Berlin’s M.A.N.D.Y. consists of childhood friends Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer, who prefer to keep an air of mystery around the true meaning behind their acronym; toying with various possibilities such as Me AND You. When it comes to their music, the duo is dedicated to making bodies move; pushing the boundaries of dance music with their “electro kissing house while caressing disco and flirting with techno.” The boys have also created a revolutionary touring show that involves infrared technology and a new mapping technique to project inverted video effects onto their physical form as they perform. Whatever this means, we’re very intrigued.  

Heading Space Ibiza Toronto this Saturday, the duo tells us about how their relationship with dance music began, their favourite cities to party in and how they handle creative differences.  

SDTC: When and where did you relationship with dance music begin?
In a small town in the South West of Germany right at the French Boarder. It’s called Saarbrücken and that where we met in 85. The first Acid House parties took place in ’89 in our area. So we got hooked around that time. 

In your opinion, what makes a good remix?
Ideally you would keep the song structure to some extend and just do your own interpretation of it. I think you should be able to recognize the original song; that is most important and the biggest challenge sometimes. 

How would you describe the M.A.N.D.Y. experience in one sentence?
Learnt everything, then forgot it all. 

What are some of your favourite cities to party in?
It’s still exciting to come to places where you have never been and get a guided tour from somebody who knows the good spots – doesn’t get boring luckily! Otherwise we love to play in cities where we have lots of friends who we can hang out with and spend some quality time.  

Being a duo, how do you handle creative differences?
That is just like in any other long term relationship. Lots of talking, step back a little when you are thinking you are right as you are maybe not, listening and sometimes fighting for your point of view. 

What can we expect from your show at Space Ibiza?
Space is always special and always different. We sit down before those shows, but we leave it a bit open. As people change every week on the island you have to be prepared that what was working last time may not work this time. 

Check out M.A.N.D.Y.’s Myspace for tracks, tour information and more

~ Photo Credit: Ragnar Schmuck
~ Caitlyn Holroyd