Our latest excerpt from Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017, a collaboration between Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate, the Cosmo Hotel, and Linus Dessecker, poses seven travel-related questions to Axel Boman, the Swedish house DJ and producer who broke out in 2010 with the epic screw house anthem “Purple Drank,” released on DJ Koze’s Pampa Records imprint. He launched his own label, Studio Barnhus, the same year with Petter (Border Community) and Kornel Kovacs. Since then, he’s produced remixes for artists like John Talabot and Harald Bjork and toured extensively.
Q: Approximately how many gigs do you play a year?
I play maybe 100 to 150 gigs a year.
Q: How many flights do you need to take for your annual bookings?
I take around 200 fights.
Q: What equipment do you typically use? What do you pack?
I use vinyl records, USB sticks, sometimes a rotary mixer.
Q: What does traveling mean to you? Are you still able to enjoy it?
Travelling’s just a necessity, but some parts of it I really enjoy! The time to read, listen to music, and relax. But flying makes me nervous. And I hate queuing. It really upsets me that people are treated like cattle sometimes—for no obvious reason. I totally understand some queuing is necessary, but sometimes it seems so avoidable. I don’t want to waste my life like that…
Q: What do you miss most when you’re on the road?
I miss my girlfriend and my bed.
Q: What’s the best, weirdest, or craziest situation you’ve experienced on your journeys so far?
Sitting opposite Boy George on the Euro-Express to London; that was something.
Q: How do you keep your life balanced?
I’m still trying to figure it out how to stay balanced; it’s super exhausting!