FLORIAN MEINDL

Florian Meindl
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FLORIAN MEINDL



Written by Don't Panic
09 Wednesday 09th January 2008

There is something of the night about Florian Meindl; not an archetypal dark and stormy night, not the equally generic balmy blue of a summer night. No. Meindl has something of the night about him that is entirely other.

When I meet him at his London studio he’s toying with some old, old equipment. Some sort of ancient mixer I guess. It emits a soft low pulse every few seconds. Why? I don’t know. But there is something ghoulish in his appreciation of it, an aspect of Frankenstein’s obsession. A young guy, a kid really, dressed all in black, utterly fixated on the tiniest of variants in this strange noise.

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But then, I suppose you don’t come to success without putting in the hours and Florian Meindl is no exception to this rule. Regardless of his somewhat spooky demeanour, at 21 he is a genuine ingénue, having already created a subtle blend of house and minimal techno that is entirely his own. I’m here to have a quick chat with him about his new EP, 8 Bit Romance, and to discover what it is that makes a techno prodigy tick. 

You grew up in a village in Austria, how did you get into techno?

I think I just loved electronic music. I decided that I wanted to become a DJ at the age of twelve. It took me a year… you know, it was hard to save, but it took me a year to buy my first mixer. I got my first gigs when I was 16.  I played at local raves and parties. I was doing loads of stuff, not just house and techno but trip hop, drum and bass and jazz also. But, I thought that if I stayed there I would have just been a local DJ forever. So when my first record got taken on by Oliver Kaletsky, when I was 17, I moved to Berlin.

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So it hasn't not always been about techno?

No not at all. When I was younger I actually wanted to be a Drum and Bass DJ, but techno kind of took over.

 

How did you take it from Berlin?

I started a label with Oliver called Flash and started playing bigger raves.  It has been good.

 

You’ve achieved a lot for someone so young. Would you say you’re a very driven person?

I don’t know. I mean there is an end goal to my music. I used to party a lot when I was sixteen but I don’t take drugs which is rare for someone in this type of music. There is a place that I want to take it to, but it’s a very long, organic process you know?

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A scientific approach?

Yeah. My approach is like a scientific/artistic mix. I try to create a certain feeling in the audience. When I’m producing I think of a party not about the studio - the reactions of the crowd.  And London is good for that, well… everywhere is good for that, but London is crazier; their parties are heavy and freakier.

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Is that intellectual techno?

I used to think it was intellectual but actually no, it’s not at all intellectual. You know. I look for really simple things; the simplest things that get people going. When you work at a club you have to remember that you’re working for the people there. My music is produced for the dance floor - hypnotic beats you know. You can mix an intellectual techno set with a house set. If everyone has a good time it doesn’t matter.

Is that sentiment true of all your music?

When I lived in Austria we used to drive everywhere. We used to go on long drives and when we did we’d listen to mix tapes, so music becomes a very important thing. And mix tapes and DJing are close you know. But when you’re stuck in a car, a good mix tape can make a real difference to your journey. I think of my music like this. The best thing for me is if people who have a bad time in life, have lives that are made better by my music.

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And on that note, utterly crushing my initial impression of him, the prodigy invites me and my photographer Oli to lunch. As we walk to the restaurant I am reminded by the chill in the air that winter is fast approaching, that the days are getting shorter, the nights longer. Well… I suppose Florian will be happy at least.

Listen at www.florianmeindl.com

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