Back in the early nineties, I discovered a new music genre called Techno. I was pretty fast attracted and since then, it has become some sort of passion. After a while, I started to build my own disc collection which ends up in tapes with my favourite tracks. At some point in time, I thought, how cool would it be not only to have your favourite tracks on a tape but also mix them together as the DJs in the clubs had done.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t that easy at this point in time. It started already with the required equipment that was really expensive. Using the equipment from someone else was also not an option in the small village where I grew up. There was a small club but their gear was not designed to mix electronic music at all. So, I needed to start with my own equipment which was quite a long process because of the costs. Because the Technics SL-1200 was way too expensive, I decided to start with a rack-mounted dual CD-Player that I don’t even remember the name. In the end, it was a “cheap” Denon DN-2000 clone which was the reference for pitch-controlled CD-Players at that time. Together with a cheap mixing console, I was ready to go.
Not surprisingly, in the absence of any mixing knowledge or skills in conjunction with low-end gears, I produced tons of really bad mixes when I started. But, in the end, it was the start of a long-lasting journey that still persists and that I still enjoy. Over time, I was, fortunately, able to buy better gear. I started and still learn new mixing techniques and, I tried to understand the theory behind the music to improve my mixes. Nowadays, at least this is my perception, the mixes sound quite good and I think it’s worth sharing them.
In this section of my website, I share some of the mix series I’ve created recently as DJ THBE.
The start makes the X-Mix Sessions you find in the next chapter.