Whether it´s Frankie Flowerz or Audio Royal or Hybrid Funk or 2 Dawgs – it all boils down to one person- Berlin-based, Malaysian born Mohan Das. [For the German version click here]
Having produced for over a decade now, his releases can be heard on various labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Turbo, Funkhausmusic , Hypercolour, Blaou ,Internasiojnal, Om etc. His style is a passionate mix of soul, funk, disco, techno, jazz and deep house. In 2008, he took over as label head & A&R for Funkhausmusic, Berlin (www.myspace.com/funkhausmusic).
In 1993, Mohan built his studio in Switzerland. At that time he also joined a 6 piece soul, funkjazz band called “Funk You”. In 1995 he was the lead vocalist & backing keyboardist and also wrote songs for the outfit. His first ever 12″ came out when he moved to Berlin to study Audio Engineering. It was on a Berlin-based label,Blaou, called the “Free my Soul EP” under the Das Deva guise. In 2002 he was approached by Funkhausmusic to join them in building up the label and its sound. He released there as Audio Royal and Hybrid Funk (together with Felix Rennefeld). In 2005 Frankie Flowerz was born – Crosstown Rebels signed his music – he did two 12″ -”The Key” (the record with the scratch) and “SweetsistaVoodoo/In your Eyes”, and a remix for Adamsky (“Larynx”).
In 2006, Mohan sent Tiga an MP3 for his then 12″ on Funkhaus, “Now or Never”; Tiga loved it and they met. Funkhaus disbanded in 2005, but he continued the label with one of the owners. Then came Hypercolour in 2006 and a 12” was cut – the “Sweet Dreamz” EP on Hypercolour, UK. In 2007 Mohan discovered Myspace and puts some of his different sounding productions on the player and hunts for friends. Prinsthomas found him and “Break The Barriers” gets signed on to his label Internasjonal. He sent out “Rain” and “Stylo” to Tiga and they met…again. Then, Mohan met Thomas von Party (Tiga’s brother), and “Funk Dat” got signed on to Turbo Recordings…it continues.
With some hard hitting releases on some fine electronic music labels, Mohan was set to expand his music; sharing it with people who dig his vibe. In July 2009 his next stop was OM Records, San Francisco.
He is currently working on his debut LP to be released in 2012.
On the global DJ circuit since 1985 ,Mohan has headlined; as well as either supported/opened for/played in a party with Laurent Garnier (E.U Clubnight 2009 & Tempodrom, Berlin 2000) Kenny Dixon Jr (Moodymann), Theo Parrish, Prins Thomas, Trentemoeller, LTJ Bukem, Etienne de Crecy, George Morel (Germany Tour – Coke Dj-Culture in 2002), Carl Craig, Afrika Bambaata, Kevin Saunderson, Sasha (Coke DJ-Culture 2006; SonneMondSterne Festival 2006) so as to mention some. Internationally he has played all over Switzerland and in the UK, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, China, Denmark, Sweden etc.
He spins every Monday night @ Tresor during his Electric Monday nights.
Mohan, as most people know him, began djing in Penang, Malaysia in 1984 playing disco, funk, pop, rock,new wave etc during live band pauses in the Skyroom. This was while he was waiting for his “O” level results. He had 2 tape players with pitch control and boxes of cassettes containing 12″ recorded on to them. Two years later he had turntables and vinyl and it wasn’t long before he had played in every club on the island. H sent a demo to a DJ Agency in Zurich and in 1990 his career took off full time in Europe. After eight years of touring in Switzerland, he left for “greener pastures” – so he thought. Berlin beckoned next and this was to be a period of a huge change – Berlin was a techno city and Mohan a deep, soulful house Dj. He realized he had to develop more and explore deeper, so he embraced techno, electro and just moved along and took things the way they came – soon he earned a reputation for his house sets in Berlin when he was the Resident DJ in the Casino, the 103club, Britt Kanja’s parties in 90° and other venues from as early as 1999. Over the years he has incorporated a bigger spectrum; thus tastefully combining electro, minimal and techno in his sets – he also loves playing soul, funk, disco and downtempo in a more laid back setting expect to hear the oldskool, newskool and the future sounds in his DJ sets.
In 2005 he organized and held the first ever Tsunami Benefit (two days) in cooperation with UNICEF and NO-Ufo’s in the Stern Radio, Berlin. All door collections were donated to victims of the catastrophe. Paul van Dyk, Supa Dimitri, Ewan Pearson and many more supported this cause back then.
Being an Audio Engineer, Mohan is also tutoring students in Electronic Music Production as well as hosting DJ workshops in the Noisy Academy, Berlin.