Like many others, we have been waiting in great anticipation for the latest STEPHAN BODZIN LP. Although we’ve been treated to a slurry of EP’s and collaborations from the talented producer over the years, we’ve been craving another album since LIEBE IST. Well now our prayers have been answered by the techno gods as he has just released his latest album ‘Powers of Ten’.
It’s fair to say that Stephan Bodzin is a bit of an institution – his unique sound is often imitated but never duplicated, composing cleverly structured tracks with a very raw electronic feel to them. We are big fans of his music (and we are in love with the album) and so were over the moon with an opportunity to chat to him about the latest album and to ask a few questions…
Hey Stephan. Thank you for taking the time to chat to us. We’re big fans of your music and so are our readers! With that in mind we’re hugely excited for your forthcoming album ‘Powers of Ten’ which is your first LP for eight years – we’re pretty sure people will have been craving another Bodzin album since Liebe Ist– why have you made us all wait so long?
Hey guys, thanks for having me here. Yeah it´s been a long time I know, for me too… it’s not that I was working all those 8 years on the new album, I just had not that initial input/output to start getting on it all the time. Maybe I needed kind of a break, as I’m producing music for more than 25 years now it was a welcome change of life for me when Liebe Ist got this successful and I had the chance touring the planet, getting out of my nerdy little studio cave for a while 😉 Anyway…it all came back with the birth of my daughter Lila 2 years ago. That deep emotional experience kind of opened those forgotten synapses up again and that was the moment when that early morning feeling came back where I felt “I must go to studio nooooow”.
The new album features ‘Singularity’, your most recent release on the seminal Life and Death imprint and a track our readers may recognise from the Tale of Us Essential Mix aired back in January this year – nearly 6 months before the album release date. Did you have Powers of Ten complete by then or have you been working on it solidly for the first half of this year? How long has the album taken from concept to release?
I started working on the album in a focused way in spring last year and finished kind of 15 tracks until the end of November. That’s when I did a kind of hard selection and decided to drop around 10 from the project. They were ok, but not perfect. So I was back on 5 tracks only… I finished the other 5 tunes all in December as I had a booked 2 month trip to South Africa and definitely wanted to have the album finished before that. Yeah I love deadlines, seriously I’m getting so much focused on what’s essential and what’s just blabla that those last 5 tracks are still the best on the album for me. Like “ix” and “wir” were made in one day, I started working on Singularity by Xmas I guess 😉
We read that you’ve taken the title of the album from a physics book – is that right?
Yes that’s right. For my second solo album I was looking for a title, a kind of concept which was 100% authentic fitting to me, my life, my philosophy – if that exists. And that book ‘Powers of Ten’ is with me now for more than 25 years, representing a part of my perspectives and the resulting way to live my life. There was actually no other option than choosing this one as title. Read it and you’ll probably understand. It´s an eye opener – to me at least, still.
The album is packed with raw electronic sounds and emotive melodies – it’s uplifting, emotional, euphoric and simply beautiful at times. You certainly have a signature sound and it’s one we’re crazy for. What artists or labels have influenced your sound over time? How do you feel your sound is evolving?
As you said, it’s a signature and I honestly have the feeling this signature grew isolated inside of me and is not too much influenced of what was happening out there over all those years. It’s more a return to my passion for melodic music, to warm bassy and analogue moods. I put so much love in this that I kind of feel emotionally exposed and naked when playing some tunes now 🙂
These days I’m already working a lot on new stuff and did some remixes for Marc Romboy and Pan-Pot, working on one for Rodriguez Jr. at the moment, and the sound is definitely going deeper and deeper for me. I can create melodies and like it or not, they’re growing like weeds in my head. so that’s where I am, that’s where you’ll find me in the future.
A little birdy told us you’re working on a live show for the summer. We see you’ve got gigs coming up across Europe and Australia – what can we expect?
You can expect me standing exposed in front of the booth, manipulating music in real time on a crazy crazy custom made 600 LEDs prototype-style controller which is reacting with light on every little knob I turn to let people experience a true live performance. It also comes with amazing slow-mo visuals by the outstanding artist Daniel Rossa who based on the album artwork, actually the album artwork is based on the visuals. This guy already light up the Sydney opera a few times, so expect something super nice. For the big shows I´ll bring one or two moogs of course.
Festival season is fast approaching for us here in the UK. We’re excited for the summer and some outdoor dancing – can you recommend any European festivals to check out this summer?
Don’t miss fusion-festival…..it’s sold out now though – ouch! It’s still one of the best electronic parties. I’m also looking forward to playing Tomorrowland this year….ouch sold out. hehehe. But besides that you should lookout for all those non mega-sized festivals poppin up everywhere these days: checkout Noisily Festival in UK, Picknick festival, Montpellier – I’ll be playing both.
And finally, the question we ask everyone, if you were a techno kitten for the day what would you get up to?
I would record my silly voice as long as I’’m doin this miau thing and do a track of it!!! 😉 LOL
Thanks Stephan! Really appreciate your time 🙂
You’re more than welcome.
Stephan Bodzin’s ‘Powers of Ten’ is out now on Herzblut Recordings (stream it below)