Who knew that a childhood friendship would one day blossom into a successful DJ enterprise? Philipp Jung and Patrick Bobmer were like peanut butter and jelly, a perfect match! And although the meaning of their DJ name M.A.N.D.Y. still remains somewhat of a mystery (perhaps they were both chasing a girl named Mandy), it is most likely representative of their friendship – as in “Me AND You.” Then again, even if you were to straight-out ask them, you would probably get some vague answer about “ham and cheese,” or they may point to some random picture of a girl and say, “That is Mandy.”
Nevertheless, Philipp and Patrick (M.A.N.D.Y.), have been making people dance all over the world with their electro/house/disco-tech sounds since the late 90s. In an interview with Mixery On Stage, Philipp explains (translated from German) that he never really set out to be a DJ, he went to school, always had parties (in Frankfurt at the time), and dabbled in music with Patrick. Then after 10 years, they landed their first residency at a club in Frankfurt. Looking back, he still can’t believe how it all played out, but he said it definitely couldn’t have happened without hard work and commitment! Now based out of Berlin, the pair has carved a unique niche in electronic music by consistently selecting productions that induce their audience into a dance frenzy.
Their first official mix compilation, Body Language Vol. 1 (May 2005), put them on the global dance music map – it was named “Ibiza Track of the Season 2005” and has been licensed to more than 100 other compilations. It’s a twenty-one track mix that takes you on a techhouse/micro/experimental house ride that builds and jumps, and then comes to a cruising finish – a complete musical journey. Eventually, M.A.N.D.Y. teamed up with Booka Shade and DJ T to found the record label “Get Physical,” which had a major impact on electronic music, well beyond their own DJ sets and productions. Their record label helped popularize electro-house and minimal sounds that now make up the bulk of many DJ sets around the world.
Over the years, Philipp and Patrick continued to put out stomping mix albums and EP’s, including At the Controls, the Fabric Series, Renaissance, and many more. In a recent interview with CoolJunkie.com, Philipp described what makes a great track and what type of music feel they like to create: “We always wanted to release music that makes your butt shake, but should (at least sometimes) put you in a nice state of mind and allow your soul to travel. So you could listen to it totally sober in the morning or in the car, but also at 4 am in the club with a couple of drinks. We also have to be able to play the music ourselves obviously. We have to like it and it has to fit into our sets somehow.”
Philipp goes on, “There is always a specific mood when it comes to doing mixes. It’s months in the making, so it always takes a lot from us and we go through tons of mood changes in the process. What we always try to do is to find a way to produce not only pure club music, but rather to show our view on the current trends and releases. It’s not easy at all, but so far we’re always happy with the result.”
When asked what type of musical influences they have outside of electronic music, the duo had quite an interesting response: “all kinds of stuff actually. I [Philipp] hardly listen to electronic music at home. I like indie stuff, like Mazzy Star, Grizzly Bear, or Radiohead and equally jazz albums from Miles Coltrane and Chet Baker. We like classical music too, so it’s a wide range. In our world there’s only good and bad music, it’s not determined by genre.” This vast array of musical tastes and styles can definitely be heard in their productions, and their live sets!
M.A.N.D.Y. and their label “Get Physical” continue to ride the ever-increasing wave and popularity of electronic dance music. It’s obvious a lot of the recent popularity of electronic dance music is due to crossover tracks from the established pop and rap artists that have taken this genre mainstream, especially here in the U.S. When asked about this current trend and if it has the potential for sustainability, Philipp answered, “I hope so. It’s not music we particularly like [pop-crossovers], but it creates some interest for people who would normally not be in tune with dance music. Maybe these kids will one day discover that there is a full spectrum of other good quality stuff that’s worth checking out. We think it’s a good thing for our scene.”
Last April, M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade released Body Language Vol. 10. In addition to this release, they toured with a revolutionary technology, utilizing infrared mapping techniques to project inverted video effects onto their bodies as they performed live. I am sure that must have only enhanced their mesmerizing performances and the activity on the dance floor!
Personally, I really dig their darker tech-house tunes, and I also like the different moods and settings their music can evoke. Some of their sounds remind me of a late night dark grunge-y warehouse party at some undisclosed location, some bumping club in Berlin or Barcelona with the whole crowd grooving in unison to their rolling beats, or even a fun pool party with some of their more upbeat, cruising, sexy tunes making everyone dance in the sun and feel like they’re on vacation. Whatever the case, they definitely have a captivating sound, and I strongly recommend you put them on your “must-see” list!
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By: Angelo Castañeda