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 Germany?

- 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 DDR.
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 identity.

- 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 elements.
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 internationalwise.

- 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 style?

- 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 aesthetics.

- How did you find Mathias Schaffhauser, who released all your maxi-singles and the album by his own label - Ware Records?

- 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 album.

- There are a lot of melodies in the tracks from "Akrobatik". Do you think that melody is an important thing in dance music?

- 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 stimulating things.




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+ Inaczej niż dotychczas - wywiad z Hubertem 'Spiętym' Dobaczewskim [Lao Che]
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+ Humour is important - wywiad z Ziggy Kinder