Influences: Disco, kraut rock, pop, noise, folk, ambient. Blue, red, green, black. The sound of the city. Drones. Angst and love.
Newest project: A new album called Milky Ways, released in September, plus many projects on my label Tigersushi. I’m also setting up a new studio now, which is really exciting.
Favorite Gear: Korg MS-20. I could cite a lot of other things like EQs, compressors, and effects, because I’m a gear maniac. I’m not a fetishist, but I love what great gear does. I love everything analog because there’s magic in old machines that you can’t find in the digital world. But I also love what digital can do — early grainy digital as well as today’s powerful tools. Both worlds work best when put together in a creative way. But among all my synths, the MS-20 is my favorite. It’s the one I use for my live shows, and it’s the only synth that can weep like a guitar. It’s simple, stable, and super-powerful.
Favorite song: “State Trooper” by Bruce Springsteen.
Play by ear or play as written: Both. I learned how to read music when I was a kid, I used to go to a music school for years, learning classical piano. They also teach you how to play music by ear in these schools. But I hardly use any of these abilities when I work on my music. I don’t write it down except when I need to tell a musician what he needs to play precisely.
Favorite artist we’ve probably never heard of: Obviously, I don’t know him yet.
Words of wisdom: Food is better than you.