Born and bred in southern Germany, Till Krüger’s name as refined producer and liveact from the german electronica circuit first caught many a techno fan’s attention when Sven Väth put two of his early productions on his annual compilation mix for Cocoon in 2010. Now with an upcoming new LP coming out in May “Twain”, we caught up with him to find out how he came to be inspired by dance music, and why he decided for now for a new LP…
Hey Till, what’s been good and bad in your world this year?
I am doing really well so far. Spring will arrive soon in Germany and my new album will be released in May. So nothing to complain 🙂
Why and when did you start in music?
I always listened to music a lot and also collected cds. My older brother was a Hip-Hop DJ and he also produced a bit. I saw him making tracks on the computer and tried it at some point as well. This has been about 20 years ago and I have always made music since then. Music played a big role my life in general and it’s still fun to me…. So that’s basically why I started.
How has your sound evolved since then?
I started as a teenager making all kinds of music. In the beginning more Hip-Hop influenced, then I went to clubs and started club orientated tracks and fell in love with Detroit Techno. Right now my work is more diverse and I just do what I feel like. I still like doing dance floor stuff but I also enjoy mellow listening music as well.
How much has becoming a father impacted your creativity?
Being a parent is really inspiring in my opinion. Life with kids is intense and sleep is very different. I mainly do music at night when I am a bit tired too – so this definitely influences my creative process. In my everyday life there is only a defined time frame for making music, so I always try to work really focused and finish stuff quickly.
When it comes to DJing – are you someone who likes to get people in a trance, or who likes a sense of fun in their sets, or who likes to shock etc etc etc?
I like music and DJ sets to be versatile. So there’s a little bit of everything in there.
And where is your best environment? A small dark club or a huge outdoor festival stage? Late at night for the weirdos or early so you can play slow and eclectic?
It doesn’t really matter. Hopefully the audience enjoys the music, so we can have good time together.
Tell us about your new album, why you decided to make one and what the aim was?
I started with one particular track which was a present for my wife. From there on the whole project grew and evolved to this album „Twain”. My goal was to put a piano in every track and do a back to back sequence of ambient pieces and beat-ladden tracks. I wanted to make an album which you can listen to everywhere at any time.
And when making music, what are your aims, what sounds are you most fond of, what is the aim of your tunes?
I try to make music with a story. So my music has a narrative character and I like it to be deep and not that hectic or stressful. I always make music which I enjoy at a particular moment and try to go with the flow, so the results can be really varied.
What gear do you use and how important is that to forming your sound?
These days you can make music with really little equipment. It’s good to have a piece of gear that inspires and motivates you to keep going. I mainly work with a computer – that works perfectly fine for me right now.
Till Krüger LP “Twain” will be out on Quite Needless on 26th May