Friday, August 16, 2013

Seven Questions with ... Kai Ginkel aka Phirnis



There is so much good music out there that I find myself continually playing catch up ... one album in particular that I need to listen to is "Feeding Lions [FW108]" by Phirnis on the Fwonk netlabel. I do intend on rectifying this ... especially after I read through Phirnis' response to my wee blog interview. He sounds like my kind of chap.

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1) Who are you and what do you do?
Kai Ginkel from Darmstadt, Germany; recording under the Phirnis moniker, producing what was recently tagged as “enigmatic and evolving washes of sound”.


2) What are you working on at the moment?
The actual music for “Feeding Lions” was already finished by spring, so I’ve been taking a break throughout the summer months, quietly contemplating on where to go next after this one.


3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
Only one? In that case I’ll have to mention Brian Wilson.

- Name place that has inspired you.
Right now I happen to spend most of my time in Vienna, so you may expect the music to become a lot more pompous on future releases.

- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
Exercise; it clears the mind.


4) What drives you to do what you do?
I like to create a sense of unease and I don’t even mean that in a mischievous way.


5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
Brevity would certainly qualify as a value I’m interested in. I like to keep it short. To me, there’s something very elegant about being able to get straight to the point and then just stop.


6) What role does community play in what you do?
A big one and I enjoy that. I’m starting to do more and more collaborative work and I’d love to find the time to co-produce other people’s music as well.


7) What is next for what you do?
At the moment I’m not sure if I’m going to make another album soon. I’m excited about the way “Feeding Lions” turned out, much better in fact than I had any right to expect and following that I am now looking for a fresh approach.

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Thanks Kai!

"Feeding Lions [FW108]" by Phirnis is available over on the Fwonk netlabel ... have a wee listen below:

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