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BOYS NOIZE in Shanghai Interview

by Lin Li Tuesday 26 October 2010
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A few hours before his show organized by the M agency, City Moments got together with Boys Noize for a last-minute interview in Jia Hotel.

One of the most relaxed and coolest celebrity we've interviewed so far..

 

 

Interview by Lee Lam and special guests "Schluck Den Druck" , live Electro Act from Berlin, in town for their crazy shows at the MIDI Festival and the Expo..

 

 

CM:

You are basically all the time on the road, right now for example Shanghai and other destinations in China. Is there any time left for you to do some sightseeing and get to know these locations?

 

BN:

Well, of course I am trying to get to know as much as possible. Today for example we visited the EXPO, which was super interesting.

We went to the Saudi-Arabia avilion and tried to get into the China-pavilion as well, but unfortunately got too late, since we had to get there until 2:30pm. After all we got to visit the German and English pavilion, too.

 

CM:

Full program! Without queuing we suppose?

 

BN:

(smiles) Of course. But still, the amount of visitors was impressive. Then yesterday I walked around the city for a while and last weekend I played in Taipei with an overstay of 4 days. Tomorrow it goes on to Beijing where a trip to the Great Wall is planned.

 

CM:

When you get to play in other places such as Shanghai, do you try to meet up with local artists? Do you keep up contact with any chinese artists?

 

BN:

Well, the only one I know who lives here in Shanghai is Teknazia, a legend from the old days. Unfortunately I know too little about electronic artists here, but if there would be someone I really like, I probably would meet up with them.

 

CM:

Apropos electronic producers. You also produced the new album from Gonzalez. He for example went on a very surprising tour with Helge Schneider {a German comedian and Jazz musician}, who we idolize.

Could you imagining yourself to produce somewhat alike as well?

 

BN:

Definitely, even though I have no idea what it would sound like  (smiles).

 

CM:

How about your fans. Is it still possible for you to keep up direct contact with them, for example walking around a festival.

 

BN:

Yes of course. Usually it is quite easy.

 

CM:

There is a nice story about you at the Berlin Festival this year. Some shows had to be relocated, due to organisational problems. Yours for example was moved to the Weekend Club. Some people didn´t get in the club then, even though they had festival tickets, and posted that on twitter, whereupon you twittered back that they shouldn´t get worried, you are going to pick them up. Is that true?

 

BN:

Yepp that is true. It was agreed to let everyone with a Berlin ticket in. Then, when all these crazy ,young, colourfull people, with their „wasted german youth" t-shirts wanted to get in, the bouncers decided different.  So when they wrote on twitter that they are sad and upset, I told them to come back and I brought them in.

 

CM:

From all the fans that approached you during your career, is there any case where you still keep up contact or even developed a friendship?

 

BN:

Actually there are two Japanese who I met during my first gig in Tokyo at Yellow in 2005. They were extremely friendly and offered to show me around. Everytime I am in Tokyo know I hang out with them, and even invited them to my last show in Taipei.

 

CM:

You recently had your 50th release. On there are the two songs „Yeah“, a  wonderful sample work, and 1010, where you follow the more analogue acid sound. What do you think about this digital development in music?

 

BN:

I think it is great. There are always new plug-ins to modify the sound, but in general I prefer the old analogue machines. 10 10 for example is basically made with a Roland 707 and 303. So basically it is a live session, which I think is definitely a lot better than this delusional automatism and you can simply here the diference in sound when using  a real synthesizer. It simply has got more character.

 

CM:

Talking about you as a producer. Have you ever had this magical moment where you thought, now I reached the top, I can´t do it any better!?

 

BN:

Yes of course, after almost every album. Every time you think that this is your sound, you finally found it, now you are even better and learned so much more . But you realize that you think the same thing after almost each track you produce. Maybe also because I never really learned sound-engineering in a way that I could see I know exactly what I´m doing.

 

CM:

What where the most emotional magical moments for you this year?

 

BN:

This year it was definitely the Berlin Festival, since I have never seen something like that in Berlin, and the Electric Daisies Festival in LA where I played in front of 80.000 people.

 

CM:

One last question. You played here already two years ago and you said that this show was really special since it felt like no-one had ever heard that kind of sound before. Is that going to influence the set you are going to play tonight ?

 

BN:

I wouldn´t say so, because of course there are always certain tracks I know I am going to play, but then I really go for the vibe. So I probably am going to play some of my tracks and some new stuff, but I wouldn´t say that particularly that last experience is going to change or influence my set tonight.

 

 

CM : Sounds good ! Thank you for your time, and see you tonight on the other side of the stage !!

 

 

 

Note: Boys Noize performed later on in front of a fully packed electric Mao Live House, check out the pictures ! Boys Noize @ Mao Livehouse

 

 

Special thanks to the M Agency who made this possible, Schluck Den druck for their help and Fender Hsu for the pictures..

 

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