If you are a fan of the genre which is known as 'French-Touch' the name Fred Falke doesn't need an introduction, the German musician started out as a bass player and in the late 90's turned his hand to production and released his first original, a collaboration with Alan Braxe named 'Intro', a legacy was born.
The successful partnership would run till 2008, bringing us many classic tracks like; Rubicon, Palladium and Love Lost. Since the split, Fred has continued to produce some of the biggest tracks and remixes in dance music, with a discogs page that not many producers could compete with.
We caught up with Fred to discuss his most recent single, a collaboration with The Knocks and his forthcoming show at Fire for Kitsune's Winter Party....
Hi Fred, how are you?
I'm good man, just back in the Studio after finishing my tour America, it feels great to be back home.
How did the tour go?
It was amazing, I've toured he US before but, this was really special. I got to test out some of my new material and I got some great responses. I'm really motivated to make some new tracks now.
Ah, so there is some new releases on the way, anything you can tell me about?
Yeah, there is some new material on the way. It's too early to say what it will be though, the way I make things is I just keep on laying stuff down and capturing ideas that I have. At the end of it, I'll collect it all up and go from there.
Your last release was with American duo The Knocks, how did that collaboration come about?
I love those guys, they met with me in New York and told me they were big fans of my work, that was really nice of them. I played them some demos I had and they really liked one of them, we worked from there really. We completed the track quite quickly, I like working like this, it was a very natural experience and I enjoyed it.
Would you collaborate with them again?
Yeah, totally. Like all things though, it's just about us finding the time to do it.
What did you think of the remixes on the package, a couple came from a younger generation of producers, like Lenno, do you keep track of new breed of producers?
Ah, I'm not so great with names and I get tracks sent to me all the time. I'm more the person who will tell you I like the track that goes, "doo-da-do-de lalala" (laughs). I do remember the Lenno remix though, I loved that remix the first time I heard it.
How did the release on Kitsune happen? What do you think about the label?
I really like Kitsune, they have a vision. I love listening to their compilations and I usually find new tracks I really like on them. The thing about Kitsune is, when you hear something of theirs, it sounds like a 'Kitsune track' and when they wanted to release the song, it was just the perfect fit.
You are playing Kitsune's Winter Party at Fire this Saturday, what can we expect from your live show?
My live show is me playing my original materials, mixed in with some new tracks that I like. The way I have things set-up is I can change lots of elements of what I play, I can change the drum beats and things.
The thing is, I can't just stand there and play tracks from my laptop or something. This doesn't excite me and I feel the need to be doing something. I can really control lots of things in my live set-up.
I also play my Bass, I love playing the Bass, it's my favourite instrument. I might also test out some of the new things I've been working on. I'm really looking forward to it.
As mentioned you can catch Fred at 'Kitsune - The Winter Season Party' at Fire, London on November 24th. More details here.
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