Cristian Vogel and Neil Landstrumm
Kinky Afro at the Sub Club, Glasgow, Fri 26 Sep
‘The reason I stretch out into making music through many different avenues’, says Chilean-born, England-raised techno polymath Cristian Vogel, ‘is that fundamentally I’m not a DJ. Of course, DJing’s the quickest way of paying the bills, but it’s also the part of music I dislike most. It’s hard to do it and express anything other than volume and loudness. I prefer the one-to-one experience of music, of creating it to be listened to on headphones or at home, and have done for quite a few years now.’
Accordingly, Vogel’s CV is an ever more eclectic array of experiments in new outlets for his creative skills. An early-90s apprenticeship on the University of Sussex’ 20th Century Music course opened his mind to the work of Stockhausen and Eno, and this more cultured take on techno soon earned Vogel a place on Dave Clarke’s Magnetic North label. Since then he has recorded for Tresor, Novamute and Mille Plateaux, constituted one half of Supercollider alongside Jamie Lidell, scored short films and five contemporary dance pieces by Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin, and formed his own four-piece band Night of the Brain.
His antipathy towards club performance shouldn’t be seen as a reluctance to attend this rare Scottish date, though, which will reunite him with his Edinburgh-based sparring partner and old Tresor labelmate Neil Landstrumm. ‘Playing Scotland’s always been one of the most fun experiences in this game,’ he says. ‘In Berlin, for example, people are snobby about techno and don’t always seem to enjoy going clubbing, but it’s always a laugh in Scotland.’