Klaus Schulze Interview
Klaus Schulze is a German electronic music pioneer, composer and musician.
Klaus, thank you very much for taking your time! How are you?
Thanks for your kind interest. Because I’m a professional musician, I do music, in my studio. And I live & enjoy my daily life.
One of the first project you were involved with was Tangerine Dream. In 1970 you released Electronic Meditation.
This is over 40 years ago, sorry, but I don’t have any memories from recording it. It’s a thing of the past. We did our thing, and a label released it. The success (interest, influence) was low to none, then.
You formed Ash Ra Tempel with Manuel Göttsching and Harmut Enke.
40 years ago, and I don’t have much memories or experiences anymore. With Ash Ra Tempel we made many concerts, and we recorded our first album.
Irrlicht was your first solo album. What influenced you back then?
I wasn’t influenced at the time by anything. Irrlicht and all the following albums were completely me. Of course, at the time, as a young man, I have listened to most of the pop and other music. 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. It was not my intention to copy some pop music. Later, at the time of “Moondawn”, or “Body Love” I even liked to listen to Dire Straits, J.J. Cale, even to John Denver (!). I mostly listened to the cassettes when I was traveling in car during our concert tours. This 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: making my own music. I don’t even have a record collection.
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 the albums you are most proud of?
I really enjoy Moondawn, Mirage, X, Body Love …
“Cosmic Joker” were a joke! These carelessly made funny recordings were mostly mixed and released without the knowledge of the musicians, by a drugged producer. Some people highly regard these silly recordings. It 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 in ’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.
Your latest releases is Big in Japan: Live in Tokyo 2010.
It was a concert. Simply a concert. In fact: two concerts. Released on CDs and DVD. The ‘funny’ thing is that I played also guitar, which was the first time in a concert, after 40 years.
Do you ever miss early days of experimenting?
It’s so long ago. Hm, I don’t remember ‘missing’ something. What does 20 years old men miss? Maybe instant success? Fame? A lot of girls? More money?
What are some future plans?
To make more music, record it and try to sell it. I would also like to do some concerts.
Thank you very much! Last word is yours.
I don’t surf in the internet because my web connection is very slow. Therefore, I don’t know It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine and I don’t know the readers of it. But anyway: Hello and thanks for taking the time. https://www.klaus-schulze.com/
– Klemen Breznikar