Bluestaeb, congrats on your album Everything is always a process. We are hooked! First off, tell us a bit about the title.
Thank you, it has been quite a journey. I was (and still am) searching for new ways to merge live instrumentation with the sound that I created before. But overall, the title also represents the way I look at stuff in life. For me, this album doesn’t necessarily feel like a finished product. My intention is to show where I am going and to give a glimpse of what might come next.
You’ve moved from Berlin (your hometown) to Paris? How did that influence your music?
When I moved to Paris I felt very free, musically. I was able to leave behind the things that stopped me from getting creative with my music back in Berlin. I met a few jazz musicians and beat makers in Paris and started having sessions in many different studios. That really shaped the sound of the album, being able to switch from bedroom-beat-making to producing and having sessions with bassists, pianists etc.
So in which of the two cities do you feel most at home/at your best?
I can’t really tell, Paris still feels like the right city for me to live in at the moment because I am really happy to be there each time I come back from touring etc. But returning to Berlin sooner or later is an option as well. Berlin and a lot of people I met just felt really “fake” to me in the last few years. Therefore, I needed a change of setting. But since I was born in Berlin, I will always represent.
The record is very neo-soul influenced. What inspired you? We’re guessing a lot of old music?
Yes, old music is definitely an inspiration. Then again, I also enjoy a lot of the stuff that comes out nowadays. I don’t like the idea that artists should completely lock themselves up during the creation of an album to create a “pure” sound or whatever. As a musician, you are always inspired by everything that happens around you. Musically, what inspired me is definitely the sound of Los Angeles and London and many many Tiny Desk Sessions *laughs*