Moritz Wettstein on Schallwellenmagie

Here comes the next real gem that can be found at the huge pool of excellent music on
Moritz Wettstein from Switzerland. Currently he is living in Brooklyn NY, but will move back to Zurich on October.

Moritz Wettstein

One of my favourite tracks from his work:

Moritz Wettstein –  Tempest Toast

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Beside producing music he is also involved in interactive sound/video performances and installations. More tracks and even Videos can be found on his homepage and at Soundcloud.

Here is our interview:

Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer?
Moritz Wettstein: I’m producing electronic music since 2000 beside other activities like interactive sound/video performances and installations.

Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
Moritz Wettstein: I think what most affected me to make electronic music was the club scene at this time – Before, I played guitar and wanted to be a rock star like all teenagers, but I enjoyed how the electronic musicians and Dj’s were suddenly partying with the audience, the music and the party was in the foreground and not the stage. So, the shady basement or sunny rooftop partys – that’s something for me.

Schallwellenmagie: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music?
Moritz Wettstein: My early inspiration was a lot of prog-rock/rock from the seventies like Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd (who not?). In electronic music it is more difficult to say who influenced me. There are all those local /non-local Dj’s and musicians in Zurich whose sounds I danced to at parties – but I’ll name here some labels I also listen /listened at home or wherever: Matthew Herbert’s accidental label (and himself), UR and Dj Rolando’s Jaguar (I discovered recently also really great Hip-hop sounds from Detroit), ghostly international, warp, ~scape, shit katapult, force tracks/inc/lab, kompakt, bpitch control, cytrax, m_nus, morris audio, revolver, trapez, traum, sender, perlon, pokerflat, circus company, punkt musik, archipel, salo,!k7, and so many more. Let’s say in every genre of music there is someone/something that influences/influenced me, except for opera…ah, not true, I like „die drei groschenoper“.

Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?
Moritz Wettstein: It really depends, sometimes I have a good day and I produce right away a raw mix in hours which I’m more or less happy with. Sometimes I tinker around on tracks for weeks and I don’t know anymore if I’m down with the sound. My best practice is working on a track for more or less two days and nights, make some mixdowns, then let my ears recover from the track for a week, working on other ideas. I’ll then listen to it again, and work another week /weeks on the track. But generally I work on different Ideas at the same time and switch between them.

Schallwellenmagie: what is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track?
Moritz Wettstein: Finding the thin line between a club/dj-tool sound and the sounds you may listen at home…and between experimental and more common sounds.

Schallwellenmagie: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
Moritz Wettstein: This is a really difficult part. I have tons of mixdowns and versions of an idea… I have to wait some days (as I mentioned before) and then select my favorite and work on it again, which can be sometimes months later.

Schallwellenmagie: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music.
Moritz Wettstein: Every noise around me can end up as a rhythm -> field recordings and jam sessions, my voice – my body sounds, guitar, piano, some drums but really everything like my coffe cup next to me can be an instrument, Nord Lead 3, Mackie 1402, Genelec speakers, self programmed generative synths in puredata, and everything morphed and mixed with free/non-free VST-synths and Effects in Ableton Live.

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?
Moritz Wettstein: DJ: Andaloop, Liveact: Noze

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one clubs / Live Festivals?
Moritz Wettstein: The electronic / techno parties in the squats of Zurich.     

Schallwellenmagie: If you are DJing: do you prefer Vinyl or CD? Do you use DJ software?
Moritz Wettstein: I prefer Vinyl, but I’m fine with all other styles of mixing.

Schallwellenmagie: Are you performing live?
Moritz Wettstein: Yes, but I made so far more art-sound-video performances with my circuit-bended devices, like Joysticks, telephons, buttons. I plan to go more in the direction of „clubier“ sounds with my live-performances.

Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Moritz Wettstein: Live-performances and sound-releases in digital and/or vinyl.

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