Kalabrese is back. After four years without having released a solo EP the full-time musician returns with his ‘Bananenräuber EP‘, a three-tracker that includes two brand new cuts by himself and a remix from Ripperton. Alongside the release Torture the Artist spoke to Kalabrese about the future, the present and the past and gained an intimate insight into the musician‘s life.
Because I lived with my mother and only met my father a few times in my childhood, I wanted to have a memory of him
Torture the Artist: What‘s the story behind the ‘Kalabrese Spatz‘ moniker?
Kalabrese: I chose the name because my father is from Calabria, a beautiful place in southern Italy. Because I lived with my mother and only met my father a few times in my childhood, I wanted to have a memory of him. So I chose the name Kalabrese and all my Zurich friends call me Kalaspatz now.
Torture the Artist: Back in the 90s you were the drummer of a hip hop band called Sendak. Why did you turn your back on hip hop music and became an electronic music artist?
Kalabrese: I grew up with a lot of different music. I played in a psychedelic rock band before I started with Sendak. Then I had to learn the computer setup for making the first production and songwriting steps. Music means a lot for me. I’m still learning and discovering. It’s a constant process.
Torture the Artist: Your were part of a band back in the days. Has this influenced the way you produce music?
Kalabrese: It‘s all about the present. You always have to find a balance between live sounds and studio editing. In the end you have to reduce the elements in a track to make it sound great.
Torture the Artist: You are a live-musician, producer and DJ. Which one of these three things do you appreciate the most?
Kalabrese: A combination of everything. But honestly, in the last year I’ve DJ’ed a lot because I have a residency in Zukunft Club, where I’m part owner.
The story behind ‘Bananenräuber‘ is that I was playing a party in a friends house and my record bag get stolen from someone.
Torture the Artist: Your upcoming EP ‘Bananenräuber‘ is your first solo release in four years. Why did you only release remixes in the past four years and what‘s the story behind your EP ‘Bananenräuber‘?
Kalabrese: I was not inspired enough. Remixing is easier for me, because it‘s not as personal as an own track.
The story behind ‘Bananenräuber‘ is that I was playing a party in a friends house and my record bag get stolen from someone. This person might had felt guilty and brought the stolen record bag back. Well, it took him two months and he did not bring it back personally, but asked a third person to do it. So in the end I did not know, who had stolen the record bag in the first place. ‘Rock Your Duby‘ is actually the result of me missing my girlfriend. Back then I hung around at some friend‘s place and my girl had left for a job in the mountains and was not with me for a whole months. ‘Rock Your Duby‘ is basically the result of me missing her and the sadness I felt.
I wish I could find more interesting singers for a collaboration.
Torture the Artist: What artist would you like to remix a track of yours?
Kalabrese: I don‘t know. I‘m very glad there are a few stunning remixes from Frank Wiedemann and Canson.
I wish I could find more interesting singers for a collaboration. I would love to collaborate with Roisine Murphy. She’s a great singer, very dramatic and cool at the same time. But I think her music needs to be pushed a little. Her collaboration with Matthew Herbert was her last great work in my opinion.
Torture the Artist: In a previous interview with Jimi Jules he said he was most productive early in the morning because you weren’t awake yet. Do you have a most productive time? And if so, when is it?
Kalabrese: As a father he used to wake up earlier. I prefer to make music in the afternoon till late in the evening. We share the studio now and he become a father for the second time. So I have more time now because he has to take care of his family.
Torture the Artist: What is your favourite food dish?
Kalabrese: Oh hard to say, I prefer some fresh pasta with some fresh tomatos, herbes, onions, and parmigiano.
Torture the Artist: In terms of music, what‘s your plan for the future?
Kalabrese: As long as I have fun, and have the fire in me I will do live music, produce tracks and DJ. I also like to support younger artists and give them a platform to present their music to an audience – our club Zukunft is the best example for that.