Thyladomid needs little introduction, coming through the ranks via a series of killer releases with Diynamic he’s one of the label’s shining lights. His debut album Interstellar Destiny is out now and is an absolutely essential purchase for anyone who’s a fan of the young talent – we spoke to him about his career so far and the wonderful LP, which you can preview by scrolling halfway down this page…
How has your year been so far? I gather you see this as a pretty important ear in terms of your career?
Yes it very important. Acutally I am very happy right now. I think for every artist it is a very special moment when it comes to dropping his own album. So it is actually a big turning point in my career.
How do you look back on your early years as a raver? How have your tastes changed since then?
It changed a lot. From Hip Hop to Rock, from commercial electronic music to underground. I had a lot of movement in my taste of music. But I really started the underground music about when I was 18, back in 2008.
How does it feel to be a part of the Diynamic crew these days? How has it helped your career?
I am now part of the label since 2011 and nowhere else can I feel more at home than in this special community. It has changed my way of thinking and of course it helped my career a lot.
Did you ever get to stage where you thought you’d be working with the likes of Diynamic? Have they mentored you in a way?
I was a big fan of Diynamic since the label was founded. I always listened to the Hamburg music a lot and at that it was an unrealistic dream to release on Diynamic one day. Quite strange to think about that right now. How everything can develop in such unexpected ways. The Family is a great mentor. It’s nice to get all the feedback for your hard work from everyone involved.
So what sort of music did you grow up with then? And when did you become interested in house music?
Back in the days I listened to Rock, Hip Hop (German) and of course commercial house music 😉 That’s how I actually got into the scene. I went to commercial parties with friends and that’s how I discovered electronic music. That was around 2007. I loved it. It was the first experience of rolling basses on a big sound system. I think I was more impressed by the power this kind of music has on a big sound system than the actual quality of music.
Was there one moment where you realized this is what you wanted to do then?
After a while I moved further into the underground sound, because I visited big Festivals such as LFP or Timewarp. It was at that time when it all changed for me and Istarted working with Fruity Loops on a Windows PC, crafting my first beats.
So how did you learn to make music? Did you take classes? Or just through trail and error on your laptop?
I play the piano because my parents made me go to music classes when I was a young guy. But the “made me” only counts for the first few times. Since then I play it every day and it is my biggest passion. That knowledge helped me a lot. But the work with Logic (which I am working with now) was trail and error. Maybe I should have taken classes to save time, but back then I had no money to afford it.
How long did it take until you got to a stage where you were pretty assured with your sound?
Still didn’t reach it. But you have to leave it the way it is at some point and start something new. You cannot work on one thing for ages. Someday is has to be released 😉
What other challenges are you faced with at the moment from a music point of view?
I started working on Ableton now as well. My next goal is to find out how it feels to play live. Apart from that I bought a lot of analog gear to record non plug in sounds for my upcoming music, which will be much more techno than the album.
When was the last time you heard a track that was really stunningly produced? What made it stick out for you?
David August – Epikur. No need for more words.
From that point of view, which track of yours was the biggest challenge to put together?
It was “Thyladomid ft. Mahfoud – The Real Thing”. It was produced as analog as we were able to. All the instruments were recorded analogically and even the bassline was taken from a guitar. So we were working really hard on it because all the instruments have their own way of tune. And just a little change to the tune can make it sound terrible. So that was actually a big challenge to get it right.
And when you’re coming up with a new track, what do you start on? The samples? The bassline? How does that all work for you?
I had a lot of different ways to do this in the past. For my album I always started with melodies and basslines. Today I do it the other way around. I start off with all necessary percussion recordings, like Kick, Clap, Hi Hat and Shaker. Then I add melody elements.
So can you explain the album release to us a bit then? What was the vibe you were going for with it?
It took two years for me to realize that I was actually working on an album. I already did like 12 tracks. Then I thought about doing an album when Solomun asked about that when he listened to the first examples. So I was mainly inspired by movie clips. I thought about certain sequences in movies and the suitable piece of music to it. That was how I day dreamed about my own music.
What do you see as the future of your productions? Would you ever make music that’s not house and techno?
Yes, I think I will do other projects as well. The album already gives signs of a different style of music I am able to produce and I will continue in that direction in a few years. But for now I will focus on club music again to develop my feeling for club sounds.
What 5 tracks are you playing non-stop right now?
Denis Horvat – Dispossed
Lake People – Blackpoint
Trashlagoon – Secrets of Asura
Howling – Signs (Kalabrese Remix)
Butch feat. Hohberg -The Spirit (Adriatique’s 7am Remix)
Where do you think the house and techno scene will be in 10 years time?
Wow that’s a difficult question I can’t really answer. I think there will be many changes but the basic Kick High Hat Snare will always be part of it.
Interstellar Destiny is out now, order it by clicking here.