There is a sense of humble intrigue about the musical outpouring of Martyn Heyne. The German producer has done well to craft a niche for himself within a world which is often so restrictive in the perception of genre and place. A classically trained musician he is more capable than most, however it his attention to the conceptual which makes him such an interesting prospect as an artist. Next month he will releasehis first full length album in the form of "Electric Intervals". Set for release on the newly launched 7K! imprint he has recorded an album with divine promise, a lengthy composition which was recorded at his studio next to Tempelhof airfield.
We welcome him to contribute as part of our Monday mix series, a platform which allows artists to dig through the eclectic reaches of their back catalogue, music collections and beyond.
Listen and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
My name is Martyn Heyne, I am in my studio and have just finished making a mixtape for you!
What does your music sound like?
Please help me answer this question by heading on over to Spotify and listening to my new single Carry.
Tell us about the Monday mixtape you’ve put together for us.
The Monday mixtape I made for you is called Some-Things-That-I-Loved-Working-On. I am not a dj but I run a music studio called Lichte in Berlin where I record, mix, and master, next to making my own music. I thought it would be fun to compile a mix of pieces that I have been involved in, in one way or another. I made no distinction as to wether I played on a track, mixed it, or just set up a microphone somewhere. Each of them brought back a particular story or memory!
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
At home, at work, in the car, on headphones, in the park, before going to sleep, for breakfast, alone, with friends, on a train, while cooking, in a break, for tea, with drinks, you have some options!
What should we be wearing?
What’s the weather like? In Germany we say, there’s no bad weather, there is only bad clothing.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like? If it were to be drawn what would it look like? If it was an animal, what would it be?
The power of music is that it relates directly to us even though it is abstract from everything else. It cannot be tasted, seen or be an animal (unless you’re seriously synaesthetic). It can however make us feel what it is to taste, to see, or to be an animal.
Where was it recorded?
At Lichte Studio.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix?
My dream setting to record a mix would be in an actual dream. I wake up and – there’s my mix.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
HECQ - Heathland. We recorded it relatively recently by playing a piece of collaged music into a huge reverberant space. The actual track isn’t even in the recording - it’s just the reverb. That was a fun night!
What's your favourite record of all time?
My birth certificate.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First I remember and still have was a 2nd hand CD copy of Changesbowie. Last was a stack of 50s/60s 7 inches from Deco Records in Withington. Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood, The Shadows.
What are you obsessed with at the moment?
Oh I try not to obsess too much.
What's coming up in the world of Martyn Heyne?
There will be an album very soon! And all of the good things that come along with it. But I must keep my mouth shut for the moment. More news on the usual channels soon!
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