Music & Interview
Schlammpeitziger is the moniker of the German electronic artist Jo Zimmermann who lives in Cologne. His early reputation was built on his inventive use of cheap Casio synthesizers. The name is inspired by the amphibious fish Schlammpeitzger.
Thanks for this interview and nice mix of own productions. I discovered your music via a mix of Electronica tracks by Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) in 2001. The mix contained a lot of stuff I started to follow then but your track was one that got my bigger attention. So let‘s start with the first questions. What music did you listen to in your youth? When did you start with producing? Who inspired you? Did you have any other music projects you started before Schlammpeitziger?
In the 70ties I was a big KISS fan (I´m born 1964). And in the early 80ties i changed to Wave,Disco and Electronic. Very important for me in this time were Bands like Residents, Telex, Bene Gesserit, Chris&Cosey, Der Plan, Andreas Dorau etc..
In 1986 I bought my Casio CZ 230 S. But really making tracks was around 1989. There was one projekt before Schlammpeitziger it was called Hal´s Dream. It was with a drummer, a guy with sampler and synth and me. We had 2-3 concerts here in Cologne and we split in ’91. They wanted me to learn notes.
And this was not my idea of making music. So Schlammpeitziger was born.
(Schlammpeitziger playing at a live gig)
He and some friends of him had a band that was called Kontakta. There was Georg Odijk (Founder of A-Music), Markus Schmickler (a musician), Carsten Schulz (musician), Monika Westphal (musician) and Hans Jürgen Schunk (musician) and Frank Dommert. They worked with Contact Micro Prepared Instruments like tables, windows etc.
And we all became friends. After listening to my tracks Frank made my first Release Erdrauchharnschleck on tape in 1993. There was no offical deal, no contract. Me and Frank selected the tracks from the tape. It was an easy yes or no system. Cassette was a easy option to bring out music. So we took this.
The second release Burgfensterrytmuskuckloch was a split LP with Masters Cosmic Music. And they had money for Vinyl. So they made it. And I was very lucky about it! My first vinyl. It was on the label Gefriem run by Jan Werner (Mouse on Mars), F.X.Randomiz and Joseph Suchy (another musician).
(Schlammpeitziger Promo Pic 1 2018)
After this I start with the arrangement. And normally a track is finished after 2-4 weeks.
For me the tracks are not funny,i would say in a good or simple mood. But there is also a lot of melancholy in it. My tracks mostly did not get in people by hearing it just 1 time. If you want to find more listen again. I don´t pack them in a aggressive costume so people maybe find it funny. And it´s a lot of work! And that´s not funny.
(Video “Zwischenzischbericht”, 2000)
The new record “Damenbartblick auf Pregnant Hill” is this view on that hill. This music was played while they looked at this hill. In my mind for sure!
Often I listen to finished tracks again and again and then I find things inside that bring me to the title/meaning of the track.
I think a can remember a lot of tracks but not all. That’s the problem when you have to much children!
(Live picture of Schlammpeitziger)
I know there was a mix, but i can´t remember what was inside. That´s nearly 17 years ago. And my brain has not get better.
No I didn´t know something about it before Daniel Miller send it to me. No there was no extra attention or sales grew. Only god knows why.
And “Freelove” is a nice song.
Do you know Boyd Rice and Daniel Miller – “Cleaness and Order”? This track was a fantastic reason to do it! This track was very important to me! So it also was a thank you Daniel Miller for this song. No I’m not a DM fan. But they have my respect. They are still there!
(DM remix and the track “Mango Und Papaja Auf Tobago” used in our special “Depeche Mode & Their Remixers (Part I)”)
(Schlammpeitziger Promo Pic 3 2018)
So over the years and between the records we collecting material we filmed. We film everything that is interesting for us – normal weired stuff. Or we ask other people if they want to make something.
Like for the track Damenbartblick, KotaUska from Ukraine gave us their great photos and we made a video out of it. We were friends on Facebook and we liked their photos so much so we asked and they said yes.
(Video “Damenbartblick”, 2017)
At the beginning it was very diffcult for me to make a next record after “What´s Fruit?”. This record was standing in front of me like a wall. And i had no idea what’s behind it!
So there was some month in a very bad mood, frustration and personal bad things.
I can hear this in tracks like “What i got”, “Angerrestbay” or “Smooth Motion Kaukraut”. These are very dark or sad tracks for me. But better times came back! So “Ekirlu Kongo” or “Bock Bounceburg” are good examples for this change. And finally I mixed the record with my old friend Mucki.
He has a great studio in Bergisch-Gladbach near Cologne – Mohr Music. That was also very important for my music! He understands my music very good.
Then the record was ready but my label before Pingipung didn’t like it. So i was there without a label after 24 years. That was very frustating. But Jan Werner (Mouse On Mars) had the idea to ask Bureau b. So I have sent the tracks and they liked it.
And suddenly I had a new and very good label! Very nice people are working there! The collaboration is very good!
And I’m on a label with my heroes like “Der Plan” or “Andreas Dorau”. Great!
Special album story: look above.
I hope a lot of concerts will follow now! And there will be 2 unreleased tracks on a split maxi next year.
Tracklist of Exclusive Mix:
01. Schlammpeitziger – Keine Sitar
02. Schlammpeitziger – Mango und Papaja auf Tobago
03. Schlammpeitziger – Honkytonk Schlickummpittz
04. Schlammpeitziger – Verhörspielquäkerseat
05. Schlammpeitziger – Prä-Digitaler Volksstuhlhänger
06. Schlammpeitziger – Frag nicht nach Nord-Süd-Fahrt
07. Schlammpeitziger – Bassbestie´s Blässe
08. Schlammpeitziger – Verkleinerte Vergrößerung
09. Schlammpeitziger – Hagelslaag Süchteln
10. Schlammpeitziger – Schneid ein Stück aus der Zeit
11. Schlammpeitziger – Damenbartblick
12. Schlammpeitziger – What I Got