it’s time for some details – intimate, musical, cultural details from our artists of the $upra Recordings artist roster. to gather some of these details I’ve founded the brandnu Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ Interview section here in my blog. and here we go with the very first participant, our psychedelic brain-researcher and mulit-faceted musicianValera Igla.
Valera had his very first digital solo release named ‘Fallout Feeling‘ last month on $upra Recordings (read more about it HERE) and now we have some questions.
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: hi valera, how are you?
Valera: actually I am fine, I think.
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: could you describe what’s your true intention in making music?
Valera: first of all, music is fun and it`s something very social, it brings people together. I like to hang around with people who make music; I like to make music with other people and for other people. It makes me feel good, I don`t know why. It`s a way of abstract communication either between only few individuals or with a big audience, that can go deep to the emotional level. Music can be simple or very complicated, it can be sexy or aggressive, it can be abstract or very direct. However, I am especially interested in the creative process; I try to find new combinations, new ways and special atmospheres. Another interest of me is recording and mixing. This can be a science itself. So what is my intention? I really don`t know, I simply like almost everything concerning music.
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: what kind of music do you listen to?
Valera: I listen to very different kinds of music. It can be orchestral, it can be handmade with amplified instruments or it can be electronic. I think that I could never be satisfied by only one style of music. I try to be independent of actual trends and scenes; it does not mean that I am no influenced by scenes, I just think, that I could never belong to only one scene. I try to be open minded. I think I should not start to mention all the artists that I have listened to in my life. But I should probably mention that there are also times when I only listened to my own music. I really like to listen to my own music, ha ha.
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: yeah, I can imagine that. talking bout scenes: define today’s music-industry in three words or sentences.
Valera: today`s music-industry is changing fundamentally. The independence of the artist increases to the maximum with all the advantages and disadvantages. After 10 years of not knowing, what to do with internet, some people finally realised, that the only thing they have to care about is how to make cool music.
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: ok, now for something trivial: what’s the meaning of life?
Valera: Aren’t we all products of love? I think to live, to enjoy life and to love are the only meanings of life. There is no deeper meaning in it.
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: do you believe in something?
Valera: I believe in human mind.
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: what’s your fighting style?
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: your alltime top-ten albums
Valera: I don`t like to make a top 10 order, because I don`t believe in “the best album”. I am also not sure if these albums are the only all-time favorites of mine, but they are at least very good
Smells like teen spirit/Nevermind – Nirvana
Electric ladyland – Jimmy Hendrix Experience
Fat of the land – The Prodigy
Wish you were here – Pink Floyd
Abbey Road – The Beatles
O`Delay – Beck
Let love in – Nick Cave
Portishead – Portishead
The future of war – Atari Teenage Riot
Ok Computer – Radiohead
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: what’s your favourite quote?
Valera: “Imagination is more important than knowledge” (Albert Einstein)
I found it on a poster in a Studio of Abandon Records, it`s so true! Albert was a cool guy.
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: ok, nice. last question: do you like interviews?
Valera: I like interviews when the interviewer is interested in music and has listened to my albums. I hate interviews, when the interviewer is doing his interview and has no idea what we are talking about.
Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ: nice point! valera, thank you very much for this interview!
my dear readers,
time to pay tribute to yalls once again – 2011 has nearly expired and I wanted again to know which was your favourite post of mine in 2011?
lemme first tell you that there are over all lot’s more readers of my blog in general than the years before – I really appreciate that!
I used again the fantastic wordpress-stats-tool like I did last year.
so, here we go again with my personal ‘Ħ Ξ Ŀ Ŀ Blogreaders Top Ten Posts of the Year 2011′!!
Number 10: Back into the Abyss 640 readers loved some oldschool spherical live-stuff of my dead alias ‘FX-INTRUDER‘.
Number 9: 3 nu remixes 700 people enjoyed three remixes by phantomsignal, boris backup & myself for ‘The Von Duesz‘.
Number 8: CTHULHU is awake!! 740 checked out the brandnu 7 Days Awake album ‘CTHULHU‘ + our new videoclip for ‘Wonderboy in Monsterland.
Number 3: Second Rave Signal! 1120 of you loved the second oldschoolish rave-signal by my dead alias ‘FX-INTRUDER‘.
Number 2: Brandnu Remix!! 1270 users enjoyed a brandnu remix by myself for my friends of ‘Tarranado‘.
And the Winner is On Number 1: This is $upra – A Labelcompilation Vol. II 1950 (!!!) blogreaders can’t be wrong again – they enjoyed the second compilation of my little label ‘$upra-Recordings‘.
Same procedure as last year – last years winner is this years winner one more time! thankyou all for reading my blog – hope to see yall again in 2012!
the fourth longplayer from ‘7 Days Awake‘ has just hit the stores & is ready for download.
‘CTHULHU‘ has turned into a true beast – unpredictable, deep, dark, hallucinating, hypnotising, hard and in the same time relaxed, chilling and intense.
‘CTHULHU‘ is a concept-album and can be seen/heard as the dark opposite of our previous longplayer ‘Interference’.
constantly breaking the average rock/pop-song structures like verse/chorus-issues, hooklines/solos in general and/or sing-along-parts, ‘CTHULHU‘ is more like a fever, an ecstatic ride on the darkside, a psychedelic experience including a mesmeric backwash.
we morphed the Cthulhu-Myth into sound & music. we did it classically with git/bas/drums/vox-setup but used it more sound- than songwise – we also added synths, samples, organ, noises, effects and soundscapes.
we were accompanied by our guests & friends like philipp münch (courtesy of ‘Synapscape’) on synths and noises, andi calvente (courtesy of ‘Karmasurfers’) on additional guitar, phil kidneybone (courtesy of ’7 Days Awake’) on percussion & noises and marc hotfiel (courtesy of ‘Death By Machine Power’) & nadine mensenkamp on backing vocals.
we also did a brandnu musicvideo for our song ‘Wonderboy in Monsterland‘, directed, filmed & edited by marc hotfiel and finalized by sven stober (courtesy of ‘Herkules’) – ENJOY!!vvvvvv
sven also made the makeup of our newwebsite and aswell the coverartwork above!
checkout our new Homepage!
checkout the teaser for ‘CTHULHU‘! vvvvvv
getCTHULHU digital on iTunes. other mp3-shop’s will follow soon – stay tuned!
the physical CD-Release of ‘CTHULHU‘ will be in the beginning of 2012.
how about a ‘nu‘ old L.O.S.T. – Tape for free download?
this time it’s a very nostalgic piece of music as it features my very first band ‘Brot & Spiele‘ (read more about us >> HERE!).
this particular L.O.S.T.-tape is our very first demotape named ‘Dangled Dank‘ wich was released physically on good ole audiotape in the beginning of 1994.
it features 4 songs from our first album ‘Baked City’ which was released shortly after our demotape in the same year. these four songs are demoversions and different than the versions on the album.
let’s examine the songs:
1.) all in vain
‘all in vain’ was our secret hit, an overall indiepop/rock anthem with melodic verses, wrapped in a 7/4 beat and everytime broken by an distorted and catchy chorus.
this tune was often played in several local clubs, f.e. the good ole Forum Enger or the deceased Fla-Fla in Herford, where we also had our very first livegigs.
2.) no idea
an overall angry song, mostly rock with crossover-elements as there’s always a good portion of funkyness inside. this demoversion is somehow way cleanerthan the later followed albumversion, where we also experimented with samples etc.
3.) not your day
one of our most funky tunes – an incredible slapped & tapped bassline with a breaky groove carries the rhythmic distorted guitarhook. after the brigdepart, the song gets way faster and chaotic but still doesn’t stop grooving.
this tune was the opener of our later followed longplayer ‘Baked City’ – a midtempo crossover tune with nice changes between rock & funk elements. we often started our livegigs with this song, too.
and here it is: the second labelcompilation of my little label ‘$upra Recordings‘ is ready for your ears & for download – how incredibly beautiful is that?
‘This is $upra Vol.II’ has again become an eclectic & genre-bending adventure with a huge bunch of different artists from nearly all over the world.
stilistic we drive thru house, indie-electronica/pop, downtempo/idm, dubstep, witchhouse/drag and even jazz from artists like f.e. the rorschach garden, trian kayhatu, ghosts in disguise, takt3, shawdams, the von duesz, dub mars, phantomsignal, the hobby of ed, ylva fred, white diamonds, medicine, zérophonique, valera igla, etc etc..
this time I didn’t prepare 1minute audiosnippets of each single track, it’s by far better than that: this time you have full-length previews of each tune! how incredibly incredible is that?? – let’s start the music!
1.) PUCH – Not Far Away
last years compilation-rear light has turned into this years compilation prelude: it’s cara mcqueen, dub mars & me – or short: PUCH.
we are currently working on our upcoming 6th longplayer and here comes a brandnu tune from it.
‘Not far away‘ creeps into your ears in some kind of weird 80′s slomo funk/soul-fashion – a heavy beat, a filtered deep bassline and extraterrestial vocals that sound a bit like prince on valium. check it out!
ED is back! one of my last years compilation doublefeatures and good mate Edgar Winterhoff seconds ‘This is $upra Vol.II’ with a fresh & lush easy listening tune named ‘Copetta‘.
‘Copetta’ let’s you forget this years missing summer and kidnaps you directly into the sun – fields with flowers, icecream, smilie faces, the sea – ‘Copetta’ seems like an unknown hidden place somewhere beneath paradise where all your wishes may come true – as long as you have wishes…
we are now approaching the first real ‘band‘ on ‘This is $upra’ – a band that turned from my hometown Bielefeld’s best hidden secret into an audience-bewitching, musical-magic-phenomenon that is hard to describe with words – because it’s a full body&soul experience.
‘The Von Duesz‘, consisting of Henning (keys), Ismail (sax & sounds) & Florian (drums & electronics) are not what you simply could call a pop or rockband. they’re taking the legacy of very early kraftwerk and kraut in general, mixing it up with club/disco/dance and jazz & funky elements and creating livesound-sorcery while bringing it all on a new & unique level.
their tune called ‘Von Güte‘ is just a small glimpse on what I’m talking about – cause thats the problem: describing The Von Duesz with words is just as impossible as trying to describe a feeling – you have to experienceit/them for yourself!
maybe listening to and buying their longplayer ‘Dynamo‘ might be a good step into that direction on The Von Duesz Website
4.) TAKT3 – Dusty Tune
they’re back – cara mcqueen’s & mario christofferson’sdeep house project ‘takt3‘ is breaking some borders again.
already busy working on their third lonplayer (which will become fantastic I promise!) they gave me their mystic ‘dusty tune‘, a minimalistic but melancholic deep-italo-acid hybrid which put’s a spell on you within seconds.
another fresh new project on ‘This is $upra’ is the nice three-piece pop-project ‘Zérophonique‘, consisting of anke egging, jonas tölle and marc karlheim straight outta my hometown Bielefeld.
creating smooth & minimalisticsynth-electropop with house & techno influences & charming vocals, ‘Zerophonique’ will stick to your ears already after listening to the first chorus.
‘make up your mind‘ is just a small but beautiful reminder not to look back in anger and let new impressions & situations into your life without prejudice, even when it seems hard – there’s always a possibility to press your very own internal reset-button and start something new.
we take a small step on the map out of Bielefeld straight to Düsseldorf – Turgut Kocer’s subversive danceproject ‘Medicine‘ is back with some great new stuff.
his catchy new tune ‘Move‘ is a biting ironic piece of electrohouse about the strange importance of moving in general and the resulting impact of the mover’s coolness and state of mind when moving to obviously cool places.
Turgut’s awesome lyrics sum that up pretty much:
you are here / you are there
you never move to berlin
you are here
you have to be tough
you have to be in school now
you go to berlin
you go to cologne
you wanna live in new york
you have to be tough
you have to be cool
you have to be right here
checkout ‘Medicine’ on $upra Recordings and buy the neat vinyl – there are still some pieces available!
7.) Pas De Parisiénnes – L’instrument sur le cote droit
we appreciate Medicine’s suggestion about moving and take a huger step on the map right out of germany and straight to france – but not to paris, as the name already says..
‘Pas De Parisiénnes‘ is the beautiful frenchhouse-project of jaques depot (not to be mistaken with jaque’s weindepot ). it’s truly his realname and he resides in the small french province foix, far away from paris but right beneath the spanish border.
jaques’ passion for true oldschoolfrenchhouse is what you can experience in his incredible tune ‘l’instrument sur le cote droit‘ (in engl.: the instrument on the right side).
it isn’t possible to hold your head & feet still while listening to this groovy and classichousetune.
8.) Dub Mars – Misses Stoned
dub mars aka mario christofferson (one half of ‘takt3‘ & ‘phantomsignal‘ and 1/3 of ‘puch‘) is back in full dub effect and we are going to break down the overall tracktempo to ca 90/100 bpm.
busy working on his third longplayer he provided me his fresh tune ‘Misses Stoned‘ – a deep but smoothdubstep piece with an overall warm & chilling atmosphere.
valera is back too – the guitarman of ‘7 Days Awake‘ and brain researcher from kasachstan take’s you again on a trip to your very own brain, even more psychedelic as you could possibly imagine.
‘showering with sunglasses‘ bursts out in an apocalyptic soundblast in full stereo – always an eye on good ole dopey breaks spiced up with classic blues influences, valera is the perfect acoustic moviemaker for your very own private horrormovie.
valera is going to release his very first digital E.P. later this year on $upra-Recordings.
and we take another huge step back on the map away from germany straight into the uk and meet ylva fred. ylva (born in stockholm, sweden and living in london) infatuates your ears with her slightly eerie & spooky music.
‘dudelidej call my name‘ is a mysterious witchhouse/drag-influenced piece of music – subtle arranged with her incredible voice inside an overall sinister atmosphere.
the tune catches you within the first seconds and kidnaps you deep inside ylva’s soul.
back to the good old bielefeld/herford connection – dub mars & me are back with our brandnu & dark grooving project ‘phantomsignal‘.
dim the light, put your headphones on and dive with us into a technicoloured, multilayered sounduniverse.
the principle: every track is unique cause it is half arranged/half improvised.
the result: complex interwoven atmospheric tunes.
we call our sound ‘tripstep‘ as it combines elements of triphop/downtempo/illbient/dopebeats/glitch with dub/dubstep/techno & noises.
our tune ‘bandsättigung‘ evolves from a minimalistic groovestructure to a dark & dreamy-rolling shapeshifter.
it’s grim up north – again we take a huge step back, this time it’s norway, and meet hans luegeheu. hans’ witchhouse/drag outlet ‘DE▲D††BUT††DRE▲MING‘ takes you down into the gloomy realms of sadness – you might also hear hans’ passion for john carpenter movie-soundtracks.
‘DE▲D††BUT††DRE▲MING’ is one of the newest artists inside the $upra roster and it’s by far the most outstanding one. (read more about DE▲D††BUT††DRE▲MING HERE)
his track ‘frail‘ lumbers slowly and monotone – slightly out-of-time-beats with heavy 80′s synthbasslines and depressed synthpads, all recorded live and in a row on good old tape, provides a hopeless mood - imagine yourself standing in an endless field of ruins & debris – the perfect soundtrack for your very own decline.
DE▲D††BUT††DRE▲MING is about to release his selftitled longplayer later this year on $upra Recordings – stay tuned for updates!
13.) The Rorschach Garden – My cheap tricks
back in bielefeld again we meet my longtime friends & diverse musicians Phillip Münch & his wife Babsi Teichner aka ‘The Rorschach Garden‘(on pic above with former third member Natascha Ruf in the middle). well known thru his and her different other projects like f.e. Synapscape (with Tim Kniep) or Mandelbrot (with Babsi Teichner again and different changing guests) Phil & Babsi providing a beautiful piece of retro-electropop and I’m very happy & proud to have them on ‘This is $upra – Vol.II’.
‘My cheap Tricks‘ is that kind of tune you can hardly get out of your brain after listening to it for the very first time. produced only with oldschool analogue equipment this fast, funny & charming minimalistic song has got all the keycomponents of a good popsong. crowned with phil’s ironic-introspective lyrics.
‘My cheap Tricks‘ is an exclusive track, specially & only produced for ‘This is $upra – Vol.II‘!
diamonds are the purest, hardest & most expensive minerals on planet earth. the white diamond is on top of it even the most beautiful of all diamonds. it is associated with purity, clarity and high value.
‘white diamonds‘ is also the name of the new magnificent dreamsynthpop-project of multisided actress mona sharma and myself.
deeply inspired by 80′s synth- , wave- and electropop our song ‘all time‘ glistens thru the speakers. let us embrace you with this warm & melancholic tune, crowned by the beautiful and crystal clear voice of mona.
welcome to the painful world of julienne (aka julienne christofferson, the wife of mario aka dub mars) and also welcome to another sideproject of dub mars.
beneath her activity of writing horror stories she’s now even making dark & sinister music with her husband mario, which is settled somewhere between witchhouse, dubstep & triphop.
her broken & distorted voice takes you on a trip inside a world of seduction, submission and sweet pain.
‘Painful World‘ is slow beating beast that comes over you – excellent produced by dub mars.
enjoy the pain!
let’s return to the calmer side of downtempo – let’s also add some ambient & indie-electronica with live-flavours + glitch-elements and meet matthew adams & me with our project ‘Ghosts in Disguise‘.
Matthew & me take you on a smooth & dreamysoundtrip far beyond your imagination. Tho ‘GiD’ is mostly electronic we supply a live-feeling thru jamming with our extensive equipment – our tunes are not arranged, they happen mostly live thru interaction and improvisation around some fixed parts as f.e. samples, beats or basslines. the rest depends on the very special moment.
‘Lumen‘ is a sleepy-slow and melancholic downtempo tune that unfolds it’s beauty in slowmotion and thru it’s epic length of over eight minutes.
18.) hell g. feat. Joe – Time heals nothing (Traumat Remix)
we stay in dreamland as it is the next-to-last tune on ‘This is $upra’ and this is a tune by myself.
but I’m not alone on this tune as I have Joe on guitar by my side. Joe supplied a wonderful guitarmelody and I embeded it inside a slow downtempo body – the rest just flowed.
‘time heals nothing‘ is just a melancholic, instrumental statement that time is just a tool and not really a measure. so, if once in your life you’ve got f.e. hurt or treated wrong by someone/something it’s only you who can heal the wounds but it’s never time itself.
remixed by traumat and taken on a more glitchy level.
19.) Trian Kayhatu – A Poem on wrinkled blue paper
last not least we take a small step on the map and enter the netherlands where we meet up with longtime friend and incredible musician Trian Kayhatu.
last year he was a part of ‘This is $upra’ with his beautiful project ‘Trimonia‘ – this year he joins under his real name.
but equal if it’s Trimonia, Chukimai or Ch00kii – it’s all Trian and to describe Trian’s sound is just almost impossible as it is so brilliant, unique & sophisticated you start to hear him out once you start to listen to one of his projects.
‘a poem on wrinkled blue paper‘ is just like the name says – a moviesoundtrack for life itself – a short musical or stage play. pure beauty and wisdom delivered thru a single tune – and it fits perfectly on the end of ‘This is $upra’.
cause nothing can be placed after it.
kicking off this week with a brandnu mix I prepared last weekend.
this time I payed some tribute to that kind of music wich infected me ages ago and finally brought me into djing – I’m talking bout House Music.
‘The House Of House’ contains nearly each facet of House Music – starting over with some oldschool funky & disco styled house, then touching chicago & uk via acidhouse and also featuring french/filter/deep & tech-, electro- & hardhouse.
I mixed the old- with the newschool, featuring some of my alltime favourites by artists like jesse rose, the juan maclean, martin eyerer, fred falke and aswell some hot new upcoming $upra-Artists like takt3, medicine & pas de parisiénnes.
if you need a complete tracklistsend me a msg!
enjoy ‘The House Of House’! (download the mix by rightclicking & save as)
yesyes yall, you read right: 3 nu different remixes I’ve got for yalls today – but they all have one thing in common: they are all done for the magnificent instrumental impro-jam-trio‘The Von Duesz’.
what can I write about ‘The Von Duesz‘?
It’s not so easy to describe their sound – it’s mainly a very special feeling they transmit – you simply have to experience for yourself!
there are many ways to do so – maybe you checkout their uplifting longplayer‘Dynamo’, or you listen to their sessions on soundcloud, maybe you watch their video’s on youtube or vimeo.
but let me tell you: the best way to experience the musical passion of The Von Duesz is by seeing them performinglive!!
in their melting pot of styles like f.e. disco, electro, jazz, kraut, etc. no one escapes seriously – so let me tell ya if you ever get the chance to see them live, take it!!
like I said I’ve got 3 different remixes for yalls now – let’s start with my own one.
I remixed their only ‘pop-song‘ named ‘Gun‘ – it’s their only song with vocals and it’s also their only song which isn’t part of their longplayer ‘Dynamo‘.
I took their sounds & channels and mixed up a spaced-out electrodisco tune.
I also cutted some video’s for the remixes – enjoy!!
the 2nd remix comes from my & dub mars’ brand nu sideproject named ‘Phantomsignal‘ (read more bout us here).
we chose their short interlude ‘It’s like Grand Piano‘ and morphed it into an epic 7minute slo-mo tripstep adventure. enjoy the deep trip!
last not least it’s time for our $upra-labelshortieBoris Backup. the kidtook their tune ‘Cody‘, grabbed some of the original moog-synthlines and rearranged a catchie detroit-inspired technotune in a livesession. enjoy the flight!
these remixes, and a bunch of other great remixes, f.e. from Matthew Adams, are going to be released very soon – stay t00ned – I keep yall updated!
so sorry folks for my absence but I have very heavy remixing work to do for several different artists atm that I’m not able to blog new or old stuff or whatever. I’m also compiling the tracks and artists for my upcoming $upra-Recordings compilation aswell, which is quite a bunch of work too.
so just a short note for you dear readers: I’m still alive and will be back next week lately!
until then enjoy browsing my blog – use the search field on the right bottom, discover the tag-cloud, send me a msg, etc..
7 Days Awake and Übergangsregierung are both part of a gorgeous double-cd compilation named ‘Buuh! Nazis erschrecken!!!’ (Booh! Scare Nazis!!).
It’s an anti-fascist sampler with nearly 100s of different bands on it who all got one thing in common: they all hate nazis & want to do some action against them.
this compilation is a very nice piece of work which starts already with the lovely artwork, done by rosi, marie & pablo, who did an awesome plasticine job.
inside the huge booklet there’s a lot of informative educational work done regarding the hidden (and obviously) nazi-networks and a vast of historical facts – all concerning the county of warendorf, germany, in special.
when I was recently surfing thru my dat-tapes I found a recording which I searched already for ages – it’s somehow somekind of historic recording aswell cause it features a jamsession of some usual suspects you might know…and so another L.O.S.T. tune was found!
this tune is a very early electronic jamsession of mine and was recorded in the beginning of the 90s at me & my brothers recordingstudio. but it wasn’t only just a session with my brother (who named himself ‘YEN‘ here)…there were two other guys around.
one guy called philipp muench (who named himself ‘U-MATIX’), who had projects like ‘The Rorschach Garden’ & ‘Ars Moriendi’ running – all settled somewhere between 80′s inspired wave & electropop and industrial/noise & dark ambient, and the other guy called tim kniep (who named himself ‘Ω’), with whom I had an electronic jamproject running named ‘Alive But Dying’, which focussed on a mixture of ebm and industrial sound. with this project we also had a small release on a tape-compilation called ‘Transmission Two’ on Fich-Art in 94′.
this was the first time philipp met tim and these guys had their first musical interchange – 1 year later the guys founded the worldwidewellknownindustrial outlet ‘Synapscape’, and it all began with THIS session at my bro’s & my studio.
this sessiontrack named ‘The Beam’ is an eclectronic joyride through techno and other dancestyles like acid & trance and has aswell some noisy excursions into ebm, dark wave & even industrial and is carried by a huge stompin’ bassdrum.