Dienstag, 23. November 2010

The Gecko

Check out this band: The Gecko! They've just finished a video to a song I recorded with them some time ago. I think we got a pretty cool grimey rock sound from eight microphones in one room going to eight tracks of tape. Why use more?
My studio partner Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) went on to mix the CD. Very interesting band, very good songwriting. Check it out!

And here's another song in CD quality:

The Light Of Day by The Gecko

Visit The Gecko on MySpace

Freitag, 19. November 2010

Ja, Panik session closes

Today was the last day of the Ja, Panik  session at Chez Cherie. I got to have a chat with the band and Maurice, the head of their label Staatsakt (Bonaparte, Hans Unstern, Mediengruppe Telekommander). He says it would be great to have a remix out around the time of the album release, and so I'll be giving it my best!

Donnerstag, 18. November 2010

Lux Repeat

I just finished producing a CD for Lux Repeat from Bolzano, Italy! Martin Retter (the man behind the music) sent me the tracks for every song and I crunched them through our Thermionic Culture 'Fat Bustard' tube summing mixer and treated the whole thing with a set of analog compressors (this SSL amongst others) and EQs (a stereo set of Helios, for example). But enough geeky gear stuff, let's talk about the music for a moment:

I have been a huge fan ever since I saw him play a live set in Vienna, and so I urge you to listen to the track just a bit further down. It's so refreshing when you live in a city filled with tame straight four-to-the-floor blip-blop techno. Check out the so wonderfully harsh sounds he uses and the dark post-techno-whateveryoucallit vibe. Delicious!

visit Lux Repeat on MySpace

Avoiding You by Lux Repeat

Mittwoch, 10. November 2010

Chez Cherie

Very interesting session this week! I am assisting Moses Schneider (famous for engineering and producing Beatsteaks and Tocotronic) who is working with Ja, Panik from Austria on their fourth studio album. The last two days were spent setting up instruments and microphones, getting every sound just right for the remaining eight days in the studio. Everything is being recorded live in one room, including vocals! Moses has a great understanding of controlling and using the bleed in various microphones musically. Even though the vocals are meant to be very clear and up front in the mix, all other instruments bleed into this microphone adding overall depth and magic. The drums have only four close microphones that are being mixed into mono, but bleed from the stereo piano microphones and left / right guitars give them all the size they need. I've also seen some and heard some unknown microphones (already looking them up on eBay...)

I can't wait to use the ideas I've seen at work in my own sessions. Hopefully I'll get to use the Chez Cherie studio myself soon!

Montag, 8. November 2010

Dadajugend Remix

I've got a new remix just finished and would like to share it, please listen in!

The track is for Audiolith artist Dadajugend Polyform who will be releasing this later in the year along with their debut album. Please comment and enjoy!

Donnerstag, 4. November 2010

Human League

I just saw music history and got to meet it's guitarist! Rather spontaneously too. A friend got tickets and introduced me to Nick in The Human League. So of course I went along to the show. (Actually I was pretty excited about the support band Delphic because their music is related to ours in many ways.)
But now I have seen a band perform that played a major role in the creation of electronic pop! I learned that since a certain group of young people in Sheffield did not want to go to work in the steel-forging factories in the 70's they started making music. Bands such as Heaven 17, ABC, Cabaret Voltaire and Pulp were formed. With the sudden popularity of punk music around the same time it was justified to amplify sounds from cheap or broken or self-made electronic circuits and call it music (remember: the few synthesizers that existed at this time were unaffordable). And so Human League were given the chance to develope their sound and play shows from their first moment. Songs such as 'Don't You Want Me' (1981) went on to make them world-famous and heavily influenced an entire era of music known as - the 80ies of course! An era that had a huge revival and certainly influenced me as well.

Samstag, 18. September 2010

Invited to Soundedit Festival in Poland

A short story from last weekend! I was invited to an International Producer Conference in Lodz, Poland! My studio partner held a workshop and answered technical and musical producer questions about his work with The Strokes and Regina Spektor, amongst others. I was surrounded by many famous musicians and producers and had the chance to talk to them. Some notable names include Peter Hook (of Joy Division / New Order), Mad Professor (producer for Lee Perry / Massive Attack) and Marek Walaszek (held a workshop on Wu Tang Clan mixing secrets).

Over dinner Chris Nagle (recording engineer for Joy Division / ESG / A Certain Ratio) told me about some of the groundbreaking techniques he applied together with producer Martin Hannett in the late 70's and early 80's to invent a new sound that would become famous as new wave. What they were doing was so forward-thinking at the time: using heaps of analog gear (back then, what else?) in most unconventional ways!

Gordon was especially happy to meet a big idol of his, Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins). And this is the three of us posing here:

Meeting so many creative masterminds has really broadened my horizon and I can't wait for Soundedit 2011!

Donnerstag, 16. September 2010

Another session at Studio East

The last two days were spent in the well known surroundings of Studio East as we recorded demos of five excitingly new I Heart Sharks songs! Our manager at LaserLaser will be talking to labels for us and we're aiming to have a record deal set up in order to record our debut album some time very soon.

It is also to be said that we were very happy to have Lea Johnson put down some extra vocals on a few of these tracks. She really gave them a very new vibe that we all are much in love with! Thank you!

Mittwoch, 25. August 2010

Montag, 23. August 2010

Moses Schneider's first visit to our Studio

Special visitor at the "Analog Pudel" Studio today: Moses Schneider (Beatsteaks / Tocotronic) dropped by to have a listen to a recent production I did with my band I Heart Sharks and to have a look around our studio. He recognized many of the synthesizers and some of the audio gear that was standing around from the beginnings of Transporterraum in New York City. This is where he was working with my studio partner Gordon Raphael around the time of the first The Strokes recordings!
I had been invited by Moses to see the Transporterraum in its current location in Kreuzberg a few weeks ago. We talked about his approach to live recording and I used some of his techniques in this new production.. so I wanted to play the mix to him to see what he thought. I got very positive feedback on the recording, and followed his advice to grit up the drums a bit in the mix. They were somewhat tame before, and now they've got loads a grime and attitude! Here's the mix:

Montag, 16. August 2010

I Heart Sharks hit the charts.

We've entered the german musictrace charts as newcomers on #31 with our single Wolves!

Samstag, 14. August 2010

Lido with Herrenmagazin and Wir Sind Helden

Today we are at Lido celebrating our booking agency's 5th birthday! Nikko Weidemann, Herrenmagazin, and Wir Sind Helden will play live followed by our DJ set.

Check out the funny under cover name that Wir Sind Helden chose for the night:

Click on the Poster to visit our booking agency's website.

Montag, 2. August 2010

SOKO in Town!

Today I was on stage with rather famous singer / songwriter Soko who spontaneously taught some friends and myself backing vocals to four of her songs. I never heard much of her music and admittedly I thought she was some lucky cute girl that had one big hit on youTube. BUT NO I WAS SO WRONG! She is one of the most genious musicians I have ever met. The power of her music lies in the incredibly well written lyrics - I can only reccomend exploring some of her songs. Best lyrics I ever heard in my life.

So she told me she's got 55 songs in her head that she likes and would play, and oh so many more that she doenst like. And as a matter of fact, the song she hates most is the song that made her famous:

Soko has been working on a first album with several famous producers in many places all over the world, recording strings and horns and more of this and that - only to discard it all in the next moment and start over with vocals. My studio partner Gordon Raphael (The Strokes / Regina Spektor) added his part during a few days in the studio with her. And now Soko is off again! Somewhere, puzzling together more pieces to her album and then throwing them all over the place. Will she ever get it done? Who knows! But don't miss her live shows - those are in every way complete.

Freitag, 30. Juli 2010

MySpace Band of the week.

We just got announced as one of the MySpace Bands of the week on the german site!

I Heart Sharks Single-Release

Today is the day we release our first single! With an edition of only 1000 CDs our management will take care of label tasks.. distributer is RoughTrade!

The single contains the original track and three remixes by Cobra Starship's Pleasure Ryland, berlin based band Herpes and Audiolith artist Dadajugend Polyform. A free download of the Pleasure Ryland remix is available here.

The single is for sale on amazon and iTunes.


Montag, 5. Juli 2010

I Heart Sharks at Studio East on Nalepastraße

Today will be our second day out here at Nalepastraße, where we are recording three of our newest songs. The work on our album is getting more serious, and we've aimed to have recorded every album track once ourselves. This has always given us deeper insight into improving our tracks for the CD - where the music will be recreated differently than we do it live!

I got the chance to meet berlin-based producer Moses Schneider (Beatsteaks / Tocotronic) the other day and talk about his approach to live recording. We're using his technique out here and getting some very interesting results! With drums and amps all in the same room there's some great microphone spill that moves our sound away from all that cleanly produced synthesizer pop towards a more grungy live-band sound. We're very much in love with it!

Moses Schneider (on wikipedia)

Freitag, 25. Juni 2010

I Heart Sharks - Tanzveranstaltung zum Record Release

A video interview backstage before our gig at the new Magnet Club in Kreuzberg!

Freitag, 4. Juni 2010

Recording at Nalepastraße with Myriad Creatures

This week has taken me out to Studio East on Nalepastraße once again, where I played guitar and sang on some tracks for berlin-based band Myriad Creatures. A single release is coming up, I will write about it here!