2. Interview feature – Superpitcher
Superpitcher: Minimal superhero (18.10.07, EYE WEEKLY)
The Kompakt building in Köln looks the way you’d imagine a boutique German techno label to be — spare, minimal and gleaming. You’d never know that in the basement there were a bunch of lanky musicians smoking and fooling around with keyboards and drums in the studio like a jam band sequestered in a farmhouse.
“Everybody was putting in the instruments we had, so it’s fully equipped. We’ve been jamming,” Superpitcher (real name Aksel Schaufler) explains over the phone from his home in Köln, almost apologetically. “We’re so happy to just use real instruments and record and record and record and then edit the next day. We mostly use the computer now like a tape machine.”
For an electronic music label, even one with as much of a maverick reputation as Kompakt, using live instruments is daring. It’s a testament to their production skills that tracks such as “The Art of Letting Go” by Supermayer — Superpitcher and label co-owner/producer Michael Mayer’s duo project — fit comfortably into the Kompakt aesthetic…