Andreas Tilliand er has since the debut album “Ljud” (2001), continuously developed and modified his sound. It has sounded pop on “World Industries” and noise on “Hateless” (the latter under the Mokira monicker), but it has never sounded as the record to be released in the end of January next year (a 12″ with remixes by praised artist Morphosis will be out as soon as 28th of November). With a new alias, TM404, Andreas Tilliand er has created enjoyable ambient dub simmering with life and details. The songs have all been recorded live, in real time in the studio. A unique way of operating within today’s electronic music.
1.What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Various music boxes. I don’t get that inspired by synthesizers, but rather weird patching in the studio. To connect this old flanger to a distortion pedal to a compressor via a tape echo and just add one or two notes to see what happens to the sound, that inspires me very much. Explorations, mistakes and try outs.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
In the early nineties I bought an Amiga 500 for the sole purpose of making music. Well, for a while I did have a few games in the computer too, but I skipped school to spend time i front of that tiny monochrome monitor making something that almost reminded me of music.
A few years later I got a Roland Juno synthesizer and a spring reverb + analog delay. All you need really, at least if you’re 15 years old living in a boring tiny town in the southern parts of Sweden.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Rhythm & Sound – ‘Rhythm & Sound’
My Bloody Valentine – ‘Loveless’
Plastikman – ‘Consumed’
Khan & Walker – ‘Empire State Building’
Esplendor Geométrico – ‘EG1’
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Falafel, Hardwax, Tresor, DAF, Punk, Schneiders Laden and Einstürzende Neubauten.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
I’m living in Stockholm and since a few years, we do have a somewhat decent club scene here again. But what’s more important for mer personally, is the places for more experimental electronic music and non music. We’ve got the EMS studio that’s been around forever, where artists come from allover the world to record with the Buchla and Serge synthesizer systems. I go there too every now and then, but mainly to use their sound system and acoustically treated rooms. Around the corner from EMS, you’ll find Fylkingen. A room for sound art, dance performances and various installations. They sell good beer and vegan food too. Lovely.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Lousy painter, lazy architect, laid off truck driver, lovely psychopath.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Two lovely cassettes from the Swedish label Funeral Fog last week. Villa Åbo and M Jupiter.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Bryn Jones, Suzanne Ciani, Tony Allen, Else-Marie Pade and King Tubby.
On the same record.
9. What was your best gig(as performer or spectator)?
It’s yet to come. A very fond memory though is playing as TM404 at an onsen ( japanese hot spring) festival in Nagano. The actual performance wasn’t anything spectacular, but spending my days drinking sake and good beer in a kimono listening to chilled out electronic music is how I want to spend the final years of my life. Preferably in Japan.
10.How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s everything. I make music that wouldn’t sound the same without the technology I’m using. Or perhaps the lack of technology really. I’ve made up some rules for myself. Limitation is the biggest one. Recording using the old Roland 101, 202, 303, 606 and 808 as the main core. While on tour, I sometimes find inspiration and spend a day in the hotel making music on my laptop. I hate to say it, but it sounds completely different to what I record in my bunker back home in Stockholm. I’ve spent many years and a small fortune getting my studio and productions to work and sound the way I want, so it would be a shame really if I could have done the same thing using a computer.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I’ve got an older brother. His record collection introduced me to The Cure, Nitzer Ebb, Depeche Mode etc when I was very young. Since then, our careers has taken different paths. He’s a security guard and I’m TM404.
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