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.