Patrick Gräser’s model of techno is considered one of no compromise. For Answer Code Request (ACR), the sensation an emotion behind the music is what drives every little thing (throw in just a little bass for good measure).
The Berlin techno star’s story is one that’s properly documented now. His rise from anonymity in 2011 has taken him to turn out to be some of the versatile and distinctive DJ’s, producers and dwell acts to grace phases worldwide.
Patrick’s artistry comes from a perception that’s one is to make high quality and new music, then one have to be true to themselves. He’s fairly vocal about not conforming to the Four/Four format that dominates the techno panorama.
Techno has all the time been in regards to the sounds of the longer term, a continuous evolution of digital sounds. Patrick embodies this as he needs to point out folks one thing new and totally different, that techno may be about a lot greater than straight, grooveless beats.
One software that Patrick utilises in his manufacturing methodology is to make use of sounds from his musical previous and reinvent them for immediately’s viewers. If you’ve seen ACR carry out earlier than, you’ll discover he makes use of quite a lot of damaged and breakbeats combine by his set.
The ebb and circulation by intervals of extra relaxed, even euphoric sounds by to laborious driving and groovy beats damaged up by totally different rhythms is one the hallmarks of his units.
In February this yr, Patrick launched his second album titled Gens below the Answer Code Request moniker. To discover out extra behind the artistry behind it and his performances, I had the pleasure of chatting to him over skype. What a beautiful fashionable world we dwell in.
FS: You as soon as mentioned that your debut album confirmed you that you just belong right here (as a techno producer), however you continue to really feel stress with every launch since you’re not all the time positive that it’s of the identical normal of the work that has come earlier than. Did you are feeling the stress coming into making Gens or was it an album that was created organically?
ACR: Of course there was extra stress, I wished to complete it earlier truly. It was a protracted course of. I journey and I’ve household. I all the time wished to complete it earlier however I wasn’t positive if it was the fitting time for the sort of experimental music to be launched once more.
I assumed, “okay, that is the second album so I’ve received to be extra experimental, artistic and get into sound design. It’s not music only for the dance flooring. It’s not only for folks going into Berghain, I need to catch one other viewers too. You can hearken to this album within the automobile or someplace else. I all the time stored that in my thoughts.
The stress was there as a result of the primary album, I believe, was actually good. Its regular that there’s a lot of stress to observe up with a powerful second album.
FS: For Gens you wished to answer upon what was inside you relatively than on different music for inspiration.
ACR: I wished to strive one thing new with outdated concepts. I had some outdated concepts from earlier tracks I’ve made sketched in my head and I wished to deliver a few of these again however reinterpreted for immediately. I wished to point out folks immediately among the sounds from my musical previous.
FS: knbn2 stands other than the opposite tracks on this LP as its tone is sort of gentle and euphoric, backed by an brisk break-beat. The texture of the bass jogs my memory of ‘Escape Myself’. What have been you attempting to precise with this monitor?
ACR: I went again to the 90’s with this one. I jogs my memory of my older instances enjoying drum n’ bass. I wished to make use of some older concepts from the previous and use them to point out folks immediately. Knbn2 is definitely the initials of my child’s names.
FS: That makes quite a lot of sense as a result of the vibe on this monitor, particularly, was fairly good and euphoric.
ACR: Yeah. This monitor was perhaps probably the most highly effective one on the album. It was the primary monitor that we put out 2- Three weeks earlier than the album was launched and had quite a lot of good suggestions from followers and colleagues.
FS: What I preferred about it was that it was refreshing to listen to that amongst different darker tracks. Do you assume that folks would possibly neglect that place that these form of vibes have simply as a lot a spot in techno because the darker sounds?
ACR: I like to producer the darker stuff typically. I believe the second album wasn’t too darkish however folks thought it was after they listened.
No, folks don’t neglect about it. The factor now’s that we’re seeing all these DJ’s tougher techno now. Sometimes I miss the groovy a part of techno, not simply straight Four/Four beats. People could have forgotten in regards to the groove.
DJs play hard-hard-hard techno, and other people need it even tougher however ultimately, it’s not my kind of fashion. I need to play every little thing I like, equivalent to a damaged beat monitor for instance. For me as a DJ, its essential to play not solely darkish music.
FS: I agree. I really feel just like the flavour of the month or the stylish sound in techno proper now’s to only play very easy techno. There’s no variation within the music that these DJs play. I believe you’re proper in saying that individuals are forgetting in regards to the groove.
ACR: Exactly. You need to preserve the vibe going by waves of highs and lows. At some huge festivals, you may’t play the sounds that you just need to present the folks. Because some crowds need the sort of techno, you can not play the sounds that you just need to play. It may be tough for DJing.
FS: Do you discover that typically at some of these exhibits that it’s a must to play extra accessible techno to maintain the gang energies or do you often do your factor and see what occurs?
ACR: When I begin (to play), I begin. I’ll see how the gang is however you want to deal with how the gang is dancing. You can simply really feel it, you may really feel what path to take the set. But I need to present my fashion not simply play easy, laborious and banging techno like each different DJ. I typically play the tougher stuff however I want my groove!
FS: You deliver a mix of various sounds to your units. You’re not simply enjoying laborious and another sounds.
ACR: Sometimes I play a bit softer, a bit moody. This is what I want! Last week I performed in Istanbul with Marcel (Dettmann and the folks have been ready for us. You might play something and the gang was so glad about each monitor. They don’t get high quality techno so usually there in order that they have been glad for something. It’s good in these conditions as a result of you may construct up one thing particular for the folks.
FS: Ambient items are positioned all by your album. How would you state the significance of ambient music in techno? Do you assume that atmosphere place in techno is ignored by people who assume Four/Four beats are what outline the style?
ACR: I believe folks have forgotten about ambient sounds in golf equipment. In the 90’s all golf equipment all the time had an ambient flooring. I’m wondering why golf equipment don’t have this anymore. The music in these rooms was actually attention-grabbing and particular for the people who simply wished to calm down.
On new years eve in Berghain, ambient music performs within the Halle house. I might play there for Three-Four hours. It’s all the time attention-grabbing music to only hearken to. People might need forgotten that you would be able to truly simply hearken to this music.
I believe it’s essential to play this ambient music for the folks. Therefore I wished some of these tracks for my album to point out people who techno isn’t nearly banging kick drums. Ambient you may play wherever, at a restaurant in your headphones or in your automobile or at a membership.
FS: Do you keep in mind what you felt after the album had been launched? Was it a way of aid or had your thoughts already moved onto the following mission?
ACR: I used to be glad when the album was launched as a result of all of the stress was launched. Just earlier than Gens got here out, there have been a number of interviews and media round it. I put quite a lot of power into this album however you simply don’t know what to anticipate when it comes out.
After it got here out I used to be already occupied with the following mission. I’ve simply moved into a brand new condominium so I must settle into that, get some new gear to make some new sounds after which take into consideration making an EP. I believe it’ll be a bit extra dancefloor oriented.
You by no means know, I’d work on music a lot that I might have one other album on my fingers. Maybe not subsequent yr however the yr after.
FS: What’s your artistic course of once you make music? Do you consider making an EP or an album particularly?
ACR: I don’t take into consideration whether or not the monitor I’m making is for an album, EP or a dancefloor. After I’ve made a monitor I believe “that will be cool for an EP’ or “that appears like an album monitor”. I’ll make a monitor, put it aside on my laborious drive and revisit it in a couple of weeks.
If I prefer it then I’ll depart it then, make some extra music after which come again to all these tracks a half a yr later after which determine what to do with them. Then I’d select which tracks to make an album out of.
The second album wasn’t actually an idea album. I used to be extra occupied with placing some tracks collectively. Some folks work monitor by monitor by monitor and work in the direction of an idea. I had one thing like 20-35 tracks and simply select the 12 greatest tracks and put them collectively.
FS: Does that form of artistic course of take the stress away from writing music for you?
ACR: Yeah you are feeling the stress when somebody tells you that it’s a must to work on music. I simply try to clear my thoughts and work with out stress. When you’re employed with out stress its the perfect.
FS: It can be laborious to work particularly when you’ve youngsters and touring loads.
ACR: Yeah. I discover my time after they’re at kinder or once I’m on a plan or in a lodge room. Whenever I discover the time actually!
FS: Do your youngsters like music?
ACR: My daughter is just 2 years outdated so she’s nonetheless small. My son is 6 years outdated however he’s extra into different music (laughs). On the drive to kindergarten, he was singing to The Killers on the radio. He already is aware of the lyrics. I sat there pondering “wow, not dangerous”.
They decide up stuff so quick. It’s unbelievable, I wasn’t like that once I was his age. He’s very good. We’ll see, I don’t need to push the music onto them however we’ll see. He’s nonetheless small!
FS: Do you keep in mind what you have been listening to once you have been his age?
ACR: I used to be dwelling in East Germany so there wasn’t a lot music obtainable. I used to be listening to 80’s rock and the pop music on the time so I can’t fairly keep in mind.
FS: I’m all the time excited about how folks title their productions. What’s your methodology once you have been naming your tracks from Gens?
ACR: Most of the names on the album are Latin. They have a private which means to me and I wished to try to inform a narrative with every monitor. There are another names that aren’t in Latin however they nonetheless have which means to me.
ACR: I believe in case you are relaxed, you’ve extra time. You would possibly do one thing in your studio and you are feeling unpressured so the sense of how helpful your time is simply isn’t there. You would possibly come again to the studio the day after you made you monitor and assume “ppfftt, what is that this?!”.
I work below stress. I journey, I’ve a household and different issues to do. When I’m in a rush I can simply work quick as a result of I’ve to. Your mind goes into a distinct mode. I simply have to complete one thing.
When I do one thing cool I try to deliver it to an finish rapidly to seize the concept. Sometimes once I come residence and I really feel like engaged on one thing, I simply do it as a result of I do know I don’t have a lot time. It makes it extra enjoyable once you leaving producing music till you are feeling it’s the fitting time.
When you sit in your studio each day, you’re not so motivated or impressed as a result of that power and emotion behind the music simply aren’t there. I do know many individuals who sit within the studio each day. They have so many toys to play with however they by no means end something.
I’ve to complete one thing as a result of I’m so glad to work on music when I’ve my time. It helps once you give your self time to really feel the stress to get within the studio to work since you’ll get in there and also you’ll be efficient.
The greatest instance is folks publish movies usually of their music tools within the studio however ultimately, the place is the music?
FS: You got here to Australia in 2017 for Pitch Music and Arts Festival. What was the expertise like for you personally? Had you performed in an identical setting world wide?
ACR: Yeah that was nice! Personally, it was the primary version of the pageant so it was thrilling to enter the bush and see it. It was so far-off and out of the town. When I come to Australia it’s often simply Sydney and Melbourne. Personally for me as a fan of journey, you need to see extra from the countryside and nature. But as a Dj you don’t get to do this. Its ‘fly-in-and-out’.
It was so cool to see how they construct the pageant. Sometimes the primary version of any pageant has its points, however not this one. Pitch was so organised . The crowd was nice. I received to play my sound and other people have been actually glad and receptive.
FS: I used to be within the crowd watching on and also you ended up enjoying extra time as Rodhad was late to his set. For that additional hour, you actually utilized extra stress on the gang with some tougher music. One specific second which I really feel actually hit the gang was once you performed “Surface Noise” by Planetary Assault Systems. What goes by your head in these conditions once you’re informed you get to play extra time?
ACR: It’s a powerful monitor! It was good for me to play longer and present extra. 1-2 hours enjoying at a pageant, you may’t actually present folks a narrative. It’s only a bit quick and it’s not all the time straightforward once you play at a pageant however the set was actually cool, particularly when it began to rain. We needed to deliver again the decks within the DJ sales space as a result of the rain was falling on it.
I deliberate to deliver the vibe down in the direction of the top of my set. You’ve received the final monitor in your thoughts however then I received informed I might play longer so I had to consider it to deliver the power again up and take the set to the following step up.
FS: When you play your set, what proportion of the music you play is your individual productions?
ACR: Sometimes. Because I play my dwell set, I strive to not play my very own music continuously. I’ll play my very own music if it’s precisely the fitting second to play that form of monitor. If there are different tracks which may match higher into then the combination then I’ll go for that, however typically folks need to see you play your tracks.
People maintain up their telephones with a message on the display saying play this! Of course, they need to see you play your tracks so in fact, I’ll do it.
FS: I respect your ardour to not conform to what’s fashionable within the techno scene for the time being. What can be some recommendation for the following technology of producers which are occupied with making music a profession?
ACR: They must be true to themselves first. They ought to do what they really feel like inside. I believe it’s higher to make what folks need, preserve true to your self and do what you want. Do simply observe the hype. Also, attempt to be an excellent selector so you are able to do one thing particular.
FS: Do you assume that issues like social media take away from being true to your self and other people simply observe what’s trending?
ACR: I’ve to do social media as a result of folks need to see it and it’s a must to present them one thing. But I believe it’s making issues not in regards to the music anymore. It’s all in regards to the particular person. People present a lot out of your non-public life however not out of your music.
People are forgetting in regards to the music. It’s annoying once you play someplace and individuals are simply on their telephones filming units however they’re not having fun with the music. They simply need to publish one thing. Things like social media can destroy the music.
I don’t get it when DJ colleagues are mixing however additionally they need to movie on the similar time.
Answer Code Request is enjoying this weekend in Australia with a present in Sydney on Friday 21st September at Charades Club and in Melbourne at Xe54 on Saturday 22nd September.