[Interview] Roman Flugel takes over Alley Cat on a Thursday
Roman Flugel is a pioneer of music in many ways. With many different styles and approaches to music its no wonder he has such a dedicated following. On a beautiful Thursday evening in downtown Atlanta, Roman blew the roof off playing to a packed crowd, giving all of his fans in the dirty south great memories to last a lifetime.
Hey Roman! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us!
One of my favorite records is Delicacies by Simian Mobile Disco. You are a featured on a fair amount of the tracks. What was working with Simian on these tracks like?
Working with them in their London based studio was a lot of fun! We had around three days to finish the whole 12“ but jamming on their fantastic equipment made things very exciting and easy going.
What are your thoughts on how Atlanta’s music scene / culture is today compared to what it used to be in the past?
There’s no easy answer to this from a European perspective I guess. Atlanta has such a rich and amazing history of music which makes it pretty hard for local musicians today to cope with. But even the latest trends like Trap deliver some great talent which proofs that music produced in Atlanta is still a major influence on modern pop music.
Is there a stand out club or venue that you have played in recently? It doesn’t have to be because the dance floor was packed. It could be because of the sound system, the lighting, location, or something else that really made the night special.
I played a show in the capital of Georgia (the country) last year which took place in an empty swimming pool underneath the grandstand of the local sports stadium. There was basically no light but a huge Function One sound system. Not least because of the crazy Georgian people who created a fantastic party it was a truly outstanding experience.
Are you working on any big projects this year?
I’m releasing my third album for the label DIAL later this year. The music is already finished and we’re currently working on mastering and the sleeve which is also an exciting part of the release process.
Tell us a bit about how your first release came to life?
Before I entered a more professional studio I was putting tracks together in the basement of my parents house.
One day I handed a demo cassette to J. E Wuttke who liked them so much that he immediately invited me to his studio. That was around 1991.
After this we started working together and became production partners for the next 15 years.
You did a pretty awesome set for Xlr8R. I’ve always been a big fan of what artists do for the magazines series and the releases they feature. What was your approach to the podcast?
It’s interesting you mention that specific mix. I always liked it a lot but almost had no reactions after it went ‚on air‘. The idea was basically to do something a bit more unusual. That’s why I decided to keep the tempo slow, something I actually like a lot but usually don’t do when I’m invited to DJ.
What are some of the things you do to get yourself inspired or into a creative mode before making a track or performing?
There’s nothing special to be honest. Making music and playing records are such a big part of my life I’d rather call it a constant work in progress.
Ideas come once you start to work not when you wait for them to come.