once again last year, lawrence’s dial imprint owned. not only did it release the full length excellence of roman flugel’s fatty folders, but so too did it offer up more oddness from pigon aka efdemin, whilst sub-label laid (see what they did there?) released possibly the best deep house compilation not to make it onto my year end countdown. recently, the boss himself stepped out of the shadow of his own label and released a stunning two tracker on dj koze’s excellent pampa. it was liquid, languorous and elongated deep house of the highest order, as one should expect from this long-time hamburg tastemaker.
anyway, next saturday he plays for one more in london at hearne street car park with bass culture boss d’julz, arnaud le texier and more. i was given the opportunity to ask him ten questions ahead of the event (more info and tickets at ra), so i did…
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how did your sounds evolve last year? what were you feeling most, musically?
producing music for me is a very spontaneous thing. i don’t see any straight evolvement, i am just curious about almost every kind of music. on the dancefloor i am mostly feeling the tracks of smallpeople and friends right now. their last 12inches are the blueprint of nowadays deep house.
and how about the year for your label now you look back – how was it?
fantastic! lots of great releases and only exciting music. the roman flügel album is such a masterpiece!
you ended the year with two long tracks on pampa – what was the inspiration behind those?
i guess mostly dj koze himself and our tours including some magic back-to-back dj sets were the inspiration behind the kurama release.
any plans for another full length album at all?
always, but i am not in a rush. last year i thought of definitely 2012 as the year. now i am sometimes like- oh, maybe 3012..
what is the most important thing to you when producing, feeling or a technical thing or the groove or…?
producing is kind of deeply diving into sound and structure. the technical thing is not the main part of it.
and what should people expect from you in the club right now? do you know from one gig to the next or… is it more random?
playing at a club always starts a few days before, preparing the life set or my record case. at one point i am starting to feel it.
how often do you spend looking for new music and where? do you switch up the contents of your record bag very often?
i am always looking for new music, mostly at smallville record store hamburg. the content of my record bag switches almost every time i am going to play.
what else you got coming up/are you looking forward to?
i am always so excited about other friend’s music. the next album of christian naujoks on dial records is the best piano music ever. and i am very much looking forward to the albums of dj koze and smallpeople.
have you any plans or goals for 2012 musically?
12”s, a sweet remix for my friend superpitcher and jamming with an experimental jazz band with christian naujoks and richard von der schulenburg.
and what about outside of music?
arts, vacation, movies, books, forests, cooking, eating, drinking, no sports at all, antifascism, label work, gallery, love, life.