This Sunday at Le Bain, Nouveau York goes Euro with Wolfram and Aeroplane to celebrate President’s Day weekend. While Aeroplane tours the USA with a new record In Flight Entertainment and will perform for the first time at Le Bain, Wolfram has been a beloved regular and one of our favorites. Both have become emblematic artists of the Dance music scene by modernizing the Euro Sound. Does their sophistication bring more fun? Absolument! We caught the two of them in the Italo Cosmos for a Standard Q&A.
Aeroplane meets Wolfram.
The Standard: What was the first Euro disco record you fell in love with?
Wolfram: Probably the Limahl song produced by Giorgio Moroder Neverending Story since I had the movie on VHS and I loved watching the scene with that song while Falkor flies with that small Winnetou kid called ‘Andreu’ through canyons!
Aeroplane: Probably something from Adriano Celentano L’orologio.
What is the last dance music record really that impressed you?
Wolfram: Hard to say. Last time I really was impressed was 11 years ago when hearing Metro Area’s Miura with that one note bassline. I’m rarely impressed nowadays but somehow I’m positively surprised if I hear songs with just a few elements/instruments. For example, since I’m able to play with Aeroplane this Sunday here in New York I’d like to point you to some of his work which sometimes are built on a one or two note bassline and after the break it changes completely.
Aeroplane: Joakim’s remix of Charlotte Gainsbourg. Or anything by David August.
Charlotte Gainsbourg Paradisco (Joakim’s Paradisco Garage Remix)
Who is the most underrated club hero?
Wolfram: Hard to say but right now I think some resident djs (not all!) of great clubs are heroes to me! Like Panorama Bar’s Andy Baumecker is one of the best DJ’s I know, with lots of knowledge in every musical genre.
Aeroplane: The drunk guy - or girl - who’s the first on the dance floor at 11pm. He or she is the one who really starts the party.
What is the most archetypal dance music track?
Aeroplane: Lil Louis’ French Kiss.
Wolfram: Probably I feel love by Donna Summer (Patrick Cowley remix).
What is the most futuristic piece of music ever?
Wolfram: Probably Kraftwerk’s Autobahn since it was done in 1973 which is 4 years after Woodstock! It must have been a futuristic feel to all those hippies who liked to sit in dirt watching Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix.
If Euro was a boy, who would he be?
Wolfram: Colorfully dressed men with German accent like me or Brüno.
Aeroplane: Giorgio Moroder.
If Cosmic was a Girl, who would she be?
Aeroplane: Princess Layla.
Wolfram: You mean if you look for an human equivalent of ‘disco played slower in an druggy cool way’ then you look probably for somebody retarded between Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton.
What gives you hi-nrg?
Wolfram: an apple.
Aeroplane: a good bridge.
Where is today’s dance music center of attraction?
Wolfram: If I would know I would be there.
Aeroplane: The Internet.
Limahl’s The Neverending Story
“I’m what you’d describe as a personality DJ. When I deejay, you get my personality, you don’t necessarily get a particular kind of music.” (DJ Harvey in Time Out New York). Do you feel the same?
Aeroplane: It’s kinda true. If your choices aren’t influenced by the Top 40 then you become a personality DJ I guess. You play whatever tracks you want to hear yourself and makes you feel good.
Wolfram: I feel I’m a fun DJ. You also don’t get a particular kind of music but you will remember it since its probably so hilarious wrong or fun.
“The producers are there, but to me the DJ is the paramount of everything. He holds the destiny of so many people in his hands. He can make or break hits.” (Michael Gomes in The Disco Files). Is it still true?
Aeroplane: That was true in 1978. Not anymore I’m afraid. Replace the word ‘DJ’ by ‘Blog’.
Wolfram: Sadly not true anymore. Nowadays The Internet is the DJ! If it’s high on Youtube, blogs or online charts, it has good chances to become a hit.