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.