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5 Minutes With... LORENZ RHODE

Why change a winning formula? This is exactly what Dirt Crew Recordings thought to themselves when Lorenz Rhode & Jamie Lidell's new music landed in their inbox. Their first successful collaboration together ‘Any Kind of Pressure’ was followed by Lorenz joining Jamie’s world tour and a remix of ‘Big Love’ for Warp Records.

On this, the 'Sandpaper EP', Jamie performs with an enigmatic energy, his soulful voice carried by a warm and playful house backdrop of Minimoog bass, Rhodes piano and just some sparkles of a very old Roland synth that Lorenz had just acquired.

Check out the music below and see what Lorenz had to say when we caught up with him...

1. Give us the lowdown on this release...

Jamie and me got in touch through Snax, who sang on my “Something Hot EP“ in 2010 and who had earlier contributed synths and vox to the Multiply album (including a sick solo on “When I come back around”, which was the song that turned me into a Jamie fan). I was working on a very 80’s soul track which happened to be Jamie’s vibe at the time, you can tell when you check out his eponymous album. So that became our first collab “Any kind of pressure” (Kitsuné 2012). A little later I opened for him in Munich, and for the second leg of his tour he asked me to join. So, I flew to Nashville, we had 2 weeks for preparation and then toured the festivals worldwide, as a duo at first and then joined by drummer Brian Willie B. Wilson. Good times! Somewhere in between I also remixed his single “Big Love“ (Warp 2013).

Sandpaper goes back just as far actually: During rehearsals in Nashville we made a tune together - a cover that was supposed to go on a video game soundtrack but didn’t. We both hated the lyrics anyway, so we ended up with an unused instrument that I eventually reworked and sent to Jamie, and he wrote the Sandpaper vocal. And then I swapped the instrumental. The vocal needed something else, to give it more space, and once I had this soulful Rhodes / Minimoog / 909 loop I knew it could work well. Dirt Crew has been my home base for a while now, since 2017. I met Peter through Dam Swindle / Detroit Swindle who’d been working with him for a long time, and now I’ve released 3 EPs and some single tracks / remixes with them. I love Peter and going back and forth with him about the music and plans. My music is probably on the more uplifting end of the Dirt Crew scale, but I really like his approach and quality ethos.

Sound Support is the new project of Lars Dales and me. We’ve been friends for 10 years, back then he booked me in Amsterdam a few times. Later I got involved in DS quite a bit, I was part of their live show and co-wrote their second album “High Life“. So, last year Lars and me finally hit the studio and it went super well! We’ve done it a few more times, in Cologne or Amsterdam, and every session resulted in 3-4 new songs. So we’ve got a whole series of EP’s lined up, “Stab by Stab“ just came out on Prins Thomas’ ‘Internasjonal‘. Our style aims at a sweetspot between playful and functional… bit like what people like about edits, but new.

2. If you had to pick one, what would be your biggest career highlight to date?

Maybe last year's tour with my 15-piece band "RTO Ehrenfeld“. We’re the band of a German TV late night, horns and strings. The weekly shows have been a big portion of my life in recent years. And hitting the street after 2 years on TV and playing to 3000-5000 people every night, getting that instant feedback, it was a rush.

3. If we were allowed to be out partying, what current records would you be playing out at every set?

Super Jim Z - Equator

Dele Sosimi x Medlar - Full Moon (DS remix)

Storken - Lille Vals

4. Whats coming up next for you?

The next Sound Support EP is around the corner, hitting House of Disco records early next year. Between that and the next one (on Internasjonal again) I’ll have another three-tracker solo EP, more Italo. Some collabs: I’ve been working with PDM again, with Demuja, did synths and strings for a big German pop/rap album. And that TV show I mentioned just restarted on a bigger station - if you’re curious here’s an playlist of "RTO Ehrenfeld":

5. If you could spend 5 minutes with anyone, who would it be and why?

It’s not someone specific, but I’d just love to peek into a mid- 80s Italo / hiNRG production workflow. Kano for example. Or Dead or Alive, actually :D






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