Fischer & Kleber shared some behind the scene stories about their latest release on Souvenir Plus.
This EP gave an impression as if it was expressing the four seasons, starting off with the track “Air” with its winter atmosphere..
Kleber: Well, we didn’t construct the EP that way, but It is a nice interpretation for it! So if “Air” feels like winter, then “Wonderful Life” would be our spring, reflecting the darkness and beauty of the winter paired with the colours of spring and the hope for “Warmth”! It is even reflected in the title! “Wagner” would stand for summer, with it’s sweaty and tropical groove, evolving into a big thunderstorm with a happy end! And finally “Euphorium” feels like fall. Things get dark and gloomy and the coldness supersedes the warmth of summer. In the big break, all the bright colours of fall are shining through!
Fischer: It was important to us, that the EP would not just be 4 common club-trax put together! We wanted a sort of diversity that would make sense to us and reflected our love for music & sound in general, independent from the rules of “what works best in the club”.
There was a good combination of melodies, vocals, baselines, and the effects on the punchy track “Wagner”. Do you guys have a specific part to take when producing music? Also speaking of the track, is there a reference to the composer Richard Wagner?
Fischer: There are no necessary rules for Who’s doing what, but our history sets the general working-field automatically. Being a guitar-player / Composer, Niklas (Kleber) is the general man for harmony, melody, textures, colours etc. Being a drummer / sound-engineer, I’m the general man for beats, arrangement, mix, effects etc. But as I stated before, there are no rules!
We make music together for 15 years, been on the road together a lot, with different projects, so we trust and know each other 100%. For me, trust is one of the key-aspects of making music together.
Kleber: Actually the title is not a reference to “Wagner” the composer, but a reference to a friend who is carrying the same name. We sampled the piano and the chopped up vocals from a track he wrote.
‘Wonderful Life’ is on a slowest tip, with its heavy vocal crawling on the melody. At some point it gave a feel of a Baroque music. Do you get a large inspiration from a classical music?
Kleber: Every kind of music and sound & noise in general is an inspiration for us! Both of us have several other bands/projects, playing different styles of music, which is really important to us. In this case, the sound of the viola di gambas inspired me to sing the dark vocal-line, which holds controversy within, calling Life wonderful, but also asking why it is so sad!
Fischer: We love controversy in music, or let’s say in art in general! Which is also the key for this track, connecting deep electronic & percussive elements with a baroque & symphonic vibe. These opposing elements combined, create a sort of controversy that makes music exciting and unique for us.
‘Euphorium’ boosts the EP with its well balanced tempo. Since this is the most club-feel track in the entire EP, this release gives an impression as being more matured compared to ‘Minas’.
Fischer: I wouldn’t put it that way necessarily. We make music in the moment! So it’s possible that our next thing will be a straight up club-feel again! :) We don’t know because we don’t plan or analyze these things. Music is way to important to us, we try to stay pure with it. That’s one of the reasons we enjoy releasing on Souvenir Music. Freedom of art, Controversy & Uniqueness are appreciated and celebrated here, which is exactly our way of celebrating music & art.
Kleber: The first time we played Euphorium live, was on a Souvenir Label Night at Watergate in Mai 2012. It was one of the best tracks within our set! The vibe was great, when I started playing the Mandoline-Textures over the pumping Bassline that Rob (Fischer) had created! With this energy in mind, we immediately locked ourselves in the studio, when we returned home, and recorded the track Live in the studio :)
After nailing a life-take together, we started editing and adding details & textures, and pretty quick it was done!
Kicking off the podcast in 2013 by our leader brothers Tiefschwarz. Be aware of all the releases we are coming up this year..!
1. Francys / Solitude (Souvenir Plus)
2. Sonodab / Less Is More (Souvenir Plus)
3. David K / Sneakers & Playground (NAU)
4. Re.You / Lonely (Souvenir)
5. Fischer & Kleber / Euphorium (Souvenir Plus)
6. Tiefschwarz feat Jaw / Hurricane 2012 Rework (Souvenir)
7. Kenny Leaven / Rocket (NAU)
8. Marco Freivogel feat .Elif Bicer / 11 am (Before) (Souvenir)
9. Chris Wood & Meat / Cock Robin (Souvenir)
10. Strangers in Heaven & Jonny Cruz / Set me free (Souvenir)
11. Tiefschwarz feat Argenis Brito / No Message (David K Allegro remix) (Souvenir)
12. Hollis P Monroe & Overnite / If I´m alive (NAU)
To kick things off seems like we have to ask how you managed to craft such an intimate sounding record. Every vocal snippet on the EP seems to convey a message…
For “Insanity” I worked together with LIA. She has a very good taste in music, so I asked her to do some vocals for my track. We only had contact via mail as she doesn’t live in Berlin. It was a bit complicated but I really love her voice on my track. It makes it more special – like an insane journey.
For the “Closer” track I worked with Vonda7, DJ based in Berlin. She did some rough vocal phrases and I just chopped and looped it. Come closer. I think it’s quite catchy.
‘Insanity’ seems like such a fitting name with its syncopated, tribal drums is underpinned by a hypnotic bass and mysterious female voice. It’s pure sexual energy. What were your working methods to achieve this?
I worked quiet a while on this track. The sound is very rough and together with the voice it’s kind of mystical. It’s always the same procedure with my productions. I work on some layouts and while traveling I get more ideas. I worked very long on the background atmosphere and of course on the bass tone.
‘Lonely’ continues on in a more introspective manner. That feeling of being in club and closing your eyes in the crowd..
Yes, I wanted to create a slower but more intense track. At the moment I like “Lonely” the most. This dark atmosphere is perfect for club nights!
‘Closer’ is more on a house tip, opening things up a bit after Insanity’s claustrophobic feeling. Is the choice of syncopated rhythms prevalent throughout the record deliberate? And tell us a bit about Amine as the remixer?
Yes, the syncopated rhythms are the engine of this EP. I wanted to create a complete journey. From a1 to b2!I met Amine at a gig in Heidelberg. He’s pretty cool, so I just asked him if he could do a remix for me. It’s good to have him and his partner DANCE on board. They’re giving a totally different vibe to “Closer”… And it’s great to have a totally different remix. Otherwise it could be boring for the listeners.
I’m happy with this EP. I hope the people also like it!
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...