We interview Titus Waldner to find out more about his new track Palmspree and discover what is next for the young German producer.
Hi there. Could you tell us about yourself and your music. And how long have you been working on your music? Where and how did you train?
I am a trained classical pianist but at an early stage I started looking more into jazz, electronic music and producing. That’s also when I added all the other instruments to my toolbox, like guitars, bass, synths and drums.
I’m currently living in Leipzig but I started the project when I lived in Stuttgart three years ago. I was writing and producing all the time and because I had no band members around, I thought I’d do it all on my own.
Who are your influences? And who are you listening to at the moment?
I have a lot of idols from the UK – they all do some kind of jazz/soul/hip-hop. To name some of them: Jordan Rakei, Olivia Dean, Tom Misch – but probably Jordan is my biggest influence so far. At the moment, I’m enjoying the new single Rosa Luft by a Leipzig based friend called Das Paradies. You should check him out!
Your new track is called Palmspree – it’s a very cool and atmospheric track and I love the spoken word effect. Why did you choose to do the vocals in English?
Sometimes I can express feelings better by talking in English. It kinda feels like hiding behind a mask because it’s not my first language. German would be too obvious and kind of naked. Especially for this song because it is quite personal. But I love switching languages mid song.
Do you work on your own?
I have done pretty much everything by myself in my bedroom studio but I’m really looking forward to collaborating with other musicians, artists and engineers on future projects. I have an acoustic piano set up. Sometimes I can’t walk around because there’s too many synths, effects and guitars lying on the floor.
Actually, just last week I checked out a studio room because I’m thinking of moving to a separate studio. There are a lot of pros to having a place dedicated to only making music instead of disturbing your flat mates when you’re recording vocals or acoustic instruments all the time, haha.
You seem to have brought together some quite disparate elements, a mix of jazz, electronica, spoken word. Can you tell me more about your sound?
I am trying to create a blend of a lot of genres while keeping my own sound. But that usually comes quite naturally. I really like how I can go into different directions of sound and groove but in the end, it usually sounds like a track by Titus Waldner. Maybe for me a key is to use mostly real instruments and analogue hardware synths all played by hand instead of MIDI. It’s a limitation when it comes to sounds (because I can’t afford any synth I want) but it makes it more organic and human. Also, limitations are not a bad thing but can really boost the creative process.
I was listening to Stuttgart Rooftop Streams and loved the video. Can you tell us more about your videos?
I have a team of awesome film makers who are also my best friends and I’m working with them on other film projects. Because we’re friends, we spend a lot of our time together thinking of cool ideas and stories for videos and films. And when it comes to shooting a music video, we usually have a lot of things lying around that we wanted to try out. It’s a very playful and fun process but also tough and time-consuming work. The shoot for Palmspree was a 20hr non-stop working day. Unpaid.
What direction are you planning to go next?
As I mentioned earlier, I’d really like to collaborate and invite musicians to the studio to play parts in my songs. I’ve got to know a lot of great musicians. I’m also dreaming of touring with a live band. Right now I play solo shows. It works well and people enjoy it but as soon as I can afford a full band, I’ll go for it. Even with all the solo producing and playing live, I still prefer playing with other people.
Titus Waldner : Facebook. Palmspree out March 18. New EP Ballroom