Trax - 40 000 Interview
Could you tell us about your first musical emotions?
The first music would have been English pop music, followed by German bands of the 70's and traditional Indian music. My approach to music stems from Punk; the attitude, approach and a belief that "do what you feel".
What was your first contact with Electronic music?
Electronic, it was German bands of the 70's, searching and finding old vinyl LPs from this time, lots of bands, trying different things.
How did you get involved with this musical style?
I bought a synth, experimented with it, out of this I turned into a drummer!!
Could you describe us shortly your main influences?
Main influences are political. The human rights of Palestinians, an end to the vile regime of Israel. Anybody reading this who has any thoughts of support for Israel, should through embarrassment donate all their money to help Palestinians through aid. Muslimgauze music has a political fact at it's heart. I have far too many ideas for my own good, but I believe in what I do. If you don't like Muslimgauze, I don't care.
Do you think that technology changed the way people are producing music now?
Technology seems to have brought together more crap with idealess people. The idea of sitting in front of a computer to inflict further crap music on poor record shops, it shouldn't happen.
Do you use samplers? if yes, in witch frame of mind?
No I do not, never touched a computer. I use old analogue equipment, which I abuse and force to do what I want. I hope Muslimgauze sound unique and the CDs are worthwhile.
Do you think that technology can be a relevant medium for artistic expression?
The important thing is ideas, not technology. Which ever artistic expression is used, you need the original idea.
Could you tell us more about your production process?
I translate an idea from my mind, through my hands I create this idea using old analogue equipment and percussion from various countries. Over this I place things from cassettes, which could be voices/instruments. Some tracks are left unfinished, some un-mixed, some re-mixed. It depends on the track.
Do you think that Electronic music is creating new sound structures?
No, everything has been done before. Just try and put a different slant on things.
What makes a good record?
Something is different to everybody, a million people don't buy Muslimgauze releases, a lot of people don't like Muslimgauze, so what's good?
What are for you the quality of a good DJ / producer?
To have an ear for sound, hands to shape this into a final thing.
Do you believe in a global Electronic culture?
Things seem to be global through the Internet. A different culture has affected me, so culture is global now and in the past through pictures and sound.
Do you believe in the social implication of the so-called techno culture?
I'm not too sure as to what techno culture is. The social implication of drugs is evidently around. If some drugs are legal, the case for an open house is strong.
How do you see your music in 10 years? Generally, how do you see the future of this music?
I cannot see that far ahead, but I hope that over that time Muslimgauze will have released good quality CDs/vinyl/whatever system comes up next.
Could you give us your 5 all time classic records?
No, I have no time to play other peoples music, I have no interest in other peoples output. My time is total Muslimgauze, new tracks, new CDs, old tracks, it's endless.
interview by Guillaume Sorge
This interview originally appeared in Trax - 40 000 (September, 1998).