Finn Johannsen – The Ransom Note Mix

Posted: May 19th, 2023 | Author: | Filed under: Mixes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?

My name is Finn Johannsen. I live in Berlin. I am a DJ, writer, co- run the label Macro Recordings and I am a booker for the Berlin clubs Paloma and Monarch.

What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?

I get bored quite easily, so I have no defined sound as such. But imagine an image of happy, nocturnal chaos. Take this example from a gig in Paris some years ago:

Where was the mix recorded?

In my studio/home office.

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

Late at night, heading somewhere. Or early in the morning, returning from somewhere.

What should we be wearing?

Whatever makes you feel good.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

I love any setting that leads to a recorded set in which you can hear the people scream on the floor. But I also like to record a mix at home. In any case my way of playing records differs quite a lot between a live or studio context.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

All of them.

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Klaus Stockhausen live at Front Club, Hamburg, March 11th 1987.


If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

It would be some great club in the 70s, where new ideas and great people fell into place. I am so old that I was out clubbing in all the following decades, but I was too young for that.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

2x Technics SL-1200 MKII and an Ecler Smac first mixer. Mixer finally died last year and I replaced it with an Ecler Nuo. No, I am not an audiophile.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

Both are equally important.

What were the first and last records you bought?

First: Blondie – Heart Of Glass. Last: Al Kent – Loving You

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Fish & Chips at North Sea, Bloomsbury, London. Eaten in good company.

If it was an animal what would it be?

A night owl.

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

None. All you have to do is to find another record that fits.

Upcoming in the world of…

Spending some beautiful time with my loved ones and good friends. And spending some beautiful nights wherever my professional activities will lead me.

Anything else we need to discuss?

What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.

Freestyle Man – Love Story

Even Tuell & Midnightopera – Untitled

Claude Young – Dream Of Another Time

John Beltran – Return To Nightfall

Marty Bonds – Light Speed

DJ Sprinkles – Double Secret (No-Parts Dub)

Millsart – Gamma Player

Freedom Authority – Expressions (Flute Groove)

Fit Siegel – Carmine

Mr. Fingers – Children At Play

Omar S – Set It Out

Dreesvn – Untitled

Pépé Bradock – 4

Never On Sunday – Urban Rains

Family Of Few – Sunrise (4 A.M. Mix)

The Vision – Shardé

Subculture feat. Marcus – The Voyage (Hayden Andre Deep Mix)