Dole & Kom Interview

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– So how has the winter been so far? Many highlights?
We have been quite busy traveling in the past months and weeks. The biggest highlight was definitely our DJ gig in Hong Kong in November. Also the preparations for our live set with Kollmorgen was one of the highlights.

– Tell us about Berlin – what’s it like this time of the year? Do you prefer summer or is winter more productive for music?
We definitely prefer wintertime for making music. Berlin is gray, rainy and windy during the winter…which is perfect weather to produce music….or to simply get away.

– How did you guys meet? Was it through music?
We met at a record store, Delirium Berlin, at which we were both working at that time. We quickly discovered that we like the same type of music and that started our friendship. Later, we spent some time together at a friend’s studio and produced our first album. That’s when we started working as a duo.

– How do you look back on those early days? What DJs were you into then?
Back then, shortly after the wall came down in Berlin, everything was exciting. Every weekend, there was another party in some off location in the Eastern part of the city. The music was new and fascinating. All the time, new vinyls were released with sounds we had never heard before. We are strongly influenced by the Berlin Local Heroes but also by artists like Laurent Garnier, Jeff Mills, Derrick May or Nightmares on Wax.

– How has your taste of music changed since then?
We always stayed loyal to house but with our side-projects like Studio 45, Ueberdisco and Clubheroes we could also experiment with Disco House, Techno and Acid.

– Was there one particular moment where you realized this is what you wanted to do?
There wasn’t really that ONE defining moment. Through our job at the record store we were already professionally working with music. The store was a perfect platform to get in touch with the local club scene as well as meet local DJs which has helped us enormously in our career. Later, we started producing music and founded our own label. After that we just knew where we were heading.

– Are you full time musicians or do you have other jobs as well?
Besides working as DJs and producers, we work as lecturers at the Electronic Music School and the Noisy Academy Berlin. We give classes and workshops for other music producers.

– So how did you learn to make music? Did you take classes? Or just through trial and error on your laptop?
We have no classical education in music or sound system. Our motto has always been «learning by doing». We started making music way before there were computers. We began with analog devices such as 303/808/909. Later on, the first akai sampler and sequencer programmes such as Cubase were released on the market.

– How long did it take until you got to a stage where you were pretty assured with your sound?
Before our first time on stage, we had been practicing for over a year at home. That’s how we learned the basics such as beatmatching, etc. Later, we extended our experience on private parties or as supporting acts in small clubs.

– What major challenges are you faced with at the moment from a music point of view?
It is quite difficult to manifest yourself on the market. Back in the days, there was already a given selection of the audience because of vinyls. You had to think twice before releasing a record on vinyl. Today, almost everybody can release a digital record with little effort. In the end, quality is what matters whether it’s vinyl or MP3.

– When was the last time you heard a track that was really stunningly produced? What made it stick out for you?
We can think of the new 3000° Records: Acid Pauli & Monolink – The End.
On the other hand, there are a few producers whose material we like to play: Gardens of God, Pete Oak, Sante or German Brigante have pretty cool and well produced songs. There are also a few labels whose releases we have on our playlist, e.g. Monaberry, keinemusik, get physical, crosstown rebels and of course Acker Records/3000°.

– From that point of view, which track of yours was the biggest challenge to put together? And the most exciting?
It was definitely our remix for Mollono Bass & Ava Asante. We had to at least start 5 times, always trying something new and selecting ideas. In the end, we got rid of almost all the original elements except a small portion of the vocals. We built a whole new track around those which worked fine in the clubs at the end.

When you’re coming up with a new track, what do you start on? The samples? The bassline? How does that all work for you?
We usually start with a sample or a loop and a few beats. Then we go through our library or just start playing with different sounds. It is different when we work with a remix or with other musicians and singers. We mostly already have a bottom line which we then refine.

– What do your future productions sound like? Would you ever make music that’s not house or techno?
At the moment, we definitely prefer House and Techno. But we always try to expand our horizon and not restrict ourselves to producing club tracks only. That is why we started working more and more with other musicians and singers.

– What else do you have coming up that you’d like to shout about?
We just had our premier with our live show with Kollmorgen and we are going on tour with them. Our new EP was just released through 3000° records. We also contributed with one track to the Tag Team Compilation on Tächno.
Soon, another EP will be released through Spielgold Records featuring remixes of Kottelett & Zadak and Dilby as well as a remix of the track “The End” by Acid Pauli & Monolink from 3000Grad Records.

Interview by James Hopkins

Dole & Kom’s Salto Mortale is out now on Acker

 

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