30515810_1923260167684523_2934534631170506752_oAs we sat together recently, we thought it would be interesting to compile some background information for every release. You’re going to be well prepared for the next small talk at the bar. This is how we want to handle it from now on with every release. After Panthera Krause, it’s Mr. Iron Curtis  this time, who is answering our questions. He’s talking about how his latest EP “Sweet Romancer” came into being.

How did the record come about? How and when did you produce the tracks?

It had been a year or so after the release of my “Ensuite” track on the Five Years On Parole label compilation when Conrad and Albrecht asked me for new music. It took me quite a while and several jam sessions across 2017 until the four tracks of this EP came together. During these sessions, I recorded about 20 tracks and ended up with 10 finished versions which I sent to the guys.

Was there a musical premise or sounds you wanted to approach?

I didn’t have a distinct sound in mind when making the tunes. Yet, it turned out to be a string of tracks that had a similar, melancholic, yet slightly euphoric feel to them. One clear goal of mine was to craft tracks that I would like to play out myself. As I’m a DJ, this may sound rather obvious. But I have to admit that the hardest part for me is to cut out all of these unnecessary, ornamental elements, to get rid of sudden breaks, twist and turns to streamline a track and to make it dancefloor compatible. Earlier versions (e.g. of Triroom or Nixdorf Danse) didn’t sound as stripped down as the final cuts on the record. In the end, I think I found a good balance of haunting melodies, rougher, edgier sounds, in combination with a certain straightness in the arrangement.

Sampling always plays a major role in my writing process. Most of the time however, the sampled elements won’t make it into the final version of a track. They would do their job as an inspiration for melodies or beats and I would get rid of them at quite an early stage of the production. Yet in all of the four tracks on this EP, the initial samples remained and even became more or less key elements of the tracks. For “Sweet Romancer” it was a mellotron-like chord progression which I had recorded earlier. It went well with a choir sample I found in an old mixtape and the rest came together quite quickly. Or “Take Me Home” which centres around a vocal sample from a relatively famous singer. I was afraid that it would sound too corny and tried out several versions without it. In the end, I didn’t give a damn and sent over this very version to the guys. Luckily, they liked it as it was and helped me to clear the sample.

What is the story behind the artwork?

Carl from the label sent me a series of pictures that he took. I liked them a lot and was very pleased with the idea of using them as the artwork for the record. At first sight however, I thought that it was a series of bed sheets that Carl had photographed. It took me a while to realize that they were canvases in the wind. I think the idea of “Sweet Romancer” as a title for the EP was born somewhere in that moment of slight confusion.

What’s next for you?

I’ll be on the road with my dear friend Johannes Albert as we will play a tour in South Africa under our Moon guise in April. Furthermore, I have finished my second solo album for Ripperton’s Tamed imprint and fingers crossed it will see the light of day after the summer break. Moreover, I’m working on a tape release alongside a couple of other EPs and remixes. So overall, good and busy times ahead!