The protagonist of today: Jan-Dirk Platek. "On / Off" is his new musical project.
Our protagonist today, the German composer Jan-Dirk Platek, tells us how he works on his music and reveals something about his latest record.
My composing space is our living room but most importantly my head. I always have a certain melody or chord progression in my head before I'm going to play it on the piano. My piano is in our living room and I always play there in the evening / night hours when our kids are asleep.
Could you tell us a little bit about your composing space and what does it signify for you?
My composing space is our living room but most importantly my head. I always have a certain melody or chord progression in my head before I'm going to play it on the piano. My piano is in our living room and I always play there in the evening / night hours when our kids are asleep. I like the evening to compose or record music. That's the daytime where I can be on my own and concentrate on my music. The "dark hours" are perfect to produce melancholic music.
Can you explain how you might compose a new piece?
There are always ideas floating around in my head. I just need to put those ideas in the right direction and record them. There is no recipe to compose - it comes from the inside. I can't read or write any notes so it's important that I record my ideas as quick as possible. There is so much music in my head - you would not believe it. I'm afraid that I die before I record all my ideas. I have so much more music to release.
Do you work on one piece at a time, or several at once?
That depends on my ideas but mostly I work on one song only.
The two tracks from my latest release "On / Off" were recorded one after
another. I like to finish a track first before I start with a new one.
"On / Off" represents the morning and evening hours of a day. The harmonies and chords are very similar and I composed these tracks in a very short time.
Do they influence each other?
No. Only my latest release "On / Off" contains two tracks that influenced each other. But that's the only time I could say that about my music. I think every song has to stand on its own.
How would you describe your "sound"?
That's a difficult question because I really have no idea how to describe my music. It's probably sad instrumental pop music.
Would you like to tell us something about "On / Off"?
"On / Off" represents the morning and evening hours of a day. The harmonies and chords are very similar and I composed these tracks in a very short time. It took me maybe 10 minutes to figure these chords out. I wanted two tracks for these hours of a day - The beginning and the end. Last year I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Sometimes I wish that I could switch my body "On" and "Off" just like a machine. So I'm dreaming of an "On"/"Off" button to live my life. I'm struggling with heavy fatigue so an "On" button would really help me. The button could give my body power for the day - Wouldn't that be great? Stupid idea for someone with a chronic illness.
Finally, what else are you working on at the moment?
Right now I'm recording music for an upcoming release under
the name WE DESERVE THIS. Also, I have recorded a new piano solo album that I
want to release later this year. When the pandemic is under control I would
love to play some live shows... So that's it. Thanks for asking me these
questions, I really appreciate your interest in my music.