Joe Gamp on 8/10/12
Alongside his mix for the Pulse podcast series, Joe Gamp speaks to the German producer about his analogue obsession, techno moving out of the clubs and working on his live show.
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You don’t usually give interviews out very often – are you media shy or would you rather your creativity does the talking? You are right, I think the music has to speak for itself. I am not that shy, but maybe a bit lazy. But sure, the people want to know about the person behind, so I will do a bit more in future.
Before you were discovered and released your tunes, did you find it a struggle to be recognised? And, how did you first break through? I never did music to get famous, it was, and still is about passion and fun. In 2006 I was producing a lot with Federico Molinari, he founded “Oslo-Records” in 2007, I did the first release called “Kreiskollaps” and this was our break through. We were there at the right time, in the right place, with the right music. It`s about the right timing.
You’ve been involved in the scene for some time now – do you think house and techno has become more popular in general? Yeah definately, the scene is getting bigger and bigger, and especially in the USA. A lot of US popstars are jumping on the train and collaborating with dance producers.
Have you been playing in Ibiza this season? I was playing Cocoon Heroes and Space. Both gigs were super cool, it's always nice to play a big audience on a big soundsystem.
Where are you at, at present with your live show? Is it still progressing? Yeah it’s a process all the time, music and technique wise. I produce a lot of music which I add in my set every weekend. Actually I added an MPC 1000 in my set. It plays all the drums and basslines and the computer plays the sound and fx. I am working on a computer free liveset.
How does playing live compare with the studio? Sometimes it’s the same, but without a audience. I don’t like producing with the mouse, I like jamming around with my machines. The main difference is that I have a lot more stuff in the studio.
What is your favourite piece of analogue equipment, and how much do you use for your productions? I love all my machines, but I use the “jomox 888” and the “studio electronics atc”, in almost every production. All my music is running after recording through a lot of summing busses and compressors. I am a hardware junkie. You can do music with software, but its like running in the fitness center; running in nature is much more real and exciting.
You also released your debut album in June, titled after the town you live in, are you influenced by your surroundings and circumstances? When I moved in 2001 to Offenbach I rented my first “real” studio outside my flat, this had a big effect on my work, but also to meet new people, new collaborations and so on. At one point I had the idea to give my album a city's name and I thought Offenbach, which is really dirty, and so fitting to my music in some point.
What is your release schedule like for the foreseeable future? Is there another album on the horizon? Actually I am in my studio with Sascha Dive right now. We have the same taste of music, same workflow, a close style and are working on tracks for Dorian Paics Raum... Music label at the moment. Now in Europe winter is coming, and winter times are producing times. Let`s see what happens.
What’s the special ingredient for today’s podcast? The podcast contains a couple of tracks of my album “Offenbach”, some upcoming stuff and some tools I will never release. There is also a pre version of the track I did with Sascha Dive. It shows my whole musical range from easy funky house to groovy bouncing techno. All the tracks are produced by myself, or with friends and one remix of d`julz. But its not my liveset. Just a selection of tracks.
Finally, do you think house and techno are starting to make their way out of the club setting? Is it becoming more of a songwritten form of music, suited to home listening and other consumable experiences? There is already a lot of electronic music which is not focused on the dancefloor. I think house and techno are born in the clubs, and are made for the club. It was extracted in the 80s out of pop and disco. Now it goes a bit back to it. But I think there is enough room for each kind of music. Housetechnopopdicowavemetal, soft, hard, dance, not for dancefloor, I really don’t care about sections or names.
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