Intro_p ‘s introspection of the brave array of sights and sounds which inform this excellent production are in themselves something to behold. From the breathy wave of emotion that starts the title track, Trieb launches a series of sequences with a riveting selection of notes from space-aged synthesisers to pounding combinations of progressive and minimalist motifs, even including a nod to Jazz via blasts from a trumpet. The Ambient version feels just as captivating leaving aside the drums, while second track False Memories chimes with more melody and sassy, syncopated Hi-Energy styled basslines adding extra juice.
Welcome to Magazine Sixty, Intro_p. Let’s start with your label: Introp Music. Tell us the types of music you seek to champion through it. And what are the most important musical elements that determine which tracks you sign?
Thank you for your invitation. My motivation with Introp Music is to offer people a balanced concept of dance music and other genres besides the club scene. I am especially interested in unconventional dance music, inspiring imagination, evoking emotions and suitable for different situations or even audiences. For this purpose, I combine in my productions dance music patterns with different melodic and harmonic elements in an intuitive way, sometimes leaving rules or formulas behind.
Your next release sees you return to Introp Music with the stunning: Trieb. Can you talk us through how you produced the track and which favourite pieces of hardware/ software you used?
One of my challenges is trying not to repeat myself and to imprint my current state of mind in my productions. “Trieb” EP shows clubbier sounds than my debut “Exposure”. In ‘Trieb’ I’ve moved from my basic workflow. I split the work in 2 parallel projects, one for drum & FX elements and the other one for more musical instruments. I don´t know if this is good or a bad idea in general terms, but the experiment worked here. My target was to get a closer perspective of both kinds of elements for decision making. A part from Minimoog and Walldorf Streichfett, most elements have been processed in the box. I love using Ableton, Max for Live, Maschine, Komplete, Kontakt, U-he and other 3rd party plugins for sound design experimentation.
The release also contains an Ambient Mix. What is it in particular about ambience that appeals to you?
I would not say that the Ambient mix really fits with the Ambient genre. But surely there are common elements in it, like those diving atmospheres. I like Ambient music because it invites me to reflect and pay more attention to my inner voice. I think this kind of music can help people to be less materialistic.
Your music has a distinctly original flavour to it. Which artists have most influenced your sound?
I thank my parents for having a great music collection. As an only child I grew up with a turntable and thousands of records. At the age of 18 I had my own collection constantly growing. Therefore it´s not easy to name my early influences. There are plenty of bands and genres from the 60s until nowadays that I really love. For sure I started into dj’ing in 1995 because of my fascination for Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier and Richie Hawtin. They brought me to go to clubs and pay attention to the music as it was a concert. Some of my friends started to be annoyed of me (lough). Other artists that might have influenced my sound are Kraftwerk, Klaus Schulze, Jon Fox, Ultravox, Simple Minds, The Church, Stranglers, King Crimson, Can, Gong, Sly & Robbie, Soft Machine, Devo, Depeche Mode, Autechre, Boards of Canada, Four Tet, Bonobo, Trentemoeller, David August, Max Cooper, etc. etc.
Which artists, painters, writers etc outside of music have also inspired you?
I am not an expert in any kind of art, but as a fan of cinema I would highlight artists like Darren Aronofsky, Lars von Trier, Xavier Dolan etc. In my personal opinion, the most important elements of art are emotions and message. Therefore authenticity is the key.
How would you say the move from Malága to Cologne has influenced what you do, both in terms of work and play?
I came to Germany in 2005 to work as an engineer, learn the German language and gather experience abroad. During these years I realized that I don´t want to belong to any industrial corporation. I am not interested in power or career. My priority is to do something with passion, having the possibility to learn my whole life and inspire other people to do the right thing for themselves.
How do you feel club culture has changed since you first started? And how would you like to see it evolve from here
In my opinion the club scene has grown a lot. There are much more artists than before and the new technologies allow us to search and play music more easily, and to get in contact with other artists or with the audience. This democratization of the music can be something good. On the other side, I think it is more difficult to make and promote alternative music today because everyone is exposed to a large amount of distractions and information. For the future, I would like to see more projects dedicated to the search and support of upcoming and underground artists.
And finally. Tell us about any forthcoming plans for 2019?
2019 is the year of my birth as a full time music producer. My plan is to enjoy my first steps out of my comfort zones by doing what inspired me the most during my life: music. Definitely there will be more releases in 2019.