Gorillaz released their new album "Plastic Beach" late 2009 and already have a new one out. How the hell? They recorded their entire new album "The Fall" on an iPad with only a few other instruments while they were on their north american tour.
I was never the biggest Gorillaz fan but the fact that this album was recorded in tour busses and hotel rooms on an iPad is pretty impressive. Don't expect me to edit a movie of any great quality while I'm on the road during our premier tour.
British band Fenech Soler just dropped their debut album. "Demons" has been on heavy rotation on my iTunes. Can't wait to play this track at a club. Producing mastermind Yuksek also made a nice remix of the track.
I was just looking through my iPhoto library and found pictures from our premiere in Stuttgart that local photographer Michele Danzé took. I must say, this was THE best premiere we ever had! The vibe in Stuttgart was unlike anywhere else. And Michele managed to capture some great pictures.
Just a few of the ca. 1200 people that made the Stuttgart premiere that it was. What's that plunger doing at a party?
Don't get all crazy, it's only Schiller on the decks.
Thanks to the guys at Frends for hooking me up with these awesome headphones from now on.
Me, playing with the flanger....way too much as usual.
Michele caught DBK and me showing some bro-love. I liked the picture so much that I decided to turn it into a t-shirt.
The original fake.
Production of the 2011/12 Isenseven Custom Clothing collection has started and we are currently waiting for the samples. Can't wait to see what they came up with at the factory. Maybe you can catch a glimpse of the stuff at ISPO in february.
I headed up to Chemnitz, formerly known as Karl-Marx Stadt in former East Germany...still known as "Der Osten" Peter "Method" König, Tom "Third Try" Klocker, Simon "Winchy" Gruber, Alex "Downrail" Tank, Tobi "Too Many Boards" Strauss and Christian "Fact Teller" Brecheis are up here with me to shoot some urban riding. In Chemnitz there are so many rails and spots in every shape and size you could imagine and nobody gives a damn if snowboarders are making noise or "destroying private property"....unlike back home in Bavaria. People are nice and they enjoy watching us. Even the cops are cool here. Weird.
Karl Marx with snowballs in his face.
I like the little guy on the east german traffic lights.
Went to see Arcade Fire tonight with Lena and Öfi. Still the best band in the world! Even though it was in the shitty Zenith in Munich the sound was exhilirating and the band had so much power. Not as emotional as the 2007 show at the Tonhalle but still gave me the chills. I really love the new album "The Suburbs" but it was the songs from "Funeral" that did it for me. They played "Power Out" with a direct transition to "Rebellion Lies" which was my personal highlight. Thank you!
"No Cars Go"
Oh, and the opening act was....um...special. "Fucked Up" from Toronto played and their genre could be described as Screamo-Hardcore-Punk-Metal. Definitely not something you would expect from a Arcade Fire opening band. But on the otherside, people that go to an AF concert probably would never go see that type of band. So it seemed like an interesting "concept"
Just arrived in Trysil, Norway for the Sweet Rumble contest. I'm here with our Forum riders Peter König and Simon Gruber and joining us to make himself feel important is Isenseven rider turned Forum teammanager Chris "Bignose" Patsch. Also swiss brosef Mario Käppeli is here with us and new Isenseven rider Kevin Bäckström from Sweden will be joining us for some good time pre-season filming/riding/partying/hanging with the crew.
I got to hang out at the Oslo airport for 4 hours waiting for the rest of the crew. I seriously have never spent so much time at any other airport than Oslo. All together over the last 4 years I've probably spent over 40 hours waiting at Gardermoen. At least there's lots of Pølse to eat, Snus to buy and pretty girls to watch there.
3 hours of bus riding later we arrived in Trysil where it's about -15° C and on the way to the hotel we got to watch our friends slip on the ice which was fun. We are in the Radisson Blu Resort hotel and it's pretty sweet. There's probably like one million rooms, an indoor surfing wave, spa and all the other shenanigans a luxury hotel needs. And a beer in the mini-bar is only 8 Euros. What a bargain. I'll have to ration my one beer over the entire week or else I'll go broke.
The hotel lobby.
Chris "Christobal" Patsch and our "crib"
So it's up to the mountain tomorrow for some park laps with the crew. Looking forward to the first shoot of the season. I'll keep y'all posted.
Have I told you about "This Is The Arrival"? They are an up and coming band from Munich and are sure to blow up pretty soon. Actually this is happening as we speak. And actually they're not from Munich, but also from around Isen, Erding, Dorfen where I grew up.
They're our friends and they are awesome. It's just a matter of time till we see Mario, Hot, Timo and Piet on MTV. Perfect Indie Pop at it's finest. You just have to like it.
They just released their new single "New York's Got A Piece Of My Chest" today.
So. I've been sitting in the editing dungeon with Vincent for the last two months. And I didn't blög about anything because simply.....nothing happened worth telling. All I did was sit in front of the computer, edit, eat, sleep (rarely) and repeat. But now "Don't Panic!" is finished and we're storing it in our safe until the world premiere on September 17th.
Stefan, Vincent, Simon and I have wanted to get matching tattoos for quite a while and now we finally did it. Vincent and Stefan are leaving for a 3 month trip to Asia soon so we decided to do it now or never. The day I finished the movie, Stefan and I headed to the tattoo parlor around the corner from my office and got ourselves a good old fashioned anchor. Simon and Vincent are next and we'll all be sporting the same ink. Thanks to the dudes at Surface Tattoo for making our awesome pieces.
The back of my upper arm.
Stefan under the needle.
Now I'm off to Hannover for 3 days to meet up with Lenas family. Never been up there before and I look forward to hanging out with a bunch of north Germans.
Remember to RSVP the world premiere Facebook event. It's gonna be off the sheezy....or something like that.
While constantly searching the interweb for inspiration for my filmmaking, I came across this amazing video. No deep story but the animation is stunning! Would be cool to see a feature film in this style some day.
On the never ending search for music to use in our movies, I stumble over a lot of new tunes by my favorite artists. I´m such a music junkie and spend way too much money on iTunes! Here's just a few I´ve stumbled across lately. (No, none of these will end up in the new IsenSeven movie. I´m smarter than to post our future songs in the stalkernet, hehe)
These Aussies have been on my radar for a long time and I've played just about every single one of their remixes when I was DJing. This Album is awesome and a little bit more guitars than synthezisers.
Stars - Fixed
If I had to spend the rest of my life on a deserted island, Stars from Canada would be one of the bands I would take with me if I could only choose five bands for the rest of my life. "In Our Bedroom After The War" was such an amazing album and "Five Ghosts" almost lives up to it.
The leadsinger used to be part of the band Ima Robot which made electronic pop. A few years later he converted to a full fledged hippie in a multi-man(woman) band, playing music that sounds like it´s straight from the 60's. Cool beans.
Nothing new but still one of my favorite bands. I was never a big Jon Legend fan, but every band that features him comes out with great tracks.
Oh, and I must note that I hate Vincent. He drove up to Sweden to see one of the only european shows of Arcade Fire (only the best band in the world). They´re coming out with a new album on my birthday and so far their only German show is in Berlin. Lame!
Vincent and I have been pulling some pretty gnarly nightshifts to get the official trailer of our new movie "Don't Panic" done. Waiting for footage, waiting for software, waiting for computer slowness....Vince has been viewing ALL the footage we filmed this year and started the edit for the trailer while I've been working on some pretty complicated motion graphics. Every Adobe After Effects professional might find what I'm doing pretty simple, but it's quite the new frontier for me. So many buttons, settings and layers to take care of. But I'm stoked on how it's looking so far. You'll see it in the trailer.
The name for the new movie "Don't Panic" was suggested by our new filmer, Tom Elliott. Obviously "Don't Panic" is a well known catch phrase from one of the greatest books/movies of all times: The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. But "Don't Panic" is also a very appropriate title, due to so very many reasons that I couldn't even elaborate here. Some of which were that we got some criticism for "Let's Go Get Lost" and were accused of "losing our roots". But all we can say is DON'T PANIC! Isenseven is still your favorite filmcrew from the little bavarian town Isen and we haven't forgotten what our movies are all about. Everyone will get what they asked for.
Anywho...after Vince and I are done spending long nights in the editing studio there will be a brand spanking new trailer for Isensevens 2010 movie.
And of course we need every reason we can find to party. So we're throwing a sweet-ass premiere party for the trailer of our movie. The whole thing is going down on Wednesday, June 2nd at a venue which is probably one of the most stylish clubs in Munich: Elli Disco near Hauptbahnhof in Munich.
I will be DJing there with my friend Mr AM To PM (the dude that taught me very much about spinning the decks) and I'm super excited to DJ at Elli Disco. After the first time I went to this club I always dreamt of playing there. It's just such a super cool location. All the walls, ceilings and floors are full of LED lights which are syncronized to the music playing. This club is a visual/musical super-extravaganza and I'm stoked that Pleasure Magazine managed to book the place for our party.
So, be sure to peep by the fantastic Elli Disco on Wednesday and dance till the morning with the Isenseven gang.
PS: If you're looking for some music to listen to, go buy Ellie Gouldings new album. It's a little bit girlie music, but this pretty little London lady has a great voice and some catchy electro-pop tunes. If you're not in to that kind of stuff, listen to The National's "High Violet"...It's the best album of 2010 so far....until The Arcade Fire's new album comes out (on my birthday)
The weather and snow conditions in Grotli left us no choice but to find other things to do than snowboard, hang on facebook and watch TV. So we drove three hours to Stad on the west coast of Norway to do some surfing.
What a breathtaking place that was. A drive through the deepest fjords of Norway in an old piece of junk van and then you come down this valley with the ocean on the horizon. I could picture myself living here some day.
I will be DJing at the official aftershow party of the ESMOD fashion show (ESMOD is a fashion school in Munich) on thursday. My good friend and DJ mentor Mr. AM to PM will be backing me on the turntables and it will be a night with electro-pop, indie mixes, techno, champagne and pretty girls. The party is happening at 10 PM at the Ampere club right next to Muffathalle. See you there.
Cinematographer Sean Stiegemeier managed to capture some breathtaking timelapses of Eyjafjallajökull. Hopefully it won't be spitting ash anytime soon cause I kind of planned flying home from Norway this week.