German based Florian Kruse and Julian Wassermann team up once again for their latest EP Glow Ignition. Long-time collaborators on the likes of Kompakt, Terminal M and Suara, they now debut on Spectrum. Glow Ignition features two pristine, dreamy tracks that tap into the richest of techno minerals. Filled with gentle arpeggios, cathedral size synths and that powerful feeling of natural musical euphoria. 6AM caught up with the duo to discuss how they are able to have such a successful collaboration.
Thank you both for taking the time to chat with us. Can you please tell us a little bit about you both? What got you into the electronic music scene, and how long have you been DJing/producing?
FK: For me, it was my older brother Vincenzo Ragone who brought me into the electronic music scene and he was my role model. I am eight years younger and he already lived this life of making music and traveling the world when I was still going to school. I slowly started producing music and DJing at the age of 15 years old (1998). It was like a dream that came true when I started releasing on vinyl in 2007 and the first bookings abroad came in. I quit my job and focused on music.
JW: I have been actively producing and DJing for about 13 years now. My enthusiasm for electronic music began with my first club visits. I really wanted to learn how to do it and started to teach myself. That was a long process that is still going on today.
I think we complement us well and that’s why we reach our goals. Working together means making compromises. That’s always harder than working solo but if the result is positive it’s definitely worth it.
Florian Kruse on creating compromise when working together
You guys are long-time collaborators, having released on various record labels together. How has it felt to work together with such big names such as Kompakt and now debuting on Spectrum?
FK: It’s a big honor to work with labels such as Kompakt and now Spectrum. I am still jumping around like a little kid when things like that happen. Another box ticked on my bucket list. I feel that we can be a little bit proud of the outcome of our collaboration work.
JW: That is of course an incredible feeling! Ultimately, this was always my greatest desire and goal to release my music on renowned labels. I can still remember my early days, when you still sent CDs to labels by mail, unfortunately always without feedback. Today, of course, it is much easier, but due to the huge amount of new music, it is very difficult for labels to send feedback to us artists. So it’s even nicer when an idea from the studio becomes a finished song that is released on one of your favorite labels.
What is your collaborative process like when working on a new project together such as your latest EP?
FK: First thing is we talk about ideas and goals. We set a bpm as well and then each of us starts working on ideas in our own studios. Once we have something interesting we share the stems and the other one is taking over. It’s a back and forth until a track is done.
JW: For quite some time now, Florian and I have each been working separately in our own studios, as a very long distance separates us from Hamburg to Munich. Most of the time one of us starts with an idea and the other one adds new elements to it. Until the track is finished, we send a few versions back and forth until it’s finally perfect for us.
Our musical orientation complements each other wonderfully and so everyone always has a good plan
Julian Wasserman on their chemistry DJing together
What has been something easy about working together? and something more difficult?
FK: Julian says it right. We trust and respect each other and we motivate ourselves to perfection. I think we complement us well and that’s why we reach our goals. Working together means making compromises. That’s always harder than working solo but if the result is positive it’s definitely worth it.
JW: Florian and I don’t really have any major difficulties because we respect each other very much and each trusts the other. In the end, the idea must also convince the other, which makes it a little more difficult than with solo productions. But the advantage is also that we motivate each other to perfection and so you work even more conscientiously on a song.
Does your chemistry with production translate well into a b2b setting while out playing sets together?
FK: Yes it does. We inspire each other and that’s to hear in our b2b sets. All the time we played together the energy was amazing. Hope that’s going to happen soon again.
JW: Absolutely! Our musical orientation complements each other wonderfully and so everyone always has a good plan. This makes for a more multi-layered set, which I find very exciting. When we played our last b2b together in 2019 at Feel Festival, it was an incredible energy. Hopefully we’ll both play together again soon!
After such a crazy hectic year, what is something that you are most excited for/looking forward to in the near future?
FK: I am hoping that we have learned from this time and that we don’t take anything for granted anymore. We need to take care of each other and our planet and try to find the right balance between our job as DJs, family and friends and should try to travel as environment friendly as possible. I am super excited to play again and see happy people on the dance floor but I am still a little bit careful and don’t take my expectations too high as it might be too early. The pandemic is not completely over yet.
JW: Of course I’m happy when the whole thing is over and you can celebrate again freely. But it has also shown other sides of me and I was fortunately able to accompany the entire pregnancy of my girlfriend at home. And even now I’m happy to be able to spend a lot of time with my family.
Anything else you’d like to share?
FK: Please listen to ‘Glow ignition’ and ‘The Missing Piece’ our new tracks on Spectrum it’s definitely worth it!
JW: Thank you for your time and the interview. See you soon on the dance floor for sure!