It´s mini interview time! This time up we had a nice little chat with Gernot Ebenlechner, one half of the production duo Freedom Satellite. They are signed on the very interesting Austrian label Vienna Scientists. A label really worth checking out! I would dare to describe their sound as highly intelligent, tribal, soulful-house put together in the best form possible. We love their sound and we will continue to follow these guys. I highly suggest that you guys do the same.
Who is Freedom Satellite?
We are two guys from Austria, namely Jürgen Drimal and Gernot Ebenlechner, who first met each other back in 1997. Raised up in Burgenland and Lower Austria (i.e. Austrias countryside), later moving to the capitol Vienna we both were already part of different local music scenes successfully DJing, producing, and touring. Freedom Satellite is the artist or band name (whatever you like to call it) for the music we create together.
How did this whole music thing start for you guys?
Before we actually “joined forces” we had quite different backgrounds. At the time of our first studio session Jürgen had already been a DJ for about 10 years, owned a huge record-collection and ran a record-store. I for my part was looking for some new music experiences after producing, playing drums in various bands and quitting a long time indie-pop project. Soon we found ourselves in the studio developing what quickly became the definition of Freedom Satellite’s sound which I personally like to describe it as contemporary electronic music based on the foundations of black music.
How did the name Freedom Satellite come about?
I have a strong relation to real satellites from my scientific work at university but to be honest I don’t remember if that’s a simple coincidence. For sure it was Jürgen who came up with this name and it really feels “connected” to us after all these years.
What do you love to play the most?
Let’s see, Jürgen is such a experienced DJ that you can find superb sets in a lot of styles. If I had to name a single one I’d bet he cares the most about deep and soulful Jazz. Personally I’m into Tech-House in the club and for radio-shows I’m heading out for what I call “Surviors of the Downbeat Hell”, a loose idea of tracks, artists, and styles ranging from electronica, jazzy tunes, to avant garde pop and the likes. For me a good radio-show reminds you of all the remarkable sounds that exist, be it old or new.
What are you listening to at the moment? Who should we look out for?
I keep that one simple: you could tune into Vienna’s radio station www.superfly.fm, they broadcast a tasty selection with all kinds of specialists that keep you updated. Watch out für Jürgens weekly
“Easy does it” show.
What’s the wildest moment you’ve experienced at a show/gig so far?
Doing my first big foreign gig, starting in my first track, needle skips and… pause (aka “the big nothing”).
What’s in store for you guys this year, touring, remixing an album maybe?
Any Last words?
Thanks for your request and keep grooving!
The boys have given us a very nice present, this track is featured on the Vienna Scientist V
compilation. And will only be available for download here at the 20 until March 31st, so be
sure to grab it now and play it loud!
Freedom Satellite – Astro Black (The Big Wow Mix)
Also be sure to check out the boys Dj mixes on PlayFM: