WORDS with Dollkraut
Picture this: You are in Trouw at 10 am Sunday morning. The daylight invades the dancefloor, meeting the smoke in a levitating dance, when the drum machine kicks; as synthesizer creeps in with echoes of a distant mechanical world, the atmosphere charges. I can’t remember who was playing that morning, but I remember the mission to discover the track. Dollkraut’s “Theme of Fukoyama” marks one of my most prominent party memories.
A multilayered musician -- instrumentalist, DJ, producer, vocalist -- who shifts elegantly between projects, Dollkraut maintains the ability to be a genre unto himself. Having a reputation for a love of analog output and the unconventional, he first put the Dollkraut sound on stage -- in the form of a band -- and then came the darker De Ambassade. Between touring with his bands and composing electronic obscurities, we exchanged a few words ahead of his debut at RADION with HIS DARK Elements.
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Your musical output has a very distinct cinematic atmosphere, if it was the score of a movie what would the plot be?
This would probably end up being Spy-movie from the 70/80’s during the cold war about a Russian top-secret invention, a device where you can track sound signals from outer space..
You are referring to Portishead very often -- also a big fan here -- what other bands or musical styles have influenced your creative process?
Other stuff would be the cassette scene, all those small, DIY, noise, wave labels. It’s just an ongoing cave of undiscovered sounds.
If you weren’t a music maker, what else would you rather be?
A Tv host..
Would you ever run your own label? If so, what would it sound like?
I don’t think so... It’s just not for me, I like writing songs that much I just cannot think of something else...
You are an artist who works on more than one musical project at a time. What is the driving force behind that? Does it satisfy a deeper creative or personal need?
I think this has to do with the fact that it’s good to explore.. Also I cannot sit still. But it’s more that you always dare yourself, finding new ways to express things, and afterall it’s good fun.
When do you decide that it’s time to move on from one project to another? Is it a challenging process?
Yeah it’s challenging indeed, but that keeps it going. What I said before, discovering yourself over and over. Other views on your work, comments from people, it’s all different than the project next to it.
You‘ve played in numerous αnd diverse venues around the world. From big festivals to smaller clubs etc. What would be the most ideal setting to perform?
I don’t really have an ideal one.. I like summer so maybe I go for the festival season, or..
Most important is that people understand what you’re doing. Or not.. and then they discover..