We took some time to ask German native Florian Kruse some questions ahead of his headline show at Arteq turns Four on Saturday May 25 at Shed 9. He joins good friend Raxon and UK's heavy hitter Mark Broom on the lineup for 2 events in 1 day hosted by Arteq. Read a bit more about Florian below. A nice, more personal cut.
Hey Florian. What have you been doing this week? Run us through a day in the life of Florian Kruse.[if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]
Hey guys, I had an interesting week. Have been doing some new music, been checking on new demos, worked on some Sound Design and did a voice over recording for a TV commercial. This Morning (Friday) I woke up 6.50am. Like every Morning I started the day playing with my son for 30 minutes and then I made breakfast for the family. I brought him to Kindergarten and went to my studio. I’ve been checking on demos, bought a couple of tracks on Beatport and had lunch (Bibimbab) with my wife. A bit of studio time after that, picked up my son and we all went to a Vans Sample Sale in the neighbourhood. Found some good stuff there. In the evening I drove to the airport (BERLIN Tegel) and flew to Copenhagen where I am playing tonight.
You used to play and create alongside Nils Nuernberg. How was this? What was it like being in a duo? Was it a positive thing?
Yes, we’ve been doing a lot of music under the name ‘Kruse & Nuernberg ‘, been touring and spend maximum time together. Being a duo has advantages. Travelling together is one of them. On the other hand you always need to find compromises. It has positive and negative sides I would say.
How are your productions sounding at the moment? Whats on the agenda for this year?
My sound is pretty much ‘Melodic House & Techno’ and in the studio I really enjoy playing around with the 808 and 303 lately so you will notice those 2 machines in my upcoming productions. In the past I’ve been collaborating a lot with singers (Hendrik Burkhard, Brolin, Lisa Shaw...) - Now I am focusing a bit more on instrumentals. The year has been good to me so far. My first EP on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth label is coming out on April 19th. On May 3rd I make my debut on Kompakt (Speicher X) with a collaboration track called ‘Gotland’ together with Julian Wassermann and there is another release on Kompakt coming out later this year. This is like a dream comes true. I am still thrilled by the fact releasing with them. Other than that I’ve signed an EP to Lost On You which is a label that donates the income. I love to support that and had my first release with them in 2018. Number 2 is coming this summer. There is a remix for Dave Seaman’s Selador Recordings coming and even more stuff happening.
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Your studio looks great. What do you use to create music?
I love my monitors: Klein & Hummel KH-120a and Genelecs 1020a. In the production process I am switching between the two all the time. I think the most important thing is that you can trust on what you hear in the studio. Talking about machines I am
using a lot of the Roland gear like SE-02 (for bass), TR-8 (for drums), TB-3 (bass), MX-1 (Mix and FX) and VT-3 (Voice FX). Other than that I love to work on my Native Instruments Maschine 2.0 Studio - big fan of the expansion kits here. Inside the box I am mainly using UAD and Waves plug ins.
You’re playing alongside Raxon who joined us for our birthday last year. Whats your relationship with him? It seems like you guys know each other quite well.
We are friends and know each other for a loooong time. He was running a party in Dubai together with a friend and the two booked me a few times. That’s how we met in first place. It’s so good to see him ticking all the boxes of phenomenal labels he is now working with. Incredible how his career is evolving. ‘Rax, I am proud of you brother - So much looking forward to share the stage with you in Melbourne!’
You played in Australia with Nils a long time ago. Did you enjoy Australia? What are you excited to do this time round?[if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]
I’ve been touring Australia twice back then. The country is simply beautiful and I’ve collected so many good memories from the time being down under. This time is only a short visit but I do my very best to see some new spots during my stay.
You’re playing two shows with us at Arteq and the fans are very excited. What are we in for?
I am bringing a lot of new, unreleased material that I am excited about to share with you. See you soon!
Every ticket bought for Arteq turns Four gains you FREE access to The Afterparty where Florian Kruse, Mark Broom and Raxon will be playing all night long. That's worth it ;)
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