Interview: German Producer Benno Blome’s Latest Releases

German born DJ and producer Benno Blome is renowned for his on-point and consistent way of working  when it comes to his productions. We grabbed 15 minutes with the guy to talk his latest release on Artreform and his take in general on the electronic scene at the moment.

OTB: I want to start by asking about your Artreform release. Can you tell us a bit about it?

BB: Artreform is a fast rising label from the Ukraine. I met the guys behind it during the riots in Kiev when I was invited to play at one of their events last year. There is a picture of me with soldiers running in the background. The first contact came through a remix I did for a track by the label owner Joss. The original version of ‘Moving Free’ was released in 2011 on the Bar25 label, and is now available in three new mixes on Artreform.

OTB: Where do your influences come from? Was electronic music prominent when you were growing up?

BB: I grew up with a music-journalist and enthusiast as a father. He showed me bands like Kraftwerk or Tangerine Dream that I love still today, but I also listened to Abba back then too. Later I was totally into the German ‘Neue Deutsche Well’ stuff but also bands like The Doors. With the rise of House and Techno in the end of the 80’s I totally lost myself into this new completely electronic world.

OTB: What else do you listen to in your spare time?

BB: I listen to a lot of ambient music, sometimes completely reduced to background noises, but I also like to listen to bands like The XX.

OTB: So tell me about your sound. How would you describe it best?

BB: Deep, trippy and freaky with pushing beats that go under your skin and move you on different levels.

OTB: And the artwork is very distinctive, too. Do you think artwork is often overlooked in this day and age?

BB: I always try to involve myself in the process of graphics with ideas. You can do a lot with the visual aspect of your release. An image can help visualizing the sounds and directions. But the music stays the most prominent figure of course.

OTB: What modern DJs and producers do you look up to? Who or what influences your sound the most?

BB: It’s artists from Chicago or Detroit like Kenny Larkin or Green Velvet that still have a strong influence on me.

OTB: Is there anyone you aspire to be like in that regard?

BB: I would like to be a mix of David Copperfield and Evil Knievel 😉

OTB: What’s your ultimate ambition as a DJ and producer?

BB: As a producer I’m looking forward to release my first artist-album soon. As a DJ I have always been longing for those special moments, where time and space become irrelevant.

OTB: Do you prefer one to the other?

BB: For me everything focuses around DJing. I always produce tracks to play them in the clubs afterwards.

OTB: Can you tell me a bit about how the track was constructed? What did you use?

BB: I use Cubase as sequencer in general. For ‘Moving Free’ I had the opportunity to use vocals done by Big Bully from New York, who is an amazing vocalist. I also used the Omnisphere and Trilian Plug-ins on this, as well as my DSI Prophet 08.

OTB: And Tripmastaz and Rhadow have done the remixes. Can you tell us a bit about them?

BB: They were my idea as possible remixers, as I play a lot from them. I love both of their outputs.

OTB: What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing up and coming DJs and producers in this day and age?

BB: I think the most important thing is to find your own sound as a DJ and producer. To define your individual musical vision, instead of trying to make what everybody else is already doing.

OTB: Do you think it’s important that respected DJs and producers put back into the scene?

BB: I think it’s important to have DJs in the clubs with a longer history time span than just 2 years. I learned a lot from the veteran DJs from Detroit and Chicago back when I started.

OTB: Are you full-time in music then? Or what else takes up a lot of your time?

BB: Yes full-time.

OTB: Finally, what 5 tracks are you really into at the moment?

  1. Metodi Hristov – Misted – Time Has Changed
  2. Benno Blome – Go Loose (Kotelett & Zadak Rmx) – Sender
  3. Ruede Hagelstein – Soul Dynamic (Kenny Larkin Moogerfooger Mix) – Watergate
  4. Benno Blome – Abotha (Okain Haus 2 Rmx) Thrill Of It
  5. Sokool – C4 (Benno Blome Rmx) – Konzeptions

Benno Blome’s ‘Moving Free’ is released on Artreform on 25th March

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