Kotelett & Zadak Interview

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– So how has the winter been so far? Many highlights?
Bad start. It’s just constantly gray and there’s a load of flight delays in Germany.

– How do you look back on your early years as ravers? How have your tastes changed since then?
As early ravers, all that was important was that our sound is dirty, fast and without girly vocals.

– And where did you meet first? What were the circumstances?
We both wanted to play at the same time during a night at Golden Gate club in Berlin. In the end, we played together for almost 9 hours.

– So what sort of music did you grow up with then? And when did you become interested in house music?
Kotelett: After the little entry in music with The Beatles and Roxette I preferred Metallica and other metal stuff. But I was listening to Euro dance secretly. Then a long term of hip hop and finally, very late, I think I was 20 years old before I came to house music.
Was there one epiphany moment where you realized this is what you wanted to do then?
Zadak: I never had this one moment…but sometimes you do get goosebumps when you´re melting with the crowd – then you know it´s the right thing.

So how did you learn to make music? Did you take classes? Or just through trail and error on your laptop?
Kotelett: there was a lot music support in school, but with the electronic world I experienced only as an autodidact with a lot of try and error and researching in the internet.

– How long did it take until you got to a stage where you were pretty confident with your sound?
We entered the stages without asking until the people liked our sound.

– You’re returning to HIVE with your latest EP. How does this differ from you previous HIVE release?
That’s not easy to answer, as I prefer that other people discuss our sound. But we´re a bit closer to the Hive family and that feels really good!

– What are the biggest challenges for you guys as artists at the moment? How do you plan on overcoming these?
The biggest challenge as a artist for electronic music is to think 1 year ahead. Everything changes so fast, you have to make the sound of tomorrow, now.

– Are there other pieces of kit or software you’d really love to bring into the studio? Can you talk us through a day in the studio a bit?
A perfect day in the studio is a day where we can jam together to create a new idea of a track. That’s how we start mostly. But it´s not often, because we have to answer interviews and all that stuff. The new baby in our studio is the prophet 12, I´ m really exited to discover the new possibilities.

– When was the last time you heard a track that was really stunningly produced? What made it stick out for you?
It was a track by Groove Armada. At home it really sounds like too much compression but in the club it is so powerful.

– From that point of view, which track of yours was the biggest challenge to put together?
It is a track from our new album which is coming in September. There are some sounds with a bit difficult frequencies. After 5 trials of making the mixdown we gave it to a good friend of us and he also needed 5 trials for it. but now we are happy and it sounds very nice.

– And 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?
There´s no real thread in it, and that´s how I like it. Sometimes it´s a field recording, sometimes a bassline or a basic beat, that needs a theme to make it special. We´re jamming with it and then comes the most difficult point: the arrangement. Sometimes you can lose the spirit of the track totally in it.

– So can you explain the latest HIVE release to us a bit then? What was the vibe you were going for with it?
The mood with these two tracks was really different. The first one was in a funny jam mood with the mind in the 90s, the second one was more deeper and introverted. It was a few days after a gig where everything was more important in the club except the music, so the vocal ´passion is my fashion` was born.

– What do you see as the future of your productions? Would you ever make music that’s not house and techno?
Yes, of course. Last year we made some stuff for a contemporary dance piece. The production was totally different to our other stuff we made. And we imagine to do things like that in the future.

– And what else have you coming up?
In Spring we’ll release our first EP on Hommage Musik. That is a preview of our first album, which will be out in September. Hopefully with a live act.

– Finally, if you could change one thing about the scene in Germany right now, what would it be?

Interview by Dan Mackenzie

Kotelett & Zadak’s Secret Police is out now on Hive Audio


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