Electronic Pleasure

Frank Kvitta feat. The Horrorist by Frank Kvitta

My new release Electronic Pleasure – Frank Kvitta feat. The Horrorist is now No. 5 1 on the Junodownload sales chart. It will hit Beatport, iTunes and everywhere else next week. The remixers include Richter, Ben Sims, Dave the Drummer, Submerge, Patrick DSP, Alex Kvitta, Mario Ranieri and DJ Rush! It’s a dark sex trip track. Keep it away from your kiddies.

“I want you to do what I want you do to. I want to look at you as you look at the floor.” – The Horrorist

Update: Now at #1 on the Junodownload sales chart!

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I Like Dancing So Much

It’s a Friday in February, early in the morning dark and dreary. It seems appropriate to tell you another behind the music look from Joyless Pleasure. We are on song number four. This song has the same title as the album so consciously I’ve highlighted it in yellow for you. If you look closely at the album you will notice this song is not the original mix. I’ve had help on this one so now I’ve underlined the song too.

This song is about being in love with sadness. The song is about feeding addiction, depression and danger. It’s about the search for pain and keeping your head up after you found it. I once lived in Chelsea for about a decade. The years I was there a notorious homosexual community was locked in crystal meth addiction. I met some very troubled soles screaming, crashing and melting into each other. There was incredible pleasure. All of it incredibly joyless.

Although I didn’t think of it at the time when I hear the song now and hear the chorus it reminds me of the lyric “Keep your head up (moving on)” in the Eurythmics Sweet Dreams. Not the vocal style or melody but the message. I loved the song Sweet Dreams when I was a teenager. It makes me a bit sad today that I now now what she really means in the song. We have all had times where the only way forward was to just walk, keeping walking and forget. Funny how we preemptively connect with things.

The vocals took about a full month to get right. I would do a verse here and there because sometimes inspiration trickles instead of flows. When I have the lyrics perfect I have to re-sing the entire song because each previously recorded verse was a different take and don’t sound right (different mics, times of day). That usually causes another issue: when I have everything done and want to record the final full vocal all at once I’ve heard the song so many times that instead of singing it with inspiration I sort of parody myself. This is why many times I have to shelve the song for a long enough time so I forget about it, come back to it hit record and hope the first new take after 4-5 weeks is an insprired one. So yes that was the original mix… its just drums, one synth and vocals. I sent it to my most trusted musical friend Gabri Negro (Richter) to hear. He always asks to remix/reedit my work and in this case I was so exhausted by the track I said please do. I didn’t expect what he returned with. Usually I have enough confidence and bravado to think I can always make a better song than anyone else. In this case the original or anything I was going to do wouldn’t be better so I asked him if I could use his version on the album. I should note here he never asks for any money or anything in return. If your looking for a version that can be played on the dancefloor check out Frank Kvitta’s remix (link) on the Joyless Pleasure Remixed album.

Listen to and read more stories from the album here: Modern, We Will Get Wicked and Darkling Lullaby

“I like dancing do much it makes me really crazy. I like you so much come come kill me.”

Buy the song: iTunes, Amazon and Beatport

Wire to the Ear Interview with Frank Kvitta

Frank Kvitta is a well established german techno DJ and producer. I met Frank when I performed last summer in Spain at the Monegros Festival. He was in the same van traveling to the show from the hotel. We clicked, stayed in touch and next week we will release a monster techno EP called Electronic Pleasure. Frank knows everyone and was able to gather remixes from Ben Sims, DJ Rush, Patrick DSP, Dave the Drummer, Submerge, Alex Kvitta, Boris S, David Christop and more. To start the promotion here’s an interview to let you know a little but about who Frank is.

1. Let’s start with software. What DAW to you prefer and name three
plug-ins you can’t live without.

Hello Oliver, thank you for having me for your great blog. My favourite software for producing used to be fruity loops in the very beginning 10 years ago. After that i started using Reason for many years but i was never satisfied with the sound engine. Then i found Ableton Live and since i found it i use it the most or let´s say, only Ableton Live. I like the workflow and the functions. It´s superfast and easy to use and i can be very productive as i can just concentrate on making the beats and not concentrate how to make the beats. My Top plug ins i never want to miss anymore are the “Waves” of course, Nexus and the FM8 and some secret plug ins ;)

2. What is the oldest piece of hardware you have in your studio?

The oldest piece in my studio is my keyboard M-Audio Oxygen 8 hehe. I sold my old stuff long time ago already, as i just use digital software and some midi controllers and the Presonus digial mixer for productions.

3. When you have been working in the studio too long and you need to
take a 30 minute break what do you do?

Mostly i go outside (if it´s not too cold), have an espresso, do some phone calls, listen to different music (hip hop, rnb, 80´s) and then i go back to work. My ears need a break too, otherwise after too many hours you can´t concentrate anymore and everything sounds the same because ears get tired too.

4. Do you think DJing makes you a better producer? Do you grab loops
from records/tracks or always make your own beats?

I think without beeing a dj or performing in any other ways music, you can be a good producer too, but while you perform you have the chance to see reactions on specific sounds, breaks, melodys which inspire me again to do my next tracks. Also when you perform you have also a great feeling for music and beats which can be very usefull with producing too. It depends, sometimes i mash up loops and sample and cut things out to make new ones, sometimes i start all over and create my own sounds and loops. Really depends on which track i m doing and which style. And i have enough time for a track or not, deadlines are sometimes really tight hehe.

5. How many songs do you finish per month?

Well i can have days where i finish a whole track in about 3 hours from starting with the mainloop until the final arrangement. Sometimes it takes much longer, even days or weeks. IT depends always on the mood, creativity, ideas. If my head is full with ideas and i m in a great mood to produce i can be pretty fast. If those things are not given, thx god we can hit the save button and continue the next days.

6. If you found someone breaking into your music studio what would you
do to the person?

I would take him next to my side and show this person how much work and love and passion has been spent to create all these tracks on this computer and how hard it was to achieve a studio like this over all the years, then i would slap the shit out of him and call the police haha.

7. What is the best snack to have around while making music?

I always have a sandwhich with melted gouda cheese and a “BiFi Roll” and of course loads of drinks. I love snacks.

8. Do you think buying new gear and software helps with creativity
and/or inspiration?

Yes sure, always when i buy something new i get excited like a little kid and start playing around with the stuff and get always new ideas. I think everybody knows the feeling of getting something new and playing around with it.

9. If you were not a DJ/Producer what would be your profession?

hmmm good questions. to be honest i don´t really know. Probably still something with music. Sound engineering or selling hot dogs.

10. Tell us briefly what your master plan for world domination is in 2012.

I have many big plans for 2012. We plan enhanced music podcasts (which actually started already), alot of releases of other genres with new music partners (including you for example), expanding the bookings agency with more people, promote all of us more in the media again (videos, photos, tv) and many more which are my secrets and i can´t talk about them, otherwise this emails explodes and if you survive i have to kill you hehe…kidding…

For more info: frank-kvitta.net

Dave Clarke charts one of the Lick the Sweat remixes

Frank Kvitta feat. The Horrorist – Electronic Pleasure EP by Frank Kvitta

My next big music project is a collaboration with Germany’s Frank Kvitta. There are two songs “Lick the Sweat” and “Destroyer” which are being released on Frank’s label. The remixers include: Ben Sims, DJ Rush, Dave the Drummer, Submerge, Patrick DSP, Alex Kvitta, Mario Ranieri, Boris S and David Christoph. Lick the Sweat is what people know me best for aka a dark sex fueled dance track. See you on the dancefloor!

“As one of the most booked german based techno artist, he is playing worldwide all important club and festival gigs from japan through europe, to north, middle and south america.” – frank-kvitta.net

For more info: thehorrorist.com, frank-kvitta.net, daveclarke.com