“We wanted to create something that lasts a little longer than just the usual two weeks on the Beatport top ten or so, something people can listen to while they read a book, cook food, make love or chill out.”
Hamburg House music producers/DJs Kruse & Nuernberg talk to us about remixing, House music evolution and those important things to bear in mind when working towards enjoying a sustainable and creative career as a musician. Their work has previously been released on reputable underground labels such as, Systematic, Noir Music, Liebe*Detail. Their latest album ‘Let’s Call It Day‘ is out on 1 October 2012 on American label, Lazy Days Recordings.
Your most recent album ‘Let’s Call It Day’ is a combination of gentle melodies, jazzy chords and hi-hats that offers a pleasurable yet light listening experience. How would you sum up your individual takes on the production of modern House music?
Our intention with releasing this album was to show a range of styles that still have at least ‘something’ in common with house music. We think nowadays it is more necessary than ever to be highly inventive in your productions, the electronic music scene produces so many competitors. You really have to have good ideas in order to stick out.
For this album we decided to involve different musicians, like bass and guitar players, a piano player, and different vocal artists. It simply gives your tunes an organic touch and a very smooth feeling in the production. We wanted to sound different to stuff out there that often lacks longevity. We wanted to create something that lasts a little longer than just the usual two weeks on the Beatport top ten or so, something people can listen to while they read a book, cook food, make love or chill out. We didn’t care about dance floor compatibility at all, we cared about doing music that we love. Which is not necessarily always house music. But we reckon you can hear that.
You have an impressive list of remixes such as Groove Armada’s ‘Paper Romance’ and Dennis Ferrer’s ‘Dem People Go‘ to mention one or two. What do you find works best for both of you when remixing another artist’s work?
Thank you! We like doing remixes. It inspires us. Groove Armada and Dennis Ferrer are perfect examples here. Both tracks have strong elements. The vocals are especially good to work with because they automatically characterise the original track. It’s good fun working with ideas of other artists and bringing these into a new direction, just the way we feel it. Remixing is most of the times a little easier than doing an original track cause the main idea is already given but producing original tracks has more personality.
How much importance do you place on the alternative variation of your sound concepts, specifically when it comes to production? Do you have go-to sources of inspiration and/or producers you enjoy working with?
It was very important for us to sound different with this album, different to the up to date stuff out there and different to what we usually do. Of course we own a lot of samples but we never ever just use one kick or one snare from a sample pack. There is always some layering going on in order to sound individual. Working with musicians and real instruments without quantization always gives your sound a special twist, that you won’t get out of a sample CD. We have a few good musicians involved in the production of this album. They are really a big source of inspiration.
For instance, one song on the album contains a piano line that has never been modified, cut or rearranged. It happened the very first time we met our piano player. He turned up at the studio and just jammed on the playback. A one take wonder, so to speak.
Another source of inspiration is our guitar player. He just shows up, we have a few beers and all of a sudden he comes up with a hook. We love this kind of stuff.
I really enjoyed the ‘Music Does The Talking‘ track you did with Vincenzo on your latest album. How did the collaboration come about and what was the general feel between the three of you when making this beat?
Vincenzo is Florian’s brother and we’re really into his music. The very first time he visited us in our new studio in Hamburg we started working on a track together. We built the beat before Vincenzo came to the studio and he played most of the keys then. After a couple of hours we’ve had so many ideas recorded in our Logic session that we easily finished the arrangement on another day or two. ‘Music Does The Talking’ is one of these tracks on the album that came together very quickly and it was big fun!
Considering your modern and forward thinking approach to developing the future sounds of House music, what do you believe are some of the things that are vital to the evolution of good quality House music, that will pioneer the sounds for let’s say the next twenty years?
In house music there is always constant change going on. New artists pop up that represent a certain style, they are gone as fast as they showed up when the market has no demand for this particular style any more.
Understanding modern house music means understanding that it constantly develops. If you want to be a part of it without being a copycat you have to do your own thing without losing touch of what’s going on in the scene. Just be true to yourself and the dance floor. Feel it! If you don’t feel it any more you should stop.
Your tour experience has seen you largely tour the European circuit and also Australia. How differently do you experience crowd expectations and appreciation of your DJ sets throughout cities outside of Germany?
Touring the world is definitely a big gift in our lives. It’s always great to experience new places and to meet new people. The expectations of the crowd are different in most of the cities we play in and sometimes people on the dance floor are not easy to read. That’s a DJ’s job, to find out which tracks rock the place. Australia for example was a great experience. We played our tune ‘Lover n’ Fighters’ in Sydney and the crowd freaked out. That was a big moment for sure, when you travel to the other side of the world and people know you and like what you do. Awesome!
Many artists hold a certain part of their artistry more sacred or enjoyable, a part they often prefer to everything else that comes with being a musician. What aspect of your jobs do you enjoy more, perhaps DJ-ing VS producing music and why?
That’s a really good question. It is hard to say. We would almost say that there is a good balance in each division. Each part holds it’s little benefits. We both love travelling! Although chilling out in the studio is a nice undertaking too. We love producing as much as we love DJ-ing. It is a very enjoyable life compared to many other jobs. We would never ever start complaining about certain parts of our DJ or producer lifestyles as there simply is not much to complain about.