Amor Fati – Träumer und Tänzer
The reason for featuring this is less Amor Fati, than one of the remixers, Tim Engelhardt. You might remember we had Tim back here and my incredulity that he’s only 14. Had to pursue that with an exclusive interview.
1. How did you get into music? I think it’s coming from my father… in the time I was about 2 I started to listen, actually more unconscious, what he listened to. It was something that never let me go, it was Mike Oldfield. Until I was six he listened to it when we were on the road and everytime he had a free minute. After that I spent nearly all my time on football, until I was 11, when I started to play the piano, I suddenly pulled out the old Mike Oldfield records again. And then I had a real flashback and I knew I want to define my very own style of electronic music one day. After that, I started to buy myself software and good speakers.. and it still goes like this!
2. Your English is exceptionally good. You are based in Germany but do you have English connections? That’s something with which I am confronted very often. I just love languages (excepting French)…
3. Which artists have inspired you? As I said before, Mike Oldfield. Recently, I really love the stuff from Robert Babicz, because of his amazing combination of musical knowledge and vintage gear and what I discovered just a few months ago is a producer from Berlin. His name is Jin Choi and I think his music is something for real lovers of electronic music. And probably the producer with the most unique style: Stimming.
4. This mix is called “insomnia” and another of yours is called “sleepless”. Is that something that afflicts you? A really hard question.. actually I think I named them like this because sometimes I work a whole week on just an idea for a remix, and then on Friday night I think: ‘Oh come on, you couldn’t ever release this!’, and I simply throw everything away and do a new one. And sometimes, this happens in just one night… therefore ‘Insomnia’ and ‘Sleepless’ – Mixes.
5. Your output is pretty prolific. Where do you find the time, since I assume you’re still at school? Yes, I’m pretty much like every normal boy, I go to school and I also do my homework. After that I have time for music. Sometimes I do sports in the afternoons, but also then there is the weekend and some other minutes I can spend on music. In my opinion, I even have too much time. But this is also because I’m very fast in my little studio.
6. What can we expect from your debut album? My album is a listening album. I have enough time to do my usual tracks, on my first album I just wanted to highlight what I can do excepting the usual stuff.. there are a few tunes that will be for the dancers, but nearly everything is somehow different, and also very personal in its meaning. Every track tells a story, and sometimes there are tracks you have to listen to closer to recognize the special something every good track should have. However, that’s something YOU have to do when the album is out, and here’s something I can reveal already: There will be a very nice concept for the 12″ edition.
7. To stop me feeling utterly inadequate, do you have any weaknesses or foibles? Good question I think there’s one particular weakness I have: I let my emotions out in my music, but in a conversation this is very hard sometimes. And no, I’m not a nerd, I don’t start to stutter everytime I see a woman And then, these usual problems a boy in my age has, but my music will utter that much better than me…
All too level headed at his age. On to the music. The title translates as Dreamer & Dancer, with the original mix caught somewhere between the two in a polite deep house mix. Andreas Lindemann goes for a great big wandering twelve minute Balearic remix. Starts with sounds of the waves and a gentle dreamy tone. This then mutates into a gentle Detroit groove. Finally starts to shuffle its feet at the seven minute mark as a bit of acid worms its way in. Lovely remix. Tim’s Insomnia remix goes for a funky, yet somehow restrained, house approach, making good use of the trumpet stabs. Quality stuff.
Blurb: The third release on the vinyl-label ‘Playmusic-Productions’ is presented by the berlin-based Rene Reinert under his artist name ‘Amor Fati’, who’s also the label owner of Black Is Black Recordings. On his very unique work for Playmusic-Productions called ‘Träumer & Tänzer’, which is german for ‘Dreamer & Dancer’ he combines remarkable soundscapes, deep keys, an epic trumpet lick and the drums. Nothing more, not even a real baseline. But that is possibly what makes this tune so special. Also included in the package is a remix from PMP’s wunderkind Tim Engelhardt, whose mix is definitely for the dance floor. In the first 3 minutes the mix simply has an amazing flow using the main loop from the original, a smooth baseline, rolling hats and some groovy shakers. Then a wonderful danceable break and the trumpets come in. All in all, a magic mix. Then label head Andreas Lindemann is bringing the original to the top. Against all expectations, he made a very smooth and relaxing mix, which is starting with sea waves he recorded in Mexico. Then a very soft and moody pad fades in, and for a few minutes this lovely just takes you on a journey. Then the trumpet wakes you up, the percussions make you dance again and a really sweet 303 line takes you back in time!
release & remix requests:
Vinyl: 15.10.2012/ DL: 30.10.2012
Release/catalogue number: PMP003
Release date: Oct 15, 2012