We meet the German producer making 'happy-sad' disco-tinged house ahead of his live set at London's Tief night this month
Working under what was originally his ICQ alias and other food-related monikers, (Tensnake's label) Mirau's Erdbeerschnitzel will be arriving in London for one of his famed live shows. Known not to DJ, the producer also known as Tim Keiling sticks to what he does best, making and playing out his beautifully lush melancholic house jams. Don't miss him playing the cult London night Tief, at Corsica on the 30th June with Pepe Bradock, Soundstream, and Manuel Tur.
At the time I chose the name it was Minimal Techno aesthetics all over the place - real or reduced names, no gimmicks, serious and technical music. The name was at least a small rebellion against that attitude and I think it still protects me well from today's electronic music masquerade
Dazed Digital: What's the story behind the food-themed aliases?
Erdbeerschnitzel: I'm not exactly a prototypical meat lover nor do I love strawberries to death, the Erdbeerschnitzel just came to my mind when I was looking for an alias for ICQ, and I went on and used it for my music. I get asked at every single gig how the name came about, and I always struggle to explain. I guess you have to see it in context: at the time I chose the name it was Minimal Techno aesthetics all over the place - real or reduced names, no gimmicks, serious and technical music. The name was at least a small rebellion against that attitude and I think it still protects me well from today's electronic music masquerade. The side project name "Dark Side of the Meat" is just a logical progression from Erdbeerschnitzel.
DD: Your tracks tend to have a melancholic quality to them, is that intentional or do you not see them that way?
Erdbeerschnitzel: I think I'm in a state of positive melancholia quite often, so this is a quality of my music as well. When other people tend to talk a lot about their problems, I tend to make music instead. It basically is a societal quality, how could you as an artist not be melancholic these days.
DD: Why did you decide not to do DJ sets and focus only on live ones?
Erdbeerschnitzel: I like the concert idea of it, one hour of time to present as many facets of your music as possible. This is just the thing for me to present my work, since I think my music is quite variable and so are my live sets. I think it's logical: Make music and play that music to people. People like it, you are happy, then you get sad because it was too easy to make them happy (what I call bass-in-out-hands-up phenomena). You then end up in making more melancholic music. Other possibility is people not liking it, you are sad in the first place and make more melancholic music. Win-win situation. I do enjoy good DJ sets, but I couldn't deliver one right now since I don't listen to much other music and only buy a few vinyls a year.
DD: What are you most excited about next?
Erdbeerschnitzel: I have my album ready to be released on the lovely Mirau Musik label in autumn so I'm excited about that. On bad days I think it's not really a good one. On good days I hope for people to like it in its whole spectrum and invite me to play at good places. Either way, it guess it ends up in that win-win situation again.