Interview: Rampue

Rampue - Photo courtesy of Audiolith

Rampue – Photo courtesy of Audiolith

It’s a common misconception of people who don’t listen to electronic music to generalize the sound, or write it off as all the same. However, people like Daniel Krajnyak are single-handedly disproving that kind of thinking. This is because Krajnyak, known better as electronic artist Rampue, is constantly changing his style and evolving his sound, showing that the electronic spectrum is, in fact, wide and diverse.

Having written music that falls in various subgenres, ranging from C64 and 8-bit, to electropunk and synthpop, Krajnyak’s newest EP, “Mama Was A Progrocker,” came out on April 19 and features a new direction that is geared more toward deep house and minimal.

“I always made a lot of different kinds of music,” he said, accounting for the change. “[But] it was a Nicolas Jaar concert that influenced me deeply in creating slower, calmer music than before.”

In addition to the EP, to date, Rampue has released a handful of singles and remixes, both on his own and collaborating with others. In the meantime, he is also planning to release a new album, but it’s not at the forefront of his mind, as he doesn’t want to rush the process. That said, he expects something to come out in early 2014, although that is not a guarantee.

“For now there’s only one definite track finished,” he said. “I don’t want to put any pressure into the producing process, so we’ll see when it’s done…it really is kind of a big deal for me to create an album as a whole.”

Currently, Krajnyak is busy performing throughout Germany, both as himself and as a DJ. He insisted, however, that there is nothing particularly interesting about his live performances, instead shifting the focus to the music itself.

“It’s all about the music, no matter if I’m there as a DJ or if I’m playing a live set,” he said. “I like playing live more though, mostly because I don’t really think that I’m a good DJ.”

This upcoming summer, in particular, Krajnyak has quite a few dates in Berlin, part of that naturally having to do with his being located in the city.

“Right now I’m living in Lichtenberg with my girlfriend…because the flat is cheap and pretty close to the action. It’s only a 10-minute walk to Friedrichshain, [which] is the most comfortable place for me,” he said. “There’s a nice park right behind my flat. The beautiful thing is, that we’re surrounded by retirement homes, so the park’s always pretty empty. Furthermore, I just love the whole city. That’s why I moved here, basically. It’s just wonderful to walk through the streets in summer.”

But Krajnyak also shared that Berlin’s nightlife and artistic scene is simply unbeatable, verifying that it’s what draws himself and so many others to it, including tourists, which he said are necessary to make the nightlife so good.

“I despise the widespread hate on Berlin tourists…I bet the parties around here wouldn’t be half as good without [them. In fact], I’m pretty sure about that,” he said. “I think I don’t know any other cities where you can party as comfortable and happy as in Berlin. Honestly, I feel like I’m in the safest possible hands here.”

Rampue plays tonight at Ritter Butzke in Berlin. The show begins at 23.55. He also is scheduled to play Ritter Butzke on May 20, Kater Holzig on June 1, Bachstelzen on June 6, Tal der Verwirrung on June 9, and Salon zur wilden Renate on August 3. His newest EP is available for purchase on iTunes, Beatport, Juno, Play.fm, and through Audiolith.

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