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Interview from July 18th, 2011
Cellule Eat is a techno, micro-funk live act trio from France and Germany. It consists of Pit Spector, Boris and Tilman the head of the German techno and house label “Klamauk“. On Saturday I was able to ask them some questions before they played one of their phenomenal live-sets. The live-set was really rich in variety and covered many different styles from jazzy and deep house to techno, minimal and microfunk.
Dispatch: When did you start making music together as “Cellule Eat“ and how do you produce? Has everybody his defined function?
Cellule Eat: I (Pit) met Boris three years ago in the zero zero bar in Paris where he was a DJ resident and then we staged many parties together. Tilman joined us after Boris met him on myspace and listened to the first Klamauk release, which he really liked. At first Boris and I produced in our flat but this was more like a ableton live jam, then we started to produce with Tilman. Because of the distance between Tilman and us we often exchange some loops and ideas over the Internet and then we finish the tracks together. But we don’t really have a determined production concept, we just make music together and our different influences and ideas form the Cellule Eat Sound. Just do it!
Dispatch: Which equipment do you use for producing and for live playing? How do you sync?
Cellule Eat: In the studio, which we share with Antislash, we use many different instruments. For example we use “real“ instruments like guitars and different percussion equipment and microphones to record our voices. Moreover we use equipment like microkorg, korg electribe, Kaos Pad,the Nano Pad controller and of course Ableton live. In live situation Boris raps/sings in a few tracks and we plan to use more live instruments in our next live set, but in clubs there is always a space-problem.
We do not sync our computers via Midi, we mix the signals of the computers via headphones and a mixer. When we play live mostly one of us plays the main track and the others add some accents and additional sounds.
Dispatch: How would you describe the sound of “Cellule Eat“ ?
Cellule Eat: That’s a difficult question but we would locate our music somewhere in between Microfunk, Minimal, Jazz-House and Techno and our live-sets are very dance-floor oriented.
Dispatch: When is the release of your next EP and how changed your sound compared to your last EP on minibar?
Cellule Eat: Our next EP will be released on the House-Label Maria Colors (Frankfurt) in September. On this EP we wanted to do some new stuff, something different with more melodies and more “real“ sounding tones and sounds. We wanted to create something apart from monotonous computer music. We also have a track on the new Klamauk release, which will be out in September too.
Dispatch: How would you describe the electronic music scene in France compared to the German scene?
Cellule Eat: In France, there are fewer producers, than in Germany. There are only little groups. We know many French producers but in Paris it is really more difficult to play and be recognized than in german cities. When you reach a label in France it feels much rougher than in Germany because the people in Germany are used to it and there exists a real electronic music culture.
Pit told me that he and Boris are going to launch a web radio Programme from September on where you can listen to them every Thursday and Friday. The address is: www.radiozerozero.com.
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First city in Germany I’ve been, first city in Germany I’ve played, probably 5 years ago, a time I believed Germans were just a pale tall blond guys wearing socks with flip-flop (well you know, I’m from south of France..). Since there, I learnt how to appreciate this new culture and after a thousand times coming in Germany since, I just can say that Germany and above all, Mainz & Berlin feel like home to me.
So after a long trip from home to Mainz (I had to go to Spain, in Girona to get my flight) I arrived in Mainz, Beautiful weather and good beer as usual. I started a complete new liveset few days ago, and I came with the idea to present something totally new, but I needed to work more, cause nothing was really ready! So I spent the night then the next day working on this new liveset. We went to Tobi aka Keinzweiter where I used his studio. After a bunch of hours spending time to fix, arrange, and assign something which could look like a liveset, and it was time for the soundcheck at Schon Schön club.
I was very happy to meet Max aka Paradroid again, almost one year since last time I saw him, and believe me he was such a complete new person! He lost more than 20 kilos, he was full of motivation and energy again, I’m very proud of him! Paradroid was one of the few guys who completely flashed me the first time I listened to one of his record, at this time I was a rocker and i decided to switch to electronic music after hearing my friend David aka NICE playing Ark, Paradroid, Fym, Krikor, Robag Whrume, Herbert… Boogizm label’s music was for me, at this time, the craziest and polished dance music ever! It was like it was made just for me! Max was my first connection to the German Dance music, and then Tilman was the first guy who brought me to Germany! So the Klamauk Party was ready to be a great one!
Indeed the Party started very well with Michael, shortly after he started, the dancefloor started to be very packed. They played very good groovy House and Techno with Max, and once again it was a pleasure to watch Max spinning his records, a perfect technician!
At 2:00 am it was time for me to play, i was ready, didn’t drink at all, ready to test this brand new liveset in the middle of a very very packed dancefloor. It was actually very hard to reach the stage, and some guys from the Klamauk team had to stay to organize a kind of security around my gear, cause too much people around. But can I complain? Absolutely not!
So I played for 80 minutes, I wasn’t exactly sure about what I was doing sometimes but I think in general I felt satisfied, and I got a very good response from the audience. The last 5 minutes I felt comfortable enough to climb over the upright piano standing close to the dj booth, and I played with my iPad (using touchAble, the revolutionary software we ‘ve been developing with my friend Christian Blomert from Berlin). From there I could see the dancefloor, absolutely full, pretty impressive!
Tilman started to play just after me and gave a good 4 hours dance lesson. I could start to drink seriously, job was done. Schon Schön is a nice place, i like the old fashion style there, pretty relax, and the sound system is now pretty good (Martin Audio). Party ended around 7:30am, Tilman had to play somewhere else from 10 to 12am, everybody was up to follow him, I quit my zombi friends, I needed a rest, I’m an old guy now, with a broken car waiting at an airport in Spain in few hours!!!
Thanks guys, good as usual, see you in Barcelona!!
Sylvain Garcia aka Le K
Pictures by Matthias Roos
wednesday morning. 3 am. tilman wakes me making strange sounds and munching “ehrrwehavetogetuperr”. thats it. in that moment i knew that i will never fly with ryanair again. busses that go at 3:30.. wtf? anyway. we took the taxi to catch the bus, followed by a typical ryanair flight where one advertising hunted the next one. i mean, they did’nt even reach travel height and start their thing already.. what??? luckily, tilman bought the air parade, so we wouldn’t starve to death..
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Ok, again a nice Ryanair flight to Pisa. Lucky to have 0,2 kg left for my handbaggage. I didnt know that they suddenly check the weight of it.
Arrived in Pisa, spring feeling came to my mind. Driving through the beautiful landscape of tuscany until we arrived at the new studio of The Clover near Florence. Next thing, food! Sandwiches and Pizza, still dont understand why the ingredients are much better there than in Germany. I felt like an alien when i went to the shop, it seemed that i am the first foreign guy who ever bought something there, haha. But they were really friendly. The rest of the day we were hanging around in the studio, listening to their new tunes and playing around with a moog synthesizer. Later we met some friends and went downtown Florence to drink some beers in a Bar. Ending in an American Bar with a lot of screaming young americans. They were so ridiculous. We had a good time watching drunken girls falling down and crawling on the floor, haha. Next day we went to the studio again to prepare our playlist for the party at Tabasco. Before we went there, we had a great dinner at a restaurant next to the club. Pizza and red wine. The club was directly around the corner of the famous Piazza della Signoria. The club got crowded late which is typicall for Italy, but i can say that they went nuts. I felt really comfortable while playing there and miss that feeling in Germany often. Two hours of sleep, drive to the airport, back in Germany. Winter again :-( Thank you Antonio, Stefano, Andrea and Filippo, too short but a great trip!
This time i went to London with my two buddies Dennis and Paul to be part of the first Klamauk Labelparty there, presented by Ears have Eyes at Visions Video Bar in Dalston. Leif joined us to increase the Klamauk crew for this Party.
After a typical Ryanair trip we landed at Stansted Airport on Thursday 27th. The one hour drive with a minibus to central London was the first impression we will surely never forget. Our driver seemed to be a wannabe formula one driver. It was very fast and bumpy, the traffic couldnt stop him! Eventhough we arrived at the famous Bakers Street where we met two of our hosts Miles and Karlie from Ears have Eyes. About the first night, i dont remember clearly, but we surely had fun :-) Next day we woke up because of the tasty smell of a typical english breakfast. Beans, bacon and eggs. Great hangover breakfast. There was still enough time to walk around Bricklane and check out the stores. It’s a must see part of London. In the evening we went to Visions Video Bar to prepare the night and do the soundcheck ( with “All i want for Christmas” ). Our roommates Ash and John started with a perfect warm up set. Slow grooves in the beginning, getting faster till Leif took over and showed his talent how to play a wonderful deephouse set. The people thanked him with filling the dancefloor. At 3 am i got to the turntables and tried to hold the high level of music. Thanks to Pepe Bradock, it worked really well. But the DJ, who played after me, honestly made the crowd even wilder with his combination of dubstep, shitty ed banger stuff and commercial hiphop music. Anyway the party was a big success for klamauk and myself, a real pleasure and i will never forget it! Even some of my university mates came from germany to join us, which i really appreciated. But as usual the night was not over at 6 am, it still took some moments, records and lots of beer, till we fell asleep happily satisfied. i dont know when we woke up the next day, but i remember it was a relaxing one until we got the big tour at Fabric with one of our new mates Paul. In the end we stayed at Fabric till the morning and got an illegal cab back to our home. This guy had such a great soul cd playing and his driving skills reminded me of our minibus driver from thursday. Too long to explain but the trip was extraordinary, haha. On sunday we checked out the city on our own, ending at Soho to find some of the famous London recordshops. The best one for me was Phonica, where i found some long-awaited records from Kyle Hall and Flying Lotus. Satisfied and without any money left we went back to enjoy our farewell dinner, which Karlie certainly prepared the whole day. It was so kind and it completed this great weekend. I met so many nice people those days, everybody found a place in my heart. Definitly we will come back sooner as they wish, i bet! Thank you, Karlie, Miles, Ash, Jon, Leif, Paul and the rest of all the guys we met. See you soon!
first labelnight at schon schoen, the one place in mainz where you can actually have a crowd of wild dancing til 8 in the morning. and since we planned all day to get our stageset there,, the night started out awesome! we heard michael for a warm up set, followed by a live set by keinzweiter aka tobias lorsbach. tilman rocked afterwords for at least 2 hours. it was a fine night at a great place! thc schon schoen. some impressions below. enjoy.
Four days, three partys, two locations (Udo Bar and Zero Zero), a wonderful restless weekend in snowy Paris. Finally arrived after a long journey caused by bad weather conditions. Thank you Deutsche Bahn. First gig was at the Udo Bar. Nice bar from german emigrants with a special menu of german beer and different “bratwürste”. Especially I remember the big wallpainting of Schloss Neuschwanstein directly behind the dj desk. It was so huge, haha. Stopped counting the vodka shots, I was happy to have Boris and Cora with me who took care of me and got me home safely. Thx for that :-) Next day we conquered the great Zero Zero bar. Crowded as always, Boris, Pit and myself were really into playing some old detroit stuff. The tiny place was heated up, it was a great party! The owner asked us to play again the next day, which we couldnt deny. On saturday afternoon the hangover got us pretty bad, but after the sushi ( thx to the girls :-) ) we were back to life again and ready to rock Zero Zero again. The last track of the night by Krause Duo burned the crowd, what a fantastic feeling. After those great days and the friendly people I met, I didnt want to go, but for sure I’m coming back very often! Cant wait :-)
it was once again awesome. pit and boris came down from paris and we drove up to osnabrueck on saturday night. except of the travelling in my old vw golf. on our way there it rained so hard, that when i drove into a big ass puddle, the water splashed on the bottom of my car and — killed the motor for at least 15 min. well we arrived, did the sound check, did a private party. whent to the club and once again osnabrueck showed itself from its chockolade side. we pardied all night and with tilman, pit and boris threwing a smooth live set, we had no hard time doing so. sunday, way back. again it rained all day. this time a flat tire on the autobahn. sucks. if that werent enough, the exchange tire was flat too. .. go figure the program. here are two cut outs of the live set. enjoy.
the heat could have been more relaxed at the blotablota gallery in mainz on saturday. brutal 40 degreeze! friends with the benefit of not caring about that joined us when we celebrated our first vernissage. solid m, tilman and hernan grau from argentina handed out some more heat, when around 2 o’clock the bürgersteige foldet up. nice work micha! if your’e interested in buying stuff, please contact michael directly firstname.lastname@example.org
whatever the last 6 month brought to me, it was a drifting feast into my selfbuild second reality. beside the nonparticipation of some mutual students, this was the time i really doubted my mental state.
all works of my diploma deal about klamauk, which is, honestly, my only love these days. sad but true: social contacts vs diploma 0:1. but, if you think about “how to make the label different and if there is something wich the audience haven’t seen” you either go for it or quit. is that really possible these days or is there always someone somewhere – with same thoughts?
best, you find out yourself! the vernissage of my 2 week long diploma exhibition will take place at the galery “BlotaBlota” in mainz, on the 10th of july 2010! keysubject: “how to redecorate a club for a label night with own resources. a sneak preview of the artwork of the next 3 klamauk releases, as well as some pictures for your own home.”
tilman and solidm plays music. beer in the fridge.
looking forward to se you all!
- Le K “souphic” – freewheel album – unreleased
- Chateau Flight “Superflight (maurice fulton remix) – Versatile
- Manuel Tur “Beasts the Birds” – Delusions of grandeur
- Caribou “Hannibal” – City slang
- fredski & Tomboy “restless swing” – Tartelet rec
- DJ Sprinkles “Grand Central, Pt I”Mule Musiq
- Art Of Tones feat. Jaw “Call The Shots (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)” – 20:20 vision
- Krause Duo “Spalter” – Philpot Rec
- Bozeman ” Memory Jane” – Doppelschall
- Canson “sued” – Cityfox
- Ark feat Dolibox “I can Come” – Perlon
- Wareika “Men Village” – Tartelet Rec
- Bron “Great White north (Le K remix) – Danksoul rec
- Frivolous “My consciousness” – Cadenza
- findlay brown “Promised land (Pilooski Edit) ” – this is music
- Tom Ellis “Gate away” Trimsound
- Martyn feat. Spaceape “Is this Insanity? (Ben Klock mix)- 3024 rec
- Isolée “Face B” – Playhouse
- Gamelan Gong Tede “Tabuh Telu”
- Suz’s Brain Stew (Live / Unreleased)
- Part Yours (French For Clouds LP)
- That Beep (Live Remix / French For Clouds LP)
- Radical Rethink (French For Clouds LP)
- Backwoods (Live / Unreleased)
- Lullaby feat. Suz (French For Clouds LP)
- General (Unreleased)
- Human Nature (Archipel’s 5th Anniversary Release)
- Clear (Live / Unreleased)
- Elements (Live / Unreleased)
- Get Away (French For Clouds LP)
- Maik Yells – Attack The Cab (Tom Ellis Remix)
- It’s Not Anymore (French For Clouds LP)
- Remote Robot (Live / Unreleased)
- If Only (French For Clouds LP)
All tracks written and produced by Tom Ellis
Ensemble Adapter plays Paul Friedrich Frick & Aron Kitzig – Destroy Erase Improve
Experimental music video, performed by Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir (harp) & Matthias Engler (percussion).
DVD (with special features) available at www.ensemble-adapter.de
Concept: Aron Kitzig & Paul Friedrich Frick
Music: Paul Friedrich Frick
Director: Aron Kitzig
Photography: Harry Weber
Camera: Andy Haas
Camera assistant: Daniel Merget
Dolly: Marc Eberhardt
Editing: Andy Haas & Aron Kitzig
Color grading: Jessica Becker
Sound: Felix Dreher (Studio05)