We featured Andre recently on Basic TV (live from Vibe Bar) and after his performance we caught up with some questions. He talks about the trials & tribulations of being a full time artist, slo-mo house and his forthcoming album.
We have seen you grow over the last few years and put your Andre Lodemann stamp on the deep house scene, any secrets to your success?
Honestly i think the secret to all work and art is to be authentic and love what you do.
What is your formula when approaching tracks? You seem like the type of person who has a clear idea of what you want before you start a song.
My approach is not to have an approach at all. Sometimes I have something in mind other times I am fooling around with sounds and effects and all of a sudden I get new ideas. For my latest remix for Future Classic I originally only wanted to use the original parts but then I tried out a fews things with different samples and the whole mix moved in a totally different way.
You spoke to us about being able to play much slower sets in Berlin at the moment and people really feeling the 110BPM vibe, are you finding this in other cities too or is it mainly Berlin? Does it work at any time of the evening or is it only suitable for a specific time like the opening or closing? What clubs are best suited for slower stuff?
Outside of Berlin I usually play prime-time so that I don’t really go down on the BPMs. Of course when I warm up I usually play a slower set. I can’t say where it works best. But in the last years I have made the experience in Berlin that I can play slower sets over a longer period and still have the dancefloor cooking.
How have the last few years been for you now that you’ve taken up music full time? Is it as glamourous as every young artists dreams? Would you recommend it to people?
This is a really interesting question. I gave up my full-time job because I wanted to have more energy for my passion music. It wasn’t easy to understand all the different aspects of the business in beginning. Doing label-work, holding deadlines, dealing with mastering studios, labels, communicating is not glamourous at all. Of course I am always happy when I hold a piece of vinyl in my hand with my name on it. I learned big lessons in patience and a lot about myself. The most important thing that I would like to tell young artists is believe in yourself even if other people don’t. Create your own musical vision and language. Doings things correctly and honestly is hard work.
What does the future hold for Andre Lodemann & your label Best Works?
First of all our next release on Best Works Records BWR011 by Mario and Vidis with Marcus Worgull and Fabian Dikof remixes. Also we are planning my first CD release in Fall which will include original material aswell as remixes that I have done in the last years.
Lastly, which up & coming artist would you recommend we check out for our ‘Introducing’ feature.
You should check out Mario & Vidis a producer duo from Lithuania (you probably know them already). They recently released on Future Classic and we will also have them on board for BWR011 (as mentioned). They are quite popular in Lithuania & I guess their profile outside of the country will grow fast.
We have 40 mins of video of Andre DJing at Vibe Bar, you can watch it here.
To listen to Andre’s set we recorded at Vibe Bar, you can do so here.