Thursday, February 16, 2012

Kaiserdisco - "La Patagonia" Interview

For the latest in our series ofinterviews with the artists releasing on Drumcode, we met up with Kaiserdiscoto get the inside line on their latest EP and to discuss plans for the release.While in conversation with Frederic and Patrick, just a few days beforeChristmas, as the pair prepared themselves for a last-minute shoppingexpedition in their native Hamburg, they let us in on the secret of theirsuccess so far, gave some insights into how they go about making their music, revealedsome of the fun and games they get up to on their travels and told us abouttheir own new label, KD Music…

Welcomeback, Kaisers! We are excited about the new release and to have thechance to ask you a few questions.

Frederic:
Weare the same – it is always a good feeling to have a release on Drumcode

Patrick:
Forsure… it is good to be back!

Youhave built up an impressive catalogue of tracks on Drumcode with three EPsand your ‘Drum Suspension’ contribution for our 15 Years Of Drumcodecompilation. In fact, many of your tracks have been amongst the labels recent best sellers.What would you say has been the secret of your success so far?

Patrick:
It’sa good question. Drumcode is an underground techno label and our usualsound is a little more tech house flavored and not so underground techno so Ithink that our tracks have a tiny bit tech house influence or a moregroovier sounds than other releases. So maybe that is the reason why?

Frederic:
Yeah,I would say that because it is techno with a touch of tech house, people havereacted well as it is a little bit different from the norm.

Patrick
The dividing line between techno and tech house is always changing. For a whilethe deep house sound was very big in the scene and then it goes harder and thenmaybe a little more progressive so I guess we just hit the right spot at theright time.

Thisnew EP, and particularly the track 'La Boca', is noticeably tougher than previousrecords you have made for Drumcode. Which one of you is the influence behindthe more underground style?

Frederic:
Iwouldn’t say that one of us is more underground than the other. When we producewe just try to make the Kaiserdisco sound which can range from deep housethrough to techno.

Patrick:
Weare very open minded in our sound. We play all sorts of music in our DJ andlive sets so when it came to make our next Drumcode record we just had the ideato do something a little more underground as we wanted to show the other sideof Kaiserdisco.
So as your back catalogue expands are you playing more live setsthan DJ sets these days?

Patrick:
Notreally. We did quite a few live sets around our album, maybe 5 or 6, and thenlast summer we did another 4 or 5 – just around the bigger festivals - but nowwe don’t play so many live sets

Frederic:
Weprefer DJing. It is a lot of work to build up and prepare a live set. It takesa long time…

Your new EP is called 'La Patagonia'.What is the meaning behind the title of the EP and the tracks?

Frederic:
Wejust had a little tour in South America and for us it is important to dedicateour EP's to the places that have inspired us. We had a great party in Chile thatreally blew us away and then we did a show in Argentina that was amazing too,but a more underground style.

Patrick:
Sowe came home really inspired by those times and this came out in the music wemade so it made sense to us to work that theme into the titles of the tracksand the EP.

It occurs to me that all your EP’sso far for Drumcode have carried distinct geographical themes within thetitles? 'La Feu' from France; 'Victoria Harbor' from Hong Kong and now 'La Patagonia'from South America.

Frederic:
Every time we go on tour we are traveling the world and reachingout to new countries and cities. We try to absorb as much as possible of theculture and the vibe of the places we visit and of course these thingsinfluence us and so we try to bring these feelings and impressions to the musicwe write and this is where the influence for the music came from

Patrick:
But it also goes a little deeper than just the names in thisinstance. We actually took some recordings when we were on tour in Chile and used themin the tracks when we got back to the studio.

Frederic:
Ha… I’d forgotten about that. You should tell that whole story, asit is a funny one

Patrick:
Well, to give you the background, we went to Santiago de Chile andarrived in the city on a Monday but our gig was not until Thursday so wehad lots of time to explore the city and soak up the sights and sounds of theplace. It was a very hot day so we decided to have a little beer and amargarita sitting in a bar in downtown Santiago. Over the way there was a funnylooking man with traditional clothes on, with an alpaca next to him and he was singingsongs and playing guitar. From how he was dressed we thought he was probably Bolivianor maybe Peruvian but he didn’t sing in Spanish. It was a language we couldn’tunderstand at all.

Frederic:
So we asked a guy who was sat next to us, what language the man wassinging in and he told us that it is probably "Aymara".

Patrick:
As time went on we had the next beer and the next margarita andthe next and the next... Then suddenly the alpaca started to make very funny noises and itseemed to be doing a hiccup but it sounded more like a mixture of hiccup,belching and yawning.  It soundedso unbelievable weird that we took out our laptop from the backpack and triedto record the sound the alpaca was making. Once we had the sample recorded westarted to build a little techno-loop and then we created a sound that wassuitable to that funny snoot the alpaca made every time it was belching andyawning. This is the sound you can here in the middle of the track starting atabout 3 minutes.

Frederic:
So this is the funny little story of how the Aymara hiccupping,yawning, belching alpaca got into techno!




Drumcode:
Well, they say you learn somethingnew every day! I read on Wikipedia when researching this interview that the Patagonian people regarded the first Europeans to visit as ‘giants’ because they wereso much bigger than the native population. How was your first impression of thepeople in South America?

Frederic:
SouthAmerica is always big fun for us. Everyone is very nice and gentle. I reallylike the people there. They are so relaxed

Patrick:
Butthey also really like to party! All the hands are up in the air and its notlike that everywhere. Maybe next year we will go for the whole Europe winter.It was perfect weather, like 25-30 degrees all the time.

Drumcode:
Thanks to the regular releases youhave had on the label; you guys have quickly made the leap from being new facesto being part of the Drumcode furniture. Is there something that you can tellus about Kaiserdisco that people may not have heard before?

Patrick:
Hmm…err, I don’t know. Frederic?

Frederic:
Well,we have recently released the first EP on our own KD Music label. Maybe somepeople missed that news? (laughing)

Drumcode:
How has that experience been sofar?

Frederic:
Verygood right now. It is going great and doing well in the charts at Beatport soit couldn’t be better. It is something we have wanted to do for a while. Whenwe started Kaiserdisco we had the idea of not only creating the artist brandbut also a label so it is great to see this happen.

Patrick:
Wehave been doing music now for quite a long time and Frederick already owns alabel  [Takt Records] but we arealways learning and having new ideas so it is good to have this project off theground now.

Frederic:
Yeah,we have been Kaiserdisco for 3 years now but we have been making music for alot longer

Patrick:
Yeah,maybe 10-15 years

Frederic:
Andwe knew each other all that time from going to the same parties here in Hamburgso we have the same music history and also very common goals with the music wewant to make and the labels we want to work with.

Drumcode:
Great, well it is good to hear youguys are happy and enjoying being part of Drumcode. Thank you for answering ourquestions and for the tip off on the alpaca noises in the Aymara track – we shall all be listening out for more interesting samples in the your future work...

Patrick:
Ha…maybe we have set a high standard now for using crazy samples in our music

Frederic:
Yeah… we might record our next EP entirely at the zoo!

'La Patagonia' EP is released on vinyl and digital from 13th February 2012. You can stream clips of the two tracks, 'La Boca' and "Aymara' via the Drumcode Soundcloud Player

 

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