Ahead of his tenth studio album we had a quick chat with Berlin based neurofunk genusis, Current Value.
Biocelluslose is the tenth album from Current Value. Out on Critical on March 25th the German drum & bass producer creates a hard edged, technically incredible album. We wanted to have a quick chat with the German neurofunk powerhouse to find out a little more about his next album.
Hey, how are you doing?
Where are you, and what are you doing right now?
I'm at the airport on the way to Czech Republic to a gig.
Biocellulose is your tenth studio album!? How do you keep churning them out?!
It's what I do. I love my job!
Its out the 25th March on Critical, but that's not your first project with them?
No, that's right. I did an EP on Binary in early 2015.
How did you get the ball rolling with Critical?
Well, I decided to send them a couple of tunes which were being inspired by some of the actual neurofunk tunes at the time. Interesting times for neuro, very inspiring!
Why did you choose Critical as the place for your next album?
I came across a couple of Mefjus' tracks, who I've been following many years already. That pointed me to Critical and label boss Kasra.
You've got two collabs on there, 'Thump' with Phace and 'Senescence' with Mefjus. When did you start working with them?
That happened in February 2015 were I had a 3 days studio Session with Florian Phace. We happened to make two collabs.
The studio visit at Martin Mefjus' place was last late December.
How did you find working with them?
I loved working with both of them! Brilliant guys - lots of humour and the necessary ability to focus on things. Besides that it is nice to have some real exchange of knowledge here. It's that instant understanding when it comes to ideas or tweaking sound etc.
Hasn't been the last time working with them for sure!
You spoke of a 'huge inspirational moment', what was that?
It just comes to you. Listening to mixes, checking tunes, hearing noises in the day to day life - that stuff.
Once I get my head around a certain sound I'm into, it doesn't take long for the ideas to arrive.
The actual making of tunes in the end compares more to "collecting the seed".
Was that your vocals on the track Changes?
Do you usually record your own sounds and samples?
Most of the time I do. It's fun!
Pneumatics is a heavy track man, with some serious vibes similar to that of techno. Do other genres help drive your sound?
Not anymore really. I did produce Techno though in the late 90's under the name "curve146". So Techno has been my main influence back then.
Your based in Berlin, what do you think of the drum & bass scene in Berlin and Germany right now?
As strange as it may sound but Berlin's never been a big number in dnb. Crews here and there - of course. Many dnb related producers moved to Berlin. Nonetheless everything seems quite disconnected somehow. I guess that's Berlin in general. Good place to work on music for me though!
To anyone who doesn't know the Current Value sound, how would you describe it?
I wouldn't. I'd tell people to check the sound itself and build their own opinion.
If you could play anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?
've played almost everywhere. Let's see what the future holds!
If you had a superpower what would that be and why?
Beaming could be interesting! From one place to another in no time? Cool!
What would you be doing if you weren't in the music scene?
Probably be a painter.
Biocelluslose is out March 25 on Critical, pre-order it here.
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