Co-founder of emergent Vienna-based label NEUBAU, man behind online vinyl and tape outfit Discus Throwers, torchbearer of the Brutalist sound – Florian Stöffelbauer is all that and more. Here he is Heap – DJ and producer with multiple releases to his name and a deep record bag, taking to task the 21st entry of our Mix Series.
What’s up Florian, how’s it going? What are you up to these days?
I’m currently in Vilnius, trying to recover from last weekend and enjoying the city, walking around hoping to find any interesting record shops.
You’ve been running the online vinyl and tape retailer shop Discus Throwers since 2014. How has the journey been so far? Any dreams of ever turning it into a physical shop?
Founding Discus Throwers was very important in starting my musical development. It gave me a fundamental understanding of how the scene works and let me connect with loads of great people in a really short time. After running it for almost four years I will now focus on the label and on producing my own music. Discus Throwers will still be around as an online store but will only stock special releases from my favorite labels. I never really thought about turning it into a physical shop, mostly because I still have to finish my studies and have so much other stuff to do.
In 2016, you put out your first release on ESP Institute, following that up with The Brasserie Heroique Edits Part 5 that came out last year on Berceuse Heroique. We’re currently looking forward to your upcoming remix on Ninja Cuburru Ep by the fresh Lyon-based label KUMP. What’s next for the producer Heap?
There will be another remix by me on the next Neubau release, due out in mid-September. For the last couple of months, I’ve also been working on tracks for my first solo EP, which will be out on Neubau featuring a remix by Die Wilde Jagd.
Your label NEUBAU has seen eight releases since it saw the light of day back in 2015, many of which are in my record bag. Can you take us back to the beginning of the label and tell us how it came about?
The story of how Neubau became reality can be read in several past interviews. The latest news are that Simon Heidemann left the label and from now on, I’ll be operating it together with Florian Bocksrucker.
I’m super excited about the upcoming releases, starting with BAU009 by MR TC and Lo Kindre, followed by the first-ever LP on the label by Nonetheless, a project of Florian Bocksrucker and Felix Bergleiter. For me it will definitely be the album of the year!
Last weekend you were at DT CAMP. How was that?
DT Camp was fun; I had a great time playing there. I loved the live set of Patricia Kokett who played the slot just before me. My favorite moment was while we were sitting by the lake and witnessed a big stork flying away as the sun went down.
Thank you Florian and good luck with everything!