Welcome to the first of our new podcast and download series, In The City: Artist Focus.
To kick things off, we thought it only natural to start from the very start and delve straight into the work of label owners Ali and Basti Schwarz, more commonly known as Tiefschwarz. In the pack, you can enjoy three exclusive free downloads from the guys along with a very specially recorded mix.
Where is your favorite city?
We would say New York, Tokyo and of course Berlin. Our beloved hometown. We could talk for hours about our life here..! And Usedom, a beautiful island north of berlin in the Baltik sea is also an amazing place to be. Pure nature-power :)
Where is your favorite place in Berlin?
Definetly at home. When you re travelling so much you love to come back home to enjoy peace and quite. The best way to re-charge your batteries. Besides that it’s very hard to name just “one” favorite spot in Berlin – there are just too many amazing places.
What is the story behind “In The City”?
Well.. “In The City #3” is again an overview of most of our Souvenir artists + friends. The compilation contains twelve exclusive tracks devided on 3 vinyls over 2 month and a continious mix by Re.You. Along with the release we’re all very happy to play our “In The City” tour all over Europe etc.. So we all bring us together as label mates and celebrate “In The City” on the road!
In the inside..
01. Spektrum – Kinda New (Tiefschwarz Mixes / Vocal)
02. Tiefschwarz feat. Daniel Wilde – Time & Space
03. Tiefschwarz deat. Mama – Dominate My Sensations (Dub)
Italian housemeister Francys talks about his recent release on Souvenir plus..
Hi Francys. You’ve started off with the track ‘Trust Me’ headed by vocal phrases & synth effects trough the percussion that make the track such a fascinating listen. How did you manage the sound to get this mesmerizing level of detail?
Well let’ say i’m a perfectionist, I use to spend much time on a track especially when I want to create something more for listening, I work in a very peculiar way in all the little details, because I think this is the key for a good result “the little makes the big”!
I Usually start from the drums, then I play some synths, add vocals and everything needs to give the sense of atmosphere, that in case like this is one of the most relevant things.
I spent so much time making the “details” for Trust Me, as I worked a lot on the arrangement, i just wanted it to sound as more as organic as possible, using the right elements and the right effects, the hard thing was not to fall in a too busy thing, but let the various parts flow harmonically together.
‘Silver’ still finds this confident feeling but in a deeper way. You play several instruments / effects as well as composing and arranging this track to a complete harmony. What inspired you to create this sound?
As I said the atmosphere for me is one of the most important thing in a track, I love to try new fresh introspective things in my studio, I like music in all its shades even in the dub and ambient way.
During the production I always used to record some sounds from the environment and made my own sound library.
I think my music comes out from the deepest dark side of me, but dark means beauty and can reveal the infinite space inside, so think this track like a window on an unexplored world where everything inside lives in armory,like night and day,sounds and noises, men and machines.
‘Solitude’ seems to spin faster and faster. You dropped out the “Trust Me” guideline and push forward a deep-minimalistic-voiceless sound. A way to eventually say “don’t trust me”?
Yeah, you got the point! Solitude is kind of a “negative” of Trust Me.
I was alone, in a strange anxious mood and my thoughts were spinning on these sounds, but I wanted to punch forward a bit to create something usefull for the dance floor but always leaving a deep smooth and dark minimal feeling. Yes a way to say “don’t trust me”..you can expect everything.
You rounded off this masterpiece with ‘Water Woman’ which brings us to these ambiant tropes. You change in tone revealing an ear for more involved structures than 4 tracks might suggest.. How did you get ëtill that point? How did you start composing music?
Water Woman is a symbol of the synthesis of my sound, from the hard old school influenced beat and the dub bassline to the sidechanined pads and piano keys. I’s the compromise between the cold digital sound and the warm human touch.
When I was 15 I used to listen lot of music and this brought me to meet house and techno…it was love at first sight, I decided to try with mixer and turntables, after that I felt the need of fully express my self through music and thanks to a computer I started to use some sequencers and samplers.
Thanks a lot and good music to everybody!
Fischer & Kleber Live podcast. Time to warm up for the weekend.
1. C-23 ( Unreleased )
2. We got ( Unreleased )
3. Emma ( Unreleased )
4. Nice go far ( Unreleased )
5. Air ( Souvenir Plus 18 )
6. Superfly ( Unreleased )
7. Taken ( Unreleased )
8. Marcello 2013 Edit ( Souvenir 23 )
9. Euphorium ( Souvenir Plus 18 )
10. Puk ( Unreleased )
11. Wonderful Life ( Souvenir Plus 18 )
12. Radiohead – Everything in its right place ( Fischer & Kleber Edit )
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...