Schiller Shares Musical Memories Behind "Future"

The electronic artist shares the styles and sounds that shaped his new album
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The electronic artist shares the styles and sounds that shaped his new album

Critically-acclaimed electronic-pop artist Christopher von Deylen is better known as Schiller, and he's releasing his new album Future on December 16th, via OK!Good Records.

Future is the ninth studio album from the multi-Gold and Platinum-certified project created by the composer. Emotional charges are strewn throughout this classic sounding electronic-pop, and it's commercial appeal is obvious - the collection has already gone straight to the top of the German Pop album charts and giving him his fifth #1 album in his home country.

With a broad history filled with accolades and commercial success, Schiller is an artist that always captures the attention, so ARTISTdirect invited the man to share his musical memories, with a rundown of the tunes that have contributed to his creative sensibility and to the shape of his latest album.

First single I bought…

I got totally hypnotized by "Moments In Love” by Art of Noise. That minimalistic synth-sequence running for ten minutes is pure genius, even by today’s standards. Got the 12” maxi–single and I am sure eventually my neighbours knew every not of that track.

First live show I attended…

Kraftwerk! I saw them on their "The Mix” tour and was simply blown away. It must have been in the mid nineties in Hamburg. Those four electronica–pioneers performing their artful electronica–essence were utterly inspiring to watch and listen to.

First song I learned to play…

When I was 6 years old my grandfather gave me a piano and I had to go through those inevitable piano–lessons. I cannot recall those classical tunes I had to learn, but I do recall a beautiful piece by Elton John "Song For Guy”. I think it is the only instrumental piece of him. Still love it today. Am not sure If i am still able to play it though.

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice...

A good friend of mine introduced me to the music of Tangerine Dream, an electronica trio from Berlin. At that time I did not even know what a synthesizer was or what you can do with it. But listening to "Kiev Mission” over and over again made me curious and I wanted to create something like that. It seemed so much more exciting than the ordinary piano. So I was working during summer–holidays and saved some money to buy my first synthesizer, a Yamaha DX–21. A completely useless device from today’s point of view. But at that time it was just heaven.

The song that reminds me of home…

I guess that must be "In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. Why that song reminds me of home? I don’t have the slightest idea. I guess it just makes me feel very comfortable. And that is what you associate with home, right?

My guilty secret track…

That must be Sandra's "Maria Magdalena”. Totally 80s. Overblown production and a voice somewhere between Madonna and Mickey Mouse. Tons of reverb and synth–lines. Provides that instant smile. Priceless.

The song I wish I wrote…

One of my all time favorite songs? "Enjoy the silence” by Depeche Mode. This is really a timeless classic. You can’t do better than that. Sometimes I get really jealous when I hear it. I love the lyrics and of course the arrangement. Could listen to it for hours on single–repeat.

The finest song from my all time hero...

Being a huge fan of the Pet Shop Boys I adore their track "King’s Cross”. It is a rather simplistic song but I immediately fell in love with its atmosphere. It describes a day (or night) at famous King’s Cross station in London and every time I listen to it an entire movie unfoldes in my mind. Plus I love the rather neutral voice of Neil Tennant. He is performing as If he could not care less. I guess that is what touches me.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

Always difficult to pick a song of my own. I guess that would be "Dream Of You”. It is one of those songs which started as an accident. Was just trying out some random chords and then this bridge towards the chorus came along. Got some sounds mixed up and suddenly there was this

The song that should be played at my funeral…

"Panta Rei” by Agoria, from the album Impermanence. Probably not very typical for that particular occasion. Panta Rei means something like "everything flows”. So when that is being played it will be time to flow to the other side. Or whatever they say comes afterwards.

My favorite track from my most recent project

Let me think. Well, I guess that will be "Once Upon A Time”. One of those songs happening in a matter of minutes. Everything fell into place at once and I love its haunting yet energetic atmosphere. 

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