SHA Interview // Kruse & Nuernberg
With a massive debut LP only a couple of short weeks away from full release it was certainly time to have SHA’s Craig to get the lowdown from Kruse & Nuernberg…
KRUSE & NUERNBERG
Hello Florian & Nils and welcome to SHA. How are you both today?
Hi there! Very well, thanks!
Your debut album ‘Let’s Call It A Day’ is due for full release on October 1st on Lazy Days Recordings. It has been 5 years since you first started releasing music together. What can we expect from the album and why has it taken so long?
Unfortunately there isn’t a big market for artist albums anymore due to the fact that people only buy the tracks they personally like the most and not the whole piece of art on CD or vinyl. The time has changed a lot and we thought it makes probably more sense to focus on Eps and remixes. Think thats the main reason why it took us so long to do an album. But finally we wanted to have something with more longevity and thats what you can expect from the album! The music is different to what we are known for but different in a good way! We produced an album which is working in different places and different situations.
What can we take from the name of the LP, it seems a little early to be packing it all in!
We consider this album a piece of art that you can listen to in every day situations not only in the club. We could also imagine coming home from work switching on your hifi in the car and skip through the tracks or just listen to the whole thing at home or where ever you feel comfortable.
The sound of the album floats effortlessly between the gentle, melodic deep house of ‘For My Life’, ‘Elsewhere’ and ‘Leaves Falling’ to a faster pace in ‘Music Does The Talking’ and ‘People Like Us’. Did you achieve everything you wanted over the spectrum of the 11 tracks?
We never had an idea of the spectrum we want to achieve. It all just happened and we like it that way. We really wanted to sound way different to how we usually sound. That was the over all target and we think this album absolutely differs from what we are known for.
Collaborations feature heavily on the LP with artists including Vincenzo, Nathalie Claude and no less than 3 tracks with Stee Downes, the man who provided the vocal on one of last year’s biggest deep house tracks; Lovebirds – Want You In My Soul. How did you go about selecting the people you wanted to work with for this project?
Many collaborations on the album, that’s true! Okay, let’s start with Vincenzo, he is Florian’s brother and we always wanted to do a track with him and now it ended up on our first album which is pretty amazing. The first contact with Nathalie Claude came through Myspace… YES! MYSPACE!!! …But that was a couple of years ago… We invited her to come to Hamburg. Working with her is always so productive that’s why the album includes 3 collaborations!
Basti aka Lovebirds is an old friend of ours and he gave us the contact to Stee Downes… We started working on ‘Last Chance’ together. The first little snippet he send through hammered us away. We send him two other layouts we were working on and he started doing the vocals straight away! He is so good to work with. …and last but not least we were working with Minako aka Miwaki – another contact and recommendation from Lovebirds and Vincenzo. Finally we have to mention our guitar and piano players the two Andreas who also make a big part of the album!
You now have your own studio in Hamburg, Germany. Is this where the album was created?
Yes indeed, the whole album was produced and mixed in our studio that we constantly try to improve acoustic and technology wise. Only the mastering was done by somebody else (Time Tools / Hannover)
You both studied at SAE Hamburg. Is this where you first met and the partnership began?
It was around that time, yes! But we didn’t meet at SAE the first time, we know each other from a private party of an old friend we have in common.
So far Spirit Catcher have already turned their hand to album track ‘Last Chance’. Once the full LP is released can we expect some more of the tracks to get the remix treatment?
The second album single ‘Love Can’t Break You Down’ is coming out on September 17th including remixes by Shur I Kan and Nathan G and we are also planning the album remixes package suppossed to be released in late November. We already have some great remixers in mind!
Aside from your own production you become part of a trio, Wiretappeur, when working with previous SHA interviewee Stelios Vassiloudis. How did this partnership come around?
Stelios requested tracks from both of us seperately back in 2008 or so… He invited us over to greece to hang out with him and play a gig in Athens. That’s where the partnership started. Ever since then we are in touch and usually meet up once or twice a year to produce new music together.
You also have your own imprint, Save Room Recordings. Now in its 4th Year, how did the label first come about?
It was 2008 when we started the label. We never wanted to follow a trend nor did we want to fill a gap or reinvent the club scence. We wanted to put out good house music from artists all over the world and provide a platform in a family environment. We like the label work which is more a passion than a cost effective job but in the end we meet nice people with a great talent and can release and play their tracks! It’s a good marketing tool for everybody.
Finally what else do you guys have coming up in terms of productions, gigs and for the label?
Gig wise we have quite a few cool cities that we are going to travel to till the end of 2012… Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Montreal, Berlin, Budapest, etc… (all dates can be found on our facebook and home page).
The label is constantly growing – the next release will be a new Stu Patrics EP with remixes from David Keno and Mario da Ragnio. A really good and fresh package, very dance floor oriented.
Our next release will be on the Bedrock compilation in the Wiretappeur constellation. Of course there is more stuff coming but this is still a little confidential…