Mathias Kaden has unveiled details of his debut album, which is due for release in September.
The record, entitled Studio 10, has been nearly two years in the making. Those familiar with the streamlined tribal minimal techno of his Vakant singles are likely to be very surprised by the album, as Kaden has decided to pack the record with vocals and plenty of organic instrumentation. A Fender Rhodes, Lowry Organ and even a flugelhorn all appear throughout the record, with vocals being supplied by Ian Simmonds, Florian Schirmacher, Gjaezon and Tomomi Ukumori.
He definitely hasn't left behind the rhythmic qualities of his previous material, however, with the final track ("1981") taking its name from the year the Roland TR-808 was manufactured. The 808 is still Mathias' favourite piece of studio equipment, so expect it to feature heavily on the record. We spoke to Mathias about the album and his forthcoming live dates.
What can we expect from the forthcoming album?
Music! Since I'm more known as a dance floor-track producer, I wanted to show my other side on this album and give it a much more musical approach. I worked with a variety of vocalists and plenty of musicians. You know, those guys playing real old school instruments!
How did you approach the recording process? Were the tracks written specifically for the album?
I've recorded and written everything in my studio (except the vocals of the Japanese girl, which were recorded in Tokyo). The lyrics were written by the respective singers and vocalists. This album is intended to be timeless and honest. It was important for me to give each track a real song-characteristic. In these days where everybody seems to only sample and loop parts of other tracks, I wanted to create something completely different. It was very important for me to choose another approach to create music—one closer to a classic song production and composition. This new way of working brought myself one step further in music creation and I hope that people wont forget this album already after a month... I hope!
Did you have much of a dialogue with the guys at Vakant over what should be included?
I'm always in touch with the boys, especially for the album. I was in close contact with Alex, the Vakant boss. Beside that, I was working on the album for quite a long time, more or less secretly. I've had the ideas in mind for a long time and just needed some free time to realise everything.
Do you have any live sets planned to showcase the record?
We've planned two release parties so far. First one in our club MUNA on September 5th, and then another one during the Vakant + Dumb-Unit party at Watergate in Berlin on September 26th. There'll be a few album release parties to follow, and I'll be playing in Chile, Brazil and Argentina as part of a South American tour later this year. For now I'm just touring as a DJ, maybe with some guest appearances, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
01. Intro Ducing
02. State Of Stasis feat. Gjaezon
03. Lowrey feat. Florian Schirmacher
04. Panic Stricken feat. Ian Simmonds
08. Kawaba feat. Tomomi Ukumori
11. Re Menor
12. 1981 feat. Gjaezon
Vakant will release Mathias Kaden's Studio 10 on September 21st, 2009.