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Klaus Schulze Interview


1. Klaus, thank you very much for taking your time! How are you?
What are you doing these days?

Thanks for your kind interest. Because I'm a professional musicians, I do music, in my studio.
And I live & enjoy my daily life.

2. You have such an amazing carrier! I would like to talk about some of your albums, that have been really influential to other musicians. One of the first projects you were involved with was Tangerine Dream. In 1970 you released Electronic Meditation. It always amazes me how raw, psychedelic and avant-garde this LP is! I would love if you could tell me some of the strongest memories from producing and recording this LP!

This is over 40 years ago, sorry, but I don't have any strongest memories of this. It's a thing of the past. We did out thing, and a label released it. The success (interest, influence) was low to nil, then.

In same year you left this group to form Ash Ra Tempel with Manuel Göttsching and Harmut Enke. You guys released your first album and later went to solo. Again this is an amazing piece of work! I would love if you could share your experiences with Ash Ra Tempel for my readers...

Same answer: 40 years ago, and I don't have much memories or experiences anymore.  
With Ash Ra Tempel we made many concerts, and we recorded a first album.

4. Now I would like to ask a few questions about your solo releases and then we will talk a bit about your collaboration with different artists. In 1972 you released Irrlicht, which is one of the most influential albums. What were some of your influences at that time that inspired you and what can you say about recording it?

There were no "influences at that time that inspired me"  to do IRRLICHT and all the following albums. Of course, at this time, as a young man, I have listened to most of the pop and other music at this time, same as many other did; we all listened to Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, etc. - but IRRLICHT was quite different from this kind of music that I have heard for entertainent in 1971, 1972. It was not my intention to copy some pop music for my own music. Later, at times of "Moondawn", or "Body Love" I even liked to listen to Dire Straits and J.J. Cale, yet John Denver (!), mostly from cassettes in the long car travels during our concert tours, and this also had no influence on my own music. I can separate these things: listening to some music of the day, from radio or else, and on the other hand: make my own music. I don't even have a record collection.

5. Later you released several more albums including Cyborg, Blackdance, Picture Music, Timewind, Moondawn, Body Love, Mirage, X and many others including with Code III, The Cosmic Jokers and Stomu Yamashta's Go. What are some of albums you are the most satisfied and proud of and why is that so?

Still, I can be proud of early albums like Moondawn, Mirage, X, Body Love ...

"Cosmic Jokers" were a - not serious - joke. These carelessly made funny recordings were mostle mixed and released without the knowledge of the musicians, by a drugged producer. That some people reagard these silly recordings high, today, says a lot about their musical taste and knowledge :-)

The work with most of the GO people was wonderful. Later I worked with Michael Shrive again: in 1979 and '81 he came over to Germany and visited me in my studio. A lovely man, a very good musician. He aroused again my interest in rhythm and drumming which I had lost after my first years as a drummer in T.D. and A.R. T.

"Code III" I have just recorded, long ago. Musically I had and have nothing to do with it.

6. One of your latest releases is Big in Japan: Live in Tokyo 2010. Tell us about this project....

This was not a "project", this was a concert. Simply a concert. In fact: two concerts. Released on CDs and DVD.

The "funny" thing is that I played also guitar in the performance, which was the first time in concert, after 40 years.

7. Do you ever miss those days in the early 70's, when experimenting just started?

Forty years ago, h'm ...
I do not remember that I have "missed" something.
What does twenty+ years' old men miss?
Maybe instant success? fame? lotta girls? more money?

8. What are some of your future plans, Klaus?

Same as in question 1.
I make music, record it, try to sell it.
If good & serious offers for concerts come, I will do concerts. As in the past.

9. Thank you very much! Would you like to say a few words to readers of  It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine?

I don't surf in the internet because my web connection is very slow.
Therefore, I don't know "Psychedelic Baby Magazine" and I don't know the readers of it.
But anyway: Hello.

Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2011
© Copyright 2011



GREAT !!!!
Many Many Thanks !

Blair, 21, Musician said...

It seems strange that he says he doesn't remember much of anything from Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel but as soon as you ask him about his solo work he then talks. Just a thought.

Petty Vendetta said...

TD didn't do drugs, did they?

Petty Vendetta said...

TD didn't do drugs, did they?

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