May 19, 2016

Making music that defies categorisation, Dollkraut’s sound is full of analog warmth, a little grainy and a bit fuzzy. Last year’s debut LP release, ‘Schimanski’s Black Lullabies’ caught our attention in all the right ways. Playing our Utrecht store opening on 31st May, we caught up with him ahead of his set to find out what he loves about working in analog, the music scene in the Netherlands and the first record he ever bought.

UO: What is it about analog recording that inspires you?

A couple of things. It’s all about the greater dynamic range, the sound that it can produce and of course, working with machines that they don’t build anymore.

UO: Can you tell us a little about the space you record in and your favourite pieces of equipment?

My recording studio looks like a brothel from the 50′s.. The walls and ceiling are covered with red velvet curtains to improve the sound when recording vocals, drums or whatever instrument you want to record.

UO: What kind of samples and sounds do you like to incorporate in your tracks?

I don’t use too many samples, but I like those classic hip hop ‘yelling at the audience’ kind of vibes.

UO: What inspires you both personally and professionally?

That’s hard. All sorts of things inspire, but in terms of making music, it’s the need to make people happy with my music.

UO: Who has inspired or influenced you musically and why?

That would be people like Guido & Maurizio de Angelis, for all the cheesy but catchy as hell arrangements. In the 70′s they made a couple of soundtracks which, in my opinion, are just timeless. Check out the ‘Killerfish’ OST for example.

UO: What kind of music did you listen to growing up? How has that affected the way you make music now?

I didn’t like all the sounds from the charts, so I quickly ended up buying a recordplayer and got home with LP’s from old James Bond movies. My father also owned some records from the 60′s beat generation, so we shared those.

UO: What was the first record you bought?

That would be ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ from Ennio Morricone.

UO: What do you love about the music scene in the Netherlands, particularly Amsterdam & Utrecht?

We have a lot of nice venues and places in those cities, so a lot of talented musicians have a chance to show their skills on stages which are well known to the rest of the world. It’s important to keep this alive.

UO: What else do you have coming up in 2016?

We have a pretty busy schedule coming up this summer with the band act. A small festival tour starting in Switzerland at Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival, after that you can check us out in Italy during Beaches Brew and finally in France at the Baleapop Festival. Check out my website for more dates and details!