5 1/2 Questions for Max Dax

Max Dax, Editor-in-chief Electronic Beats Magazin, photo: Luci Lux, 2011

After four years of Spex Max Dax is now the brand new editor-in-chief of the electronic music magazine Electronic Beats. He is a busy man: beside his work as a journalist he is also a painter and photographer. For my 5 1/2 questions he revealed his best cake recipe and talks about Italien adult comics. Read the interview after the jump.

1. Is shallow literature objectionable?

No. I like to read BILD. But sometimes also spontaneously Ovid’s „Metamorphose“ or Joseph Conrad’s „Heart of Darkness“ on my iPhone in the subway: “Anything approaching the change that came over his features I have never seen before, and hope never to see again. Oh, I wasn’t touched. I was fascinated. It was as though a veil had been rent. I saw on that ivory face the expression of sombre pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror — of an intense and hopeless despair. Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision — he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath: ‘The horror! The horror!’“ And suddenly the tender voice of the lady says: Next stop: Alexanderplatz! Change here for…

2. Did you ever read the Playboy Magazin on the loo?

Believe it or not: no. But there are these amazing Italien adult comics in black and white. You can buy them in every train station, shrink-wrapped, per kilo price. The best thing about it: the protagonists spreak Italien.

3. Is it possible to be to old for something sometimes?

I don’t know. I’m only 41. How about couchsurfing? Then again: Why not dare to go on an odyssey through the guest beds of the world with 70 years.

4. Facebook or Google+?

Definitely both!

5. What would you give Helge Schneider as a birthday present?

A nice birthday cake:

Gateau au vin

3 cups of flour
1 cup of brown sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 baking powder
grated lemon skin of one lemon

-> mix everything together

3 eggs
1 cup of olive oil
1 cup of white wine

-> mix everything till smooth
-> put in a greased cake pan  and bake 45 minutes at 190° C

By the way, I will really do that!

5.1/2 Max Dax is asking me: When was the last time you consciously did absolutely nothing for half an hour?

Right after your question, because I was shocked that I don’t even remember when my last time. It have to be a long time ago.

Interview: Christine Neder


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Christine Neder is a graduate fashion designer become journalist who made a name for herself as the ultimate couch surfer. For her book projekt 90 Nights 90 Beds she spent three months in Berlin sleeping in a different home every night. Apart from her book she also documents her experience in all those different homes on her blog. For iHeartBerlin.de she met such notable personalities as Markus Kavka and Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxes to ask them 5 1/2 questions…

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