Christoph Niemann

Posted on 06/11/2018


“Your general notion is that doing something nice makes you more confident. With ideas I often find that it’s the opposite. With every good idea you have, it actually becomes more difficult, because it’s so hard to repeat. Of course you can’t repeat… this is where the pain comes in, when I talk about not being good enough, being afraid that you’re out of ideas. You mesure yourself against a lucky moment. And this is really, really painful. You had this one spark three years ago, and then a client asks you to do it again. And you think: “How can I… I won the lottery then. How can you ask me to win the lottery? Under pressure? With a gun to my head?” And this is something, before I consciously thought about it, I just realised: “I’m miserable”. But when I realised that my fears threatened to take a toll on my work, I decided I had to deal with them. “Relax, don’t be so hard on yourself. I actually totally disagree. You have to practice and become better.” Every athlete, every musician practices every day. Why should it be different for artists?”


From Morgan Neville’s Netflix documentary. Highly recommended!

SighFire

Posted on 31/03/2018

This project was pretty different from what I usually do, and it was fun and instructive to work with my fellow Parisian expatriate friends Peter Corser, a great UK saxophonist, and Hasse Poulsen, the talented Danish free-jazz guitarist. There is some great guest talent on the record, including Egyptian poet Abdullah Miniawy and French singers André Minvielle and Sanseverino. Hope you’ll like it! More info here: http://www.sighfire.com

Alain Chamfort – Le Désordre des Choses

Posted on 02/03/2018

Last year I had the immense privilege of co-producing Alain Chamfort’s upcoming record with him, “Le Désordre des Choses”. I’ve played with Alain in the past, and I love his back catalogue. Some of the most elegant and sophisticated music and lyrics of French pop music, hands down. Imagine my enthusiasm, getting to produce the next chapter in this amazing songbook! It was a fluid and inspiring process, Alain is a great keyboard payer, so we had a lot fun. He is as sharp and adventurous as ever, no slowing down in sight despite a 50 year long career.

The first two songs are now online, to great critical response. I hope the fans and the critics will like the rest of the songs as well! The writing is particularly strong on this album, so hopefully the production does justice to the songs. The album will be released in April, stay tuned!


Yamaha Reface CP

Posted on 02/03/2018

Really enjoying the Reface series! The CP model packs a Wurlitzer, two Rhodes, a Clavinet, a CP80 and a Toy Piano in a tiny yet enjoyable, and most importantly playable unit. Included are also various effects, and presets can be stored on an iPhone. It even runs on battery and has built-in speakers. Very inspiring and handy, you can work out ideas anywhere, including when work is being done on something else in the studio. Below is a video where I play around with the unit in my studio.