Guest Mix: DJ Oonops

Is Patrick Decker the best DJ to play table tennis – or the best table tennis player to DJ? It doesn’t really matter, the native of Hanover is very good at both. What’s also good is his new mix, exclusive to HHV.

As DJ Oonops, Decker spins records from all over the world, including for his show on Brooklyn Radio. When Decker is not at the decks, the 1977-born player slips into his TTS Borsum jersey and plays his way to the Lower Saxony championship without losing a set. 

No wonder that the sporting icon eventually came up with the idea of combining his two passions. Decker’s »Chop Chop Club« is a series of events where people play table tennis while listening to records by Otis Redding, Bob Marley or from his own label. He also distributes his personal favourites on Oonops Drops, which Decker runs in collaboration with Agogo Records. He was the first to bring Nautilus, which some have dubbed the Japanese BadBatNotGood, to Germany. 

Softness Rules 

Incidentally, Decker likes the cover on his table tennis bat to be soft, just like the vibes that land on his turntables. That comes as a bit of a surprise if you take a look at his competition videos with the sound turned up. While his videos show a bald giant rampaging around a table, his record collection is dominated by gentle soul and peaceful funk. As a »commuter between the worlds«, as the German Table Tennis Federation has already called him, the dance floor and the parquet are not mutually exclusive. 

Decker, who at 45 is often the »oldest competitor« both here and there, continues to commute anyway. With the balls. With the beats. If you feel more at home with the beat of a drum than the clack of the table tennis bat, then stick to that because Oonops has recorded an hour-long mix for us. After that, you can decide for yourself whether the person standing at the (turn)table is a better DJ or table tennis player.