Ibach, kid of ’94, sounds like an extravagant but never overbearing conductor, giving way to classic instruments, leaving the vocals to dance. His persistent tempo throughout each track created something smooth, each lined with their signature production.
1) It seems you draw on horns, flutes, classical instruments for your sound. Can you tell me where this muse comes from?
I think my penchant for classic instruments comes from my diverse but mainly classic-based music education. I started to visit the opera when I was young and also had a conservative and strict piano training with a Russian teacher. When I was about fifteen years old, I discovered electronic music, but my interest in classical music or jazz never reduced.
2) “Lessons of Harmony.” What goes into each mix? How do you decide what makes the cut?
Generally the sets have a totally different atmosphere. I think my journeys through different seasons and phases have a big influence on my emotions. Mostly, I pick one track which accompanies me for a longer life as my main track. The rest is just building my complete set on this track and the mood it spreads.
3) In an interview with Soundspace in January you predicted Sam Feldt would make waves and he has. Who else should we be listening to?
Yes, I remember it. I’m so happy for Sam that it all worked so good for him. I guess next time you people should listen to my prophecies. ;)
4) How did it feel to appear on a talk show? Nervous? Did you have your answers prepared?
It felt so unreal. Actually, I’m not the person who enjoys standing in the focus. On the other hand, it is exciting and I felt a bit honored, of course. But yes, I was nervous and I still am at bigger shows like this. No, unfortunately I did not know the questions before.
5) What set or set(s) stood out to you at ADE?
It is a pity that I had no time to hear one single set. I arrived only on Saturday in Amsterdam because I had a gig the night before. On Sunday morning was my flight back.
6) Pre-performance meal?
For me, the best performance-meal is a dinner with the organizers or other artists. But not too early though, I prefer to go directly from the dinner to the show. A bottle of wine should not be missed, of course! ;)
7) It seems your music can pick up speed and slow down while keeping the same tempo throughout. How do you structure a song so it says in balance?
You listened attentive, my lessons have constantly the same bpm. I do not even know exactly, I go by my feelings, subjectively, which rhythms and harmonies match together.