Berlin based Kaldera has an eclectic production style ranging from deep electronica to disco infused house. He makes his debut on Constant Circles with “For You”.
What is the story behind the name Kaldera? Is this your first project & alias?
The project “Kaldera” is a reference to what I’m surrounded of, my environment. My musical debut as DJ/producer is however rooted in techno under another name. As a matter of fact the musicians in my circles of friends mainly produced house, deep house – that lead me to discover diverse influences, and I reconsidered my musical environment. I chose house music. Pretty good decision if you ask me! I have found my family there and the artist identity that I have built over the last 3 years of studio work.
What is your background and how did you get into music?
It started as I discovered Berlin techno scene, and got really interested in the way artists and DJs that I liked invited their audience into an ecstatic state through their performing sounds. That had a decisive impact on me, and then I started to create music on my own.
How would you describe your sound – do you think your music falls into a particular genre?
At the moment I prefer deep and melodic sounds with distinct themes, but it used to be different! I don’t like categorising myself, the range of my productions is very large and diverse, I’ve created sounds that can’t belong to an absolute definition, they are too hybrid. I do live my sounds as an organic process, not something I build with walls but to the contrary: I’m here to tear boundaries and limits down in the field of the sounds I love!
You are about to release your track ‘For You” on Constant Circles – how did you approach the track and what was your process in creating it?
I got inspired to do “For You” by a couple of releases from “Heist Recordings.” My goal was to combine beautiful chords with pumping percussions, and to elevate that with fitting house vocals. I actually produced a whole EP in that style, unfortunately it never got released, because single tracks went to different labels.
What are your key pieces of studio kit?
Definitely my monitors (KRK Rokit 8), I couldn’t live without them – almost! On top of that my software and a bunch of hardware elements. Midi keyboard/machine/launchpad/audio interface etc. – plus a lamp!
Where are you based and how has your home country or town influenced your music & career?
I was born and raised in Berlin, and I’d say the club scene and techno culture there influenced me very much. Especially when I started going to clubs, for example the Tresor club where I played techno a few times, or my favourite club back then, Rechenzentrum; and the Pulp Mansion. But both clubs have been closed down. They are the milestones of my musical development on the Berlin club scene.
What’s your dream label to release on and how close do you think you are to achieving it?
Good question, I have a few favourite labels, so it’s difficult to decide. My goal is actually to have a release on every one of them, for example on Constant Circles. So I’m going to say I’ll ask Just Her and see if she’d like a Kaldera EP on Constant Circles.
Can you tell us your deepest, darkest secret?
Well if I told you it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. Can’t risk it.
What do you have coming up in terms of releases and gigs?
For gigs, I’ll be in Stockholm on May 19th playing the club NEU, the weekend after at Kultstätte Keller in Berlin, and then gigs in Erfurt, at Zug Der Liebe and a few festivals and Berlin clubs, there’s a lot to come. My next releases are my tracks “For You” on Constant Circles / Spirals Series and “Shelter“ on the coming Dear Deer compilation. My remix for “Sid Benett” will also be on the first release of the new label Superhelden Records from Berlin.
How did you put together your guest mix for the radio show & what have you included any exclusives or surprises?
My goal is to captivate the listener from the first track on, I think I’ll pull that off. From the tracks I’ve selected, most of them were not released when I included them, and will be published soon. As an exclusive, I put in a personal premiere – my track “Refuge” can be listened to for the very first time, I haven’t played it in a club yet, it’s absolutely new and doesn’t have a label yet. On top of that I have added an older release of mine, (Heart&Soul / WDM21), because the track means a lot to me and my followers. And last but not least a classic that rounds off the set, I feel with the fast pace in music today that’s often not done enough – “Steve Bug – Loverboy (Re-Bugged Mix)“ on Pokerflat from 2004.
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