Interview with Skinnerbox [ENG]
I’ve noticed that You haven’t released any new tracks this year. In 2016 I found 3 tracks, in 2015 a little bit more etc. Have you become more busy on the tours recently and don’t have that much time to do studio work or You just simple don’t care about releasing anymore?
Excellent question 🙂 probably a little bit of everything. the main factor is that we have been releasing music for a long time now, and we became very picky with what we release – and due to that, we are very slow with getting music done because we are simply not satisfied with nothing else than perfect. we have been working on our 2nd full length album, touring a lot and we also released a big update to our drum machine “time & timbre” which also consumed a lot of our time. however, this is going to change, because we have 3 new EPs coming out this spring/summer on turbo recordings, darkroom dubs and fantome de nuit records, so stay tuned!
I was listening to You live at Garbicz and at Plötzlich and I have seen many videos on youtube. I must say that every time is a completely different experience. If You have to play your live act forever, when will You would run out of samples and ideas?
Probably never, iftah´s part of the set contains 2000+ clips which can all be transformed into new material on the fly, and olaf is a fountain of humanized sequences 🙂 as we play truely improvised music on stage, we never really repeat ourselves.
You guys are playing 14 years together, did You have the same approach to music from the beginning? How is Your cooperation evolving and what have changed when You compare it to the beginning?
Well the approach is more or less the same, we have clear roles, olaf is playing a solo instruments and iftah is doing the rest, and what we do on stage is improvised. even if we play completely different technical setups, at its core its still the same. what did change is that of course musically we have developed a lot, and the same goes for our ability to improvise.
I see Olaf always playing melodies on synths while Iftah is doing other stuff. Is that Your normal worklow, when one is taking care of melodies and the other is giving a groove and base for that?
As mentioned in the answer above, this is pretty much it, in the studio or stage tho there are some exceptions sometimes.
I’ve read that You recommend to use only 4 tracks in a live setup. Thats sounds like a really simple track, but when You play live, the music is very complex, organic and every bar is different. How do You get that variety using only a few tracks?
Actually we recommended to use 6 – 5 for samples and 1 for drums – and that said – we recommend having as much audio material possible on these tracks – the complexity comes from playing around with the audio material and launching different samples, having dynamic drums with sequencing possibilities and the fact that we have a hand played synth on top.
CV4Live is a very cool toy, are You working on something new in Max For Live at the moment?
Thank you!, yes, in fact we do, but its too early to talk about that 🙂
Electronic music these days in terms of quality is generally so much more fat, vibrant, saturated and clean comparing to how it was 20 years ago. Have You ever thought how it will sound lets say in another 20 years? Can it be even more clean and loud?
Electronic music will continue diverging. More and more (sub)genres will evolve that will define themselves by the sounds they mainly use (apart from the musical differences like tempo, rhythms used etc…) In terms of production the once so subtly used sidechain compression has long time ago become the main characteristic of the big commercial part here. 20 years ago no studio technician would have used a compressor like that. The loudness war isn’t over yet but it already started shifting to a certain corner of electronic music. Let it rage over there…..
I believe that after making your own music for so many years, djing must be very boring for You. Have You ever tried to play a dj mix? lol
Well iftah DJed once on a sofa in front of 20 ppl and had fun! but its nothing we will probably ever do, we have way too much ego for playing other ppl music 🙂
If You had chance to invite somebody to Your duet who could play one night with You live, who would that be? Dead or alive and why him/her?
Oh so many, talking about recent and alive artists, we would have loved to have kate tempest with us, she reinvented spoken word and her message is so strong that we would love to shake some dance floors with it, seydou balani is a tribal balafon player from mali africa which we would have loved to introduce.
Is it good that german festivals like Plotzlich or Garbicz are taking place in Poland?
As long as they are nicely integrating in their environment and not becoming german autonomies within poland, yes, its great!
If not music then what?
Not an option 🙂