Where have the last few years gone since ‘Dehli 9’?
I have been busy Dj’ing all over the place – so I have been in a process of constant renewal, but when my son Joshua was born, something changed. In a way my outlook on music became even more precise and selective than it was before. When I Dj, the emphasis is on uptempo dance, but personally I’m much more into quiet music like Brian Eno or Jon Hassel… it’s very hard to find quiet listening music (like a mixture of 80’s ECM stuff and weird Miles Davis parts).
Are both you and Rupert emotional people? Is this important when creating the sounds that you do?
We are definitely emotional but for us it’s about the surreal space you develop when you are working in the studio – you forget about day-to-day life for a while. We just love those sorts of moments…
Can you explain the Tosca dynamic?
We both play all the instruments ourselves but it’s more about finding the right idea at the right time rahter than who plays which instruments. We have such a mutual trust in each other that sometimes we don’t even have to talk about musical decisions.
There’s a subtle house flavour on the new record.
The smooth house thing is a certain frame for a musical idea – but it’s just a part of the spectrum. In our school days we discovered jazz. Miles Davis’ ‘Agartha’ and ‘Get Up With It’ were important for us but at the same time AC Jobim’s ‘Wave’ and Milt Jackson’s ‘Sunflower’ album were big influences.
What music inspires you each day to push the limits of creativity, mainstream or otherwise?
It’s a steady process of selecting music. I go through piles of records every week to find records that fit my taste. The hardest is to find albums that you can really listen to all the way through. At some point you go back to the classics and you discover again how good these jazz heroes really were; I mean Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones will always be an inspiration!
Does music still excite you as much as ever?
Honestly, I still feel it… that excitement… that feeling when I discover good music.
Will the Kruder and Dorfmeister debut LP ever see the light of day?