Crossing Bridges _ Interview With Lasse Buhl

Lasse Buhl _ Front

What about music 1.0? Could you tell us about some of the artists that you were into in the early days?

It is very hard for me to remember as I don’t remember what I did two days ago.

Haha.. Great!

But I don’t remember any specific tracks.. More like DJ’s playing in a way that got me to think about Techno as something I wanted to dig more into. But of course there were tracks like Quoth from Polygon Window and some Luke Vibert tracks that got me focused on techno for sure.

I can understand that. Music is as much a feeling as anything else. It’s hard to catalog every experience when you are enjoying the moment. But Quoth.. yeah! What a track. It’s a killer.

And do you have a musical background Lasse? I remember reading something about a saxophone and I know I’ve seen a picture of your Dad with a pretty cool looking Jazz guitar.

Yes. When I was younger I played at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as a young student on saxophone. That was before all of the electronic music became a part of my life. Actually, when I think about it, electronic music killed the saxophone. I lost the interest I guess and then electronic music production caught my attention. Which I still enjoy a lot.

Have you ever considered incorporating a Midi Saxophone into the set?

No. 🙂

Moving swiftly on then.. haha

What is your studio like? Are you still running Ableton?

My studio is how it is. Slowly growing. Yes, I’m still running Ableton but it is mainly for the workflow in it. I tend to use more and more hardware atm, so I’m combining the software  and hardware,  so it works great for me right now. I know that on a long term I would like to go full analog. But it takes time and a lot of money to do that.

For sure.

I’ve heard you say that where you live and seasons influence you, but I’m guessing being surrounded by good music, the feeling and energy of performances must have a pretty important role too. You’ve mentioned that already actually..

Yeah, I love going out to see different acts and I am also getting inspired now and then but it is definitely my mood that is the biggest influence on my music.  I’m not very good at directly translating ideas into music. I’ll use my mood or a certain atmosphere as a starting point and work quite spontaneously. Sometimes I go in a completely different direction while making the music then what I first thought of.  Jamming is very important to me. I love how things can pop up when you’re just messing around with some machines. It is a fun way to learn about your synths and a way to keep the process of making music interesting for so many hours a day.

Occasionally I’ll see you post stuff up on FB with ‘want, want, want’ haha. Do you have much hardware?

I don’t know if I have much hardware, you know, you can always get more and more and more…. I have enough to do a decent damage that’s for sure 🙂

Are you usually good at buying stuff? Will you quickly get rid of what didn’t work out?

Yes, I would consider myself a collector. I will never get rid of my synths! Sometimes I don’t use a synth for a while but then I’ll pick it up again and find new ways to use it. I don’t think I ever got disappointed by a synth. Well, maybe just once by a delay pedal I borrowed from my dad haha.

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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