JG: The small-scaled paintings presented in the online show correspond to the format of a CD cover and focus on an integral part of the Hip Hop subculture – Cover Art. What would the music album be without a cover. Can you explain this successful collaboration between music and art a bit and what relevance do covers and their interpretation have for you personally?
DW: I am an artist and a Dj. Sometimes I can connect music with art. In that way it goes hand in hand with my life. The best way to sell music and to get a buyer’s attention is with the help of an eye-catching cover. A part of the common Hip Hop culture is street art and graffiti.
JG: As an artist and a DJ you are working across genres. How do these areas influence each other and what kind of synergies can be generated in your work
DW: As a Dj I see of course through artist eyes. Accordingly, I work with my experiences and impressions. I also photograph a lot when I am on the road, so I have a sample photo library for my art collages. I live both parts with passion. During my DJ gigs I receive a direct and ecstatic response of the audience. But then I also need and enjoy the concentrated and isolated work in the studio. It is nice to see that my artistic work in the form of cover paintings or flyers can flow back into the inspiring music and club scene. Here we’ve come full circle.
JG: Sampling plays an important role in your oeuvre. Can you describe your artistic approach also regarding the current online exhibition?
DW: In music we call it sampling. In art we call it a collage. The big difference is the copyright. In my art I use the collage for reaching new levels and to clear my statements. In music sampling, music from the past could have a chance for a revival in the present charts. Some kind of modern recycling, we could say. In the current online exhibition you can see a series of CD covers paintings in dialog with sounds of some of my homies, as well as of mine.
JG: The exhibition title „Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow“ is adopted from the music album of the same title by the american band „Funkadelic“. Why did you choose this one?
DW: The scope of the Funk area has influenced a wide circle of music. Music I love and play in the club. For me the band Funkadelic plays also a relevant role regarding their funky cover art. The Funkadelic musicians and of course James Brown have been pioneers of Funk. These pioneers had again a significant influence on the later emerging Hip Hop. The title „Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow“ is always the truth.