Humour is important
Ziggy Kinder is a newcomer on Cologne electronic scene. He
debuts on Ware Records with the album "Acrobatic", which rocks
the party with incredible energetic and danceable tracks.
- You were born and raised in Poland. What are your memories
from our country?
- Due to the reason that I lived in Poland until I was six,
all the memories I share are predominantly related to my
childhood in the countryside. For generations, my family has
been living in Oberschlesien - in a small village named Bazanö
next to Kluczbork.
My parents used to own about 12 hectare of land and a big
farm with cows, pigs, dugs, horses, dogs and cats. It was like
having my own zoo. When I think back in time, pictures of rye,
oat, potatoes and cornfields crop up my head. What I enjoyed
most though was our farm. There were loads of opportunities
where I could romp about and have fun. Yeah, the best thing
was our animals, the barn and the tractor. I reckon, I was
allowed an entirely cheerful childhood that, as an urbanite, I
now know to appreciate.
- Have you ever visited Poland since your removing to
- Unfortunately, I was not there very often and my last two
or three visits were quite a long time ago. However, each of
those trips was some kind of a journey back in time that was
tremendously exciting as things have changed so much over the
years for me and my parents. Seeing old friends and neighbours
was very moving, like seeing my old granny.
- Do you feel more German or Polish at present?
- Crucial to this question is my German background. Looking
at it from a historical point of view, my origin is German.
Over generations, my family used to live in Oberschlesien,
i.e. on the territory that was originally German. After World
War II this area was allocated to Poland. Hence, my family had
no choice to decide whether they wanted to be part of Poland
which was similar to what happened to the people of the former
My grandma, for instance, was suddenly not allowed to speak
German anymore and forced to learn Polish. So, all of a
sudden, my family was neither German nor Polish. In the old
days, people whose origin was German were teased in Poland.
Once they emigrated to Germany almost the same things happened
to them, because they couldn't speak proper German anymore.
This historical confusion is not just a thing of the past.
Some people still have to face such differentiation today.
Personally and as regards the fact that I only gathered the
impressions of my childhood in Poland, I would say it's kind
of clear to me that I am rooted in the East, but the tree
growing out of these roots went on growing in Germany. I still
do understand a little bit of Polish but I'm lacking the
cultural and social background so as to feel a genuine Polish
- Where is your artistic name from?
- Siegfried Kinder is my real name. My friends call me Siggi
The artist's name "Ziggy" emerged eight years ago out of the
sometimes inevitably stressful and nerve racking experiences
one makes when trying to open up an email account. If you want
to find an appropriate name that is still available you
sometimes have to type in hundreds of different versions of
names one could possibly come up with. It could also have
been, don't know, maybe "Piggy?" The German "Siggi" was
already gone, so I had to choose the English "Z". My label
thought that the combination of Ziggy and my real surname
would internationally stick to the people's mind. So, for the
time being, I decided to publish my music under this name.
- When did you start to create your own music?
- I made my first compositions at the age of 14 which, at
the time, was three accords on the guitar when I used to play
in a rock and funk band. The following years, I played as the
lead guitarist in various bands. My main focus then was the
same as it still is today: groovy music accompanied by funky
When I was played in the bands I lived through three main
epochs: funk, hip hop and reggae or ragga. This was the style
I aimed at for at least, hmm... let's say 10 years when
playing with different bands from Germany and
- Why did sou decide to create the electronic dance music?
- In the 80ies, acts like Kraftwerk, Human League, Anne
Clark and New Order drove me into electronic music. I loved
the fact that sound had many faces and the new sort of way of
how you could express yourself in various kinds of
possibilities by using synthesizers and personal computers.
There are people who claim that electronic music has no soul.
I can only reject this. Electronic music is just a different
kind of media with which you can create exactly the same
emotional vibrations you know how to create with acoustic
instruments and it is even more than that.
This way, I could widen my music horizon a big time and thus
be even more creative.
- Do you have any DJ experiences?
- Off and on I play light and soft electronic ambient tunes
at art exhibitions. In the clubs, however, I only play my own
creations - live, with my laptop and controllers. That's
mainly music for the dance floor.
- Why did you specialize in minimal tech-house in Cologne
- When I moved from Düsseldorf to Cologne 4 years ago, that
kind of sound caught me straight away, because I'm a
passionate clubber and I have a fondness for dancing. Here in
Cologne, this style is omnipresent, so you can fall for it
quite quickly. Well, what can I say, I just like that kinda
- How did you find Mathias Schaffhauser, who released all
your maxi-singles and the album by his own label - Ware
- Actually, Mathias rather found me. By accident, one of my
demos fell into his hands. He was given it through a friend of
mine whom I gave one of my CDs shortly beforehand. Then he
asked me if I wanted to publish one of my tracks on his next
compilation. That was the track "Chop Ziggy".
When this track became really popular and was subsequently
even licensed by the London Radio DJ Nick Luscombe from Xfm
for his compilation "Flow Motion Vol.2" on Kudos Records,
Matthias asked me if I would like to publish my own maxi on
his label. That was the first shot to get things going on a
common fruitful and collaborative basis. What I really like
about Ware Records is its straight way of how to walk in the
line of music by constantly putting weight on originality and
the zeitgeist of music. Above all, I also like the way of
exchange between the artist and the A & R.
- Where have you worked on material recorded on "Akrobatik"?
- I created all the tracks on "Akrobatik" at home in my mini
studio in Cologne. I have worked for four months on this
album. The album carries four old tracks though which I've
exclusively been playing live for the last two years. I really
liked them, so I decided to revamp them once more for the
- There are a lot of melodies in the tracks from
"Akrobatik". Do you think that melody is an important thing in
- Actually, it's not really a common thing in tech-house
style, but personally, I'm always happy about phrases of
melody which somehow freshen the arrangement and to which I
can move my butt. Yet, it always depends on how you wrap up
these melodies according to the beat. This was one of the
reasons why I named my album "Akrobatik". Each track has its
own figure of sentiment, has its own vibe and its own theme -
similarly to acrobatic figures in sports, dance or dog and
pony shows, sometimes cheerful, sometimes melancholic,
sometimes weird, crazy, meshugga... you name it.
- There are also a lot of incredible strange sounds on
"Akrobatik". I found in them a strong sense of humour. Does
humour belong to electronica?
- Humour is always very important for me. I think people who
come to know me will also quickly come to realize some
accordance to my philosophy of life!
- How did you create all these tracks with very rich
structures on "Akrobatik"?
- There are some tracks which are formed within one day.
This is the way of development I like most, because you catch
a specific moment. Regrettably, I cannot manage very often to
leave a track like this. Most of the time, the very next day I
like to change bits and pieces over and over again.
As regards the arrangement I usually take my time for a
couple of days. The sound aesthetics of my tracks are a
combination of synthesizers I squeezed in plus some samples I
modified. Having said this, originality is crucial to me. As
regards the outro track "Fingerkribbel", I even dug out my
acoustic guitar to give it a few guitar lines and create a
theme out of this.
- How are you going to promote your debut album?
- In the course of the "Acrobatic Album Tour" I will play
live in various clubs in Germany and abroad - always equipped
with my laptop and some controllers. There will also be two
major festivals I am already looking forward to: the Synch
Festival in Athens and Csides Festival in Jerusalem where DJ
Koze, Mattew Herbert and Warp Acts will be live on stage as
well. Plus, I will also be present at the Sonar Festival in
Barcelona within the context of a Ware Records presentation.
- Is there any chance to see you playing in clubs in Poland?
- I would really enjoy having a gig in Poland and thus maybe
being able to revive my Polish language skills again. Apart
from that, I'd genuinely like to see how the Polish party
crowd likes to rock. I have heard loads of positive and
AUTHOR: PAWEL GZYL
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WYWIADY / RELACJE
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+ Humour is important - wywiad z Ziggy Kinder