What’s been happening recently?
We’ve been working on new tracks for our live show, had a small tour in germany and recorded a nice live-video which will be out soon.
You’ve recently collaborated with Cristian Vogel to create COEXIST EP, how did this partnership come about?
The festival “fm riese” in wattens (tyrol/austria) invited us (elektro guzzi) to choose a musician that inspired us in creating our music to collaborate for a concert and cristian vogel came to mind as he was a big influence when we started the band.
Please describe how you went about working together?
We basically just met in our studio in vienna, set up our gear, pushed record and started playing. since improvisation is a big part of our musical practice it developed very naturally. Actually one of the tracks on the ep (plenkel) is taken from the very first jam we recorded.
What influenced the sound and songwriting for the EP?
We realized that we could create very similar sounds with both the acoustic instruments of elektro guzzi and the electronics of cristian vogel and that they interacted in very interesting ways.
How did the songwriting take place?
We took the parts of our improvisations that already had a “song” structure and refined them in the mixing process.
Where and when did you record/produce? How did this take place?
We recorded and mixed the tracks in our studio in vienna, cristian did the mastering in his studio in copenhagen. there was a period of almost five year in between recording and finishing the tracks though, because we were all doing loads of other stuff in between. But we are all very happy we got around to mixing the material and get it released after all.
What programs/instruments did you use?
Cristian uses a software called “kyma” and elektro guzzi use drums, bass and guitar with a lot of effect pedals.
recording/arranging/mixing was done in ableton live.
What do you have planned for this EP?
For us it was important to present this collaboration to a bigger audience since only the few people at the concert heard the music yet. maybe it will be also bring an opportunity to perform live together again.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of COEXIST EP?
The most challenging part of creating this EP was to choose the right parts from a lot of material and to arrange and mix it. The most reward part in the collaboration was playing together an having fun in the studio.
Please tell us about any future collaborations:
We have two interesting collaborations coming up: one is our composition “inner scope” with 16-piece a string orchestra. the piece had it’s premier last year and we will recorded it this summer and bring it to the stage again in autumn 2020 and spring 2021. Secondly we will perform with the piano player Ingrid Schmoliner at “Musikprotokoll” festival in Graz/Austria in October.
Any shows coming up? If so, when and where?
We have a few trio shows coming up in spring but are not sure at the moment if they can go ahead because of the corona virus. in summer we hope to be back on the road for festivals across europe. Check our website for dates.
What’s planned for 2020?
Make more music.