Interview: Nils Frahm at Mississippi Studios

We couldn’t have been happier for the opportunity to sit down with the amazing Nils Frahm prior to his show at Mississippi Studios last night in support of his thrilling latest effort, Spacesa dynamic, immersive live album that cherry picks some of his best performances over the course of the last two years. Our very own Yousef Hatlani sat down with the internationally acclaimed German musician, composer and producer and covered the creative process (a particular favorite subject of his,) his favorite composers and music from a myriad of genres, his artistic growth and even his love of Fred Meyer. Stream this special feature (the very first of its kind for this podcast) above, or download it right here – and don’t forget to check out Yousef’s complete set of photos on our Facebook site.

Nils Frahm in the Mississippi Studios green room, March 19th, 2014. Photo by Yousef Hatlani.

Nils Frahm in the Mississippi Studios green room, March 19th, 2014.
Photo credit: Yousef Hatlani.

“I think the first rock band I appreciated, when I was 16 or 17, was Kid A when it came out…I was impressed by [Radiohead] from the first time I listened to that record—because it sounded raw and kind of different, but also really solid and really powerful and beautiful at the same time. Before that, I was going for productions which were more glossy sounding…and then when Radiohead came out, I was intrigued by the edgy, more distorted sounds and interesting, colored tones. That was definitely a turning point.”

Nils Frahm at Mississippi Studios, 03/19/'14 Photo by Yousef Hatlani.

Nils Frahm at Mississippi Studios, 03/19/’14
Photo credit: Yousef Hatlani.

“I think me making music wasn’t about a certain record. It was more about trying to find material I could express myself creatively which was not photography and not painting—these were the other things I wanted to do first. But I was playing piano since very early; I started when I was 4 or 5 to just fiddle on the piano a little bit. I think the turning point was when I stopped Classical lessons, when I was 13, and started playing in a band with my classmates.”

Nils Frahm at Mississippi Studios, 03/19/'14. Photo by Yousef Hatlani

Nils Frahm at Mississippi Studios, 03/19/’14.
Photo credit: Yousef Hatlani

“I’ve always liked Fred Meyers! (laughs) I don’t know why. It’s just a great, convenient supermarket. They have everything…they have my favorite cheap iron pans. I’m always stocked up on gear from Fred Meyers.”

Nils Frahm is currently touring the United States with Douglas Dare through March. Spaces is available via Erased Tapes now.

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