Helena Hauff’s listening diary: ‘I really feel so grown up listening to jazz whereas cooking’

3 November

8pm I used to be going by my document assortment to pack for the weekend. Typically I attempt to discover issues that I haven’t performed within the membership for some time, nevertheless it’s fairly tough as a result of I play so usually. I noticed Construction by Aquasky and I used to be like: “Oh, yeah, that’s nice”. I listened to it actually loud on my headphones and danced round in my little studio in Hamburg. I didn’t really find yourself enjoying it, however typically you discover issues that simply excite you, and that was a kind of. It’s actually energetic, thrilling and enjoyable. And it’s quick. Typically I play drum’n’bass in my units, however not that usually, it actually relies on the venue and the occasion. I’m all the time excited when there’s an occasion arising the place I feel: “I can actually do that right here”.

4 November

2pm I used to be within the taxi to the airport and By no means Let Me Down Once more by Depeche Mode was enjoying on the radio. It’s all the time very good to listen to stuff that I like on the radio as a result of it doesn’t normally occur that usually. While you’re in a taxi they play loads of trendy pop stuff that I’m simply actually not into. Typically after they’ve bought 80s radio on, you get to listen to some tunes that you just really like, and I all the time get actually excited. It was only a good coincidence as a result of I really like Depeche Mode. Typically, if I’m in that sort of temper I am going on a bit YouTube hunt and, , you might have all these ideas, and it leads you down this rabbit gap, by this loop of well-known songs. If I’m in the precise temper, I actually get pleasure from it and I click on by them.

3pm I arrived at Hamburg airport the place there’s a bit smoking lounge, so you’ll be able to sit there and have your espresso. I used to be simply performing some emails and I fancied listening to some music. Someway, I began desirous about how I haven’t heard Portishead shortly so I went on YouTube. I ended up listening to Over, it’s such a pleasant tune. In my head, Portishead then led me to Elliott Smith. Cupid’s Trick is one among my favorite songs. I fairly like listening to that sort of mellow stuff once I’m at an airport. I don’t know why. The ocean of individuals stroll previous and it will get you into this vibe. The music creates such a pleasant environment, it makes the entire airport expertise much more calm, stress-free and satisfying.

2am My set at Zoo in Geneva had simply began and Reconstruct by Shawescape Renegade was my opening observe. The particular person enjoying earlier than me was enjoying a little bit of electro, a little bit of breakbeat, so I knew instantly I may do no matter I wished. I believed it will be a superb observe to begin with: it’s electro, it’s fairly funky, it’s not an excessive amount of. I imply, it’s fairly energetic, nevertheless it’s not too full on. It’s a pleasant lead into heavier electro or techno. The final time I used to be right here was in 2018 once I performed with Galaxian. It’s fairly small, a correct punk venue with a superb crowd. They appeared to be actually up for something.

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5 November

5am After Geneva, I needed to go to the airport once more for my subsequent gig in Berlin. I didn’t hearken to any music all through the day as a result of my ears had been ringing, I wanted a break. Berlin is a very good metropolis to play in. It’s such a bizarre place, I can’t consider anyplace else on the earth that’s prefer it. The crowds are fairly open-minded they usually appear to know so much about music so you’ll be able to go fairly far and take them on a correct journey. Elsewhere, you might need to be a bit cautious with what you play, it’s important to see what is going to get them into the vibe and ensure they perceive the place we’re going. However in Berlin, they’re prepared for every thing. At 5am, I used to be mid-set at Tresor and thought it was time for Screech LFT (Vox Remix) by Spoiled Drama. It went down rather well, the response of the group was insane. It’s such a superb observe and just about each time I play it, individuals go fully bonkers. And they also did in Berlin.

7 November

11am I used to be again at residence, having breakfast and on the brink of go to the gymnasium the place I am going bouldering. Typically on a Monday or Tuesday, it’s no music in any way as a result of I would like a break. I felt like listening to one thing that will get me up and going; one thing that’s not too harsh, has a little bit of that Monday morning vitality however isn’t techno as a result of I’ve had that every one weekend. I placed on Scrambled Tips by Wu-Lu. I really like his newest album Loggerhead, it got here out a few months in the past and I purchased it instantly. I used to be like: that is incredible. I’ve had it on repeat since, it doesn’t appear to get boring in any respect. I’m such an enormous fan. It’s uncommon that I get enthusiastic about new stuff, nevertheless it’s only a feeling, . You hear one thing and also you’re like: that is wonderful.

‘This is fantastic’… Wu-Lu performs at End Of The Road.
‘That is incredible’… Wu-Lu performs at Finish Of The Highway. {Photograph}: Burak Çıngı/Redferns

6pm I used to be listening to Wayne Shorter’s Converse No Evil whereas cooking. I like to cook dinner, I spend loads of time doing it. I all the time need to make one thing very nice, actually tasty and actually particular. Meals is de facto necessary to me, it’s such a beautiful approach of displaying like to different individuals and in addition displaying like to your self. I’ve a bit little bit of a jazz assortment nevertheless it’s not one thing I’d hearken to day by day, all day. Once I need to chill out, I don’t need to hearken to any extra dance music, something that isn’t digital is useful at this level. I get pleasure from jazz and there are moments once I can actually get into it. Additionally, listening to some jazz whereas cooking is a very nice factor to do, and I really feel so grown up doing it. That’s what you do whenever you develop up, proper? You cook dinner, hearken to jazz and lightweight a candle.

  • Helena Hauff’s Dwelling With Ladybirds is out now on Material Originals. She performs at London’s Colour Factory on 11 November

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