Apr 03, 2017
Connecting With Kölsch At Ultra
Rune Reilly Kölsch is an artist known for many incredibly produced tracks and he has even more on the way. With an album to come amidst a hectic touring schedule, we were fortunate to catch Kölsch at Ultra Music Festival in Miami ahead of his performance at the Arcadia Spider stage. Enjoy our discussion about some of his recent tracks and gigs as well as what’s to come later this year.
“Grey” was one of the most supported tracks of 2016. Can you talk about how you went about producing that track and the different elements that you included?
It was quite simple really. For a long time I’ve been producing with a lot of influences from classical music. I’ve worked a lot with strings and pianos and whatnot. For a while there I was considering what elements I hadn’t really used and although it seemed like I had pretty much used everything, I felt the brass section is something that I hadn’t used much. I was listening to the Pharoahe Monch track “Simon Says,” which uses this brass sample so perfectly, and I thought it would be cool to do something that has that sort of energy within techno and house music. It took a couple of trial and errors to get it right because either it becomes too cheesy or it’s too boring, so it’s a difficult one to get right. But in the end, it worked out really well and I had the whole thing re-recorded with different brass elements.
And you just remixed Flume. How did that opportunity come about and what about the original track made you want to remix him?
The guys from the label reached out. Apparently Flume is a fan of what I’ve been doing for a while and they wanted me to remix the new single. I really didn’t connect with that new single well, so I decided to have a listen to what’s on the album. I like what he’s doing and I think it’s cool stuff. I’ve got to respect an artist who’s doing new things, even if it’s not in my genre at all, but I appreciate that. So I found this track featuring Little Dragon and it just so happens that I’m a huge Little Dragon fan, and that’s what I wanted to do, I wanted to remix that one instead of the new single and they went along with it!
The other night you were Joris Voorn’s special guest at his MMW show. How was that?
Yeah, we do it quite often actually. We’re best friends and we’ve been doing that for a couple of years now. Honestly it was such a liberating experience. A lot of times you end up in situations when you travel a lot where, for instance, the warm-up DJs will get it wrong and play too hard, and it’s just so liberating to hang out with someone that you know that well. It’s a comfort zone thing. We get along really well and had such a good time, played nearly four hours.
Now today you’ll play inside of a spider. What do you think that will be like?
I think it’ll be quite confided! I’ve heard from my friends that it’s a bit of a weird experience mostly because you’re kind of disconnected from the crowd, which I actually don’t really like all that much. I’m more of a vibey DJ and like to interact with people. But either way it’ll be a good experience and it looks super cool.
Is there anything upcoming this summer that you’re particularly looking forward to?
Loads. I’ve got my new Speicher single on Kompakt which is out in May and my new album will be out later this year as well in October or November – I still have to finish it. I’m also doing an Ibiza residency with Hï which is going to be really cool and my tour schedule is jam packed until November. It’s a bit of a daunting experience to know you don’t have any weekend off until November. I’m not complaining, but it’s a little weird.
Can you tell us about your new Speicher single?
The new single is called “Push” and it’s off my next album. It’s actually a reference to skateboarding, which had a huge influence on my life when I was younger. It’s a reference to the act of pushing a skateboard and symbolizes the freedom of being able to move around as a kid – the first experience of being able to do what you want to do. And the track is a techno banger. It’s a very emotional techno banger with a lot of strings and such, and the B side is an 11 minute long deep song called “Goodbye.”
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