On the 16th of August, Düsseldorf’s Drumcomplex graced the decks of Space Ibiza’s covered terrace for Carl Cox’s Last Chapter summer of his Music Is Revolution residency. Before that, the techno duo project played gigs in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, UAE, India and of course their home country of Germany.
Brothers Daniel and Arnd Reichow divide the Drumcomplex workload, allowing for a perfect balance of work and relax. While Daniel, armed with a sound engineering degree, handles the professional record production output, Arnd takes the project on the road for gigs on the weekend. As a team, they have successfully released on Intec, Bush Records, MB Electronics, Complexed Records and KMS, gaining the support of techno giants like Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Slam, Paco Osuna, Joseph Capriati, Danny Tenaglia, Marco Carola and The Advent.
This coming October 7th Drumcomplex are poised to step things up with the release of Perfection Is In Imperfection, an eleven-track LP out on Complexed Ltd. The album is inspired by a Japanese philosophy that underscores the appreciation of imperfection, based on the notion that nothing is truly finished, perfect or lasts forever.
Yet, the aptly-named album seems to suggest that the duo find perfection in every imperfection. We had the chance of chatting with Arnd ahead of the release, who also was kind enough to allow us to premiere the second track of the LP entitled “Perfection.”
Your album title Perfection Is In Imperfection is in itself a kind of oxymoron. Can you explain how you came up with it?
Perfection Is In Imperfection is inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi, a concept which focuses on the appreciation of imperfection, things that are simple, rough, or incomplete. Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. I am a spiritual person and thats exactly how I see things, it’s not only music wise.
Is there a track on this album that you consider perfect?
That’s a really good question. When I have to choose one its Aphrodite.
Can techno ever be perfect?
I don’t think so. Techno for me came from punk music, a music which never used to be perfect. When you listen to a vinyl it will never sound “perfect” — there are always crackles.
Is there a techno DJ that you consider “perfect,” an act that particularly inspires you in your career?
Yes for sure. There were lots of great artists who inspired me and surprised me with different styles and approaches to music. To name just a few, Speedy J, Chemical Bros, Underworld, Placebo, Metallica… I wasn’t especially into a specific kind of style. I just love energetic artists and performances.
What would be your perfect gig?
I had this perfect gig this summer when i played at Carl Cox’s Music Is Revolution at Space Ibiza. The treatment, the audience, the crew and the atmosphere were absolutely amazing. The level was really high, it’s hard to top this. When I think about what can be my perfect gig, it would be to play on a beach with a lot of friends when the sun rises, laying down some deeper stuff.