REVS Digital interviewed Marco Niemerski , a German DJ known as TENSNAKE, who is playing tonight at RBMA Backyard / 23:00.
When did you start playing and working on music?
Back in 2003, when the scene was really minimal, I decided that I wanted to produce a different sound.
I was always into disco and boogie, so decided to create a club sound that incorporated those kinds of elements.
When I was 12 years old, I got my very first Roland drum machine and after that, I started buying synthesizers!
What is the story behind the name Tensnake?
It’s just a word – it doesn’t actually mean anything! I was searching for something unique – for example, in Google, you immediately find me. I seem to remember seeing the words written on my desk. And it looks good, iconic even.
What kind of music did you like when you were a kid?
Seriously, everything from Chic to Sisters Of Mercy and back again! I grew up in the suburbs where there was nothing to do except listen to music
so the radio was the most exciting thing around me. But my older brother was into D*Train, Shalamar, Aurra and other boogie stuff. I was maybe ten – there it is again! But later I listened to everything.
When I was 16, I would drive my Vespa and listen to stuff like The Who and The Small Faces, the UK sound.
But then I came back to electronic music.
Where do you draw most inspiration and ideas from?
I listen to a lot of music and always try and check out as many DJs and artists when I am touring – like this weekend for example! I’m very excited for Flow. Sometimes I play around and find a melody or I am inspired by something I heard on a podcast.
Inspiration is everywhere around you.
What are your future plans and dreams?
I have just finished work on my debut album, we are making videos for 58BPM and See Right Through as I write this.
My album features a lot of vocals – like Fiora, Jamie Lidell and Jeremy Glenn – as well as one co- production with Stuart Price, AKA Thin White Duke.
That song features Jamie on vocals, it’s very Prince-y and is called Feel Of Love. Can’t wait for you all to hear it when it drops in January via my new home at Virgin Records!