Interview: Paul Kalkbrenner
Ahead of Paul Kalkbrenner’s debut appearance at The Social Festival this year, the boss caught up with Paul to talk friendship, special memories & the blood sweat and tears Paul put into his 20 show tour for his beautifully put together PK7 album.
Nic Fanciulli: We’re both lucky enough to have traveled the world and played some amazing shows - do you have any in particular that have stood out for you over the years?
Paul Kalkbrenner : Playing in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to nearly 500,000 people for the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was definitely the most outstanding show in the last few years.
Being asked to perform by the government isn’t something that happens every day and to be thanked afterwards for playing techno was definitely something that doesn’t happen every day!
Nic Fanciulli: How was your last tour for the #PK7 album? Any interesting stories?
Paul Kalkbrenner: The tour was all in all great fun. I played 20 shows in just over a month, so there was lots of travelling involved but I enjoyed it.
It was a bit different to the summer season because all of the shows started at concert time, which meant it was all over by 1am.
Nic Fanciulli: What inspired you to create the album? Do you have a process you usually work through?
Paul Kalkbrenner: Spring was definitely the inspiration for the album; it gave me an uplifting starting point. I didn’t take a special approach this time, although I had the luxury of time on my side on this occasion, which is something I didn’t have with my previous albums.
Another positive was being the very first artist to have access to the magnificent Sony music catalogue, which was such an honour for me. Receiving the original stems from Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit was pretty damn exciting. The song was recorded in 1968!
Nic Fanciulli: I know you’re a big collector of football shirts - how many do you have now?
Paul Kalkbrenner - I have no idea! There are so many boxes full of shirts in my studio. I was planning on hanging them up but I don’t think I have the space, nor time…
Nic Fanciulli: 2014 must have been a stand out year for you with Germany winning the World Cup? Did you manage to see any of the games?
Paul Kalkbrenner: To put it simply, it was Wahnsinn, as we say in German!
I take time off to watch every single match, as I do with every major tournament and I won’t play until after the matches are over.
Nic Fanciulli: We’re super excited to have you at The Social this year, is there any one else you’re looking forward to seeing at the festival?
Paul Kalkbrenner - I’m very excited to finally come to your festival and see you again.
I believe the first time you invited me was on the Sonar North America tour in 2012, so it’s been a long time coming!
After his first invite back in 2012, it is finally happening and you can catch Paul, as well as Nic on the Meadow stage at The Kent County Showground this September!