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Exclusive Album Video Preview + Interview: Synthek & Audiolouis “Unwise” [Natch Records]

Exclusive Album Video Preview + Interview: Synthek & Audiolouis “Unwise” [Natch Records]

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The first album by the Berlin based duo Synthek & Audiolouis is entitled Unwise, although it obviously showcases their mature and serious approach to modern techno. Released via Natch Records, and being remixed by the likes of Polar Inertia, Dadub, and Antigone, you will undoubtedly hear the album on many a dancefloor, these will be the tracks that will take you into the darkest corners and deepest dives.

As the producers state themselves, “harmonizing an unlikely mixture of musical influences and inspirations, these tracks were composed along the edges of a few perfect parallels between us and countless wrong directions.” These wrong directions are where we want to go. Unwise? Maybe. But in the best way possible.

Collaborating with the visual artists of Licht.Pfad Studio, Synthek and Audioluis created stunning visuals for every track and we’re happy tot premiere it to the world on our digital pages. Full screen is a must, and so is a good sound system.


interview by Kit

I listened and watched the AV stream of Unwise sitting in a coffee shop on a busy street corner in Los Angeles with the sun shining in my eyes. Is there an ideal setting to best experience this project?

The album was written in autumn/winter during mostly cloudy or rainy afternoons. Beside that it’s not the best to spend a rare sunny day in the studio, gloomy weather really helped us to find the right vibe and concentration, and it’s something you can totally feel going through the tracks, so we suggest the screening/listening with similar conditions through a good sound system at home.

Contrast (light/dark, natural/industrial, power/vulnerability) seems like a central concept in understanding your work. What are some of your goals when you make music?

“Tool tracks” are probably the strongest trend in modern techno. We don’t deny that in the past we also wrote tracks thinking especially about how they could work on a dancefloor. But with time, it became more and more uninteresting to make catchy grooves only to feed the crowd. Unwise is the first proof of this growth, delivering the result of our introspective (musical) trips.

How do your unique personalities play out in the studio? What does your creative process look like?

Working at home in between studio sessions, each of us usually come up with different ideas and drafts of new tracks. Whoever starts the track usually gives the main direction to the project when we meet back in the studio. After synchronizing our computers and connecting the hardware, Luca (Synthek) builds up the beat structure and gives boldness to the groove, while Gigi (Audiolouis) takes care of synth lines, soundscapes and reverberations. This process is often subject of change, since we like to share our roles, and as expression of our opposite characters, the final product shows a more organic feel and human touch.

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We don&#39t deny that in the past we also wrote tracks thinking especially about how they could work on a dancefloor. But with time, it became more and more uninteresting to make catchy grooves only to feed the crowd.

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Licht.Pfad Studio does a great job of bringing the sounds on the record to life. How did this particular collaboration come about?

Stanislav from Licht.Pfad Studio is not only a visual artist, but also a great live act performer known as PRCDRL. Luca hosted him for a New Faces night at Tresor, and after some chats he got to know about Licht.Pfad project. Totally stunned by the motion graphic videos they deliver, we decided to ask about a possible collaboration for the album, which worked out in the best way possible.

What do the two of you have planned for the reminder of the year? What types of releases can we expect from Natch in the coming months?

There’s an EP fixed for October with two tracks of the album that are not included in the official 2×12” release, plus a bonus track on the B-side. We’ll start the new year with the album remix series, a big project which involves artists like Polar Inertia, Tadeo, Zadig, Antigone and more to be confirmed.


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