[Interview] A Short Chat with M.A.N.D.Y.

The fortunate and rare opportunity presented itself to ask Philipp David Jung a few questions about the life and career of M.A.N.D.Y. Here's what he had to say.

What’s the story behind the acronym M.A.N.D.Y?

A very long one actually. Many different stories are floating around. But we think the very solution and explanation is Me AND You. Which stands for Patrick and me, or the party people and us, or the universe and us here.

Many describe your sound as minimalistic. What draws you to it?

You know as someone who creates music, you can’t really refer to something like this. But of course, the outside world has to label it to describe it and that is super fine. But you can call it anything you like, and it won’t change our approach in the studio. We don’t go and say today we’ll do a minimal song, or maximal, or this or that. You just sit there and you hope something nice will happen.

Outside of the world of dance music, who are your biggest influences?

There are so many. I am very lucky to have amazing friends who always give me shit in the right moment. {Like} when things get too loose, or you get lost in your DJ world. I talk to my Dad very regularly which is always very calming and soothing. And of course, there are so many artists out there in the world. Just listen to the new Radiohead album and this should give you inspiration for a couples of months. We do love art a lot as well, but sometimes it’s in the lil' things. You just walk around with open eyes every day, you listen to people talk, you sit in a bar and actually look at people, all this might be my biggest influence. Life as such.

You have worked intimately with Booka Shade. Tell us about the evolution of that relationship.

We are childhood friends, so it’s a very special relationship we have. We were, and are always in contact. It’s a friendship for life. And whenever we find some time, we’ll go in the studio together. But unfortunately due to our schedules, that happens only once a month.

How has the Get Physical Radio show been going? What is your ultimate goal with this project?

There is no ultimate goal in a way. We are based in the heart of Berlin. And there are so many talented artists passing through, so we just wanna capture their mood when they are over. The booth (we call it Glory Hole) is so tiny and right in our office, so its always funny to see the people squeezed into to this lil' shoe box.

You and Patrick Bodmer are childhood friends, how has your relationship evolved over the years? 

I think like anything in life, our relationship changes and changed a lot over the years. It’s an amazing journey and we learned a lot from each other. Through constant observation and communication we are doing quite well actually! Pretty proud of what we have achieved. And the main thing is really that you always and still can laugh about and with each other.

Where is your favorite place to play when you are back home in Germany?

Everywhere where my friends are I guess. If you have your loved ones around, you’ll always have a good time. There are millions of places I love or like. Sometimes it’s even the living room with two buddies. Back in Germany in June. Let’s see for how long.

Do you have any recently completed projects you can share with us?

We are finally working on the album for real. Looking pretty good so far. I guess we will even release the first stuff this year. Fingers and toes are crossed.

M.A.N.D.Y. is set to play in Atlanta on 5/14 at Jungle Warehouse. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. 

James McDaniel

A man of many talents, James not only writes about music, he also composes, arranges, teaches, and plays. As an Atlanta area high school band director, he stays busy developing his program and writing and arranging for percussion at his place of work aw well as a number of other Atlanta area schools. He is also a gigging percussionist, playing live and doing studio work for InCrowd of Atlanta. Music is more than a passion for james. It is his lifestyle.