Oliver Hafenbauer: The Ransom Note Mix
There seems to have been a focus on the unsung as of late, those who should perhaps be rewarded with more recognition than they are partial to. Oliver Hafenbauer, is one such figure.
By day he runs and manages the brilliant Live At Robert Johnson record label operating out of the club of the same name, from a personal perspective he is the man behind Die Orakel, one of our favourite record labels which continues to push the boundaries of electronic music and the modern day dancefloor. Sometimes obscure and obtuse by nature the label has released a steady stream of records which have helped redefine cultural expectations of certain producers and the sound within which they operate. Roman Flugel, Orson Wells, Edward and Christopher Rau have all used it as an outlet to showcase sonic experiments and far reaching club cuts.
We invited Oliver to talk about the label as he delivers a mix as part of our series. Listen and read below:
What was the original vision behind Die Orakel, has it reached such heights as of yet?
I founded Die Orakel because I felt the strong need to start something on my own. At Live At Robert Johnson, I'm the label manager and A&R and with nearly 50 releases the label found its sound identity. I grew up listening to early Warp Records stuff and I think that had the biggest influence on my music taste. With Die Orakel I follow a similar path and release ambient, electronica, leftfield or techno records.
The label has often focussed on the experimental dance floor. What are you looking for when signing a record?
I’m looking for experimental dance floor music.
Where was the mix recorded?
At Robert Johnson club in Offenbach on a cloudy Tuesday morning.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Window seat at ISS Space Sation.
What should we be wearing?
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Robert Johnson club in Offenbach on a cloudy Wednesday morning.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
First and second one.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
A DJ Hype tape from 1993, not sure at which party it was recorded.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
It‘s still two record players and 2 channel Vestax battle mixer.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
First and last track.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First record was Public Enemy‘s “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”, last one was the Kreidler album “European Song“.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A very hot Korean soup you eat when you‘re drunk at around 6am in the morning.
If it was an animal what would it be?
Upcoming in the world of…
Discussing all details with O-Wells for his next Die Orakel record.
Anything else we need to discuss?