ASA 808 from Berlin presents his debut mini album “Love Trumps Fear” on vinyl, which combines their club tracks with future-oriented ambient and post-rock influences. The pre-release single received support from BBC Radio 1, Ben UFO, Charlotte de Witte, Dark Sky, Marcel Dettmann and a music video premiere from Inverted Audio.
All profits from record sales go to the LGBTQI* organizations Gladt & LesMigras.
trndmsk: What inspired you to produce the album?
ASA 808: After my previous club-oriented EPs, this album gave me the opportunity to come back to my roots in classical and post-rock music and combine these with club music influences. On a metalevel, I wished to bring a statement of love, openness and fearlessness to the table, in the light of growing fission, populism, egoism, nationalism and hate. Also, the equality and diversity of love are issues that are very important to me. That’s why I decided that the proceeds of the record should go to NGOs who offer advice, support and information services to LGBTIQ* people, regardless of their race, gender, (dis-)ability, religion or ethnic background.
What did you especially value about your album?
It was exciting for me to produce songs with natural drums, bass, guitar and vocals for the first time in a long time. Some very talented friends helped me with that. It was awesome to work with William James, who is an amazing singer and an absolute hero for me personally.
Where did you record it? And how?
I recorded most of the tracks in a big rehearsal room I shared with some friends close to Berlin-Ostkreuz. I liked to lock myself into that room whenever I could without WiFi and sometimes completely forgot what time it was. My friend Hotte also played the natural drums for Marine there. For the synths, I mostly used my DSI Prophet 08. I sampled most of the drums and cymbals from old house records at Cinthie’s studio. The rest comes from my Kawai MP8 piano as well as NI Komplete and Ableton Suite libraries. I remember that these libraries initially allowed me to improvise the strings of ’Breathe’ in the huge reading room at Staatsbibliothek. We recorded William James’ vocals in a good friend’s studio in Kreuzberg. And the bass for ’Wholesome Void’ was played by my brother at his flat in Bonn.
Has your time in the Buddhist monastery influenced your output as a producer and DJ?
It has certainly influenced me a lot as a person and encouraged me to contribute to an open society. I hope that my output as an artist helps promoting open-mindedness and love, in the dance music scene and beyond. I genuinely think that it’s so much more important to spread love, understanding, compassion and mindfulness as an artist, rather than being absorbed in self-centeredness and the pursuit of fame and money.
What’s up next after the release?
I still have quite a bit of unreleased material, some tunes with William James as well as a few more club-oriented tracks I want to put out soon. And I can’t wait to get back to the studio to produce more. The album release tour has already started with a few amazing shows in Paris, Barcelona, Munich and Berlin. And there’s still a lot of dates ahead in cities like Budapest, London, Cologne and one or two festivals.
Are you working on any other projects? Could you tell us a bit about TOYS Berlin crew?
TOYS started as a small club night I organized with one of my best friends, Mathias. After a few nights at the old Privatclub, Wieland, Carsten and Gabriel (CutOff!CutOff!) joined the crew and we moved to Prince Charles, Loftus Hall, Farbfernseher, Chalet, to venues in Köln, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and to ://about blank, where we do fundraiser parties. Tobi and Marie joined the family 2-3 years ago, when we launched TOYS as a record label.
What’s on your agenda for the rest of the year?
First, we’re going to celebrate the album release and 7 years TOYS at ://about blank with all the proceeds going to the wonderful NGO Women In Exile. I’m honored to share the decks with Redshape, Will Saul, The Golden Filter, TRP, Bobbie* and CutOff!CutOff! there. Then I’m finally moving back to Berlin in summer, which is something I’m looking forward to a lot.