Interview: Basti Grub


Basti Grub’s productions are always a special moment whenever they pop into the OT promo emails, but on listening to his new LP, this had out done them all. An artist that seems to keep on improving every time he’s in the studio, it really is a masterclass at work. We sat down recently to talk about the new LP, his recent tour in Asia, and what he has in the pipeline for us to be excited about…

What’s new in your life right now? We see you’ve just come back from Asian tour, what were the highlights of that?

Hey Guys, I will be a father soon and this is the best at the moment in my life. Yes I just returned from Asia on Monday. My personal highlights were playing @ the club „Ce La Vi” on top of the Marina Bay Hotel in Singapore and „glow” in Bangkok and the food of course 🙂

Tell us about your new Time LP – was it written all in one period as an album or is it more a collection of tracks?

It took me about half a year to get it all together. In the beginning I started off producing a couple of tracks that then quickly turned into more than single tracks. I had a feeling that they need to tell a story and that’s when I continued on to create a whole album.

If you could describe the LP in a sentence that best describes it fittingly, what would it be?

Minimal, experimental and on point

What would you say is your most memorable moment to date and why?

I played amazing shows over the years but if I had to pick one it would probably be my first tour in Japan because that was like the stepping stone to everything that followed after.

What was the last record you bought and why?

It was either the latest Depeche Mode record or “I See You” by the XX – I can’t recall. I have been a Depeche Mode fan for as long as I can think and they have been and still are a source of inspiration. The XX album I bought after seeing them play in Frankfurt early this year.

You live in Frankfurt don’t you? What is the scene like there?

I live close by yes. Places like Robert Johnson make sure that Frankfurt doesn’t loose it’s part in the techno scene. After all the club has been around forever and still offers great venues.

How important is it for dance music to be social and political, do you think? Or should it just be about the party?

I think that is in the eye of the beholder. I am not a very political person, I do however know that what is going on in the world right now is bothering a lot of people. I guess I like to use my music to give people a mental hide away from everything that’s been going on lately.

What else have you got coming up/are you working

There are a few things in pipeline that I like to keep a secret for now … but you’ll see shortly.

Basti’s ‘Time’ LP is out on 27th October on Aprapta.


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