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You Should Already Know: Hauschka

By Volker Bertelmann of Hauschka on March 20, 2014

 

You Should Already Know: Hauschka

 

WHEN WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO MAKE IT AS A BAND


I saw a long line at the merch table when I supported Múm on my first USA tour and I sold [all] my merch for the whole tour on the first day.  

 

THE HIGH POINT OF OUR CAREER


Has not yet come.  

 

THE LOW POINT OF OUR CAREER

 

As I consider every point as a point where I can learn from and grow, low and high do not really exist for me.  

 

 

THE FUNNIEST THING A JOURNALIST EVER WROTE ABOUT US

 

That my piano was broken, but I made a good job under those circumstances.  

 

WHEN THE JOURNALISTS GOT IT RIGHT

 

Experimental pianist, composer, loves vinyl, loves to collaborate and always searching for new sounds and discovery.

 

BEST SHOW EVER

 

Playing with Múm at the Society of Ethnical Culture in New York. 

 

WORST SHOW EVER

 

When I was in the hip-hop band God’s Favorite Dog and we played in front of five people in Hamburg and afterwards we had to sleep under the club at minus-two degrees in the most awful wet room.  

 


HOW WE’RE MOST LIKELY TO BE REMEMBERED


“When I saw a show of Hauschka, I went to my studio and thought about how I could change my work...” This is a sentence that a lot of people say to me as how they remembered me after a concert.  

 

HOW WE’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED 

 

The guy that threw Ping-Pong balls in the piano and the piano sounded like a full-on band.  

 

THE BEST SONG WE EVER WROTE


“Eltern,” because it totally fits the mood of me thinking about my parents.  


Hauschka Picks 3 of His Records You Should Already Own

 

Ferndorf

(2008)

This record is a dedication to my home village and it feels great to make peace with your provincial past. I wrote down words in a very small amount of time that came in my mind when I think about my village where I grew up.

 

 

 

Foreign Landscapes

(2010)

Recorded at John Vanderslice’s studio in San Francisco with the Magik Magik Orchestra. It is my first record where I wrote arrangements for strings and trombones and clarinets. It is a very wide sound on this record and it is a diverse record in comparison to all the others.

 

 

 

Salon des amateurs

(2011)

This record I recorded with Samuli Kosminen (drummer from Múm) and John Convertino and Joey Burns of Calexico. The CD is dedicated to a club in Dusseldorf where I often danced and it is a great location. The music on this CD is more dance music made with a piano.