Artist interview: Lukas Freudenberger

I interviewed another of my favourite Techno DJs, Lukas Freudenberger, ahead of his new album release. Here’s what he had to say…

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Me: Your new album AMPLIFIED is out now! I’ve listened to it plenty of times and love all the tracks on there- do you have a particular favourite?

Lukas: I think it would have to be “She Said”.

Me: How does this album differ from your previous releases?

Lukas: It is a very powerful release, with slower tracks, most of which are around 123 -124 BPM.

Es ist ein sehr druckvolles release, langsam produziert 123-124bpm sind die meisten tracks.

Me: I saw you play last month in Suicide Circus, which was to mark AMPLIFIED’s release. Those Ragnarök label nights are always incredible, in my opinion. How was the experience for you?

Lukas: Berlin was awesome! It was a full house that night and the guys, Holgi and Kai, are wicked. To celebrate the album with them was a truly great experience.

Berlin war genial. Einlassstop, volles haus , die jungs Holgi und Kai sind einfach nur real! Das album mit ihnen dort zu feiern war ein tolle erfahrung.

Me: Your sound has changed somewhat over the years, progressing from minimal to something much harder and darker. What has inspired those changes?

Lukas: It’s normal to develop one’s sound; doing the same thing over and over again eventually inspires you do something different, which is fun at the same time. I believe that way, you remain authentic.

Sich zu entwickeln ist normal, wenn man immer dasselbe macht dann inspiriert man sich im besten falle selbst etwas anderes zu machen… iwas was einem spass macht, dann bleibt es authentisch denk ich.

Me: Which other artists have inspired you

Lukas: At the beginning of my “career” as a Techno producer, I think the greatest influence was Björn Torwellen as his style at that time for me was simply revolutionary – he fascinated me. I’ve also always thought Cortechs was pretty awesome.

Zu beginn meiner techno und produzenten “karriere” denke ich der stärkste einfluss Björn Torwellen… einfach nur der style damals, es war für mich einfach was neues, revolutionäres und hat mich schon echt fasziniert. Cortechs fand ich auch immer fett.

Me: I see you started up your own record label, STABIL, in 2014. Is that still going?

Lukas: STABIL was on a long break, but new releases are on the horizon.

Stabil hatte ne länger auszeit. Plane aber neue releases.

Me: You’re from Köln, aren’t you? How does the Techno scene there compare to Berlin?

Lukas: I think in Köln, people tend to go out to see a particular act in one of the many Techno clubs, whereas in Berlin, people go to the clubs regardless of who is on the line-up; you go to Berghain for Berghain, as it’s always an experience no matter what. I think the thing that both cities have in common is that there’s always a Techno party to go to- you can now party any night of the week in Köln, just like in Berlin.

Denke in Köln geht man noch eher wegen einem bestimmten act in einer der vielen techno clubs… in Berlin ist es denk ich mehr oder weniger egal wer auf dem line up steht.. ins berghain geht man um ins berghain zu gehen… es ist so oder so eine erlebnis. Denke verbinden tut die beiden städte aber, dass man auch in Köln mittlerweile an eig jedem wochentag ein techno party besuchen kann, genau wie in Berlin.

Me: Will we see you back here again soon?

Lukas: I think I will be back later this year, as and my new Ragnarök friends and I have some plans…

Me: Sounds exciting! I look forward to seeing you then 🙂

Composed by: Milly Day

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