David Kochs: The Ransom Note Mix

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David Kochs

A rising producer shows us what he’s all about ahead of some big releases.

David Kochs first emerged in 2019 on the release of a split EP via Huntleys & Palmers affiliate label Belters – he then went on to appear on And Music.

The tracks were weird, wonky and have since gone on to cause raucous energy on dancefloors the world over having been picked up by prominent dj’s and tastemakers.

Like many others he has remained relatively quiet over the course of the pandemic. However, earlier this month we received an email detailing a forthcoming album, as well as a string of releases on some of the biggest record labels in modern dance music.


It seemed right to feature him in this series, given what is to come and we feel this mixtape solidifies and emphasises just how significant his music might be next year.

Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?

David Kochs. Music fan, DJ and graphic designer. Based in Bavaria.

What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)? 

Where was the mix recorded?

In my studio.

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

Take it with you into the night.

What should we be wearing?

Whatever you want, no rules.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

I‘m still more of a dancefloor DJ, turn on the fog machine and I‘m ready.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Herva – Slam the Laptop (Big title too)

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

For now: Gesaffelstein live at CRSSD Festival 2020.
Wasn‘t there, but I listened to the recordings a lot. Pretty perfect.
He was just so influential when I started producing and I actually rediscovered him during the pandemic.

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Jacques Greene, are we going to do this? I‘m just a big fan, he really hits that combination of pop, house and bass music.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

I started with my laptop, which I already had. Then it went quickly to the first cheap CDJs, later turntables. For some time now only CDJs again.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

For me the first one, bit like the first impression.

What were the first and last records you bought?

First vinyl was ‚Purity Ring – Shrines‘, last one just a few days ago ‚Jonny L – Piper (Overmono Remix)‘
I just heard Shrines again while thinking about this question. This aesthetic has shaped me a lot, that‘s what I hear now.

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Sweet synthetic, rubber and tar. Don’t eat this.

If it was an animal what would it be?

Poisonous green frog while mating?

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

Not impossible, but there is this vinyl only John Talabot Remix of ‚Marie Davidson – So Right‘ which I really love. Ho- wever, and I don‘t know why because it‘s just a straight loop, every second time I mess up the transition <3

Upcoming in the world of David Kochs?

This year I’ve written more music than I ever have and lots of them will be released 2022. Keep an eye out on Huntleys + Palmers for my first album WARMING UNIT coming shortly.

Anything else we need to discuss?

Get vaccinated!