Tour Essentials with Piemont
German duo Piemont has proven itself to be an absolute production power- house over the last half decade. Made up of long-time friends Frederic and Chris, the pair first decided to hook up and make music together back in 2007 and, since then, have gone on to establish themselves as one of the foremost partnerships in techno and have been releasing Music on acclaimed labels like Area Remote, Exploited, Kraftek, Terminal M, and Toolroom.
In 2013, then, Piemont’s sound is best describe as organic techno. Their music always comes stuffed with a sly robo-funk and is built in many rich layers. Their preference for ambient sounds, melodic lushness and abstract electronica makes every track different from the next – for evidence just listen to their recent High Top EP for Glasgow Underground, or earlier classics like Carbonat and Black Smoker. Each release tells its own story and often Piemont music is as suited to home listening as it is club dancing. The best proof of this has come in the form of their two excellent and fully formed long players Strange World Beyond and Sand Hills.
As DJs, too, they have travelled far and wide. On top of playing regularly across Europe at places like Berlin‘s Watergate, Hive Club in Zurich and Studio 80 in Amsterdam, this pair has headlined many festivals and has also played across Russia and Japan, always joining the dots between house and techno styles, going deep or raising their heads into more peak-time territory. As such, they are a very real voice in the global techno conversation; have plenty more to say and keep many people listening intently.
We catched up with Piemont to find out what their Tour Essentials are:
- Books. A book is always good to carry around with you and the most importand travel essential. It‘s just the best way to keep entertained during flights and train rides.
- Earplugs. We use these a lot. The best way to find peace of mind.
- Snus Tobacco. Even though we quit smoking long ago we take snus. A smokeless Swedish tobacco which is placed under the upper lip. Something we absolutely never forget to take with us.
- Chewing Gums. Also a great tour essential. Helping your ears adjust to altitude as well as keeping breath fresh.
- Headphones & USB Flash Drive. After having performed with a lot of equipment for several years we recently switched to DJ‘ing with CDjs. Traveling with a small USB device and headphones makes traveling easy and is better for the back.