- CatalogKölsch | Interview 2015
Interview w/ Kölsch @ “Die Kantine”.
Kölsch has a new album on the way for Kompakt called 1983. The record arrives two years on from Rune Reilly Kölsch’s debut album, 1977, which was also issued by Kompakt. Kölsch says this new LP was inspired by childhood car journeys through Europe. “When I was a kid in 1983, we used to drive through Europe every summer on the way to the south of France,” he says. “A lot of my early music memories stem from these long travels, as we would listen to all my father’s favorite records on the cassette deck. After getting a walkman, I would make up my own soundtrack for travelling, with early electro and hip hop creeping into my life. My father of course did not like it, and it never graced the official cassette deck of the car, obviously.”
1983 features collaborations with Gregor Schwellenbach, Waa Industry and WhoMadeWho’s Tomas Høffding. Two album cuts—”Two Birds” and “Derdiedas”—also appear on Kölsch’s forthcoming Speicher 84 single for Kompakt, which is out since April 20th. brandnite TV with host Sergio Flores met Kölsch during his gig at “Die Kantine” for an interview.
Born to hippie parents in the freetown of Christiania (a commune-‐like autonomous borough of the Danish capital Copenhagen) his childhood was spent surrounded by creativity. His mother was an artist whose family had roots in German politics and his father a singer songwriter who travelled through Asia playing music in the early 70′s. Influenced by hip hop, pop and the incredible legacy of Jeff Mills and Derrick May, Rune started producing in 1995, embarking on a string of success stories. In 2003 he released the multi million selling, saxophone infused ‘Calabria’, that saw collaboration requests pouring in from artists as diverse as Nicki Minaj, Shakira and Flo Rida. He then set up Tattoorecs – releasing pioneering underground tracks with no titles, just tattoos for artwork, that garnered critical acclaim and support from minimal and techno trailblazers such as Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Magda, Tiefschwarz and Ricardo Villalobos.
This notion faced opposition, even from within Rune’s close circles. But it was Kompakt founder Michael Mayer who had the insight to see what Kölsch was trying to achieve. Rune’s conviction that vibrations and melodics are the key to human response had tipped the balance, underlined by his experience as a hip hop DJ where he “needed something to catch me and drag me in. And that’s what techno should do!” Here too he drew on his love of Jeff Mills and Derrick May, recalling how “they used to make mistakes all the time. It would be a big mash of all kinds of stuff, but at least something was happening. That’s what I was missing and that’s what I’m trying to change with the Kölsch project.”
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