INTERVIEW WITH VEITENGRUBER
Viva la Electronica invited Mirco Veitengruber for an interview right ahead one day before he will play in Essen at the Frohnatur Season Opening in Essen (Germany). Mirco told us some news about his new label Degree Records and upcoming collaborations.
Hello Mirco, thanks for talking to us. Now it’s already April 2014 , how do you reflect back on 2013? What lessons do you take into the new year and did you have a very special moment you still remember?
Hey, I invested quite a lot of time in my new label “degree” with my partner 212fahrenheit and we came up with EPs featuring Nick Curly or Horatio which were pretty successful. Last year I started to work on my debut album between all the gigs, label showcases and various productions. One thing I definitely learned was to not worry about what others might consider to be cool. It might sound banal and naturally, but honestly – it’s not like that. My goal is to produce what I like and which arouses emotions in me. I think it makes the result much more honest. It would make me happier if I succeed with this attitude.
What does 2014 hold for you and your musical pursuits? Are there any big plans or is it business as usual?
This year my debut album is about to kick off. This is something very special for me and in a way like a lifework. I waited quite a long time to realize that because I have a lot of respect for it.
What standard did you apply to your first long player?
I would like to tell a story with my album and to create atmospheres. Emotions play a big role in this conext… I would like to create something timeless. From the technical point of view – like always I will use vocals very often as well as live instruments.
Since when are you involved in electronic music and when was the point of breakthrough which let you become professional?
Breakthrough? I am still waiting for it! It sounds pretty stereotype because everybody writes that I bought my first record 100 years ago bla bla… what should I say? It was really like this. When I was a kid my Mum always took me out shopping on Saturdays and when I was a good boy I was allowed pick one single and take it home. At that time I didn’t know what electronic music was but my first records included artists like OMD, Jean Michell Jarre and Kraftwerk who were the pioneers of the electronic music back in these days.
What was the reason to launch your own label?
This allows me to realise visions independently and at a point of time I consider to be good.
What’s your favorite producing tool and do you also use hardware for your productions?
At the moment I use ableton live and over the years I used various hardware like Virus, tb303, jd800, moog prodigy, supernova etc. but generally I use all sound sources which are available to me. I basically use diverse VST plug-ins, common samples, libraries, the internet as well as live recorded instruments.
Do current, contemporary sounds and styles influence you in the studio? Or would you describe it as a timeless working environment?
Both things apply to me; my approach to productions is different very often. That makes it more exciting and the result can be pretty variable. It is recommendable to go new ways – a combination of these new ways and the experience brings me to the next level.
How do you spend your time between your gigs when you travel?
I love to play around in my studio. Then I am in my own world – I build my own world made of sounds and all sorrows are gone. So it’s no wonder that I spend a lot of time in the studio. I also meet friends and my family and in the Summer I play Tennis or ride my bicycle.