You know you’ve made a name for yourself when you get sued by Arnold Schwarzenegger. But years before International DeeJay Gigolo Records put an unauthorized photo of Arnie on a record sleeve, the label’s founder and owner, DJ Hell—a.k.a. Helmut Josef Geier—couldn’t put a foot wrong. He organized one of the first acid house parties in Germany, sold over 100,000 copies of his first self-produced single, “My Definition of House Music,” and was a resident at Munich’s first techno club, located in a former airport. All this elevates him to veteran status, a key figure in the history of underground music in Germany. We caught up with him for a (very) brief word as part of our “Sound Travels” series.
Q: Approximately how many gigs do you play a year?
Q: How many flights do you need to take for your annual bookings?
Q: What equipment do you typically use? What do you pack?
USB, CD-R, and vinyl.
Q: What does traveling mean to you? Are you still able to enjoy it?
Travel is becoming more and more degrading!
Q: What do you miss the most when you’re on the road?
Q: How do you keep your life balanced?
Sport. Healthy food. Lots of sleep. Music. Country life. No alcohol. No cigarettes. No doping.
Q: What’s the best, weirdest, or craziest situation you’ve experienced on your journeys so far?
I’ll write a book about it!