INTERVIEW WITH BROOMBECK
New fresh and intresting interviews, this time we meet one of germanys most requested producer to coffe and Nutella sandwitch somewhere between Berlin and Frankfurt to have a litlle and relaxed conversation about music, clublife and nerdy studio stuff.
Hello Marcus, thanks for talking to us. Now it’s February, how do you reflect back on 2013? What lessons do you take into the new year?
Hello and thanks for the feature of my projects in your magazine! 2013 was a great year for me, because I met a lot of interesting and nice people, I added MyFavouriteFreaks as my agency, but on the other hand the music business is getting harder every year. I had some nice releases (esp. my EP on Stephan Bodzins label „Herzblut“) & remixes and great DJ gigs next to great DJs and producers and I started working on my Broombeck album. Now it’s 2014 and it already started great for me!
What does 2014 hold for you and your musical pursuits? Are there any big plans or is it business as usual?
2014 will be an album year for me. Two of my solo projects will have a long player, which reflect my musical influences of the last years. Of course it’s my daily business working in my music production company, but working for my own projects is always something special, especially creating an album! On top of all I will start building a new live set for a Broombeck album tour, which I’m really looking forward to. My agency is working hard to get me to some great locations for my DJ and live gigs in the coming month (e.g. I will play on a Herzblut Rec. label night with Stephan!). Some EPs are still in „demo mode“ and my collaboration Partners Patrick Kunkel & Sascha Krohn and myself are looking for a nice label for a release, next to the remixes I’ve done for 2014. There is still an idea to do a label for my work… 2014 here we go! 🙂
Since when are you involved in electronic music and when was the point of breakthrough which let you become professional?
I was surrounded by electronic music since my childhood – beginning with rap & hip hop to early 80s pop & house music. Electronic music was and is my life, but I’m open minded and I always listen to all kind of music in my free time. On my 18th birthday my music production company was born and I started to work as a professional composer. Next to my work I studied and got a diploma in electrical engineering, which still helps me to understand the theoretical part of doing music and of course the hardware side of my sound studio. 10-15 years ago it was quite a nice job working as a composer at your own studio, which isn’t well paid nowadays anymore. That’s why I moved a bit to playing live and as a DJ at clubs and festivals – and this is a great motivation and inspiration for my work too, next to meeting great people and showing your own music to a great audience!
We heard you got voted as best producer 2013 in a famous German electronic magazine. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?
Oh yes! Listeners and fans of my projects voted me to this positions and I’m totally impressed. I still can’t believe to be on that positions. It’s a huge motivation for my future work. Newcomer 2013 is a strange category for me, because it’s my 21st year working in the music business… Live act 2013 shows me that the people like the music I play, especially my own music, and they like my shows and my dance moves 😀
But I’m honored to be part of music producer 2013 with my work for Felix – that means a lot to me!
What kind of relationship do you have to Felix Kröcher? Is it only a business relation or are you also friends?
Three years ago Felix and myself were at the same booking agency. His management asked me to if I have some ideas for a new Felix Kröcher sound and I tried to create it, which he liked. So we started a project. The agency tried to place me as a DJ on Felix’ parties. That was really important for me to get into the sound, while listening to his set live. Sometimes Felix came to my studio to listen to my work I started for the project and to discuss the way he wants to sound like. He isn’t a musician nor a technician, so he needs someone who translates his ideas to final musical pieces. I think about 80% of the DJs/acts in the world of electronica aren’t able to produce and finish a track. Today every project is like a company with some employees doing jobs for the company and music production is one.
You also produce under other pseudonyms like MSMS or Guardner. Do you represent other music styles with them?
Of course! That’s why they have different names! MSMS is a collaboration with my friend Michael Schickert. We both like house music and the sub genres of house. That means MSMS is a house music project 😉 Guardner is my chill out & lounge project. I already produced four albums and a lot of singles and remixes.
You are also a kind of technic reviewer and developer for some companies like Pioneer, Akai and Ableton. What is your job in detail regarding this?
I’m a technician and I have a lot of ideas for hard- and software. Companies asked me to help improving their products which is great for me too, because I can add my ideas to my favorite tools. Most of the time it’s a great improvement for my work at my studio, but sometimes it’s annoying because of the bugs 😉 I offer workshops at my sound studios too, to teach people all about music production techniques and how to get from an idea to a final product. The knowledge I get from working as a beta tester and developer, and of course as a hard- & software „nerd“, is a great addition to the workshop contents.
What’s your favourite producing tool and do you also use hardware for your productions?
Doing music is a creative process. I don’t have any hardware or tools which I use more or less often. I always start a song while jamming on my synth, software or controllers, doing sound design or just looking for a nice preset which could be a nice starting point. My studio has a lot of nice analog hardware, but a lot of digital stuff too! I really like my old synth like Roland Juno 106, TR 909 and Jupiter 4, or my Moogs. The newer synth of Elektron (Analog Four, Machinedrum, Octatrack) are one of my favorite synth too. I like to combine controllers with my synth too, for example Ableton Push with a Novation Bassstation2 or a Waldorf Pulse2, or a mfb Urzwerg Pro with an Oberheim SEM or a software synth. It’s great to have millions of possibilities to get new ideas and final songs! There are many synth which I have to try for studio, NAMM show 2014 was great and Musikmesse 2014 is coming soon.
I think I have to save some money 😉
Do current, contemporary sounds and styles influence you in the studio? Or would you describe it as a timeless working environment?
Contemporary sound is always in my head and it’s a big influence, but I have a huge library of all kind of music from different decades, which I’m still listening to. That’s why I love to combine different sounds & styles of different decades to create some new cross over styles. It depends on the genre I’m working on, if it is ok to have a timeless product or if you have to produce a current sound.
Btw. a new Broombeck EP will be released mid of March on Sleaze Rec named „Focus You“ with great remixes by Manic Brothers (Drumcode) and Lex Gorrie (Sleaze) and it’s more Techno than before. The work I’ve done for Felix influenced my work for my projects too. But I already produced a lot of melodic songs too.
How do you spend your time between your gigs when you travel?
Most of the times it’s the only part of the day to get some sleep. Traveling is great for some chill out time, reading a book or a magazine and listening to music, which isn’t running at the clubs. I don’t like producing music on the road – that’s my work from monday to friday…
What’s your favourite tune from the last months you constantly play in your DJ sets?
I have three must have tracks:
Whyt Noyz – The Pit / Octopus Rec
Kölsch – Loreley / Kompakt
Green Velvet vs. Chicks On Speed – Kaltes Klares Lazer (Broombeck Edit)
Short Cutz of your favorites….
Comic or action hero of your childhood?: Superman
Vegetables or Meat?: both
Sun or Snow?: sun
Night or Day?: night
Pioneer or Allen and Heath?: Pioneer
Club or open air?: all gigs with great people are great gigs!
5000 people or 500 people?: 500 for great parties – 5000 for my goosebumps 😉