Statement _ Interview With 3RD


3RD _ S-Tek

I’ve heard the previews of the first one already..  Wicked elastic grooves from ad.lib and Patrick.. and that filthy dirty oldskool pounder from Seb. It’s sounding really good. Was it hard to pick what the tracks were going to be for the first release?

S-Tek: We decide on a democratic basis. Since we know that our background and sometimes our tastes are different, we all agreed to only release tracks when the 3 of us think they’re outstanding. The same goes for the remixers. At the same time we all are crazy about details in music and we are quite passionate when we believe in something.. so you can maybe imagine how hard it was to make a want-list of remixers. In regards to the selection of tracks, it has been surprisingly easy so far.  3RD 01 is like a statement. We are showing what we think is interesting in our own sound. ad.lib is all about subtle variation and evolving patterns. Patrick is generating those organic ever changing grooves and I simply love all those old skool, analog sounds.


Did you add or change anything about it over the last few months? Did you get much support / feedback from people whose opinion you respected?

ad.lib:  There’s no need for democracy during the creation process. We talk about the music and we discuss different techniques and approaches and stuff, but we don’t ask each other to change things in the tracks. We want to develop our style and go deeper and deeper into the themes. We believe that quality in art is often based on freedom and an environment where you can head into any direction you want.

We had amazing feedback from people who inspire us a lot. There were compliments from DVS1, Adam X, Darkcell, Jonas Kopp, Samuli Kemppi, Hector Sandoval from Exium, to name a few. I’ve been playing my own track “Yamato” quite a lot in the last couple of months. I often use it as track number 2 or 3 in my sets when the tension is slowly growing. The nervous hi-hat pattern and the spacey echoed synth works so well for that. And I played the S-Tek track as my closing track at the Tresor Labelnight in Zurich, where I did a warm-up for Robert Hood. His appreciation is maybe one of the most meaningful feedbacks you can about an oldskool Detroit inspired track like “Tiberium Infection”. Also Patrick and Seb have been playing their tracks in there livesets for some time now.. it’s not our aim to release music as quick as possible after it’s done. We keep the tracks for ourselves and test excessively.

That’s good to know. Can you tell us who you have planned for future remixes?

Patrick: We’re really happy about all the upcoming tracks and remixes.. but at the same time we’re trying to not tell everything and keep the secrets for a while.  For the 02 release, it’s my original, which is gonna be remixed by a duo from Ireland. It’s one of my favourite acts at the moment.. enough said!

Haha.. That’s a hard one to work out.


Music production and history are my biggest passions in life. Though people often say that Techno is faceless and should be about the music blah, blah, blah.. I believe in the need to document the people and stories behind it. Techno is a very small world in reality and I think it needs a proper resource. I hope that everyone who is interested in Techno finds this blog accessible in terms of the way that it is written. I personally prefer to hear the artists voice as loud as the music and never enjoy synopsised and pasteurised versions of old conversation; the sort that's peppered with the occasional quote here and there.

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