The founders: DJs Tom Bioly & Benjamin Fröhlich

The founders: DJs Tom Bioly & Benjamin Fröhlich

How did you guys meet?

When the mad cow disease spread all over Europe and the whole health food movement started, suddenly nobody was eating beef any longer and our cattle breeding started to go downhill. On the one day, when we had to kill 150 cows because of the disease, we decided to sell our company (which existed since the 1920s) and invest the money for our other love: music. That’s how we opened Permanent Vacation. 

Shortly after the launch of the label, we became aware that the music industry was also going down the drain, but it was already too late. We had gone too far and there was no way back.

That’s the truth and nothing by the truth. That cheesy story where Tom and I met at a record shop and liked the same music – that’s totally made up.

The Farm in 1924

"we decided to sell our company"

What did Permanent Vacation looked like in 2006?

Not so different from today actually. It's still the both of us running everything. 

Sure the way of selling, buying, promoting and distributing has changed quite a bit over the years. 

We always try to move within the ever changing technology, in the way that makes the most sense to us. 

Oh, and we now have an office, where we can store all the records. It only used to be a ping pong table in a park where we would meet, which was fun but not very handy for storage.

What will Permanent Vacation look like in another 10 years?

When it comes to Permanent Vacation, we really hope to continue operating as an Indie label and not have to make compromises in order to release music. Hopefully we will still be able to put out music that is relevant in the past, present and future.

On a day to day basis, how does Permanent Vacation work? 

Lots of emails, lots of telephone calls, lots of laughter and sometimes crying.

Can you draw a portrait of each other?


Where and when would you go in a time machine ?

Italy in the 60s, California in the 70s and Ibiza in the 80s (and of course to our farm in the 1920s)

Your first musical revelation? 

Benjamin: First record I bought was by Skid Row. First track that slapped me in the face was Mantronix Bassline. Hard hitting drum machine beats combined with rap. Still sounds great today.

Tom: First DJ record I bought was Acid Scout - 4 Degrees on the Disko B label.  First CD I bought was The Cure - Disintegration and the first record ever, don't really remember, either Genesis, or Depeche Mode or Falco... Slap in the Face was my first concert, David Bowie (my big sister took me), “Let's Dance”, it was sooo loud - unforgettable trip…

Your first memory as a DJ

Benjamin: It was actually at our graduation party from school in ’99. It was the first party we threw ourselves and luckily it went very well. I was very nervous and probably I would have been totally crushed if it would have not worked out.

Tom: It was in a garage at a friend’s party from school in ’93. I think we only had 8 or 9 DJ records back then, so we mixed it with bits of mixtapes from other DJs we had.

Your favorite place to DJ?

Uhh lots of great places in this world of ours to play music, but Robert Johnson, Blitz, Panoramabar, Renate in Berlin and IFZ in Leipzig are always highlights.

How do you search for your music?

Everywhere basically. Checking online, my favourite record shops, listening to other DJs, receiving promos from friends, listening to news on Soundcloud, Spotify and Youtube. Ahh, so many possibilities and so little time!

Your 5 tracks that just gets the people going

Shanonn - Let the Music Play
Slick - Space bass (tb edit)
Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps - Be-Bop A Lula
Midnight Magic - Beam Me Up ( Jacques Renault Remix )
Talking Heads - Pull Up The Pricks

A song for making out?
Cigarettes after sex - Keep on Loving You

A song for when your heart gets broken?
Nina Simone - Baltimore

A song that makes you happy?
Talking Heads - This Must be the Place

A song that awakens your wild instincts?
Monster Magnet - Negasonic Teenage Warhead

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