An introduction is a warm start to a conversation…
Hey. My name is Simon Hinter and I’m from Siegen, a small city somewhere near Cologne, Germany. My first contact with electronic music, especially DJing was around the late nineties but I was totally into Hip Hop and Rap at the time. I started to scratch on Rap instrumentals and tried to do some mixes with Hip Hop Records on cheap turntables. A few years later, maybe around 2000, I worked in a local record store and became more addicted to House, Techno and of course a lot of Jazz, Funk and Soul records. The “Homework” LP from Daft Punk is one of the records that influenced me a lot. The opportunity of listening to new record’s every day and good friends with the same feeling for music helped me a lot. I went to my first techno parties through my former girlfriend and that took me to the point of producing my own music. Years later, around 2010, I had the opportunity to drop my first release on vinyl, it was more an accident than a big plan but I’m happy that it happened.
Tell us about Mr. Backside apart from Simon Hinter?
The music is somewhere between Hip Hop, Broken Beats and Space Jazz. You should check him out.
You produce a good sound that’s for sure, where does your inspiration comes from, and also what message are you telling through your music to your fans?
Oh, that’s very different; I get my inspiration from everywhere. Of course, i have some musical inspiration from Jazz, Soul, Funk and all kinds of music and through also a good movie, a book, the nature and even falling in love can be inspirational as well. Sometimes you switch in the right mood to make something special.
I don’t think that there’s a specific message in my music but I always create music with some soulful or melancholic element, send a few emotions to people and music they can dance to, you can call it personality.
What is your honest view about South African music and artists?
I believe there’s a lot of potential in South Africa, especially in the music scene. I always received so much love and support for my work over the last years from SA, that’s truly awesome. It’s like there’s a strong connection through music in a very positive way of living. It’s impressive to see, that House music has such a big significance such as Hip Hop in the USA.
Your top five house music countries?
I’m sure that good house music comes from everywhere. I don’t have any list, honestly but I’m sure that South Africa is placed in the Top 5.