Textures That Engrave _ Interview With AnD

AnD Essen

Well.. The momentum has been noticeably strong for you the last few months with that EP on Electric Deluxe – and the RA podcast. Fair play! How has that been for you? 

Yeah it has been a real strong start to the year for us, it’s been really great to see a lot of positivity and interest around what we do! We had the Electric Deluxe ep and the Resident Advisor podcast both come out on the same week, which was really inspiring for us to see how much people were enjoying our sound, we had a huge amount of interest and feedback from it. It has been really great working with Electric Deluxe they are really helping to push us as artists and bring us to a wider audience that might not of heard about us before.

I thought it was very decent the way that you advertised the fact that you were open to demos if people were interested in sending them to you. Labels can sometimes appear to get annoyed by people getting in touch with them, so respect to you all. Have you managed to find some good stuff? 

We are always open to finding new music, that is what it’s all about! It is the first time that we really put a statement out to say please send your demo’s. We have had a great response so far from producers we know and people who we hadn’t heard of before too, so it shows that there is high level of interest in the label and what we are trying to achieve.

Good vibes always create good vibes.

Has the label got some releases coming up soon? 

This year we have some really strong ideas on where we are going and things will unfold more as the year progresses. We have a lot of great music ready and planned for this year, we feel like we are developing as label and we are really starting to hone in on the ideals that we set for ourselves when we started. The next release is from a new artist called Angus Tarnawsky, we are really excited to be releasing a record from Angus, as he is immensely talented and relatively unknown for now! Inner Surface Music 007 will feature 4 original tracks that span from modular ambient pieces to abstract electronics mixed with a techno aesthetic, plus an AnD remix.

And for AnD? What’s next?

Our Horo release has just come out last week through Samurai Music, which is us experimenting more between 85bpm to 170bpm. We have a few different remixes coming up for some interesting and maybe unexpected labels in the coming months and we also will be looking to release AnD003 as well.

Will definitely look out for those Lads. Cheers for the chat. That’s us now.

Just one last question.. It strikes me that AnD either a foolish name for search engines, or its pure underground fuck off genius. Which is it? haha

Make of it what you like it’s definitely hard to find in a search engine! It means that if you really like what we do then you will be prepared to track us down. It is what it is.








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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