Cxemcast 042 – S Olbricht

Do you consider Budapest local scene to be strong?

It seems to be so -the city center transforms into a continuous festival in summer; people are having fun on the streets and in the clubs. The audience is rather large, so the scene is quite strong.

Still, it is difficult to consider Budapest as one of the centers of European club life. Is it a problem?

I think that night culture development at home is our main mission.

And which club is your favorite one?

That’s a difficult question. I love performing at LÄRM because they have a good sound system there; and also Toldi, for example – they are my friends. LÄRM is a part of a large party center called Fogashaz opened 10 years ago, which includes four clubs, hostel, restaurant and clothing store in the same building. We also have two clubs that are located in an old shopping mall: Müszi and Corvin Club. By the way, there's a good dance floor on the roof. I like A38 club as well, although it looks more like a concert hall.

A38 looks like a commercial club.

Yes, it really hosts unsightly commercial events, but several months ago I performed there with Levon Vincent; Sunn O))) are also coming in September with their show. Main Stage of A38 is designed for more than a thousand of people, so its promoters are oriented at big names.

Do local artists often perform in local clubs?

To tell the truth, lots of promoters invite DJs and producers from abroad; however, there are parties featuring local artists.

Whom would you highlight among Hungarian artists?

Firstly, all musicians from our Farbwechse record label. Apart from them, I would name Nermo, Akos V, Grema, Gnork, Crimson, Chrome, IsuJ Mono and Soundbank (he runs This Is Our Time label together with Route 8). We have a big family – there are about 5 labels focusing on electronic music in Hungary now.

You are one of the Farbwechsel’s founders. Do you work only with Hungarian artists?

Not at all. At first, we were releasing some foreign guys (Sias, James Booth, Christian Kroup); but now we are trying to focus on Hungary. A few months ago, I decided not to accept any demos yet, so now we can say that we are an exclusively Hungarian label. 

What difficulties do you face as the headman of the label?

As Mark Fell once said in a recent interview for XLR8R: “Keep in mind that music industry, like any other, is corrupt and annoying".

When  did you start to take interest in music?

As I remember, it all started at the age of 10. I had a Playstation with the program called Music 2000. In short, it is old school stuff from the late 90's. There I met with such concepts as BPM and Sample for the first time. Then, when I was 16, I became interested in the program called Reason and that was the time I started making music.

What is the history of your first release on Miniatura Records?

It was my worst release.

Did your career as a musician begin from there?

No, I was writing and publishing breakcore and harshnoise before. It was the good ol’ era of Myspace. I remember when I was about 20, we even issued several joint tracks together with Sleeparchive. Gabor Lazar, Gergő Szinyova – all of us had fun... Afterwards, I started making techno because my ex-girlfriend didn’t like 'hardcore', so I decided to prove that I can do really good music.

How did you get to famous Opal Tapes?

We created Farbwechsel in 2012 – started with my first cassette under the name of S Olbricht. In the end, Stephen Bishop, the head of Opal Tapes label, heard my album on Bookmat, which, incidentally, was on the first position in the chart. He wrote me a letter asking to record an album and I agreed, for sure.

So, can you say that you moved to a different level after Opal Tapes?

I think so. Although, while I was already working on this album, I kept receiving more offers from various labels. I began to perform more often, especially in Hungary, because, no matter how ridiculous it may sound, they call me 'local hero' with all these releases, labels etc. This is certainly untrue; still, they say so.

How do you see the future of Hungarian local scene?

I have been running Farbwechsel for four years – during this time many of our artists have increased their level. Now, they are more daring and motivated. I'm glad they are inspired by my example; in general, everything is getting better and better.

Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.