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Q: Please introduce yourself

Hey guys, my name is Basti Grub, german artist and producer currently living in Bali.  

Q: One person you'd dream to have a coffee with?

This may not be a fancy answer but if I was able to pick whoever I would choose my deceased grandfather. He has been a role model throughout all of my childhood and had a great impact on who I am today. Not having him around and being able to share my progress and personal development stings and therefore I would pick him for some one on one time.  

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Probably that my farts could make me fly... No but seriously the power to either fly or teleport myself to places. I like to travel but at the same time I am very impatient and especially long-distance flights make me go nuts.


Q: If you would have been given the chance to do a film score, what movie would you choose and why?

I love all kinds of movies but from a creative perspective Avatar would be an exciting film to work on. It would give me a lot of creative freedom to express myself and to experiment.


Q: Who has been the most influential in your music career? And who has been the most influential in your personal life?

I can't name one single artist / person. I have been in many different phases throughout my career. I regard my musical development as a journey that still continues. Much as in my daily life I come across new artists that inspire and influence me. In my personal life my grandpa has been the most influential as he encouraged my to believe in myself and to follow my purpose - music.  

Q: Could you share with us your journey – the good and bad experiences that have brought you to where you are today?

Perseverance and my unshakeable belief that music is my path. Without that I would have given up a hundred times already.  

Q: Everyone goes through ups and downs, what’s one habit you adopt to push through the downs?

The best way to get myself out of a low is to speak to friends and family. Communication helps to either distract myself from what bothers me or to resolve the issue completely. Often times, the feelings in my head are so far up my ass that a fresh perspective helpful. I don't like wasting energy on lows so I try to always face difficulties without a detour.


Q: What is one pro work ethic that you would recommend to the readers/listeners?

Biting through and not giving up. Even if the flow is gone, keep going, it will come back.  

Q: How has your music style evolved over the years?

After twenty years of making music I would say I am finally at a point where my knowhow allows me to produce music exactly as I compose it in my head. In my musical coming of age I often faced the obstacle of not being able to express my ideas to the full extent. I believe from here on I well be able to create magic.  

Q: If you were to venture into another music genre, which one would you choose and why?

If I had to pick another genre it would most likely be electro-pop because it excites me almost as much as what I am doing now.  

Q: Could you name 3 tracks that got you into electronic music and why?

Anything from Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and Aphex Twin. These artists sparked my joy for music. The sound design was so impressive and the track opened a universe of sound combinations to me that I can hardly describe.  

Q: Can you recommend a hidden gem in your home country that would be perfect for a rave?

Robert Johnson is anything but a hidden gem however it is the one place I would name in Germany where I believe you will always have a good time or a "perfect rave".  

Q: Could you tell us about your upcoming releases and plans for the year?

Mark my words: 2024 will be my year. Starting with my first EP on Diynamic in January followed by a release on Dixon´s label Innervisions as well as releases on my own label Aprapta and many other surprise releases. I will be worth following ;)  

Q: Can you share a fun fact about yourself that most of your listeners are probably unaware of?

I know way to many German folk songs due to my grandparents and mother torturing me with horrible folk on every car trip throughout my childhood.

Bonus Q Powered by Pioneer DJ: How did Pioneer DJ influence your career and what is your favorite Pioneer DJ gear?

My favorite Pioneer dj gear is the Nexus 3000 I simply enjoy using them.