Who are you and what do you do? How long have you been a working musician?
We are Kaiserdisco (Frederic Berger & Patrick Buck). We are a DJ duo, we are producing music and we are running the label KD Music. I have been a working musician for 15 years and Frederic for about 7 years.
What is your educational background? Are there any schools, courses, or books you recommend?
I learned a couple of instruments and had started making music already by the time I was at kindergarten. Producing wise, I was an autodidact so I was learning by doing but I was also working alongside a couple of good and professional producers in the earlier days and could learn a lot from them. Frederic learned harp and violin in school and so he has a musical background as well.
What hardware are you using?
To be honest, the studio is packed full of old hardware and tons of synthesizers, but in the meantime most of them are not plugged in and almost everything happens inside the computer. We are working with Mac.
What software are you using?
We produce using Logic Pro, sometimes with Ableton and of course with many, many plugins.
What would be your dream setup?
The perfect set up would be something like brain to MIDI or brain to computer. You only have to think what you want to do, your brain is linked to the computer and the computer understands what you are thinking. That would be great and would save a lot of time.
Can you describe your creative process? Is there a particular routine or schedule you stick to?
We are always sitting together in the studio. I am sitting in front of the computer and doing the engineering. Frederic is sitting next to me and gives his creative input. Before we start a new production, we decide what the new track is going to be. Will it be more techno or tech house or deeper for example? That’s important because then we know which sounds we need to look for. It starts with the bass drum. Of course you need a different bass drum for a techno track instead of for a more housey song. So everything starts with the kick and after that we try to create a good working and groovy loop with a length of two to four bars. That’s the most important thing for us. If we got something that works and you can listen to for a very long time without getting bored we know we have a very good foundation and we can go on working with that.
Where do you shop for and discover music?
We read “Faze Mag”, “Raveline”, “Keys”, sometimes “DJ Mag”, and others. I like to listen to “Ibiza Global Radio” and of course we are surfing around on all known social network sites as well as on music sites like SoundCloud and Mixcloud etc.
Any highlights from your latest musical discoveries?
All artists on our KD MUSIC label like Danny Serrano, Arjun Vagale, Kernel Key or Hollen are highlights for us, that’s why we signed them cause we found them to be something special.
What’s brewing in your studio?
We just finished our next release on Systematic, which will be out in November. It’s a Remix package of 3 Tracks for Steve Lawler, Booka Shade, Marc Romboy and Dualton. The way we made the remixes is a mixture of classical remixing (getting the parts of the track) and editing the original tracks cause for some of the tracks there were no remix parts available. Now we are finally working on our second album, which will be out in May next year.
Any production tips & tricks you’d like to share?
Most important thing is to train your ears and to take care of them. Buy good earplugs for partying!