What a treat!! Just ahead of his New York visit on Saturday at Sullivan Room our CGNY contributor Markus managed to squeeze in a quick chat with Kyle Geiger. One doesn't expect perhaps erroneously, such hard hitting and top class techno to come from Indiana but Mr. Geiger delivers just that! Shaping up on Saturday for what looks like a super gig along with Truncate and the Erratic crew - here are some thoughts on music from Kyle!
CGNY: As a musician every experience and inspiration flows into your artistry. Do you feel your productions have changed over the course of the last 5 years? Have you felt that your recent move from the U.S. to Berlin has effected your style as well? If so, how?
Kyle: I feel like my productions have taken on more personality in the last several years. For years, I feel like I was really specializing in, for lack of better words, disposable DJ tools. I think tools are critical to sets and I certainly utilize them a lot, but I also wanted to offer up some projects that connected directly with my fans instead of only DJs.
Berlin certainly has had an effect on me musically. I get inspiration from places beyond the club, and so it's nice to even be in a different landscape, let alone such a techno mecca. That said, and maybe it's a bit blasphemous, but I think when you throw 60% of the techno population in a city together, have them only hang out with each other, only talk about techno, and only go out to the same 3 clubs every weekend, those people run the risk of sounding exactly like everyone else. I think on one hand it's great to be in a place where the majority of people understand and connect with your music, it's also incredibly inspiring to have to fight to win over every single person on a dance floor who hasn't been exposed to techno, such as in a place like Indiana. Berlin is a super special place musically and culturally...but if people are only be inspired in Berlin, this music will get boring and homogenized rather quickly.
CGNY: You have been fine tuning your production studio. What do you use for your productions?
Kyle: My production comes 100% through Ableton and a few pieces of hardware that I love dearly. I think people could debate until the end of days as to which is "better"...but something that can't be refuted about hardware is that it is DIFFERENT than software. For that reason, I think it's great to have both as options, as you're less likely to feel like you're a factory worker in the studio just churning out the same product through the same process over and over again.
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