Cxemcast 042 – S Olbricht
Do you consider Budapest local scene to be strong?
It seems so. In summer the city center transforms into nothing but a festival location: people are having fun on the streets and in the clubs. The audience is rather large, so the scene is quite strong.
Still, it is difficult to consider Budapest to be the heart of European club life.
Night culture development at home is our main mission.
Which club is your favorite one?
That’s a difficult question. I love performing at LÄRM, they have a good sound system; and also at Toldi, they are my friends. LÄRM is a part of Fogashaz, a large nightlife center which was opened 10 years ago. It consists of four clubs, a hostel, a restaurant, and a clothing store, all in the same building. We also have two clubs that are located in an old shopping mall: Müszi and Corvin Club. By the way, there's a good dance floor on the roof. I like A38 club as well, although it looks more like a concert hall.
A38 looks like a commercial club.
Yes, it usually hosts unsightly commercial events, but several months ago I performed there with Levon Vincent. Sunn O))) are also coming there in September with their show. The main stage of A38 is designed for more than a thousand of people, so its promoters are oriented at big names.
Do local artists perform in those clubs often?
Frankly speaking, lots of promoters invite DJs and producers from abroad; however, there are parties featuring local artists as well.
Whom would you highlight among Hungarian artists?
Firstly, all musicians from our Farbwechsel record label. Apart from them, I would name Nermo, Akos V, Grema, Gnork, Crimson, Chrome, IsuJ Mono, and Soundbank (he runs This Is Our Time label together with Route 8). We have a big family: there are about 5 labels focusing on electronic music in Hungary now.
You are one of Farbwechsel’s founders. Do you work exclusively with Hungarian artists?
At first, we were releasing some guys from abroad (Sias, James Booth, Christian Kroup); but now we are trying to focus on Hungary. A few months ago I decided not to accept any demos yet, so now we can say that we are exclusively Hungarian.
What difficulties do you face as a label boss?
As Mark Fell once said in a recent interview for XLR8R, “keep in mind that music industry, like any other, is corrupt and annoying”.
When did you start to take interest in music?
As far as I remember, it all started at the age of 10. I had a PlayStation with a program called Music 2000 — old school stuff from the late ’90s. That’s how I got familiar with concepts such as BPM and Sample for the first time. When I was 16, I became interested in Reason and that was the time I started making music.
What is the story behind your first release on Miniatura Records?
It was my worst release.
It was the actual beginning of your career as a musician, though, wasn’t it?
No, I was writing and publishing breakcore and harsh noise before — it was good old era of Myspace. When I was about 20, we even issued several tracks together with Sleeparchive. Gabor Lazar, Gergő Szinyova — all of us were having fun... Afterwards, I started making techno because my ex-girlfriend didn’t like “hardcore”, so I decided to prove that I can do really good music.
How did you get signed at famous Opal Tapes?
We created Farbwechsel in 2012 and started with my first cassette under the name S Olbricht. In the end, Stephen Bishop, the head of Opal Tapes label, heard my album on Boomkat; incidentally, it was on the first position in the chart. He wrote me a letter asking to record an album and I agreed, of course.
Can you say that you’ve moved to a different level after Opal Tapes?
I think so. Although, while I was already working on this album, I kept receiving more offers from various labels. I began to perform more often, especially in Hungary, because, no matter how ridiculous it may sound, they would call me a “local hero” because of all these releases, labels etc. That’s not true, I think, but they say so.
How do you see the future of Hungarian local scene?
I have been running Farbwechsel for four years. During this time many of our artists have grown up significantly. Now they are more daring and motivated, and I'm glad they are inspired by my example. In general, everything is getting better.
Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.