Over the last five years, Robin Schulz has been an ever-present in the Top 100 DJs chart, something reflective of the German’s immense popularity across Europe and well beyond. Undoubtedly one of German dance music’s most commercially successful artists, Schulz’s productions have notched up hundreds of gold and platinum sales awards.
While the global pandemic has curtailed his usually hectic touring schedule, Schulz has continued to churn out the hits. He was responsible for one of the cheeriest mainstream house hits of the summer after remixing Bob Marley classic ‘Sun Is Shining’ for Island Records, then followed that up with a radio-friendly hook-up with Alida, ‘In Your Eyes’.
Schulz has also spent some of 2020 developing a new label to showcase up-and-coming artists, Mentalo Music, and established a music publishing company. With one eye on his career after music, he’s also taken steps to develop a future career. “I’ve been working on so many projects and one of those is turning my hobby of cooking into a business idea,” he explains. “I’ve been working on a BBQ cookbook!”
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“The launch of my own record label Mentalo Music, for which I signed lots of new promising artists, working on my upcoming studio album which is scheduled for January 2021, and pimping my home and garden into the most beautiful place on earth!”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“I learned that it is sometimes a good thing to step down from all this touring and concentrate on making music again. More than anything I feel sorry for everybody who had a hard time in 2020!”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“I never felt that there is racism in the dance scene. I am proud that our scene is a global phenomenon and does not care about the colour of your skin or your sexual orientation. I feel that on the dancefloor everybody is the same, and I hope it will keep like that.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“I‘m not pushing anything but of course I watch very closely what‘s happening on the market, especially when it comes to streaming.”