Can you tell us a bit about what you’ve been up to recently?
Since I've left the studio with the album in my pocket I was pretty much busy with getting back into the saddle here at Kompakt HQ and of course promoting Mantasy, interviews, photo shoots et al.
It has been 8 Years since Touch. What made you decide the time was right for a new album?
In 2007, right after finishing off the Supermayer album with Superpitcher I've started putting down little notes. At some point that list of notes became pretty long. That's when I decided to attack my new solo album. I didn't really see the time passing because I've kept myself really busy with running Kompakt, releasing mix CDs and remixes and of course non-stop gigging. How do the British say? Time flies when you have a good time. I can only agree with that.
Early reports suggest Mantasy is quite ›soundtracky‹ in places. Would you agree with this?
I wouldn't disagree... I'm a passionate collector of soundtrack recordings so there's a good chance that that's an audible influence on Mantasy. What is certainly true is that I have a knack for narrative arrangements. I've always liked my techno (or house or … please fill in) with a story-telling edge. This might stem from my childhood love for Alan Parsons Project …
The album is preceded by single Good Times which is quite different to what I was expecting, yet still (of course) excellent. How did the song come about?
The instrumental was done at an early stage, it was probably amongst the first four tracks I did in the process of making Mantasy. I was toying around with this 4LP box of records I bought when I was a teenager. It was Beats, Breaks & Scratches by Simon Harris, a compendium of beat loops and classic samples. When I bought that box I thought it was an absolutely necessary investment in order to become a REAL DJ. In the end, I never really used them – until now. Most elements on Good Times are taken from these records. That's why it's got such an old school sound to it. Late payback... Jeppe Kjellberg's vocals were the icing on the cake. He's the Village Brothers and the Bee Gees in one person... a fantastic singer and mantastic person altogether!
There has been a huge buzz building up around the album’s release. You must be quite excited?
Sure thing … but yet, the most exciting part was making the record. I'm getting slightly tired of talking about myself …
Are you planning to tour Mantasy in any way?
Absolutely, the Mantasy tour will take me to all my favourite clubs around the world. I'm going to play All Night Long sets only. I love doing the warm up, the prime time and the end likewise. Getting to play all three is the king's discipline! I'm tremendously looking forward to this tour.
For those who can’t wait until October 22nd for the release of Mantasy can you suggest some records we could listen to that would capture the album’s mood?
I can certainly recommend some records, regardless of their relation to Mantasy: Kourosh Yaghmaei – Back From The Brink, Rodriguez – Coming From Reality, Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters – Underrated Silence, Theesatisfaction – Awe Naturale.
How would you explain Kompakt to those people who thus far have lived a life of blissful ignorance?
Electronic music in all it's diversity and glory brought to you by people who are quickly bored with electronic music.
What can we expect from Kompakt for the rest of 2012?
John Tejada's sophomore album for Kompakt just hit the shelves and servers. After Mantasy we'll close the year with a tribute to one of our most prolific and idiosyncratic artists: Justus Köhncke. There'll be a Best of CD in our Kompakt Klassiks series and we're going to re-release his evergreen Timecode with new remixes. Apart from this we're already busy with preparing next year's 20 years of Kompakt festivities. There'll be some pretty pretty nice things happening!
If you had to sum up the Kompakt sound with one song which would it be and why?
Jürgen Paape's So weit wie noch nie. It's got everything: the pop influence, the ambience and the dancefloor thump.