TIDAL Rising: Christian Löffler
Christian Löffler is a German painter, photographer and musician, as well as co-founder of the international imprint Ki Records.
The self-taught electronic composer began creating music at the ripe age of 14, spending subsequent years developing and perfecting deep and moving sounds that produce music for the body and for the soul.
Of his music, Löffler has said: “All my music is connected by a gloomy spirit, which is minted by a warm sincerity. I try to merge all kinds of different acoustic colors to obtain this feeling in my music.” With his music and photography often becoming intertwined, his work offers bundles of raw emotion and euphoria that provide his audience with an emotionally holistic and refined listening experience.
Out now with his excellent new album, Mare, we sat down with Christian Löffler to get to know the rising artist just a little bit better.
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Who is Christian Löffler? Can you introduce yourself?
I am 31 years old, born in Greifswald and am now a resident of Graal-Müritz, Germany, a small town in Mecklenburg Western Pommerania, right by the Baltic Sea.
When and how did you start to make music?
When I was 14 years old I got into programming and coding computer software, and somehow this led me to programming electronic music on my computer.
Who were your musical heroes growing up?
If I remember well, the first bands and artists I really liked were Joe Satriani, Led Zeppelin and Steve Vai. When it comes to electronic music, definitely Lawrence, Apparat and Sascha Funke.
Name an album, artist or experience that changed your perspective on music.
Death Cab For Cutie’s The Photo Album.
Your new album is called Mare and was recorded near the beach. How have the Baltic Sea and sea breeze influenced the sound?
I think that you can hear the openness and wideness of the sea and the coast on Mare. The sounds of the ocean and the coasts are used in these songs, sure, but so was the idea that everything is in motion, washed up by a storm and taken away by the waves.
How does it feel to return to the stage again after you’ve spent so much time by yourselves by the beach?
It feels great! It often happens that I don’t initially see my music in an urban context, but as soon as the first sounds make their way out of the club speakers, I see the reactions of the people in front of me in a breaking wave going through the club.
The world is ending tomorrow – what do you do before it’s all over?
I will spend the remaining hours with my family.
How would you explain your music to your grandparents?
I tried that a couple of years ago but I think they have had a good understanding of it since the very beginning. My grandparents are very interested in music and electronic music is not really new to them.
Can you recommend another rising band or artist you believe in?
Aparde and Sean Piñeiro.
What’s next for you?
At the moment I’m planning my next live shows and there will be a remix compilation of Mare out in the beginning of 2017.
Looking one year ahead, what was the best thing that happened to you in 2016?
The beautiful time in Sweden when I went hiking every day.
And finally, if your music was an animal, what type would it be?
A jellyfish, transparent and floating.
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