Common Sense Konstantin

Interview with Konstantin Sibold

Common Sense Konstantin

15-10-2013 | 11.04

He’s a partyhost, producer, opening DJ and sometimes also a main act. Konstantin Sibold, who recently turned 26, has mastered it all over the past few years. Hosting events as the Common Sense People, he gained his credits in Stuttgart. Nowadays, people from all over the world have heard of his productions on Innervisions and Compost recordings. Thursday he’ll be performing in Trouw during Amsterdam Dance Event.
You and Leif Müller are hosting events in club Rocker 33 in Stuttgart as the Common Sense People. On what grounds do you invite artists to perform there?
Leif and I started our residency at Rocker 33 in 2009 and after some years of playing we were asked whether we wanted to organize our own events there. People knew that we were vinyl lovers and that we had our own ideas about which acts should be booked. So we invited acts that we wanted to hear and still do this same thing. Almost every artist that we have invited wasn't booked by anyone else before in Stuttgart, since we had our own idea of non-commercial, deep & timeless electronic music. It still isn't the easiest thing to promote a party here in Stuttgart when you book acts like Soundstream, Shed, Levon Vincent or Kyle Hall.
An old Resident Advisor article once explained that the opening of the night is probably the most important part. What do you find the most important thing as an opening-DJ? 
'The esoteric art of the opening DJ' sounds quite like a mystery!
But the article describes it really well I think. It isn't a disadvantage to enjoy a broad selection of music that isn’t only electronic and that you love and know how to deal with the records you're playing with. I like playing warm-up because then I get the opportunity to play those amazing tracks you can't play around peak-time and vice-versa as well. An experienced peak-time player knows how he or she can start from the same level that the DJ before reached, or how he kills the music to reset the energy when it's required.
How did the introduction to electronic music start for you? I’m talking about before you became a Rocker 33 resident.
It started with old recordings of hr3 clubnights older friends gave to Leif and me. The two DJ mixes that influenced me most were ‘The Sound Of The Sixth Season’ by Sven Väth and ‘The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!’ by Daniel Bell on Logistic. I think I’ve listened to the part in the mix where Daniel Bell mixes The 5th Element by Cobblestone Jazz into Anthony Shakir's Simpatico about a 1000 times, real magic!
Did recognition from the bigger public start with Madeleine, the Stuttgart E.P. or even further back?
I think it's more of a little step-by-step kind of process where one release paves the way for another. I made my first release in 2010 on Salon Rosi and because of that I got the attention of Snork Enterprises. For Snork I made the Stuttgart EP in 2012 and because of that I got attention from Innervisions. Then, when Madeleine was released in 2013 I got a lot of attention from other big labels like Compost, Objektivity, Suol, Get Physical or Defected where I was asked to do remixes for in the last couple of months. I'm a musical chameleon, which means I always jump, whether I want to or not. I've also made three vinyl-only releases on Caramelo, which are very diverse. 'Leif' has given me the street credibility and 'Madeleine' the mass-appeal.
The person who booked you in the Netherlands first, Jan van der Lugt, is playing in Trouw pretty often lately as well. Quite a coincidence, I’d say. Have you heard him play? If so, what do you think of his style?
My girlfriend Madeleine and me listened to his opening set when he played right before me. It was excellent! There are a few people I send my finished tracks and remixes to in order to get to know their opinion and Jan is one of them. He has a good sense of how club music works.
Can you share your favourite album of this fall with us?
Oh that's difficult to say. Fall just began and for the last weeks I’ve been trying to get a world record in receiving the most vinyl packages bought on Discogs in a single day. There was a time I mainly bought independent albums but now I purchase more electronic singles and a few albums. Some albums I did get were from Analogue Cops, Le Carousel, Prince of Denmark, Damiano von Eckert, Nathan Fake, James Holden, a few of Can and Joy Division. "Forget Me Not" by Le Carousel on their new album or "Paean" by Nathan Fake on his latest album are two masterpieces of which I’m glad to have come across. If I want to hear an album in fall, I'd listen to Nevermind or Vaudeville Villain.

Text: Ruben Leter