Creating music with a partner who lives in a different city, labels as second families, and the best places in Berlin, these are just a few of the topics we discuss with Mathias Schober, co-owner of the label, Lossless. Torture the Artist was able to pick the brain of the German musician and these are his answers.
Thomas and I used to DJ in Munich together before founding Lossless. We’ve been friends for a long time and both of us wanted to start a label.
Torture the Artist: Thomas Herb and yourself have been running the label ‘Lossless‘ since 2014, but besides this you two also produce music under the moniker SBTH. How did this dynamic of both running a label and producing music together come about?
Mathias Schober: Thomas and I used to DJ in Munich together before founding Lossless. We’ve been friends for a long time and both of us wanted to start a label, so because of this we established Lossless to implement both our own vision and direction. You could say that SBTH and Lossless were started because of our friendship.
Torture the Artist: You and Thomas live in different cities – you in Berlin, and Thomas in Munich. So how do you guys work on tracks together?
Mathias Schober: Since we live in different cities and can only meet on weekends, we don’t have much time together in the studio. But the time that we do have, we use very wisely. Although Thomas mostly comes to my studio in Berlin, I sometimes go back to my hometown of Munich so the two of us can work in a friend‘s studio.
Torture the Artist: Name three things that you think Thomas appreciates the most about you?
Mathias Schober: The cooled white wine in the studio fridge, my short answers and especially the beer on his way back home from the studio. Just kidding. Seriously, I think he appreciates that we understand each other almost blindly, they way I work in the studio and maybe our routine when leaving the studio.
Thomas and I are of the same mind when it comes to the direction the label will take. We agree that it should grow organically and the artists should develop a strong cohesion.
Torture the Artist: Alex Flitsch, creator of Connaisseur, has said that ‘‘Running an Indie label is something rather egoistic. You want to release what you like best. If someone else shares the same taste, the better for you.’ What’s your reason for running Lossless?
Mathias Schober: It is quite exciting to see a label, and its people, the label-family, grow. Thomas and I are of the same mind when it comes to the direction the label will take. We agree that it should grow organically and the artists should develop a strong cohesion. Of course, selfishness to a certain degree plays a role since you want to create something that has its origins in your imagination. To sum it up, it is an incredible feeling when people appreciate what you do.
Torture the Artist: Artists such as Trikk and Anthony Georges Patrice speak to Lossless being somewhat of a second home to them. What criteria does an artist have to fulfill in order for you to sign them? And do you agree, or disagree with the idea that a label should be considered a second home for their musicians?
Mathias Schober: Hearing this from the boys makes me quite happy because the family atmosphere is definitely one of the reasons that we run a label. Of course, music comes first, but it‘s also important to get along with each other. A label can and should make artists feel like it’s kind of a second family, but we have no fixed criteria to sign an artist to Lossless, except that the music has to fit our label‘s philosophy, the artist has to fit into our ‘family‘. Also, it’s just gotta be the right timing!
Torture the Artist: We’ve spent a lot of time talking about you as a label owner. Let’s talk about you as an artist. What goals do you want to achieve as an artist?
Mathias Schober: I would like to release 25 albums, do 300 collaborations, produce 50 soundtracks, play on every continent in the world, and keep on having fun while I do it.
Torture the Artist: Your social media accounts give the impression that you live and breathe music. What are your other interests, beside music?
Mathias Schober: Music is a big and steady topic in my life. Cooking can be quite meditative, and sports put my life in balance.
I believe that creating music is somewhat selfish. I mean, you create something that derives from your ideas and feelings, not anyone else’s.
Torture the Artist: What has music given you throughout the years, and what do you want to give it back?
Mathias Schober: Ah, there is too much to list, as music is as diverse as situations in life. It’s hard to give something back, really, since so many stories have already been told over and over again. I believe that creating music is somewhat selfish. I mean, you create something that derives from your ideas and feelings, not anyone else’s. But in terms of giving back, it is for the listener to decide if the music I produce has given them something in return.
Torture the Artist: Name three locations that you’d recommend in Berlin. For example, a bar, a club, or a coffee shop.
Mathias Schober: My favorite bar is ‘Buck & Breck‘ and my favorite building in Berlin is the old ‘New Nationalgallery’. But you should also check out Berghain/Panoramabar because it really does have a special vibe.
Interview translated by Torture the Artist.
Mathias Schober‘s top10
1. Avanto 3 ‘Gargamelancholia‘ [Dekmantel]
2. Trikk ‘Belaa (Mother Mix)‘ [unknown]
3. Talaboman ‘The Ghosts Hood‘ [R&S]
4. Simple Symmetry ‘Voodoo Your Ex‘ [Disco Halal]
5. Spencer Parker „The Perfect Size“ [Work Them]
6. Nuno dos Santos ‘Storm Inside‘ [SoHaSo]
7. King Britt ‘Uzoamaka (Dixon Update)‘ [Lossless x SoHaSo]
8. Hans Berg ‘Bubbel Trubbel (Silvershower Remix)‘ [Montage]
9. Abell ‘Sleepless (Anthony Georges Patrice Remix)‘
10. 6th Borough Project „Someday“ Roar Groove