The Under The MEOKO Microscope series is back with a bang, as we call upon Mannheim based, producer of the moment, Fabe. Already in a short space of time he has won the hearts of many across the globe, with his warm charming grooves and swinging basslines. Tirelessly working in the studio on his tight productions, and creating a personal feel to his Dj sets, he has landed himself some huge releases so far. Sukhumvit Records, La Pena and Valioso Recordings are just a handful of presitigious labels on his discography. Whether creating his own records, or stepping up for a remix, it is obvious Fabe is in town with his huge sound.
Along side all of this, the young German producer has created a special platform for his own sound and it goes by the name of ‘Salty Nuts‘. An imprint representing his character and an opportunity to express music in his specific manner. Definitely recommend checking out the handful of high quality releases so far on the label, from himself, and friends David Nicolas, and Toby T. Recent months have also seen the launch of another fantastic project called ‘Ho Do Ri’ the killer combination of Fabe and Sukhumvit Records man Ben Balance. Judging by the first release it is looking promising for the duo. ‘Another Groove Era‘.
Earlier this year was the release of his highly anticipated ‘Square Town EP‘ on Fuse Londons sister label, Infuse. Lead track ‘Kim on Gin’ has been rumbled through systems all over with support from many high calibre artists such as Dan Andrei and the wizard Ricardo Villalobos. Adding to the success of the release he has also joined the Fuse crew for their labels 5th birthday party at Studio 338 earlier in the year, and was part of their huge ‘Fuse 8’ tour, as he set the vibe in Berlin’s famous, Hoppetosse. So it is nothing but fitting that he is making his Village Underground debut this coming New Years day, with Enzo Siragusa, Djebali,Maayan Nidam and the OdD boys. One not to be missed.
Come and join us as we take a look at Fabe under the MEOKO microscope.
Hi Mate, First of all thank you for time. Very excited about this. How long have you been working with music? And what would you say your main influences/inspirations have been over the years?
Hey Zac, nice to meet you and thanks for having me for this feature 🙂
To be honest i wasn`t really musical at school but i got in contact with music quite early. I was packed by the hip hop culture from the age of 13 in the early 2000`s and that was also the time when i bought my first sampler. It was an Korg Electribe S. I used to rap at this time and i wasn`t really into producing but to be a real hip hop artist it was important to get in touch with all Elements of Hip Hop.
90`s rap music is still a huge influence for me and i think the music that I`m doing currently is not far away from it. House like i`m doing it, is maybe more Hip Hop than the rap music from today, So there is no big difference to me in what i`m musically interested now, as what I was in to in the past.
Growing up in Mannheim, Germany, how would you say this directed your musical tastes? for example record shops, or clubs?
Mannheim gives me probably the most input for my ideas and of course it influenced my musical taste from the day i got in touch with house and techno. As i already told you i came from another background and as i felt in love going out for techno parties i started to study the Mannheim Music scene & history.
As Labels like Oslo, cecille and 8bit started to get big they got asked in an old groove magazine interview… What is the mannheim sound about? and they answered it isn`t really something new. We don`t do something that didn’t really exist before.
But to me Mannheim sound was always characteristical for simple, but most groovy and highest quality house music. Now, with all the inspiration I received in the point of djing and producing from Mannheim artists such as Nekes & Federico Molinari , me and my friends will now bring the sound of this city to the next level.
You have your own label ‘Salty Nuts’, what made you start your own label? and we also love the name, what made you choose ‘Salty Nuts’?
In late 2015 and during 2016 i had such a big output with productions and it was important to generate a platform where i can release what i want when ever i want. The music and the concept behind Salty Nuts is similar to my person, It`s about being spontaneous and not working to much on details. Sometimes a simple idea tells the story immediately. But don`t get me wrong i`m very perfectionistic when it comes to the mix of a track. Groove is always depending on quality but often there isn`t so much input needed. And that`s what Salty Nuts is about it`s about the spontaneous perfect loop pressed on vinyl.
Also the name was an idea off the top of my head… I love watching series and hanging in front of the TV with a cup of salted nuts as well as i love fitness… And as you know nuts are a huge protein source to gain muscles. That`s where the name comes from.
Teaming up with Ben Balance as ‘Ho Do Ri’ seems very exciting. How did this start? Anything else lined up in the near future with the two of you?
Yes, our Ep on Infuse just came out and we will continuously release on our own label Ho Do Ri. 002 and 003 are already on their way just as we are working on an EP for Mariano Mateljans new label u.dig.
Congratulations for your huge release on Infuse earlier this year. Seems you are working closely with the Fuse guys, what triggered this off? How did you meet?
Thank you. Yes, I`m really glad we came together. Ben knows Archie already for a couple of years and he was also the first I met from the crew. I guess it was at Sonus Festival two years ago when I met the whole crew in person.
Releasing on infuse and fuse this year was definitely bringing me a step further into the game, and after hanging a couple of times and playing together we quickly recognized that we have the same Attitude about techno, raves and stuff…
As i played with Rossko the first time back 2 back at the 5 Years Fuse afterparty in London he said to me and my Mannheim friends…“we have to expect that we share the same frequency“ and that`s why i also think it`s natural that we stay together and keep working together.
Are you excited to make your Village Underground, London debut New Years Day?
Oh yes of course. I can`t wait for it. I`ve never been there but i’ve only heard many good things about it. Especially about the Fuse Party at NYD. It`s a pleasure for me to do my debut on such a great date and I just started preparing myself for it.
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We are so excited for your forthcoming release on La Pena, how does it feel to have a double EP on the way on this unique label? What were the ideas behind it?
Yes, the first idea was to make a double Ep. Einzelkind and I were not able to decide which tracks are best to take for the EP so we thought to do two parts of it. But now we decided to bring a 4 track Ep and another 10 inch record a couple of month later on the new sub label La Peña shots.
It means a lot to me that Arno believes a lot in me and my music, and La Peña feels already like a perfect home for my sound. The label was always flexible, releasing quality music but not only one kind of it. Always a bit different but also familiar sounding house and techno grooves. A label for timeless music i would say.
The „Life Is Audio“ EP is maybe that one I`m the most proud of. I can`t wait to have the finished record in my hands. It`s my most musical record and it`s also the only one with a real concept behind it. It tells the story from the past year and reflects my person perfectly in a musical way. Every track has it`s own picture and that`s why it makes for my most emotional record. All tracks are connected with intro, interludes and outro parts which I made out of recordings of my environment, mixed with electronical designed sounds out of my elektron machines. The idea was that you can listen both sides without any break in one run to get a kind of Album listening experience.
You clearly spend alot of time in the studio. Would you like to talk us through your studio, and your favourite equipment when making some magic?
Of course this is the part i always like to talk about most. 🙂 two years ago i discovered elektron as the company that really impressed me with their gear. I used to buy an elektron rytm that almost changed everything in my productions. You can use it as a classic sampler, analog drum machine and synthesizer with amazing effect and amplifier options. It`s a high learn curve but when you study this machine you can do amazing things with it. You can do whole tracks with it. Mix and compress it just with this one machine. My Ando Ep on Sukhumvit records was almost just only produced with this one box.
I`m also a gear lover but this showed me that it`s often more important to understand and know how to use one machine before buying the next one and the next one. It often seems like people have a lot of gear in their studio but they are using everything randomly without understanding how they really work. But for me it`s important to understand what`s happening. I guess this is also important to generate your very own unique style.
After i felt in love with the elektron rytm i also bought an elektron four which is the main synth of elektron. It`s working also in the same sequencer way as the electron rytm. The sequencer of the elektron machines delivers countless possibilities to generate your very own patterns.
In addition i use some bass machines, synths, a 16 channel mixer where all my gear runs through and recently also some eurorack modules, and then Ableton for recording and arranging. I always change or add something to my setup when i`m on the way to get bored of something. This should never happen.
I don`t want to reveal everything but maybe check some of my Instagram video clips to get to know what`s happening in my studio 😉
On the DJ side of things, have you had any particular highlights or clubs that you enjoyed the most when playing? But also who are your favourite artists to see play?
I don`t know which club or party i enjoyed most. I love playing and raving with my best friends a lot.
Parker Lewis is my favorite Club and it`s always most fun when we all come together at our secrete private spot in Mannheim after the club gets closed in the morning. We always share incredible moments with the guest DJs there and everybody gets the best picture of what the Mannheim scene is about.
Ricardo Villalobos & Praslesh are always inspiring me a lot with there sets. It`s always a different and new experience listening to them. My friends Sedee who brought me in touch with the classical way of djing with vinyl and CD are still inspiring me a lot and they were the main influence while generating my way to mix in the past years.
Thank you so much for creating the mix for us. Serious grooves. What is your aim when creating something for a mix series? and the ideas behind it?
You are welcome. Thank you for thinking about me.
I don`t have a special aim when i record a mix it just has to transport the mood and feeling i`m just with. This can go in different directions but if there is something significant it´s maybe that i choose tracks with similar styled house grooves that make you dance even when it`s just a podcast to listen to. I never move that far away from the dance floor.
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Last of all, do you have any exciting more exciting news you would like to share with everyone? Dates, releases, collaborations etc?
A lot special releases will come in 2017 and some other very cool projects are in progress. You will get to know everything at the right time…
Again thank you so much for your time.
Words by Zac
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