LWE Podcast 13: Paul Frick

Trained in the discipline of classical music and well versed in jazz, Paul Frick leaped into the world of dance music with surprising ease, finding his senses and skills well attuned to its constant pulse and openly familiar structures. Offering both sharpened bits of his classical past (“Do Something EP”) and the inventive way forward (“Knock On Wood EP” featuring the stunning “Steal My Heart”) on his Kalk Pets releases and an adroit sense of construction which transformed Scott’s “Memory Core” into a deep-house groover, Frick’s music positions him as a burgeoning talent destined to make waves rather than swim with the tide. For LWE’s 13th podcast, the Berlin-based producer performed an exclusive live set drawn largely from unreleased and live-only tracks that has us wiggling with awed enthusiasm.

LWE Podcast 13: Paul Frick (52:08)

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Tracklist:

01. Paul Frick, Untitled [live only]
02. Paul Frick, “Got The Blues” [Kalk Pets] (groovebox version)
03. Paul Frick, “Five o’ Clock” [unreleased] (groovebox version)
04. Paul Frick, Untitled [live only]
05. Finchhatten, “Hey Bob” (Paul Frick groovebox remix) [unreleased]
06. Paul Frick, “Do Something” [Kalk Pets] (groovebox version)
07. Paul Frick, “Steal My Heart” [Kalk Pets] (groovebox version)
08. Scott, “Boh” (Paul Frick remix) [unreleased]

When and where did you make this set?

I recorded it some weeks ago at home, after practicing for a live gig at Flex, Vienna.

What is the concept behind the set?

It’s entirely a groovebox set, which gives it a little old school touch, I guess. I wanted to see what comes out when I make music with different equipment than normally. And Strobocop (who runs the label Kalk Pets) also encouraged me to do a set without computer. So I bought this Korg ESX which has a sampler in it. Of course, its technical possibilities are reduced compared to Ableton, but this certain challenge gives me a lot more excitement while performing. With this I really have to sweat :-) And it can be very creative to be reduced to a small amount of knobs to turn and elements in a pattern, it also gives you more control of each one of them. I really enjoy playing live with that little machine! Of course, the live versions of already produced/released tracks sound very different from the originals. It is actually a strange thing for me to reinterpret some of my own tracks with less freedom, but interesting because there is always a new aspect of them coming out.

Who are a few of your favorite DJs past and present? What about performers of live PAs?

I got into electronic music very late; I think Akufen’s album My Way was the first time I really admired house music. So I discovered a lot of great older stuff only years later, like Theo Parrish, who I haven’t heard DJing, unfortunately. The DJs who most impressed me lately are Stefan Goldmann, DJ Koze, Strobocop (who plays a lot of great old records that I have never heard before!), Crawford, Cassy, Carsten Klemann, H30H and Mark Henning. I tend to get a bit disappointed by dance music live acts, ’cause I am often trying to figure out what they are actually doing, instead of just enjoying the music (if possible) and dancing. So under the performance aspect, I would say I have been more touched by classical orchestras or bands. Anyway, great live acts I have seen are Sound Stream, dOP, Le K, Akufen, Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts, and above all, Scott.

What can we expect from you in the next year’s time?

Some new EPs on Kalk Pets, 30porumalinha and other labels, a couple of remixes, and probably an album in the end of 2009. I am recording material with several classical or jazz musicians which I will turn into house music. And I have a new project I am very enthusiastic about. It’s called Brandt, Brauer & Frick, the other two are Daniel Brandt and Jan Brauer from “Scott.” We make house/techno inspired music, only with acoustic drums and percussion, a prepared piano, vibraphone, Rhodes, bass guitar, objects and sometimes a synth (no plugins). We only made a few tracks until now, and we are really happy about the results and the way of working together! I guess our style could bring to mind Steve Reich as well as old school loop techno. Our first gig will take place at the monthly My My party at Watergate, as soon as we are ready. We are actually aiming to do fully instrumental concerts in a concert hall or festival context. But this will take some time. I am more and more trying to bring together my classical composition background and my love for dance music.

LWE Podcast 13: Paul Frick (52:08)

harpomarx42  on January 29, 2009 at 9:51 PM

In download. Looks like a nice catch!

todd  on January 30, 2009 at 1:22 AM

nice one steve, i really liked his house got soul mix.

jimbo  on January 30, 2009 at 6:55 AM

nice one!

dj al  on January 30, 2009 at 9:59 AM

that’s what i call HOUSE !
Great stuff indeed

harpomarx42  on January 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Excellent mix. I think that ‘Steal My Heart’ track is very good, and it sounds like it was made to fit into Rhythm & Sound’s “Free For All” (Soundstream Remix).

Also surprised that it was an analogue equipment set. Very smooth and polished. Well done!

littlewhiteearbuds  on January 30, 2009 at 10:17 AM

It sounds like it was made to fit it because it was made from samples of Soundstream’s remix. Have you not heard the original where a narrator reveals all the sounds he samples?

Richard Carnage  on January 30, 2009 at 11:27 AM

I don’t believe that you didn’t mention that “Steal My Heart” was actually created using the mix that he did for this very site! I’d love an instrumental version of that, but it’ll probably never appear.

http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/paul-frick-mixes-and-more/

sven  on January 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

thank you lwe and paul frick for this!!

i really like the ‘steal my heart’ track too
i just read all about it on modyfier, the narrator is a nice feat, but i would prefer an instrumental version too

harpomarx42  on January 30, 2009 at 6:07 PM

I had never heard much of his music before, but I did hear a lot of good things about him (so I wouldn’t know where the sample was from, innit?). However, this has piqued my curiosity.

Shawn Khan  on January 30, 2009 at 6:12 PM

uff! one of your best mixes yet

Alejo Salazar  on February 6, 2009 at 11:59 AM

this guy is a visionary… i have thousands of electronic songs & mixes , but every time i hear something he does, it amaze me
que buena musica !!

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