Music _ Roosevelt
Text by Shanna Keetelaar
He’s just launched his debut EP Elliot on Greco Roman, consisting of four tracks of synths and funky bass lines. In case you’re not ready for winter, these tunes will certainly keep the happy summer vibes going. Cologne-based electronic artist Marius Lauber, aka Roosevelt, writes what he calls “sun-inspired hazy disco-pop.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Starting out in different bands, it wasn’t until he moved to Cologne that the electronic music scene inspired him. Still, his goal is to create a sound reminiscent of a garage band rather then club tools. His latest track ‘Elliot’ has been named Best New Track on Pitchfork.com, so we can be sure that this is only the beginning of a successful musical journey. We had the chance to have a little with chat with him.
NOU: Your debut EP Elliott is coming out this week. How was the process of working on it?
NOU: Of which track are you most proud?
NOU: The track “Elliot” was named Best New Track on Pitchfork.com. Did you expected that?
NOU: If people come to see you live what can they expect?
R: At live shows the studio recordings transform into a band. I play so many instruments in the studio that a laptop solo show wouldn’t work. So we play almost everything live.
NOU: What do you want to bring over to your audience?
R: Primarily, we try to perform the tracks in the best way possible, so in a way it’s quite introverted. But I just want to present the tracks on point.
NOU: Where do you see yourself in a couple of years?
NOU: Best gig so far?
NOU: A moment in your career so far you’d rather forget?
R: We just lost a case on a train. There was water damage in our coach, so it got evacuated. And in all the hustle we forgot a case in there, which appeared to be stolen afterwards. One of the not-so-fun days in our touring history.
NOU: What would you do if you weren’t a musician?
NOU: Is there an artist you’d like to work with in the future?
R: There are a lot, but for vocals I’d ove to do something with Sampha. I’m really in love with his voice.
NOU: Do you prefer live shows or DJ gigs?
R: Definitely live shows. DJ Sets are still just something I only do from time to time. It’s big fun but it never gets as exciting as a live show can get.
NOU: Something you are extremely excited about for next year?
NOU: Name one track that really changed your life or was awe-inspiring