INTERVIEW WITH KABALE UND LIEBE
Viva la Electronica is proud to presents a fresh and exclusive Interview with the Mindshake artists Kabale und Liebe from Netherland.
Not only has Kabale und Liebe, amongst other smashing releases, produced one of the greatest clubhits of the decade ‘Mumbling Yeah’, he is currently sweeping dancefloors across Europe with his compelling dj performances. Blending old with new, minimalistic with soulful, Kabale und Liebe has created a sound that appeals to technofreaks and househeads alike.
“Hey Liron thank you for taking your time to give Viva la Electronica an exclusive interview.”
“You are from Netherland and you’re touring alot in Spain . What do you think is the diffrence between the Spain and Netherlands?”
Well… The whole culture; the way of living, the way of partying, the way of having a night out with your friends.
This all differce in some aspects a lot between Spain and Holland. In Spain people also express themselves differently then in Holland andI enjoy this a lot. The spanish people are not afraid to let themselves go completely and they can get lost in the music. Spanish people are very expressive and this is a great gift for any artist in front of a crowd.
club “What is your favorite Club you have played?”
This is difficult to say, cause this is very dependant on the night itself… But there are 2 clubs in Spain that I’ve been playing regularly in the past few years that I really enjoy coming back to and that kind of feel like playing for a “home crowd”.
These two clubs are Ohju in the south (near Cadiz) and Club 4 in Barcelona. I absolutely love playing in these two clubs and hanging with the whole crew again everytime i come back.
“What do you think about Mindshake? Is your releationship to Mindshake rather based on a buisness level or do you also have personal contact to the other artists?”
It’s actually based more on a personal level I think. I’ve known Paco for many years now and he has been inviting me to play at Mindshake nights all over the world (already before I released on Mindshake).
This is also what I really appreciate about the way they work. You can say that my music is different from that what Paco does or some of the music that they release on Mindshake, but if we play together on a night it all fits into place. And this has something to do, I believe, with our friendship. If you’re on the same frequency on a personal level, this also influences the vibe and the music of the night for the rest of the people.
“What do you think about the label Boss Paco Osuna?”
He’s a good friend of mine and I really respect and admire what he has achieved. No more words necessary!
“What is the next project you have in the pipeline and will be working on? Did you run also a own label or stuff like that?”
I’m currently rebuilding my studio, so studio time has been off for the last 3 months. Before the rebuilding I’ve finished 2 tracks which will form an EP on Guy Gerber‘s label Supplement Facts. For now I’m just waiting until my studio is completely ready and I can finally express all my inspiration in the studio again.
Besides the studio work I have to labels that I run together with Lauhaus. The labels are called “Soweso Records” (vinyl and digital) and “We Dig. Music” (digital only). With these labels we have a lot of exciting stuff coming up from other artists and also in the beginning of next year you can expect new stuff on these labels by Lauhaus and me.
“Which artist would you like to remix in the future?”
That’s hard to say. Doing a remix means a lot of times that you have to produce a completely new track and just place a few samples from the original song in. That’s not the way I want to work on remixes anymore. I get asked for a lot of remixes and I’ve done my fair share in the past, but most of the times labels ask you to remix a track that on it’s own is not strong enough to be released by itself. Or you get asked to remix a track that is just grooves based on standard sample cd loops. These kind of remixes I don’t want to do anymore.
To remix a track, the original has to show something that stands out, show a bit of the character of the producer, something that the remixer can use in his own way, but something that still reflects the original track. So for me there is not really a specific artist that I would want to remix, it’s more about the track itself.
“When did you first get in touch with electronic music and when did you decide to become a dj and producer?”
This goes back many years for me. I first got in touch with underground electronic music when I was around the age of 10. My older cousin used to go to some of the first raves in Holland and he used to bring back mix-tapes from those parties.
Eventually he gave these tapes to me and I listened to them over and over again. Until one day I asked him why the whole tape sounded like 1 song (there was no pause). Then he explained to me this was made by djs with 2 turntables and a mixer.From that point on a started delivering the newspaper and when I was 12 I had saved up enough money to buy 2 turntables and a mixer. This was in 1995 and from that point on a lot of stuff in my life had to make way for my passion.
And now here we are.. 🙂
“Are you getting inspired by other music, for example classic or soul music for the productions of Kabale und Liebe? Do you like to sample or rip off some older material?”
I’m getting inspired by all kinds of music. At home I listen a lot to ’80s (new york) hiphop (mobb deep), afro beat (fela kuti) and every kind of music that crosses my path. I love all music that is made with passion (and maybe a certain knowledge and understanding of music).
I’ve been known for using old samples of other pieces of music, but at the moment I’m done with that.
For now I want to make “musical” music that is more focused on harmony / melody. I’ve been taking piano lessons for the past 6 months and this is really inspiring and opening up a new dimension in producing for me.
“What’s your favourite producing tool and do you also use hardware for your productions?”
I don’t really have 1 favourite tool.. In the past 2 / 3 years I’ve switched to a completely analogue studio, with an analogue mixer, synths, drumcomputers, compressors, etc. To me, this way of working brought back a lot of excitement and enjoyment in the music making process.Actually touching the buttons and tweaking the knobs gave me more a sense of really making music. With hardware it feels more like playing, then programming.
“Do you have a particular gig in the winter season you are looking forward to?”
There are a lot of gigs I’m looking forward to, but for now I’m focussing on Amsterdam Dance Event next week where we’ll be doing our labelnight in the legendary Paradiso on the Saturday. After ADE my studio will be ready, so I’m mostly looking forward to going back to the studio after a 3 month studio break.
“You are touring around a lot. What is your recipe to stay well and healthy ?”
I Like to party, but for me the key is to stay focussed and realize this is my passion and I would want to do it for a long time to come.
That’s why I don’t get drunk or f*cked up every party I play.
During the week, I’m eating very healthy (I love to cook) and try to catch up on sleep that I didn’t get over the weekend.
“How do you spend your time between your gigs?”
I spend a lot of time in the studio during the week. Also of course I like to hangout with friends, have dinner, go for drinks, etc, etc. Besides that in my spare time I dress up in a black suit and a black cape and save innocent people from evil villains.
“Which is your favorite tune in the last month you always play at your gigs?”
Boris Werner – Set It Off (Makam Orchestra Drama mix)
Boris Werner – Set It Off (SNIPPET) by boriswerner
Short Cutz of your favourites….
Comic or action hero of your childhood?: He-Man
Vegetabels or Meat?: Vegetables
Sun or Snow?: Sun!!
Night or Day?: Night
Pioneer or Allen and Heath?: A&H
Club or open air?: Can’t choose (a club can be more intimate, open air can feel more free)
5000 people or 500 people? : Also difficult to say… It’s easier to have a stronger connection with a crowd of 500, but if you see 5000 people all losing themselves completely in the music together at the same time, this is magic too!
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