Interview with Kontantin Alt – Loquai!
Today we brought onboard maybe one of the biggest and brightest stars on the progressive heaven. Being around for nearly a decade and signed on every major label to be called a descent label it would be fair to say that Konstantin Alt aka Loquai is the one to beat. Being a regular to Mistique for quite a few years now, it’s fair to say that he almost got to the stage where we want to give him legendary status on the progressive house scene. Not too much is known about him though and when we asked him if he would be interested in letting our viewers at Progressive House Worldwide get to know him a bit better, he straight away let us know that he would be happy to. So people, here you have him, the one and only Loquai.
First of all Konstantin, a very warm welcome to our place and we must say that we are honored to have you with us, we are big admirers of your music, we totally love it. We are also well aware that you are on a tight schedule with a lot of work on the go all the time. So a big thank you for taking time for this.
Many thanks for inviting me.
Could you please give is a small brief about, who is Loquai/Konstatin Alt and how did you end up on the electronic dance music scene and the progressive house/trance scene?
I am just normal as everyone else, just with a passion for electronic music. I am working at the day just as other people and produce music in my free time. I got in to electronic music by TV, it just fascinated me. It was different hearing it in TV than the normal instruments. But the real beginning was in 1998 when I got my first PC. There I found the first programs, like Fruity Loops, Music 2000 and Ejay with which beginners like me could produce music with. These were my first steps to music. I started with progressive quite late, about 2004-2005. Before that, I tried different styles like drum’n bass, ambient, trance, goa, psychodelic goa, hip hop and much more but progressive is definitely what I love to produce. It’s the only music style where all different kind of music comes together and you can combine them.
I’ve always been curious about you producer name Loquai, how did that come up?
Actually this was a drawing mistake. I thought about “Loquat”, it’s a Japanese tree. But when I drew the logo the “t” looked by mistake like an “i” so at the end, it ended up as “LoQuai”. I liked this one even better so I kept it.
You live in Germany, how would you describe the electronic dance music scene in general, and most important, the progressive house/trance scene in your country? Is it played a lot out in clubs, on festivals and on radio stations?
“Extremly fast growing” … it really grows too fast. It’s a very short lived life for a producer. If you are not publishing constantly new tracks you will be forgotten very fast. It makes me sad as you’ve invested plenty of time but it doesn’t last too long.
Well techno, trance, minimal and house is quite popular in Germany. You don’t get many chances to sell your music here as clubs prefer minimal. But I hope this will change on day .
Except for your releases in the digital stores, where can we find you and at what times? By this I mean for gigs (tour schedule if you play DJ/club gigs), radio shows with times and channels etc..
You can listen to my music in the internet like on Beat Port and Soundcloud or on my Facebook fanpage. And the gig and play dates are on my Facebook page too.
There are so many good producers for the music genre coming from your country, why do you think it is like that? Also, who would you say are your closest friends that you got involved to through your music? What are your thoughts about that you are a bunch of really good and leading names from your country, you guys ever get together to discuss music, play gigs together etc.?
Germany is the “birthplace“ of electronic music, it has existed for so many years now. Because of “Kraftwerk”, the disco, the electronic music had the chance to raise a lot and gain a lot of popularity. German people just like electronic music.
Although I am already a few years in the game I just recently started my way to the top therefore I haven’t had the chance to meet many of the famous producers. But I am in good contact with some of the great DJ’s and producers world wide like Shane,Stiven Rivic, Mike & Levan, Luke Porter, Darin Epsilon, G-Mohris, Magnetic Brothers and many more.
If we start to talk about your productions, how would you try and describe your sound? How would you describe a normal day for you in the studio?
Well… I think I would that my sound is different and fresh, if I may say this. My normal day in the studio is really relaxing. It’s compensation to my normal day work.
What are your main influences when you create your music? Also, when you start a track, do you always work your way the same way? For example, starting with a melody line, add a kick and percussion, after that some pads or you work different from time to time depending on your idea?
My biggest influences are the new programs with which I can transform and create new sounds. Take a piano sound e.g. it can be manipulated so much that after it sounds really remarkable. When starting a track I never go the same way, sometimes I start with the melody sometimes with the pad, it is different all the time.
Any secrets with the producing part from your point of view? What programs & equipment do you work with? Any specific VST’s you prefer to work with? Are you using both hardware and software?
I use the common programs like Logic and Native Instruments (Massive,Battery,Fm8 and Absynth) and for the hardware I am using the hardware of Kong Triton ,Roland Xv-5080 and the Novation KS-Rack.
We know everything about your producing skills and we know that you work on both remixes for others at the same time as you work on originals. Do you have any specific things you think about when you take on a remix? I’m thinking of if you go for a remix if you like the original, or you prefer to go for a remix if you feel there is something missing that you fell can be done better, how do you think in this manner?
There are original tracks that already have a good sound and therefore I go for them. But it is the desire for changing which leads me to change these tracks to my taste. Usually I don’t have a specific thought when remixing, I just let my thoughts flow.
What would you say about the house music scene in general, is it possible to grow bigger or is it at it’s peak? If you get the chance to say something in general that you want to change on the electronic dance music scene, what would you say then?
I think the house music scene will keep growing. Techniques is getting better and more innovative and for that reason alone it will grow. But I also think this will take a while and in the next 2 years there won’t be big changes.
No, I would want to change anything on the electronic dance music scene, I like it the way it is.
If we check in your Ipod, what do you listen to when you listen to music?
I listen different music, but most of the time I listen to electronic music like chill out, breakbeats, downtempo, house, tech house, techno, dubstep….
A lot of the music today is not sold, it is spread through Internet and musicians hardly make any money at all on their productions. What are your thoughts about the sharing through blogspots, forums, P2P programs and all other ways for illegal sharing of music?
Of course I do not like this! Producers are working hard and putting a lot of time and energy in their work and people are downloading illegally – no producer is happy about this
Have you got any producers that you follow a lot, listen to, get inspiration from and really follow closely to learn from and get new fresh ideas from?
There are various popular producers whose music I like a lot and I got my inspiration from. For example Rob Babicz, Pole Folder, Luke Porter, Martin Roth, Oliver Morgenroth, but also many of the unknown producers too.
If we go in a near future, what can we expect from you in the coming months? I’m thinking of originals, remixes and touring. Tell us what is happening and how we can follow you in a near future.
In the next month there are many releases on different labels with remixes and originals like on Mistique Music, Elliptical Sun Recordings, Balkan Connection S.A., Liquid Grooves, Bonzai Progressive, OLD SQL Recordings, Polytechnic Recordings and many more. My goal is to produce as much as I can, good high quality music in the future, in order to present my fans all my ideas. You can follow me on soundcloud, there i have a lot of free music and sets.
But what exactly will happen in the future, I don’t know, let’s surprise us .
If we move a bit further, where do you see Loquai in let’s say, in 3 -5 years’ time with your music? Is there a plan for it or you will just keep on making music because you love it and were it takes you doesn’t matter to you?
Exactly you say it, I love it, to produce music and I will keep doing it, but where I will be in 3-5 years , I think and I hope it, to play often on great parties and to release many great tracks in the future.
Okay, it is time to end this interview; do you have something special to tell the viewers on Progressive House Worldwide as a final?
You are very welcome, I thank you and the Progressive House Worldwide audience! Remain true to electronic music.
Thanks for joining us here at PHW, we hope to hear loads more in the future from you.
July 23rd, 2012