Martin Stääf, aka Liquid Stranger is an electronic producer unlike any other. His rhythms and beats are unmatched by anyone. Yes, he creates what most people would call dubstep, or glitch hop, however he embodies something other than just his music. We sat down with him last Friday to discuss his life and how he conducts himself as a genuinely smart producer. His recent album called, Tales of Wakaan, debuts many amazing styles, and dives straight into the psyche of some very inspiring artists. His tour, Rise of Wakaan, that he started with Au5 and Space Jesus, is a 34 stop tour, hitting numerous big cities and some normal sized cities that most tours wouldn’t bother with. Martin is a class act. He is very easy-going with his attitude towards life, even though most people think he acts very serious.
In this interview I asked Martin why he plays all his his own original tunes. In the world of EDM some producers do play original sets, but a lot don’t. We chat about visual artists that he would like to work with. His answer is mind blowing for some to handle. We discuss his lifelong passion of Martial Arts, Firearms, and Yoga. We cover his passion for analog production in his younger years, over digital production and how he plans to start using something different than just the normal CD-J’s. Martin talks bout a glove he created using MIDI signals to control a synth.
“As soon as it becomes more about the outside music, the “fireworks”, is not necessarily about the music. It’s just something that looks cool, that isn’t all that useful. I would like to incorporate something that has an artistic value… Object oriented music. It’s not the music or performance that is interesting. It’s some fact around it. ‘The song isn’t good but he was hanging from the ceiling playing it with his nose. Now that’s impressive.’ But the song isn’t that good. The glove feels like that.”
We dive into rave culture and talk about how the culture has become more of an above ground business venture. Last, we discussed about his label Wakaan, and how he brought it all together. Martin brings up some very good points about our culture and production in general. Give this interview a listen, I guarantee you will enjoy it. Please like, share, or add us on Facebook or Twitter if you would like to hear any of our past or future interviews. Listen below: