Monday, June 9, 2008
words with pawel/turner (orphanear/dial)
a while ago we started thinking we starting wondering what the hell was going on when the peeps over boing poum tchack! posted an interview with bvdub about the time we were organising a mix with him, and then exactly the same thing happened with pawel. we reached the conclusion they probably weren't reading our emails, they just happened to have the same (ehem excellent) taste we do.
pawel, better known to some as turner, has been putting out amazing stuff for a long time now on ladomat 2000, dial and more recently, his new label, orphanear. while we've been signed up members of the fan club since his earlier dial releases, his 2 releases last year 'gabriel' and 'jujuy & salta' really caught our attention. for me, both records were highlights of 2007.
anyway, as part of the ssg mix pawel plans to do for us, he also did a short q&a. we've been sitting on this for a while as we were going to post it with the mix. but there has been a bit of a delay, so we thought we might as well put it now for everyone to enjoy. a ssg mix is on the way from pawel, but we'll have to wait a bit longer. we are really looking forward to hearing what he comes up with. in the meantime, enjoy the interview and for more info check his myspace, discogs and orphanear records.
Ssgs: I feel like, more than any of the other Hamburg artists from Dial, Smallville etc, that you're operating as a songwriter, even when the songs are 'tracks' strictly speaking. I wonder what you think about that.
Pawel: Actually I started with dance or "track-oriented" music, when I first released stuff as Keni Mok and Turner. Somehow the Turner project then developed more and more into a singer songwriter thing over the years. That´s why I started Pawel, to seperate the more minimal house and techno oriented stuff that I do into a new project. Except Hendrik (Pantha Du Prince), who did music with the band Stella before, most of the other artists on Dial, such as Pete (Lawrence), Dave (Carsten Jost) and Phillip (Efdemin), were always focused on their particular club oriented project on Dial, although everyone of them listens to "track" and "song" oriented music as well. So maybe there will be some more "song-oriented" side projects of the other Dial boys in the future, such as the infamous ambient guitar project "Bordeaux".
Ssgs: My first introduction to your music was with the version of 'Been Out' that appeared on the Sonar compilation from that year. After that, I didn't hear any of your work until I started exploring Dial. I discovered Pack of Lies and Disappearing Brother at the same time, but it was the former that really moved me - it was strange and interesting to hear 80s pop approached in this context. Tell me a little about the creative process of making the album, and your 'turn' back toward more groove-based music since that time.
Pawel: A Pack Of Lies was some kind of an experiment for me in several ways. I didn´t use to sing on my records before, except on the track Been Out, and I didn´t thought about doing something that could be understood as a pop album, before. I worked on a soundtrack for a movie, just before I started to do this album and a lot of the sounds, such as the skipping guitars and synthesizer sounds that I used for the soundtrack, found their way to A Pack Of Lies.
After this album I decided to split the dance oriented and the song oriented part into two projects, Pawel and Turner. The first result was the Turner album Slow Abuse, where I used nearly no drums at all. Parallel to the album I started to work on new Pawel tracks that have been since then released on Dial and Orphanear.
Ssgs: What do you think is integral or essential to your music (in terms of approach, intention and style)?
Pawel: The thing the interests me most in music generally is uniqueness in style, sound-aesthetics and way of composition. Music that you haven´t heard before in that way, that´s what I try to achieve as well.
Ssgs: What is the purpose/concept/intent of Orphanear? What are you seeking to do with the label?
Pawel: I wanted to be able to release future Turner records on my own, that was one of the main reasons to create Orphanear. Also, I was thinking about starting a new label that includes all from minimal house and techno to experimental pop music for a long time. Besides that, Dial was getting bigger and more artists were starting to release their music on it, which makes it more difficult for all artists involved to have their music released immediately after it is finished. So Orphanear is just another channel to get our music out there faster.
we'll post the next ssg mix in the next few days...