Interview with

Sebastian Mullaert (aka Minilogue / Wa Wu We)

Sebastian Mullaert is most famous for his recent success with his Minilogue alias, releasing the albums Animals & Blomma on Cocoon Recordings. During the last years he’s been touring heavily around the globe both as live performer with Minilogue and on his own and as a DJ under his own name. He have also been producing music under the name IMPS, Son Kite and Ooze. The energy of Minilogue’s inter-dimensional sonic land scapes, ranging from techno, house, and ambient, is equally at the heart of Mullaert’s very own solo sound journeys – both as a producer and DJ. He is simply interested in delivering music to dance to, music that allows all around to become one and attune to a spiritual energy beyond the separating self. In 2014 Sebastian began performing live playing his latest solo works, music that will soon see the light of the day on his brand -new vinyl only label Wa Wu We. For these performances he is developing a new live setup that will present his latest works alongside on the fly creations borne out of free-spirited improvisation. On 26th of July, he will release an EP as Wa Wu We. The limited, vinyl only label focuses on the inspiration from the soundscapes surrounding his studio deep in the Swedish woods.

Facts

1: We are all part of the same existence.

2: Dance is one possible way to get in touch with this existence.

3: Experience this existence is the one thing that we can take for a fact.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
The short answer would be Nature and all kinds of minimal and meditative music. Living life is the creation, taking part of this creation and let is flow means being present in what is. To me, living this means to be inspired by everything I meet, everything I hear and hear. Be conscious of everything. But in this very moment I feel that there are some things that I connect with and some things that I have no connection with, there can be many reason for this and I try not to go with a formula … somehow work with a middle way where I go with where I feel the flow but still challenge myself and go out of my comfort zone.

How and when did you get into making music?
It’s been a long evolving process. I started playing organ at 7 years old, violin at 9, piano at 12, the next 6 years spent most of my free time playing music in different ensembles etc. in High school I joined an alternative pop band and at the same time started to go to techno parties where I ended up playing violin in the chill out room … which led me into making some dance tracks … and then I was stuck;)

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
There are so many albums and records that are amazing and have inspired me. here are just a few examples.
GAS – Konigsfrost
Jan Johansson – Jazz på svenska
Anouar Brahem – The astounding eyes of rita
Radiohead – Kid A
Shank – Do
Joey Anderson – After Tomorrow
That was six … sorry;)

What do you associate with Berlin?
Dance music, all forms of art and interesting new connections of art and music.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
I love in a small village called Röstånga, 1000 people live here so it’s not much of a town. Extremely beautiful national parks surround the entire village and walking in the woods is one of the things I love the most.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I have no clue!

What was the last record you bought?
Sleeper Cell – Quality of life (loovers rock 008) 12”

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Anouar Brahem

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
My live gig at the Block in Tel Aviv earlier this year was one of the best gigs I ever had, 4 hours of live jam.

How important is technology to your creative process?
I work with and love simple analogue synths and machines, how they are designed have a big impact on how the music sound. How things are placed and connected in the studio is very important to me. If something is in the wrong place I tend to not use it.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have 5 siblings … and think all of them like what I’m doing:)

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