Interview with Nils Frahm

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Yazdan: Hello Nils, How’s it going?

Nils: Very well thank you!

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Yazdan: Tell us about yourself a bit, about your family, your childhood, your interest music and the path you took that got you where you are.

Nils: My father takes photos, my mom works as a family counselor and I grew up in a very open minded wonderful family. I got all the love and support from my friends and family to take the difficult path of becoming a musician. My parents inspired me through the music they were listening to and therefore opened many doors for me. They are very proud that I can make a living as a performing artist, but more importantly, they are happy that I am happy.

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Yazdan: I’ve read about your personal studio on the internet and it seems very interesting. Tell us more about that.

Nils: My studio grew and grew since I am 13 years old. I got addicted to synthesizers early, as a 13 year old school kid I bought my first fender Rhodes, a moog synthesizer and my roland juno 60 which I am still using heavily today. My studio is a fantastic place to work in an analog way, filled with old tape recorders, old broadcasting equipment from all over the world, big sounding tube gear and most importantly all that stuff gets love and service all the time, so it performs as it should. It is almost like an instrument by itself.

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Yazdan: Why do you compose instrumental?

Nils: My piano is my voice.

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Yazdan: Name two albums which you composed yourself , and 5 most favorite albums you’ve ever listened to

Nils: Sorry, I am not a fan of these type of questions. Lets just say I am a huge music fan myself, I have thousands of records from all over the world. Currently I am trying to score more original Iranian music on vinyl.

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Yazdan: As a German musician, which other German musicians would you like to work with and whom do you admire?

Nils: I love hans otte, tangerine dream, neu, kraftwerk, einstürzende neubauten, alva noto (aka carsten nikolai) and many more.

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Yazdan: Tell us about your collaborations with other musicians. Whom you’ve worked with so far, whom you’re about to work with and whom you would like to work with one day.

Nils: I am constantly collaborating with interesting composers and performers such as: anne müller, peter Broderick, f.s. blumm, tatu rönko, greg haines, sarah neufeld from arcade fire, woodkid and many more.

When you are playing alone most of the time, it feels very good to have some company in your creative process. It can be simply more fun to work with others as opposed to working alone.

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Yazdan: Imagine yourself as a fan. What would you feel when you – as fan – hear your music.

Nils: I hope it would make me feel uplifted or elevated.

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Yazdan: What do you listen to these days?

Nils: I listen to the news a lot and hope that there is better news about the world out there. I would love to hear that it would be possible for me to come to Iran. But it still seems far away. I am constantly working on ways how to come over to play for you all. Please stay patient and cross your fingers. Hopefully it can happen one day.

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Yazdan: Tell me a bit about your feelings toward the track “Says”.

Nils: Says is a wonderful thing. It seems to describe the complex layers and textures of what love is all about.

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Yazdan: You haven’t had a monotonic and mediocre path and career. The album “Spaces”, for example, is made out of more than 30 live shows. Should we expect another innovation for the next album?

Nils: Yes! But I won’t say too much before its ready.

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Yazdan: What do you think is the most outstanding element of your music? Sadness? Loneliness?

Nils: Not really, it could be melancholy. It differs from sadness. It is always a hopeful state of mind. A place with a window to escape. Escape the fear of being trapped, escape the fear of not being love. Playing music helps me to find out elemental truth about myself and in consequence it changes me day by day. And that change inspires new music.

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I need Music to get rid of aggression, sadness and fear. It keeps me sane.

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Yazdan: Your opinion on current state of music in general?

Nils: There has never been so much music available as today. I think that is wonderful and on the other hand it can get harder to find the things which really interest you. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the vast amounts being released every day; on the other hand it is great that so many people are able to make music today with the help of the new technology. I am mostly interest in music which sounds like nothing else and carries a high level of uniqueness. Whenever I see these things in music it turns me into being a fan myself.

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I also wanna be part of discovering new talents and help them to get some exposure. I am a massive fan of the Iranian music culture. It seems that you have a very vital and inspired underground and experimental music scene. No matter what if you are allowed to publish all of that or not, please never stop creating, because art changed your from within and as a consequence the world around you and what we all need right now is change!

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Yazdan: Thank you for your time

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