German electronic music genius, Oliver Huntemann and BLOT! whiz, Gaurav Malaker talk up a storm.

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The last time techno mastermind Oliver Huntemann visited the motherland was for BLOT!’s memorable Technodrome, back in 2012. Technodrome was the electronic music offshoot of the Unbox Festival (a collaboration between the BLOT!, Qilla Records and Unbox cadres), and Huntemann slayed the night presenting his acclaimed Paranoia Reactable show to Indian audiences. Now that he’s back, we thought we’d reunite the two to have an in-depth chat about life, creativity, gear and most importantly, music.

Gaurav Malaker: There appears to be a significant change in your sound now, as compared to the earlier sound in Paranoia, for example. It feels more minimal and pared back. Is that a conscious decision?
Oliver Huntemann: I would prefer to file it under advancement. It’s tricky to compare a full-length album with a single. An album always gives an artist more room for expression, experiments and concepts. Let’s compare it with interior design. You do the spring cleaning, buy new furniture, colour your walls, rearrange objects, but it still stays, feels and looks like your home. The same transformation is what I constantly do with my music. It’s not a conscious decision; it’s development and progress, driven by gut instincts. If you listen to my productions, you’ll always find my signature in it.

Gaurav Malaker: What do you look for in a track when you’re looking to sign new material for Senso Sounds? What is the best way for aspiring producers to reach out to you?
Oliver Huntemann: Basically, I’m looking for material that I feel and would play up and down in my sets. The best way is to send a demo to: sounds@senso-sounds.net.

Gaurav Malaker: What does the future hold for your older label, Ideal Audio?
Oliver Huntemann: Ideal Audio was a nice chapter in my life, but it’s discontinued now and I’m focused on the development of Senso Sounds.

Gaurav Malaker: How do you fire up your production process and how long does it typically take for you to finish a song?
Oliver Huntemann: I’m well prepared and have a clear idea in my mind of what I want to do before I start working in the studio. This helps me a lot to focus on where to start. Let’s say it takes between three and seven days to finish a song, depending on the flow. Sometimes, it takes shorter or longer; sometimes I even change tracks after I play them out a few times. It’s really important for me to release high quality music, so I don’t worry about how much time it needs. Good things take time!

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