Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Fake Plastic's very own Fr. Jones shoots the breeze with the one and only Sander Kleinenberg about Dubstep, musical influences, the future of music, and a naked woman... or two.

Here is the link to my review of Sander Kleinenberg's 5K

FR: You've been in the business for a while. Why did you choose now to deliver 5K?
SK: A question of having the time and mindset, I guess…It was never really a well calculated process, just the confidence to do it and finding the right people to do it with.

FR: Who are some of your influences?
SK: My influences are as varied and eclectic as the album is. My parents had a very eclectic musical taste and it rubbed off on me I guess.

FR: What do you think about the recent Dubstep movement, made popular by artists such as James Blake and Burial, on the electronic scene?
I love those artists, they’re very original. I’ve been following Burial since his 2006 debut album (actually my wife is an even bigger fan). Dubstep has definitely given the world something unique.

FR: The video for your single "Remember When" was very well-done and appropriately noir. Did you have a hand in moving it in that artistic direction?
SK: Absolutely not, haha. It was done by my friend and great photographer, Alex Garzioli. I reckon it was best to give him the freedom that any great artist needs, and I’m glad you like the result! As I obviously do.

FR: What was it like working with Jamie Cullum?
SK: Jamie is a real artist, true star, gentleman, and all around amazing dude. I’ve been fortunate enough to have known him for a few years now and Jamie’s session was by far the easiest I have ever done.

FR: From Napster to iTunes, the music industry has taken some crazy turns in the past ten years. Where do you see it in the next decade?
SK: Our playlists are going to become cloud-based/streaming, right? Accessible anywhere in the world – any hotel room, car, airplane, etc. – all fun… However it would be great if people could understand what it takes to create and produce music, so they would pay a fairer price for it instead of grabbing it from everywhere for free. More than anything else, it simply undermines the value of this art.

FR: Do you plan to continue to make danceable electronic music or do you ever see yourself dabbling in the experimental, ambient stuff?
SK: I think this album already has glimpses of some different approaches but of course I will.

FR: In your opinion, what current artist is making the most interesting sounds?
SK: Apparat.

FR: You are well-known for your trippy visuals and complementary video usage during concerts. What is the main reason as to why you find concert imagery to be so important?
SK: It sets me apart from any other dude that plays the same records as I do. Ten years ago, a big DJ could have a white label of which there were only 10 in the world for six months. That was a very powerful tool because it set that particular DJ apart. Obviously your network of producer/DJ friends can still give guys like us a lead over the general public, but that time frame as shortened. I thought that with the addition of video, I could include a unique element to my sets, a custom element so to speak…and maybe more importantly, the technology became available.

FR: Do you have a favorite visual?
SK: A naked woman…or two.

FR: Any advice to up-and-coming artists struggling to make it in the oversaturated 21st century music industry?
SK: Be creative, new, exciting, loud, silent, screamish, abstract, a workaholic, extravert…well, unique would sum it up. And be out there.

1 comment:

  1. cheers to a revolutionary mixer & man!!!