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INTERVIEW: Schlindwein

Hi Schlindwein, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

So far, so good! I used the lockdown to get creative. I composed and recorded all the pieces from my EP “Journey To The Sky – Solo Synth Works” in the early stages of Corona in Berlin.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lux Aeterna”?

“Lux Aeterna” was born from my love for Baroque Preludes. I wanted to compose a piece on just one monophonic synthesizer and remembered the Preludes I used to play as a kid. So I composed one myself on the piano and then recorded it all live with my synth. I love when these kinds of combinations work and take music to a different level than you imagined.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I wanted to try out a lot of the stuff I did on this EP for a long time, including “Lux Aeterna”. I was talking to Emika about original concepts and she motivated me to go in this direction and try out some stuff. This piece kind of kicked off the entire process for the rest of the EP.

The single comes off your new album Journey To The Sky – what’s the story behind the title?

In my head these new compositions are a soundtrack to a non-existing movie or a book. The sounds are very sci-fi and cinematic and I thought about a trip to a different world, outer space, to a place high in the sky…

How was the recording and writing process?

It was very smooth and fun. Once I found the sound I liked with “Lux Aeterna” it all came together quickly. I never made electronic music without beats, but it made it so much easier to mix and sound big, because there was so much space for the sounds to breathe. And I love playing with analogue synths, so that was just all fun and games. 

What role does Berlin play in your music?

The creative scene in Berlin influences me a lot. Not just the music scene, but everything that’s going on in terms of photography, film, dance, museums… When I first moved here I was very energized and motivated from it and everything seemed spectacular. That feeling faded a little with time and you get used to all the input the city and its people are giving to you. But it is important to be in a place where you feel alive as an artist. 

As you join a new label – would you say this has lead you to explore and tackle other sounds?

Yes. I think melodically you can still hear my style of writing when you listen to other things I have released, but here I really tried a different sound to what I usually do. To just ditch the piano felt weird at first, because it’s always the principal instrument in my tracks. It plays a vital role and I think people identify my sound with it. But because of that, the recording process felt fresh and opened a lot of creative doors. 

How has the likes of Max Richter influenced your writing?

I love the music of Max Richter and other new classical composers like Olafur Arnalds or Hauschka. They motivate me to work on a distinct sound, and they have proven that you can reach a broad audience with classical music if done right. A lot of young people still associate classical music with boring adults and elite people, but I think these artists are changing that slowly. Classical music and ambient music are melting together more and more, which is a thing you can also hear in my new EP.

Where did you find the inspiration for the music on this album?

I thought about different spaces and moods the music could fill, and the storyline that connects the tracks. I wrote a lot of the tracks with a church in mind. I then left more space between the notes, because in a church you have long reverbs. “Life & Death Choral” and “Life & Death Fugue” are written and arranged for a choir, and I hope to record them with a choir at some point. 

What else is happening next in Schlindwein’s world?

I am working on a Requiem for synthesizers and a large scale choir at the moment. I hope it will be possible again soon to realize these kinds of projects. I also finished another full-length album more in line with my Debut LP “Piano & Electronic Ensemble Op.1” and we will release it early in 2021, so stay tuned for that.

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