DOMPE aka Dominic Wagner is a DJ & Producer with an absolute passion. A day without Music is a lost day for him. He describes himself as a restless person always searching for the next track and a perfect bassline.
Hey Dompe – Please can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you originally got into electronic music?
Actually I used to listen to punk and rock and play drums. I always hated commercial electronic music from the 90s, but when I heard underground techno for the first time I got really carried away. Also this record thing and mixing fascinated me a lot. I then quite quickly got myself 2 turntables and a mixer and started 😉
Can you tell us a little about your experience as an artist during these years?
At that time, of course, I did not see myself as an artist. At the time I was 16, 17 years old and you were happy if you were allowed to play at a birthday or school party. But with time, it all became more serious and of course you dream of earning money with it someday.
Now that you live in Berlin – what makes the city special for you as an artist?
I think it’s great that you can talk directly with many colleagues in Berlin. You meet for a coffee or go out to eat. Or when colleagues are in town for their DJ gigs you can always go past for a quick joint.
Who have been your main inspirations (both musical and in “life”)? And how have they affected your sound?
I think the main inspiration both musically and in life is club culture. I’ve been going to clubs since I was 16. Of course, that has a very strong influence on you. Musically I was strongly influenced and inspired by Carl Cox or Ben Sims. I think that is the basis of how I produce music. Always with focus on the dancefloor and a simplicity in my arrangements with an eye for the DJ.
How would you define your sound and musical output?
In the early stages, you’re still searching for your sound. Of course, it varies slightly over time. But I have found my place in house music. Meanwhile I can say I have found my. Sound and it makes me very proud when I get feedback from people who say this is ‘Dompe Sound’. If you can create a recognition in this day and age, that’s not so bad.
And when did you decide to launch the label Jackfruit, which is celebrating its anniversary right now?
At some point it is very frustrating to get either rejections or no response at all to your demos. Especially when you realize that your tracks always hit the dancefloor. Then my wife and I decided to start Jackfruit. Quasi our playground where we can do what we want. Now after 5 years it was the best decision to do our own thing. We are very proud of Jackfruit and would never have imagined the success it is having right now.
Is it more of a curse or a blessing that the electronic music scene has become commercialized in many areas over the years?
I don’t see anything good in commercialization. I like underground and that will always be the case. Also the whole social media shit is just annoying. It’s not about music and club culture anymore and unfortunately it’s about completely different things. That’s just a pity. That’s why I also find the no photo clubs very pleasant.
Which is currently your favorite in the studio and why?
It always varies a lot but the Korg MS20 is in almost every track.
And what projects are you working on right now?
I am from Monday to Friday in the studio. I never work on special things but just do what comes to my mind. In May 2022, however, after a long time again comes a cooperation with my buddy Neal Porter.
I have just compiled a sampler that will be released at the end of the year as a double vinyl on Jackfruit.