Khainz – Never stop taking risks

This guy is literally on fire and seems to have an inexhaustible supply of energy. Between countless gigs around the globe, playing in renowned clubs and big festivals, KHAINZ manages to release on the most important labels and imprints. During the week he can be found in the studio, adding to his ever-growing list of releases. Khainz released already tree albums, Module8 and Simple As That and Fingerprint. Plus more than 150 tracks via labels like Yoshitoshi, Heinz Music, Katermukke or Eleatics. Between his busy studio schedule and his next tour stop, we had a little chat with the artist, who hails from Lucerne in Switzerland.

Hi Khainz, it’s great to have you with us today. Where are you speaking to us from right now and what have you been up to so far today?

Hi, thanks for having me!  I’m at home right now. Played a gig in Stuttgart (Germany) yesterday and actually thought to make dj-sunday today but I have a release for my label to prepare and just received the masters of those, so had to bundle everything to upload it for the distribution!  Also ive found a great vocalist for an other upcoming release and talked some details with her!

Can you tell us a bit about your beginnings in the music scene there and how things developed for you?

I started djing in 1996 when I was 15years old, as my older brother and some of his friends had all the equipment and vinyls (mostly progressive and psytrance)!

They were so nice and let me practice with their things!  I haven’t been to a rave back then but enjoyed the music and had fun playing! Then in 1998 i had my first encounters with rebirth (a music software) and bought Cubase just a little later on. From there on I spent a lot of time in front of the computer to get better production skills.

Who have been your biggest musical influences throughout your life and career?

There have been many influences over all those years, in the beginning it was more psytrance like Hallucinogen, Prana, Manwithnoname but I would say biggest ones have been Maceo Plex (specially his early Maetrik releases), Stephan Bodzin, Trentemoller but also people like James Blake, Morcheeba, Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, Bonobo and others. To be honest – there is so much good music out there!

We’re pleased to be chatting with you following the release of your Running High EP. Congrats on the release here. How would you describe the sound oft he production in your own words and what was the inspiration behind it?

I always had the idea of doing my own label and take things into my own hands. I made the facebook-page for Module Music in 2013 but never released anything until 2022.
The music I release there is mostly a mixture in-between techno, melodictechno and progressive house.  The main focus is to release my own music and tracks from artist that I really like (newcomers and more established ones)!

How did the idea came up to get Jiggler for a remix?

I have always been a admirer of Jigglers music! Played lots of his tunes in my sets and also meet him personally!  When I was brainstorming artist that I would like to get remixes from he was the first one that came into my mind! So i sent him a message and asked if he was interested to do so!

How has the year been for you from your point of view and is there anything else we can expect from you in the near future?

The year has been great!  After almost 2 years (due Covid) I was finally able to tour again and did so! I also worked a lot in the studio, specially the past few months I was almost every day there and worked on new music! There are quite some releases coming out!

Next up is a remix I did for Carbon on Hamburg (Germany) based “Alula Tunes”. Then a collaboration EP with Sezer Uysal on his label „Theory X“ including a remix by Baime is coming up soon. In addition, a remix I did for Ever Tapia & Oneshot on Module Music (my own imprint) will be released and I’m excited to have a full EP on the ICONYC imprint. I don’t want to spoil too much yet, but there is also a collaboration with Like Mike in the pipeline. There are still a few projects I can’t talk about yet, but as you can see, there are a lot of things on the agenda.

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