Let’s first talk about the track ‘Montre’. How did you come to work with Vargas?
Well, Vargas is actually one of my good friends, Oscar Quiroz. The same guy I used in my other Souvenir track, ‘Fortuna feat. Quiroz’. Oscar is born in Mexico, but has been quite around – France is one of the destinations, and he speaks (and sings obviously) French very well. His voice on ‘Fortuna’ came out perfectly, so I thought it would work with him singing in French on my next project, which I think it really did. To avoid any kind of confusion because of the French lyrics, we decided to give him a different alias, ‘Vargas’.
‘Montre’ flirts between the sensual (particularly the vocals) and a chillier atmosphere. It almost sounds like a modern tango?
It could be a modern kind of Tango, I wouldn’t know But the idea was to make it sexy and cheesy without losing its drive. The drop makes up for the long sensual break I think. I’m confident
‘Turning Point’ is much more direct with the rhythm taking centre stage. How does your previous career as a drummer influence your production methods?
Working with drums/drum machines is one of the best parts for me, it brings me back to the days where I was a rockstar in my own band (I wish) . In the beginning I used a Spanish vocal as a main part of the track, but it came out too latino so I removed it, and continued the track with percussive elements. And with the chunky bassline it doesn’t get too balearic.
‘Leftroom’ ends the EP quite violently. A deep voice accentuates the chunky, icy chords. The song nicely heralds the arrival of winter. How does the Danish climate influence your music if at all?
Denmark is cold about 8-9 months a year, so if I adapted my music inspiration with the weather conditions, I would release some really sad tunes Long time ago I bought my microkorg, which I haven’t used in a while. So I decided to do all the synth parts with this particular synth. All the sounds made me go in a aggressive and evil direction. Thats why the track came out so deep. FYI the vocals on ‘Turning Point’ and ‘Leftroom’ are made by me Another experimental thing I had to try.
More important than the parties, the plane rides, the magazine covers or the money, every great DJ is first and foremost, a collector. A discoverer of music. A traveller weaving through a sea of new sounds and honing down the multitude of records to those that matter most. It’s this drive for sonic exploration that’s responsible for Souvenir, the Berlin label spearheaded by Tiefschwarz and their french partner Arthur Vélasquez. In little over a year the label has...