The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

It’s also the title of Sven Väth’s first studio album in over 20 years and the 50th album released on his legendary Cocoon label early in 2022.

 Click here to stream Sven Väth's album Catharsis on Spotify
Click here to stream Sven Väth’s album Catharsis on Spotify 

Sven Väth is a raver at heart, as well as the multi-faceted artist, DJ, producer, label boss, club pioneer and global electronic legend, revered all over the world. His supernatural ability to connect with every single person on the dance floors of every show he plays to is a rare gift. It’s something he attributes in part to his mum, he told me:

“My mother was my best teacher.”

 Sven Väth at Time Warp Brazil 2022 - Picture: Felipe Miranda
Sven Väth at Time Warp Brazil 2022 – Picture: Felipe Miranda


I caught up with him just before Christmas at his final show of the year in London at Koko after a year dancing to his tunes at numerous parties across Europe. I wanted to find out how the enforced break at the start of 2020, due to the pandemic, from his relentless touring schedule kick-started the process which eventually led to the making of Catharsis.

The title of the album encapsulates the journey he went on after being forced to stop doing what he loves. He says:

“I was really shocked. I’ve never experienced such a radical stop like that in my life. But it allowed me to look back into my photo and music archive of my life. I found myself thinking about what I was playing in 1981 and 1982 and I went on a journey back to the beginning. That is when I had the idea for my What I Used To Play collection. I was sitting there for 3 months listening to this music that I used to play from 81 to 90.”