We recently caught up with German artist Christain Loffler to speak about his inspiration, influences, current and future plans ahead of his performance at SXSW and Europe Tour.
Q: Hi Christian, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
A: Very good! I’m just leaving for a North America tour, right before we are premiering my all new audio-visuals live show in Europe in April. So the last weeks were all about preparings and rehersals besides finishing a couple of new remixes.
Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Haul”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
A: I remember starting to work on this song while I had a little break in Sweden. I had this beautiful house right by a lake. And actually I had no plans for making music but apperently I was experimenting with some recordings from Mohna and older sketches I found on my harddisk. A result came out pretty fast and nicely but I forgot about it and just found about it again while I was actually about to finalize ‘Mare’.
Q: Any plans to release a video for the single?
A: Yes definatley, right now we are shooting a video for the song that is telling the story of two boys becoming close friends even though they don’t speak the same language. One of them imigrated from Syria and one of them is a European citizen. The video shows the story of those kids that don’t care about the adult-problems of imigration and cultural- and religious-differences but soon face their consequences.
Q: What was it like to work with Mohna and how did that relationship develop?
A: We know each other for a long time already and it’s very easy to work with her. We share the same spirit in creating music. I remember asking for a couple of left over recordings when I was working on my first album. So I created ‘Eleven’ just from what she sent me. Also Mohna has a very open mind and totally understands in which direction I want to go with my music. For ‘Mare’ and espically for the live shows it really became a process of exchanging ideas and sketches.
Q: How much did she influence the song?
A: It was always meant for her and her voice. So at first there was a recording from Mohna and created all the music just around that. So without her the song basically wouldn’t exist.
Q: What role does Germany plays in your writing?
A: I never thought about that but since it’s my home country it surely plays an important role even though I maybe don’t really feel like belonging to a certain country. After traveling almost every weekend for some years now I maybe reached a more European state of mind.
Q: When can we expect more new music?
A: Yes there are new Remixes coming, for example I did one for Sasha, Max Cooper and Robot Koch coming out in the next weeks and we are also planning to release a ‘Mare’ Remix album in June.
Q: How’s the road been treating you so far?
A: Very good! Almost every weekend is a highlight and right now I’m really looking forward to my shows in North America.
Q: Any highlights?
A: The main focus for me right now is the tour in April. I’m super excited when everything comes together for the first time in front the audience. Lights, visuals and music -> The Atmosphere.
Q: Does the set tends to change depending on the venue?
A: Basically it’s changing everytime. Not really depending on the venue. More on the people and my mood. So sometimes it’s the exact same beginning like the night before, just to turn into total different direction than before.
Q: Do you tend to take a different approach when you are playing a festival like SXSW?
A: For SXSW the set length is only about 40 minutes so I really have decide what I want to play and I what better leave out this time. Everything has to be very focused. There is maybe not too much time to experiment but sometimes that also a plus so you keep focused on the parts that are most important.
Q: What else is happening next in Christian Loffler’s world?
A: After the tour and the festival summer the plan is to definitely start writing new music. I’m very much looking forward to that.