LABELS: Lapsus | Glasgow Underground | 303 Lovers | Toolroom
German duo Piemont has proven itself to be an absolute production power- house over the last half decade. Made up of long-time friends Frederic and Chris, the pair first decided to hook up and make music together back in 2007 and, since then, have gone on to establish themselves as one of the foremost partnerships in techno and have been releasing Music on acclaimed labels like Area Remote, Exploited, Kraftek, Terminal M, and Toolroom.
The pair actually grew up in ‘90s Hamburg listening to singer songwriters and various rock bands. Always soaking up the use of real instruments and proper arrangements throughout their youths, that genuine musicianship is something that now shines through in Piemont’s own contemporary electronic productions. In terms of dance music it was French filter house acts and stadium sized ravers like Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers respectively than first turned them on to the possibilities of house and techno, whilst the more subtle intricacies of top labels like Playhouse and Kompakt also continue to inspire and influence this pair.
In 2013, then, Piemont’s sound is best describe as organic techno. Their music always comes stuffed with a sly robo-funk and is built in many rich layers. Their preference for ambient sounds, melodic lushness and abstract electronica makes every track different from the next – for evidence just listen to their recent High Top EP for Glasgow Underground, or earlier classics like Carbonat and Black Smoker. Each release tells its own story and often Piemont music is as suited to home listening as it is club dancing. The best proof of this has come in the form of their two excellent and fully formed long players Strange World Beyond and Sand Hills.
As DJs, too, they have travelled far and wide. On top of playing regularly across Europe at places like Berlin‘s Watergate, Hive Club in Zurich and Studio 80 in Amsterdam, this pair has headlined many festivals and has also played across Russia and Japan, always joining the dots between house and techno styles, going deep or raising their heads into more peak-time territory. As such, they are a very real voice in the global techno conversation; have plenty more to say and keep many people listening intently.
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Hello guys! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Hey guys, thank you for inviting us again. All well here, hope the same for you. Today we‘ll putting some finishing touches on a remix we are working on. Later on it‘s time to record a podcast and stuff like that.
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
Looks like it was our tune ‘Carbonat‘ that was one of the most respected releases so far. This tune was produced almost 9 years ago and was actually the first track under Piemont. We weren‘t really satisfied with the production at all but in the end this one got very popular and finally very important to our early success. Two month later the track was hammered by Carl Cox at the Space opening Party on Ibiza.
At a later date, for instance our 2015 release “High Top“ on Glasgow Underground gave us a lot attention.
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
Since we have spent more time as usual working in the studio last year it was a period with the most releases so far. We have been working a lot with vocalists and new sound sources. A reason why our some might has changed a bit. In 2015 we had releases on a lot of renowned labels lately: Kittball, Toolroom, Exploited, Glasgow Underground and Lapsus Music to name a few.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned in 2016?
Amongst others, we‘ll have a debut release coming on Italy based 303Lovers and a follow up release on Supernova‘s Lapsus Music. Also, we have done a vocal-track with an amazing vocalist which is going to be released on Glasgow Underground with a bunch of remixes.
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience around the globe. What is your favourite city or country and why?
We have been touring a lot in Europe and Asia. Especially our Japan tour was a remarkable experience. However, we We play very regularly in cities such as Zurich and Berlin. We really dig the diverse and huge club scenes in these cities and have lots of friends living there.
What was your funniest or craziest experience while touring?
It‘s difficult to decide which one to mention. For instance somebody asked us to autograph a 100-Euro note in Moscow. Some years ago in Zurich, the promoter disappeared with our fee and was wanted by the police afterwards. But in the end it looks like we had the most craziest experiences in Berlin‘s Berghain and during the closing party of the legenday Bar25 😉
What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
In no particular order:
Traum Schallplatten Night @ Berghain (Berlin)
Urban Art Forms Festival (Vienna)
Radix Club (Nagoya, Japan)
Toolroom Live @ Fire (London)
Selador Night @ Watergate (Berlin)
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
Olivier Giacomotto – Together (Suara)
Supernova – I‘ve Got U (Get Physical)
Dario D‘Attis – Jack (Lapsus Music)
DJ Le Roi – I Get Deep / Emanuel Satie Remix (Get Physical=
Sidney Charles – Just Don‘t Stop (Truesoul)
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars
Joeski – Same Revolution (Maya Records)
Dario D’Attis – Jack (Lapsus Music)
DJ Le Roi – I Get Deep / Emanuel Satie Remix (Get Physical)
Tanzmann & Stefanik – Volta (Moon Harbour)
Sidney Charles – Just Don’t Stop (Truesoul)
Mihalis Safras – Burton – (Glasgow Underground)
Piemont – Escape (303Lovers)
Supernova – I’ve Got U (Get Physical)
Coyu feat. Cari Golden – The Cat (Hot Creations)
Piemont – On (Definition:Music)
Piemont – Inhale (Definition:Music)
Stephan Bodzin – Powers Of Ten / Gabriel Ananda Remix (Herzblut)