DEPARTMENT 2018: Radar interviews Recondite

Lorenz Brunner who goes by the artist name Recondite, is a long time collector of music. Describing electronic music to us as spontaneous, free, liberal, multilingual, physical and an emotional way of expressing or consuming emotions, he has developed one of the most distinct and versatile sounds in the electronic music scene today. Recondite had his first experience with drum machines and hardware synths just a few years ago in a small studio next to the forest in Lower Bavaria. It wasn’t long after that he moved to Berlin to build up Plangent Records where the artist rapidly established his name.

Recondite ultimately creates what he believes is something that captures the personality of Rottal-Inn – a district in southeastern Bavaria, Germany and his hometown. Promising the crowd some distinctive atmosphere, Recondite will be one of the main acts at Department, a Stockholm-based music and arts festival with electronic music at the heart. In collaboration with Department, we have the chance to ask Recondite a few questions about his creative process, as well as about what kind of set he will deliver the 26th of may at the festival.

Hi Recondite! We’re really excited to see you at Department 2018. It will be your first gigg here in Stockholm for five years. What kind of set can the audience expect?
– A lot of new productions, for example from my upcoming EP on Afterlife. A few classics, and some distinctive atmosphere..

In 2006 you made a big shift – you started producing your own music and said that you stopped searching for music outside yourself.  Why? Was this process natural & what challenges did you face?
– I realized that digging and looking for music just wasn’t enough for me anymore. I came to a point where i said – ok, i’m looking for a specific type of music, in order to really find a lot of it, i’ll have to start making it… after that I started putting a lot of focus on making music. I obviously needed some years to learn the techniques, but the whole process was fun. I also finished the tracks i made from the beginning, that was really important. Even if they sounded bad or were obviously amateurish – I liked them and they gave me the feeling of being able to create something worthy. That kept me motivated and gave me some courage in the end.

What is electronic music to you?
– It is a spontaneous, free, liberal, multilingual, physical and emotional way of expressing or consuming emotions.

How has your background in hip hop shaped the music you make today – if at all?
– It is actually still shaping my music. I really like cloud rap these days. I don’t think that i’ll ever loose my hip hop approach, there is always a hip hop beat that i’m working on, on the side among my Ableton projects. I also really like playing basketfall since ages ago, and that’s pretty connected to hip hop. I think i just have a certain love for this laid back style.

Can you tell us how you nourish your own creative process meanwhile being so internationally recognized?
– Occasional distance from the scene and industry is key for me. Not just getting away by going to the bavarian countryside – I moved to a different part of the city in Berlin where techno does not really play a big role. It’s more like a decent place to live instead of it being very sceny. I enjoy it a lot at the moment. But generally also an emotional distance to even creation is very important to me. I hate being cramped up in self expectations – I usually don’t let this happen.

What have you listened to lately that you’ve liked?

– I really like Metro Boomins beats. I enjoy Yung Hurn, a young Austrian rapper. I also enjoy Amandras deep approach to electronic music.

As I said, we’re really excited to see you on the 26th of may. Can you leave the audience a message?

 – I think you should be excited for a great night of music with hi end production, good sound and music! I’m looking forward to being back in Stockholm, on of my favorite cities. Come early and stay long.


Photo: Shay Levy