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Interview with Peter Rauhofer


Peter Rauhofer

Peter Rauhofer


RS: I can only imagine. Talking about your children... you did classic remixes of FGTH "Relax", and "Tainted Love" as well as "Break 4 Love." Are there any other club classics out there you'd like to take a spin on?
Peter: I've had in my archives for years the accapella of Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy". Do you remember this?

RS: Yeah, with Jimmy Somerville singing.
Peter: Exactly, "run away, run away, turn away." They wanted me to remix this after Tainted Love but I don't know, it never happened, and I still have the parts. Someday I want to do that. Maybe something by Depeche Mode. I'd love to do something like "Strangelove", that's what I'd love to remix.

RS: Very cool. Now some questions in general - what effect do you think mp3s have had on dance music?
Peter: It's unavoidable, a new generation, a new era. A lot of people have no clue about copyright infringement. Years ago, after being at the club all night you couldn't wait for the record store to open so you could go and buy what you heard last night. Now, people go home at 4 in the morning and turn on their computers and download everything. I think it's become a bad habit because people want instant gratification but they don't realize or they don't care that they are hurting the label and the artist. They download the tracks they want. On one side the use of the internet is sort of promotion because the customer, if they decide to actually go and purchase music, is more informed. I remember when I was very young, as a kid you don't have much money so one guy in your class would buy an album and record 20 cassettes for everyone in the class. It's the same thing today. If you buy a CD or download an MP3 it's so easy to make CD copies for all your friends but the difference today is that with digital technology there is no loss of quality when making copies like there was with cassettes so if you can get a perfect sounding copy from a friend, why go buy the original recordings? It's bad because once you put a song on the internet you can't take it back. The damage is done forever.It definitely hurts sales. In the early 90's it was possible to sell 150-200,000 copies of a successful dance track even without radio play! Now a label is lucky to sell 5,000 copies of something. The inventor of the mp3, I think it was a German company, is responsible for all this and they should be punished because that's the source. If the mp3 was never invented we wouldn't have the problem.

RS: That's an interesting perspective.
Peter: I mean, I also have to say that the technology really helps me as a producer because I can be in Vienna working on a mix and I can email an mp3 of the mix to the record label in New York and find out if they like what I've done so far and it takes like 10 minutes. I mean 2 or 3 years ago I would have to send a Fed-Ex for a couple of hundred dollars and wait like 2 days before I got a response from the label. Like everything else, it has its benefits but if misused it can be very detrimental to the industry as a whole.

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