As both pioneering deep house project Âme and as two thirds of prestigious electronic music label Innervisions, German producers Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann have been turning out influential music for over a decade.
The pair first met in Beyer’s record store in their hometown of Karlsruhe and found a shared affinity for Chicago house and Detroit techno. They formed a partnership in 2003, releasing their seminal debut album the following year on Sonar Kollektiv.
Citing influences ranging from Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock to Derrick May’s Transmat, Âme’s ability to fuse together seemingly disparate sounds is greatly informed by their talents as DJs.
Looking to find out a little more about the duo Pulse Radio caught up with Kristian ahead of his Australian tour to discuss marathon DJ sets, Australian sightseeing, musical influences and what the future might hold.
What was the last album you listened to? How would you rate it? I really liked the new Tame Impala album. It’s such a risky move for the band to go in that direction. Many old fans will hate them for it, but they have captured the disco feeling in such a respectful way that you have to love the record.
You have been known to play marathon DJ sets. 10 minutes before you get up on the decks what are you usually doing to prepare? My sets happen quite spontaneously. Directly before the gig I will try to get a feel for the atmosphere of the night, but I usually don’t have anything prepared. Filling up my USB sticks during the week with old and new stuff gives me the confidence to go on for a long set.
You’ve toured quite extensively in Australia before and are playing Lost Paradise and Let Them Eat Cake over New Years. Are there any particular places you are looking forward to visiting while you’re in the country? I would like to go to Tasmania and see the MONA museum!
In past interviews you have said that you are a bit of a party addict, but generally keep things quiet during the week. How do you keep yourself going when on tour? I try not to lose too much sleep or try to get as much sleep as possible (which might not be much either way). Also by trying to eat well and having enough positive energy for the next show.
You and Frank also run Innervisions, one of the most highly regarded labels in the dance music world. Has running the label changed the way Âme create or think about music? The label actually supports our way of producing music. In fact we have been running the label nearly as long as we have made music together so there has never been much separation. As with releasing music, producing new tracks is a long, reflective process.
Innervisions release some absolutely beautiful album covers. Do you feel that a visual aesthetic is an important part of how we experience music? As record collectors ourselves the visual aspect of music has always been very important to us and we are trying to keep this legacy alive in our own work. Plus, Frank is a trained designer.
If you could work with one of your inspirations who would it be? It would have to be the one-and-only Brian Eno.
Âme has accomplished a lot over the last 10 years. What do you look to achieve in the next 10? There was never a plan. I would say that we will just keep on going and at the end we will see if people still want to see us play...
Make sure you catch Âme's Kristian Beyer when he tours Australia over New Years.