K8 IS : Freund der Familie - Klaus Rakete
Interview by Panagioti Venetsano
Exclusive Interview with Freund der Familie - Klaus Rakete
"We never had the approach to create what everybody calls "underground music". And we think that there is no real border between commercial / underground music in these days. Everything is possible. Everything is permitted. Whether you like it or not."
Freund der Familie Berlin based label owners, Klaus Rakete bringing us an exclusive set and interview. Deep, dub techno with their own delightful approach to electronic music. A pure organic field of sounds...These guys are great!
As the heart of your label pumps minimal eccentric techno mystery with a dose of deep dub cuts, you manage to bring up front a collective unique approach to electronic underground music. Is Freund der Familie on these lines of approach and more?
We never had the approach to create what everybody calls "underground music". And we think that there is no real border between commercial / underground music in these days. Everything is possible. Everything is permitted. Whether you like it or not.
True knights of the vinyl print release. You cut vegetables, cook and dine on vinyl, but most importantly you have delicious sound bites on print. What is the cost of pressure it has had on you? Technology is pushing to evaporate classic formats into the memory lane. What do you have to say about that?
Mostly it is just a matter of time to find new ideas for the releases. There are so many possibilities left. Through our creative friends sometimes there are even too many ideas. Then it gets really difficult to find the right way.
Where is the drawer of sounds you keep secret? How do you manage to unlock creative ideas with the pressure of running a label and throwing parties?
There is no real pressure. We are really selective in releasing over the year, only if we are really behind it. The parties and the ideas to emerge are even more spontaneous. We do not want to specify or settle ourselves exactly how we do it with the music. We need progress.
Nowadays there seems to be a "war of words" between electronic music artists on how they approach Djing, or even music production methods. This seems to be a "comical expression" of how successful an individual is through time and over experience. What is your take on this view?
There are of course different approaches. Nowadays there is less complexity; it’s easier to get into the music anyway. However, this also increases the wideness and the quality inevitably declines. Basically, we do not care who produces what with software or hardware or like someone has designed his Dj set. Everyone has to decide this for themselves. We are, as you can see, perhaps, friends and supporters of vinyl. And that will never change.
How much inspiration does a great night of partying bring into your life the morning after?
It all depends on the party and the people. Usually we have the inspiration during the party, like recognizing that certain pieces of work have an impact on the people on dance floor… After the Party we need to relax and recover. ☺
What is the most valuable "ingredient" you have consumed from your local electronic music community?
Music is more than a series of tones.
Illustrative artwork embodies all of the vinyl releases on the label. What is the main objective behind this decision?
In the beginning we had no clear goal. Only a perspective. There was a desire to combine quality music and outstanding artwork. Later it turned out that many people like the label because of the artwork. It’s not about that they don’t like our music… they just have a different taste in music. And that is very important for us.
A software program you would like to destroy?
Any Tax Return Software!
You have an exclusive mix for kyoob.tv. Describe in a few words what it's all about.
A half-hour mix of deep, melodic and very slow tracks that depict a facet of our understanding of music.
Name one activity you love doing every day.
Read a good newspaper and a cup of good coffee.
Things you bring into creation that you "steal" from your love life?
;-) love life?
What does the near future hold for Freund Der Familie ?
There will be an FDF album in the beginning of 2013. This will be the next step for us after making music together for such a long time.And of course a lot of interesting EPs from our artist rooster e.g. Achim Maerz, Nyra, Sven Weisemann and so on …