Danish producer Kölsch is heading Down Under in this summer for the Festival X circuit that is taking place in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to get in touch with the man himself, Rune Kölsch, to ask where it all began for him…

“First of all I’m going to have to change the title of this feature to my first Record. CD is somewhat of an obsolete format, and since I grew up in the 80s, it was all about vinyl.

The first record I bought with my own savings, was Ry Cooder “Paris, Texas” soundtrack. It was a present for my father, as i knew he loved the music so much. That record has since taken on a very special meaning to me, as my Father passed away in 2003. Music has a way of carrying memories.

I was well in to making mixtapes with friends, and recording of the radio, but the first record I bought for myself was LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out”. It was in 1990, at the time I was learning how to play the drums, and I was fascinated by how good the drums sounded on Hip Hop records of the time. Some time later i learned that they where all samples, and immediately quit playing the drums as i realized that I could never achieve that sound.

I remember hearing the song called ‘The Booming System’, and that track just blew my mind. The killer groove with that big 808 kick under it just got me. LL Cool J sounded so cool and laid back over it. I dreamt about the cars he was rapping about, as the cars i had been in at the time most certainly did not have a booming system.

I was a skater-kid at the time, and spent all my days outside on my board, as things weren’t so good at home. I remember listening to LL Cool J on my walkman, and skating through my hometown Copenhagen summer evenings. It was the first time I had my own music. It wasn’t the music my parents were listening to, it was a completely different thing. Somehow I always remember that album as a sign of things to come. It spawned a curiosity in me. A need to explore and figure out how this music was made.

Soon after I got an Amiga 500 computer, and started making music. My first release was 1995, so a mere 5 years before I was listening to this album.”

Great story right there, so let’s jump back to the summer of 1990 and bust out some moves to ‘The Booming System’ by LL Cool J, and then we’ll come right back to 2019 for the sounds of ‘Emoticon’ and ‘Little Death’ by Kölsch. 

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