5 Making Music Tips; Oliver Bondzio (Hardfloor)

20 years after they first teamed up, Ramon Zenker and DJ Oliver Bondzio remain revered for producing top quality serious acid, house and techno, both as individuals and even more, via their better known nom de guerre of Hardfloor.

Exploding onto the worldwide scene with seminal acid techno anthem Acperience in 1992, they’re became intimately entwined with acid squelch synthesizer the Roland 303 a point Oliver Bondzio recognised recently, in an interview in which he bemoaned the inexorable rise of digital dance music.

“When I listen to records from back in the day, they can’t compare to today’s music,” he complained, “That raw feeling can’t be heard in our current environment where everything seems to over rely on digital production. There’s something missing from those computerised packages that you just can’t get without a 303.”

Going on to release scores more (often 303 based), tracks and remixes from the likes Depeche Mode to New Order, to Anne Clarke and Yello, the pair are just about to release another Greatest hits package, dubbed Hardfloor 20 – Two Decades Of Hardfloor. Oliver took time out to chat to Skrufff this week about some of his creative realisations.

Skrufff: I make music because . . .

Oliver Bondzio (Hardfloor): “I NEED 2 BE CREATIVE (his capitals). When I’m coming home after a studio session there’s this incredible, indescribable feeling to have created something new. And then there it is again when I’m holding the "finished" product in my hands and again when I’ll get positive feedback from the listeners and again when I listen to older tracks after years and I’m still feeling them.”

Skrufff: The best way to overcome a creative block is . . .

Oliver Bondzio (Hardfloor): “DOING A LOT OF DRUGS! (JUST KIDDIN´) (his capitals again) . . . Drugs are bad, mmmmkaaaaaay. Never really experienced creative block so far - maybe I’ve been a bit uninspired when your head is somewhere else but then I’m listening to other people's productions from my vinyl collection and the inspiration comes flooding back.”

Skrufff: I started taking making music seriously when . . .

Oliver Bondzio (Hardfloor): “I heard the first track in my life. Music was always something really special to me. As a kid, I used to record Mal Sondock´s Hitparade from the radio and would play the tapes to the other kids.”

Skrufff: The best music-making tip I ever heard was . . .

Oliver Bondzio (Hardfloor): “Don’t take advice from anyone unless you know that they know what they are talking about.”

Skrufff: The secret of writing great music is . . .

Oliver Bondzio (Hardfloor): “My secret.”

http://bit.ly/dwv6qC (Hardfloor- Acperience 5, from 1994)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEBZpZ8j1Rs (New Order: Blue Monday: Hardfloor remix)

Hardfloor 20 – Two Decades Of Hardfloor is out on June 13, via Intergroove.

Please note: This article was released on the 10th June 2011.

Article by Jonty Skrufff: http://listn.to/JontySkrufff

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