Meet Dan Stutter, an indie music producer, singer, and songwriter from Berlin, Germany. Find out more about his Electro-Pop album, “My World Is All I Know” in this exclusive interview.
To sum up, he wisely fuses digital synthesizers and drum machines with relatable lyrics, while evoking so much emotion. Plus, each track feels like a wonderful recreation of nostalgic rhythms. Mastered by Listen & Feel, here we have an amazing record that deserves way more attention.
1 – What has been the inspiration for your debut album, ‘My World Is All I Know’?
I believe these days everyone is overloaded with information, media influences, daily work, and personal responsibilities. It is often hard to be able to focus on the things that are really important to oneself. This is when you get unhappy and unsettled with yourself. Everyone only knows and creates his own small part of the world and I realized how important it is to own it.
2 – We know you grew up in Germany, how did your homeland influence your sound on this album?
Germany has a long tradition of electronic music. I like other music styles too, but when I first listened to Kraftwerk it really opened up another dimension of sound to me. Moreover, I like Techno and House music, which has been very much present in German club culture. I guess I, therefore, like the idea of continuing the tradition of electronic music from Germany.
3 – Can you tell us more about your creative process when writing those intimate songs?
Some songs really come to my mind spontaneously. The melody of love is a stranger formed doing groceries in the supermarket. I recorded a sketch on my mobile phone. Sometimes I have a certain topic or emotional experience that I want to transport, e.g. “The Devil Called Me A Monk”. Then I have a basic idea of the lyrics before I write the song. Most of the time, however, I first compose the music in my studio and then write the lyrics fitting the melody. Some songs I finish in one night such as the title track and some I change over the passage of several weeks. It is always exciting to see how it goes.
4 – What were some challenges you face in your home studio?
I like to work in my home studio and certainly, I have some limitations in comparison to a large studio. Especially recording the vocals posed some challenges.
5 – Overall, ‘My World Is All I Know’ is beautifully melancholic. Which song do you think best describes this mood?
This is a difficult question because as you mentioned the whole album is melancholic. “Love Is A Stranger” tops this mood probably. The song tells about an unfulfilled romance between two lovers who simply cannot seize the chance they have been offered and let it pass by.
6 – How long did it take you to complete this project?
Although I used some earlier sketches for some of the songs the album was mainly written, produced and recorded between April and October 2019.
7 – If you could produce your dream music video, what would it look like?
I do not have a dream video per se. It is important that the visualization corresponds with the mood of the music and refers to the lyrics. I personally prefer atmospheric landscapes or large city views at night, but of course, I would also not mind having some hot looking girls dance around me… But that’s rather something for rappers… I admit I sometimes envy them for this. 😜
8 – Are you planning to release visuals for any of your new songs?
I am planning to create visuals for 2 or 3 tracks. At this moment, I am in correspondence with several artists who might be able to support me on this project.
9 – How many synths does it take to produce such a great album?
I only work digitally, so I exclusively use software except for my voice of course. There are several software-based synthesizers and drum machines /samplers that I use, some of them are even freeware. In recent years software instruments have become really potent and sound great with a decent interface. I especially embrace the fact that I only switch on my computer and everything is set up the same way I left off. This is a very efficient way of production and saves time.
First of all, I hope that listening to this album brings joy to people. That they like what they hear and it makes them feel good to listen to it again and again. I want to believe that a lot of people share similar thoughts and emotions and can relate to the album’s main theme. I am melancholic about life sometimes, but never bitter or negative, and always hopeful to find confidence and love. That is what I want the listener to take away.