OUT NOW: Tobias Schmid - The FU EP (andmusic)
Tobias Schmid produced his latest work, “The FU EP” (AND23), during the first Corona lockdown. When pandemic control measures were announced, half of Audision’s team took it lightly and thought: “It's wonderful that this pandemic falls at a time when I'm settled down enough that I don’t have to worry about the price of a bottle of red wine anymore.” He paid a visit to Jaques’ wine depot and back at home put his feet up, cranked up the Netflix machine and let himself go for a few weeks. Another thought slowly developed, too: The pandemic might also fall at a time when you can buy clones of legendary drum machines and bass sequencers for less cash – a thought that instantly inspired him. He ordered everything he needed and later picked up the Thomann packages from his neighbour. Our hero soon realised, that no viral infection had yet set in, so nothing stood in the way of letting his ideas, beats and basslines flow freely. He disappeared into the studio...
... and this is what he came up with:
A1: Acid 672
This number refers to Studio 672 in Cologne, where the legendary Total Confusion clubnights took place. Hardcore Acid purists will probably shout: “Fake!” but are quickly hooked by the autumnal strings – a Mathew Jonson and Lawrence reference from the early 2000s.
PVSHL-202 – is that a new drum machine’s name or a track from Aphex Twin’s lost hard disk? A Basic Channel-like dub, originally paired with a Hi-NRG bassline. The hihat work is self-quoting (well done, Audision). The track is packed with suspense – ideal for listening to while waiting for your PCR test result.
B1: Acid 672 (Tensnake Quarantine Remix)
It’s nice for Tobias that he isn’t the only one in quarantine. His buddy Marco Niemerski comes round for a glass of Bordeaux and delivers an alarmist-bouncing acid-stomper, where he filters out the bass line with a skill akin to top German virologist Christian Drosten who filters out those false positive results.
B2: Glimmer Schwarzes Kerosin
A sizzling-spherical minimal track with skilful frequency management in the style of GAS’ Zauberberg or Jan Jelinek's loop finding-jazz-records. It’s also a reference to the Augsburg former nightlife and the clubs that died with it.
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Tobias Schmid was born in Schwabmuenchen, a small town in southern Germany in the middle of the beautiful mountainscape of Bavaria. While he began djing in different clubs in Augsburg, Munich and Ulm in 1990, he also organised lots of parties with dj-friends like Carsten Endrass (Markant Records). In 1993 he got to know Tobias Thomas (Kompakt) and started a regular club night called „g-pissed“ with his friend Florian Hecker (Edition Mego/Rephlex).
His style was more and more formed by different kind of electronic influences, most of it acid-house and the minimal sounds of basic channel, minimal nation, plus 8 or axis. In 2000 Tobias moved to Hamburg and immerged into the local electronic music scene. By that time he played at ARS Electronica/Linz, Kunstverein München and Zürich, Ultraschall, Tresor, Studio 672, Panoramabar, Watergate, Le Pulp, Batofar and Robert Johnson - while loving his residence nights at Golden Pudel Club and Tanzhalle St. Pauli. In 2001 he founded his project Audision with Niko Tzoukmanis. They released several EP´s on playmade and &nd. Beside their deep and smooth house- and techno productions they remixed Lawrence (Dial Records) and Tensnake (Miraumusik). Togehter with Stefan Sieber he started a monthly club night in 2002 called auto.matic.music at Kerosin/Augsburg. Aimed to test new productions, invite dj's and musicians and share time with their friends.