Carlos Hawthorn checks in with the Munich producer.
The German state of Bavaria, home to cities like Munich and Nuremberg, was the worst hit by coronavirus in the country. On March 21st, 13 million people suddenly found themselves confined to their homes. This dramatic shift affected people's lives differently. For Bryan Müller, AKA Skee Mask, who lives in Munich, nothing much changed. With DJing on pause, he could now spend even more time at home doing what he loves: listening to and making electronic music.
This is good news for the scene. In the past six years, Müller has emerged as a DJ and producer with prodigious talent. Across two albums and several EPs, all of them for the beloved Munich label Ilian Tape, he has honed a singular sound, rich with rhythm and feeling. Many consider him a techno artist, but the tag does him a disservice—as well as broken bangers, he excels at gloopy IDM, sinister ambient and thundering amen breaks. For my money, there aren't many better producers around right now.
Müller is also a voracious record digger and a thrilling DJ. He has a keen ear for rhythm and a total disregard for homogeneity, which you'll hear on his 60-minute mix for BBC Radio 1 Dance. Grime, UK garage, Jeff Mills—nothing is off limits. Listen out for two of his own tracks, including one unreleased gem. The left turns come thick and fast. 140 BPM beats abound. This music isn't for the faint of heart.