Sebastian Halle / David Freytes
We recently had the opportunity to interview Pär Grindvik, a well-respected name in the Techno music scene. Take a look at a piece of his life.
The approach of your label, Stockholm LTD, is to focus on timeless, electronic music. What advice can you give on how to achieve that?
Well, I guess I should add that the electronic music being released on it is very much my take on what’s “timeless.” I have this thing that I tend to sign material that I would have bought on record in my youth, but that I also believe that I will like to listen to in the future. For myself, techno set its sound in the mid-90s and even if it’s supposed to be forward thinking I will probably always keep the sound of my youth with me.
If you had to choose one timeless track released on Stockholm LTD which one would it be and why?
I want to mention them all! I guess it has to be the first one. It hasn’t left my crate in 15 years, that’s pretty timeless to me.
What is the artist´s basic requirement in order to release on your label?
This is a question that I often get but find hard to answer. I honestly have no idea. It’s not like it’s a member’s club which to you need to qualify for.
Where is your favourite place to play your music?
Our kitchen. I’m checking new music while cooking or digging back listening to old albums that have been on my bucket list.
Congratulations on your latest EP, «Mnemosyme». Can you explain the workflow of your music production?
Thank you! Well, my workflow consists of writing/sketching, recording, arranging, and lastly, I do the mixing and mastering. Most of the time I have some kind of concept for the record already in my head before I start. I discovered while working on my debut album Isle of Real that I manage to remain true to my original ideas if I split the process up into separate sessions and I’ve kept that approach. However, “Mnemosyne” was made a bit differently. The tracks on this record were more or less “leftovers” from other projects. I have this small black sketchbook in which I write down ideas. In there I keep my track of my writing. Now and then I check back and see if there’s anything that I missed or something left behind. In that book is “Mnemosyne” and the track this EP.
However, “Mnemosyne” was made a bit differently. The tracks on this record were more or less “leftovers” from other projects. I have this small black sketchbook in which I write down ideas. In there I keep my track of my writing. Now and then I check back and see if there’s anything that I missed or something left behind. In that book is “Mnemosyne” and the tracks on this EP.
Which hardware or software were you using to create this EP and can you give a must-have hardware or VST recommendation?
Can’t really remember all, but some of my favourites with which this record was made are the following: Korg M1, Dave Smith Pro2, U-he Zebra 2, most of the drums were probably samples or Roland machines. For effects, Eventide Space, Big Sky, and Soundtoys.
Are you planning to play a live set in the future?
I doubt that will happen anytime soon, to be honest, I was traveling and playing live for a good six years and right now I really like the trips DJ’ing takes me on.
What makes an outstanding DJ set for you?
That moment where the DJ gets outside the safe zone and instinct takes over. That’s why I like long sets. You have no clue what will happen after playing for four hours. I love that feeling.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get it from daily life, my kids, my wife, and friends past and present.
What are your future projects?
I’m traveling and writing a lot at the moment. Hopefully, I will have some time to wrap up more releases this year than ever before. I already finished two new EP’s so far and we’re only in March, so that’s a pretty good start. Keep your eyes open for “Aged” on my own Stockholm LTD.