It was basically all Ableton. It just depends how it all works out. Keep up with the latest from Blawan on his Facebook page. Now a resident of Berlin, Roberts has recently released his debut album, Wet Will Always Dry, a finely-crafted collection of rugged hardware-driven techno tracks. We do different things onstage, depending on our instruments. Is that a direct result of switching up gear?
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All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more. That was about three and a half years ago now.
We do different things onstage, depending on our instruments. Wet Will Always Dry is out now via Ternesc. We caught up with Roberts in his production hub at the East German radio station turned studio complex, Funkhaus, to talk modules, vinyl and one-sided collaborations.
I was looking at some places that wanted, like, Euros a month for some square metre room. Do you use that much? The second, Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage, paired an utterly sinister Fugees vocal sample with a throbbing, unstable-feeling beat, resulting in one of the most singular and distinctive techno tracks of recent times.
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My studio is a bit of a mess right now — once I finish an album or something I kind of like to tear everything down and rejig it — but generally I have a pretty specific way of of garge. Everything is done here in the studio though. The problem is, places out here can be super expensive.
I was in there for a few months but was always looking for a proper room to rent. I just realised I needed to pack everything up, so I just thir London and came out here.
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ky Is that a direct result of switching up gear? With Getting Me Down and Why They Hide Their Bodies…, you came pretty close to crossing over into the mainstream club world, but then seemed to back away from it. Before then it was pretty much like an echo chamber.
Alongside his solo releases Roberts has a string of notable collaborations, including Trade, with techno stalwart Surgeon, and his live, improvisational project Karenn, which sees him pair up with UK producer Arthur Cayzer, aka Pariah. It was basically all Ableton.
I recorded my album and last two EPs here. Are you cutting records directly to play out in your DJ sets? Mastering houses charge an average of Euros for the same thing, so after a few years it pays for itself easily.
I always wanted to garagee here, hied it never really happened. Some of your early tracks were known for their prominent use of vocal samples. I remember, just after that happened, waking up and going on Twitter and there were thousands of people ing me. Teir a resident of Berlin, Roberts has recently released his debut album, Wet Will Always Dry, a finely-crafted collection of rugged hardware-driven techno tracks.
After that I tried to step back a bit, but then a few months later this thing hit me like a sledgehammer, I just got really ill and had to stop for a while.
Then when I got ill and had a break it was like everything had reset. It all happened around the same time.
I bodues just recorded it pretty simply. There was a period where it was really cool to grab an acapella off of the internet and fuck about with it, but I think that time has passed now.
I kind of end up taking control.
Your sound has changed quite a bit in that time too. But between the lathe and the encoding, it works out as something like Euros. Pretty much everything on there is coming from that.
You go to his house to learn to use it.