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Q&A Broombeck

Q&A with Broombeck (aka Marcus Schmahl, MSMS, Guardner)

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Introduction by Nihil Young:

There’s a number of producers, live artists, electronic musicians, that in a fair world should need no introductions at all. But sometimes even the best and most talented needs to be heard, known better, appreciated more. That’s why I took some time to interview another one of my favourite producers ever. Not to mention the only person in the business to ever give me a piece of advise in the studio.

Marcus Schmahl is a very open minded electronic music producer, hailing from Mainz, Germany – probably known best for his production / live project Broombeck, and, recently, for his MSMS project, together with Michael Schickert. He’s also been producing quality lounge and chill-out – or “Electronica” if you will – tunes as Guardner.

Marcus has finally gotten some of the attention he truly deserves, playing both live and dj-sets in some of the most important european venues (inc. Cocoon AND Berghain) and releasing his music on top labels, such as Stephan Bodzin’s Herzblut, Terminal M, ELEVATE, Flash and many more. He also appeared a couple of times right here on Frequenza with some mind-blowing remixing =)

Let’s start with this usual series of random Q’s but very interesting A’s =)

Q1: So, how’ve you been :)
I’m working in my studio like everyone else is going to work. In my free time there’s a lot to do with and for my family.
I’m traveling a lot, playing weekend DJ/live gigs, doing courses as a tutor at SAE Frankfurt and in my studio…
No spare time in sight… :D

Q2: Tell us something about your upcoming projects and new label!
A lot of new music which is made and will be made for my several music projects. With Broombeck I started a new label this summer „Yes We Can“, which is running very well. Release 003 will be released soon in November and right know I’m working in collaboration with Arjun Vagale on no. 004. I also finished an album for my chill out & ambient project „Guardner“ which will be released before christmas.

Check out the latest from Broombeck’s new label:

Q3: what happens when you sit in the studio, how does your flow work? Is there some element you usually like to start with when producing?
I usually start listening to music in my studio doing paper works for my company. This inspires me to jam on my hardware finding a new bassline, melody or the right groove to start a new song. At the moment I really like all the hardware from Elektron. I started working on all new tracks with one of the Elektron synth „Analog Rytm“ & „Analog Four“.

Q4: What is your favorite piece of software?
Years ago I switched from Logic to Cubase, and then to Ableton Live. This was a great step forward for me. Live9 is my main DAW controlling and combining my digital and analog world. It’s great to find new ideas with Live and I really like the possibility to have max4live, to create own plugin fx chains, controlling everything is so easy!

Q5: And hardware?
As I said before, I really love my Elektron synth at the moment, but this is changing every week :D I really like my Rolands, Moogs, Korgs, MFBs a lot too!!

Q6: Is there something in particular you can’t live without, “toy”wise?
A great hardware tool is Abletons Push controller for me. I like concept and the way you can use it with my main DAW.
It’s totally integrated into Live and my workflow.

Q7: What is the one track you made that defines you the most?
Broombeck – The Clapper
Guardner – Low Summer Frequencies
Rauschfaktor – Sonnensegler

Check out Marcus playing his Live version of John Lagora – Shitbar (Broombeck Remix) [Frequenza]

Q8: Where do you come from? Why do you produce electronic music today?
I’m from Germany, a city which is about 60km to Frankfurt. Electronic music has influenced my life. 20 years ago I had the chance to build my own studio to work on different projects for a little growing underground scene. Nowadays you find electronic music in every genre around the globe! That’s what I like about electronic music. The variety of possibilities you have as a composer is endless – this is why I love my job in my studio!

Q9: What’s going on in the industry? How do you expect YOUR music to become?
Music industry is a bit strange at the moment. I think the place for „real“ art isn’t there anymore. Every genre, every kind of music is pop music nowadays. Underground doesn’t exist in real life anymore, only in the minds of people, who think they are underground, but essentially they are working for a commercial product.
I hope that it will change again in future.
For me, as a label owner, I can work with my projects as a free artist, to get it back on track. But I need the help of my fans and followers…

Q10: Are you an analogue aficionado or a digital enthusiast?

I think I am both! But a bit more the analog way ;)

Q11: What is your favorite country / city to play in?
There is no favorite place to play… it always depends on the crowd/people and my daily condition ;)

Q12: Do you have any memory of your first show ever? Biggest show you played at in term of crowd?
I played my first Broombeck live show, which was my biggest one, at Berghain in Berlin!
The location is incredible, the people are amazing and the musical atmosphere every artist can create is so special at that place – it’s unbelievable!

Check out Broombeck playing Nature One:

Q13: Besides from your own genre, what is the music you love and listen to?
I have no special genre I listen to. I love music in every genre, if it’s nice!
But I have some favorite artists like Björk, Massive Attack, …

Q14: What is your own genre’s all time favorite tune?
Too much to mention here :D

Q15: What is your all time favorite song, genre-aside?
Björk – Venus As A Boy

Thanks a lot for taking the time dear Marcus. We wish you the best with your projects and label! =)

Next Q&A with Patrick Kunkel (Yes We Can! / Cocoon Recordings / Frequenza)

Q&A freq

Nihil Young interviews Dave Wincent – Q&A / Frequenza Records

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(Nihil Young) I’ve always loved Dave Wincent’s style and productions, I would describe his style as a mind-blowing, trippy mixture of Techno and Minimal with a good dose of acid, beautifully crafted minimalistic grooves and enchanting dark soundscapes. And that’s what I’ve always been looking for ever since I got into electronic music. I’m happy to have signed and to be able to keep on signing great music from VERY talented – sometimes still “undiscovered” – artists like Dave.

His music has been played by literally anyone who needs to get the crowd “there”, and has got a lot of support from mr. Richie Hawtin himself.

Next big fatty tunes by Dave Wincent are going to be released right here on the 27th of October @ Beatport.com

Let’s start this series of Frequenza Q&A’s i’ve been meaning to launch for a little while now. Enjoy!

Q1: So, what’s going on in your life right now :)

a1: First of all, I’d like to thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts. I spend a

lot of time in the studio nowadays as I have plenty of ideas for new tracks and remixes.

There’s always something to work on, so I consider myself very lucky.

Q2: What are we to expect from you in the near future?

a2: I’ll have releases with around 10 record labels in the next 6 months, one of which is

with Frequenza that I’m looking forward to very much.

Check out the latest Frequenza release from Dave Wincent


Q3: what happens when you sit in the studio, how does your flow work? Is there some
element you usually like to start with when producing?

a3: I usually start with the groove and then get to the tunes after, although this is

sometimes reversed. Every track has a different flow, which is one of the reasons I love

doing this.

Q4: What is your favourite piece of software?

a4: My favourites are Battery, Sylenth, Dune and Sensum.

Q5: And hardware?

a5: I enjoy working with my Moog Voyager Rack and Virus Ti Snow. I used to have

several synths but not any more except the ones that are really important to me and

therefore irreplaceable with softwares (such as my Voyagers).

Q6: Is there something in particular you can’t live without, “toy”wise?

a6: My entire studio :).

Q7: What is the one track you made that defines you the most?

a7: „Bending” for example.

Q8: Where do you come from? Why do you produce electronic music today?

a8: I’m from Hungary. Music has been the most important thing in my life since my

childhood, so this was an obvious choice for me.

Q9: What’s going on in the industry? How do you expect YOUR music to grow and evolve?

a9: I don’t have any specific expectations. I always try to send my tracks to the labels I

feel they suit the most.

Check out Monoxid EP by Dave, released on January 2014, and heavily supported by Richie Hawtin



Q10: Are you an analogue aficionado or a digital enthusiast?

a10: This is an interesting question. In my opinion, both approaches are needed and the

secret is to find the right balance.

Q11: What is your best show / travel experience so far?

a11: I’ve been lucky enough to put on several successful gigs in Hungary where I live as

well as in Malta where I spent a year earlier. I have some pretty awesome memories.

Q12: What is your WORST show / travel experience so far?

a12: I don’t remember the exact place, but once there was a power failure during a

show, so it was pretty hard to carry on with no music or lights… On another occasion,

the police decided to shut down the place so I’ve definitely had my share of unpleasant

experiences as well.

Q13: What is your favourite country / city to play in?

a13: Budapest, Miskolc (Hungary)

Q14: Do you have any memory of your first show ever?

a14: I was very young and I did a gig at school, although the music was very different to

what I play today. :)

Q15: Biggest show you played at in term of crowd?

a15: Several gigs in Miskolc and also at the Techno Festival in Budapest

Q16: Besides from your own genre, what is the music you love and listen to?

a16: I like listening to hip hop, jazz, blues and any music from U2, but I enjoy listening to

almost any genre, I’m open to everything.

Q17: What is your own genre’s all time favourite tune?

a17: It’s always the one I’m working on at the time

Q18: What is your all time favourite tune?

a18: This is a difficult question, but BamBam by Matador and Diablo by Oliver Huntemann and

Dubfire are two of my all-time favourites and of course The tunnel by Richie Hawtin.

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Stay tuned for the Next Q&A with mr. Patrick Kunkel!

Fading EP

Dantiez Saunderson, Ken Young – Fading EP – inc. Nihil Young Remixes

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