in more extreme projects, and if so, what would you do? Preferably (ahem) legal!

    Yes, I did, thinking of soft cell’s commercial success supporting cult stuff like coil and current 93 and perhaps out of cynicism as in eulenspiegel’s adagium: humanity not only wants to be fooled,
    humanity MUST be fooled! Perhaps I could make something like very powerful R&B stuff with insane
    lyrics, subliminal stimulation, hahaha

One of the worst things that can happen to anyone is falling out of love with music and losing the
passion, the magic that brings any tune to life. It’s hard to keep that when the rewards are so hard to attain . Why do you think some artists fall out of love with it, quit or just go through the motions of making poor quality tunes? How do you keep your passion for it alive?

    Uhm, if someone actually loses the passion, he or she won’t miss a thing. I’m truly convinced there’s just a certain amount of everything in this universe, including individual creativity.
    If some artist only makes one beautiful song or any other piece of art in his/her whole existence, I reckon that’s still a wonderful contribution to the world and still much more than the majority of people will ever produce!

    But eventually there comes an end to all creativity and the individual should be prepared for
    that and acknowledge this in time, before any geriatric embarrassments will unfold!
    Just stop and do something else when you are through with all your creative ideas.
    There will be others anyway, if David Bowie had stopped by the mid-80’s, before “little china girl”, he would have been supercult by now, but he couldn’t contain himself and blew it.

    We now remember Jimi Hendrix as the best guitar player in the world, but if he hadn’t died that young, we would have known him now from the horrible avant-garde jazz albums he intended to make, haha

Lastly, are there any artists you can think of that you think have a really strong blueprint that will see them succeed far into the future and why?

    Other than the old icons that are already commonly known, I see no current artists that will outlast the old masters, all the tricks have been discovered so far for the last 15+ years, for that we’ll have to wait for the invention of completely new technology, i have no idea when and how, but that doesn’t matter anyway, they are only tricks, the human emotions will stay the same…

You can buy records for Bunker at Clone Records and at Boomkat.

Guy Tavares – Bunker Records Vice Magazine Interview

Guy Tavares

Nearly 20 years of Underground Electronic music and Rock from The Hague in Holland, most of it being orchestrated by Guy Tavares. There is an interview coming up from yours truly with Guy very shortly, so watch out for that it has some words of wisdom for any musicians trying to survive out there.