Tonight in Berlin Krake Festival begins it’s foray into 36 hours of non-stop music spanning 3 floors at Griessmuehle. During this massive event, which marks day IV and V of the annual festival, we are set to see industrial techno pioneer JK Flesh, along with Felix K, Pessimist, and Presha from Samurai Music / Horo, and a showcase from post-punk & EBM label Fleisch, featuring Spoiled Drama and Halv Drøm.
“It is very important to us to support Berlin’s underground scene at Krake Festival. We’ve been following Fleisch for a while and are looking forward to them showcase their sound at the festival!!” -Krake Festival
Ahead of Halv Drøm’s (aka Saxon Jorgensen) appearance as part of the Fleisch showcase, we spoke to him about Krake, and his methodology for creating sound, and how he was enlisted to play the festival this year:
I went to Krake festival a few years ago as a guest and liked some of the artists and this year they requested me for the Fleisch showcase which I’m really looking forward to!
What exactly is Fleisch?
Fleisch is a Party / Record label focussing on contemporary EBM,Techno, Acid, breaks and Electro. Some of my favourite times dancing were in the Urban Spree basement at a Fleisch party! I had the pleasure to play these parties with Lghtwght, Zanias, Primary, Phase Fatale, Agency and so many more but we were the core djs at the start! I and August started doing these back to back sets which we were doing a lot over these past years in different scenes.
Our next party is on the 7th September with Kontravoid from Canada and Lucy Cliché from Australia!
Who are you excited to see/perform with at Krake?
Reka because she’s an incredible Dj and JK Flesh because I’m feeling a lot of his tracks!
What is your musical background?
I was the guitarist for Ascetic: with August Skipper (Operant) and Andrew Jigalin (Owner of Dream Baby Dream). I had made music before but really that band and working with those guys was my main thing and informed my musical universe!
What is your methodology for exploring sound and creating music? Can you give a specific example of a moment in your creative process?
I find field recordings a good way to start as there’s so much texture and atmosphere to inspire an unusual palette. I also sample my guitar through many different effects pedals and perform the parameters. I still use a sample pack I made recording a loading dock at the back of a super market 6 years ago! I walked around hitting everything in that space to create most of the big percussive hits in my tracks. Im refining that approach so far!
Is there a practice in alchemic spirituality in the creation of music? Maybe transmuting things into tangible existence that are perhaps nebulous in the void?
Sound can be healing so whether its simply the resonant frequency effecting your cells or the sound that tells a story that brings you to a better awareness it’s definitely a mysterious tool that we can utilise. There’s certain frequencies that alter your brain waves and or restrict parts of your brain and focus on other areas that may help you have visions. But for me alchemy is about transitional stages to become the best version of your self!
What can we expect from your set at Krake?
I’m always on the look out for special tracks that have that impact on me. That get me in the moment and out of my head. Frenetic, romantic, absurd, dark and primal is usually what I’m going for in my sets!