Dominik Eulberg chats about his latest collaboration with Gabriel Ananda; ‘Friend Of All That Lives’.
German Techno collaborators and close friends Dominik Eulberg & Gabriel Ananda both have long careers in the music industry with various successful releases, remixes and albums via labels like Cocoon, reibstoff, Trapez, Platzhirsch, Bedrock, Milk and Sugar, Treibstoff & 100 Percent Pure.
1) Firstly, thanks for taking the time out to chat with us. Tell us where you are and how you are feeling right now.
Right now I am in Salzburg Austria enjoying the fresh spring air. I am drinking an espresso while sitting on the laptop :)
2) Obviously, the topic for today is your ‘Friend Of All That Lives’ release – tell us in your words a little bit about how it came to be and what you were trying to convey to your listeners…
Gabriel and I are like two magnets. Either we obliterate each other and it ends up in total crap or – correctly polarized – we create an energy flow that contains more than the single parts, 1+1=3. It depends on a special structure to establish that synergy effect. Over a long period we found a formula for our cooperations: Each of us takes care, that the process of creativity is going with fun and joy. This development of the workflow is Panta Rhei.
Furthermore the synergy extents the musical dimension enormously. The sheet we are painting on becomes bigger, the colours brighter. Shame, fear and inhibitions take a back seat. As we say in Germany: “Everything is possible but we are not forced to do it”… this isn´t only the motto of a local swingers club, it´s just the essence of our project…
3) Any interesting, funny, inspiring, memorable moments during the album process you can share with us?
When Gabriel and I are creating music, we really have great fun. But… we like to keep some secrets :)
4) What trax have been really tearing it up in club-land?
Very difficult question. There is so much music with its numerous facets. But tracks with that innovative idea and a clear statement always ruled the scene essentially. My personal tracks I am talking about are ‘Strobe Light Network’ from Cold,
‘Beau Mot Plage, from Isolée, ‘Analogue Bubblebath’ from Aphex Twin or ‘Break Night’ of The Molepeople.
5) Share a few artists that have influenced your sound?
I grew up in Westerwald which lies exactly between Frankfurt aM and Cologne. So I was socialized by the trance and techno music of Frankfurt by labels like EyeQ and Harthouse, Artists like Sven Vath and CJ Bolland. On the other hand there was the minimalistic music from Cologne and labels like Profan and Studio1, with artists like Mike Ink. But I also was aware about ambient and electronica from my very beginnings. I was very interested in artists like Aphex Twin and labels like Sahko and Milles Plateaux.
6) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Well try this: Switch off your Cell Phone/Smartfone and go into the nature. The best would be moving to a small village without any stress or parking sites. Rather simple, isn’t it?
7) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterises your sound?
That’s hard to say, for my own part I always start with nothing and try to strike new paths. Otherwise I will copy myself again and again. Usually I am working with Cubase, using a lot of UAD plugins, these ones sound the best. I love my Eventide H-8000FW. You feed it with any piece and a huge enormous Hollywoodsound is the result. I’m using this wicked multi effect-machine as creative-tool – creating pads from beats or something like this…Also I am addicted on reverbs, so I often use the Bricasti M7.
8) What’s you’re opinion on the current state of house music
Clear statement: The Nature! Nature is the biggest artist of all, inventing so much incredible things and beings – mankind for example… :)
9) What’s next for you?
Actually I finished the first joint EP with my friends of Extrawelt. At the moment I am assidously working on my new album…