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Shik Stylko, the DJ/musician team comprised of Sebastian Krieg and Roman Freihoff have been working together for over 14 years. They first established themselves as resident DJ's at M1 Club in Stuttgart, Germany, from 1995 to 2002. Shik Stylko's characteristic style of house, tribal and electro, with funky and soulful roots turned M1 Club into one of the most respected house clubs in Germany. Shik Stylko's sense for a type of sound that moves the masses gained universal recognition from the top house DJ's in the world. Eventually, it lead to joint club sessions with such renown artists as Masters at Work, DJ Pierre, Roger Sanchez, Dimitri from Paris, Eric Morillo, Ian Pooley and Erik Rug, to name a few.
Sebastian Krieg and Roman Freihoff are well known around the world from their gigs at locations such as Space/Privilege/Amnesia (Ibiza), Kee Club (Hong/Kong), Minx (Shangha), Sax Club (Dubai), 8Seasons/P1/Prinzip (Munich), Kaufleuten (Zurich), Mecca (Prague), Barokko (Budapest), Jet Set (Moscow), The Applefunk Session (Alicante), Stalker/Zebra, (Amsterdam), Blue (Miami), Tiefenrausch (Köln) and many more.
In January 2002, Sebastian and Roman realised their plan to further combine their passion and profession. They founded the label Realbasic Recordings, located in Munich. By providing an independent platform for house music projects, they enabled themselves to lend their sense for music knowledge of professional studio productions to other musicians and labels. Of course, the studio also provides their base to work independently on the Shik Stylko sound.
Realbasic Recording's first record was a smashing success, featuring the house legend Tyree Cooper. Shik Stylko released “Groove You Out Tonight”, in 2002. The track reached as high as number 8 on the Mixmag-Hype Charts in England. Remixed by Grant Nelson & Brian Tappert, it was also well received in the record stores. “Groove You Out Tonight” became a bona-fide underground club anthem, played by top DJ's around the world. This track marked the starting point for many hot Shik Stylko releases on labels like Refunkt, Progcity, Peppermint Jam, 99 Carat and of course, Realbasic Recordings and Realbasic Tracks.
Since then, numerous other labels and producers requested Shik Stylko remixes for their releases, not the least of which are Mateo & Matos, Hardsoul, Roland Clark, Soul Avengerz, Deep Josh, 7th District, Bobbie D´Ambrosio (Soulfuric). Famous compilations from labels like Ministry of Sound, Defected, Azuli, Mn2s, Om, Bargrooves or Penthouse became licensees of Shik Stylko tracks. With their regular appearance on the play lists of respected house DJ’s like DJ Chus, Stonebridge, Ben Watt, Matt Caseli, Brian Tappert, Grant Nelson, and Hardsoul, Shik Stylko has proven to have supporters throughout the house community and is a consistently hot property around the globe!
Shik Stylko was kind enough to grant an Interview with Groovanauts:
Can you enlighten us on how you conceived the name “Shik Stylko”?
Thats quite a funny story...and a simple one: We were eating a pizza while thinking about a project name. Because we were at a club the day before named "kö," we thought about the names that club had over the years cause its very old. So, it was first called "shik" then "style" and then "kö"!!!! so we thought: Shik Stylkö sounded cool!!! We changed the "ö" into an "o" cause its a bit more easy to spell!
Besides music what other interests do you have?
Doing lots of sports and just normal things, such as playing soccer on PlayStation 3 like crazy!!!
It looks like you guys are making a big splash on the scene. What are some of the things that you are doing to stay consistent?
We just love doing music and production. That keeps us consistent.
While producing as a duo, do you guys ever have disagreements? Who wins most of the arguments?
Sure. I mean Roman and I, we know each other for more than 17 years and are very good friends. So surely, we have some disagreements, but always, we come to a good end.
I understand you guys have your own label, Realbasic, what releases can we look forward to?
We actually have two tracks coming up on Realbasic and Realbasic Tracks. One will be a new Shik Stylko single called "Get My Eyes On You", the other one on Realbasic Tracks is called "To the F***" from Matt Caseli and I.
What releases or remixes by you guys should we look out for this summer?
There are a few tracks which will come out soon. In June, there will be a new release on Peppermint Jam called "That Night," with mixes from Baggie Baggovic and Matt Caseli. Also, a new release on Housesession called "Many Dayz" will finally see the light of the day, with many mixes including a great remix from Novy. That will be promoted over the summer in addition to a new track on Peppermint Jam we just signed called "Moonpearls." Also, a new bootleg we did from Bob Marley´s "Jammin" will be sent around by us for the summer. Additionally, two new singles I did together with Matt Caseli on Realbasic Tracks and our new sublabel "Dangerous Cutz"...and last but not least Matt and I did new mixes for Regina´s Porn track on Soulfuric. So...a few things in the next months, together with remixes for Witty Tunes, Mod, Deep Josh, Peppermint Jam, Muak Records and a few other labels.
What are some of the best places that you guys have performed at?
There are many...Surely, Key Club in Hong Kong, Apartment in Frankfurt and Pacha in Munich, where we play regularly.
Time to spill it. What does your studio set up look like?
We had everything analog but we turned everything into digital at the moment. Still, we have our ADT 48 channel mixer from the 80’s, which we will change soon...we´re doing various different stuff, so it is easier to handle everything with Total Recall.
Name one studio item (hardware or software) that you simply can’t live with out?
Just Logic and some secret weapons:)...our Virus TI is one of our most used synths at the mo...
Are there any really cool production tips that you can share with your fellow Groovanaut members?
As a tip, we would say that, as our tracks are played mainly in clubs, its important to build the whole mixdown around kick & bass.
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