How does music function for you personally? When you made Providence you suffered from depression which caused a musical blockade. You couldn’t or didn’t want to produce music.
It’s really healthy for your mind. Doesn’t matter if you’re playing live or in your living room, you can get totally absorbed in it. So, yeah, it’s a self-therapeutic thing and it’s really healthy for the brain to have such experiences and intense mindsets that can be kind of healing.
Was there also a certain personal period when you made Sunder?
It was quite a romantic time in my life when I recorded it. It’s sort of bittersweet. I was in a short relationship with a woman, so I was happy but also sad when it broke apart. I think the EP captures that partially.
So it was sort of a melancholy that has inspired you?
Yeah, but from a very romantic perspective. Especially the first track, “Sunder”, is quite sad but there’s also an euphoric power to it. Similar to the other tracks that have doomy parts but sound cheerful, too.
Compared to your last album, Sunder seems way more beat-oriented. Would you say it’s an EP that wants to be back on the dancefloor‘?
You could say that. There’s a 4/4 structure and they are around 120-125bpm fast. Compared to Providence, there are beats as well, just no 4/4 beats. For me, some parts of Providence were a lot heavier than on Sunder. But yeah, it’s a step back to the dancefloor and definitely more clubby.
Do you have any idea why your track “The Sky Was Pink” is still popular, almost ten years after its release?
Oh, I actually don’t know. Mostly it’s James Holden’s remix. It maybe just came out at the right time and addressed the right people that felt it. I also think it was a track that was quite unique for that time, that people haven’t heard before.