5 Minutes With Robot Koch

5 November 2013

Hailing from Berlin, Robot Koch has an international reputation as being “one of Europe`s finest producers of the beat generation“.

One of the main men behind Project Mooncircle since the release of his 'Death Star Droid' LP in 2009 he's a man clearly with itchy feet and with a passion for keeping things fresh and unique. Whether working with long time collaborators Sasha Perera and Oren Gerlitz as Jahcoozi or one of his upcoming projects Robot's Don't Sleep with John LaMonica a big chunk of his creative output is collaborative and we dig that.

He's made remixes for the likes of Bassnectar (Child`s Play), Hurts (Sony) and King Cannibal (Ninja Tune) as well as working as a producer and composer for both indie and major artists worldwide. His festival appearances include Sonar Festival in Spain, Mutek Festival in Canada, Lightning in Bottle Festival in the US and this year he'll be joining us at Magnetic Fields Festival in India.

One of our favourite beatmakers in the world, he should be yours too. We got 5 minutes with him - here's how it went:

How’s it going?

Pretty good. Just woke up.

Where are you right now?

In my studio.

What’s in your pockets?

They`re empty.

What’s the last song you listened to?

This song I making with a band called Memoriez, tune called “Black Birds”.

Last thing you ate?

I was away for a week so only leftovers: bread and cheese, gotta go buy some food now.

Last good gig you went to?


Last bad gig you went to?

I can`t remember. Thank god.

Artist you currently have on repeat?

London Grammar, John Hopkins, Sam Smith.

If you weren’t making music what do you think you’d be doing?

Taking care of plants maybe.

What’s the thing that you love most about your job?

Just being able to do it is already great. I`m really happy to do what I love most, so I consider myself lucky.

What do you hate most about working in this industry?

Not only that it`s focused on money but in the music industry you also deal with a lot of egocentric people that take themselves way to seriously.

If you could teleport yourself to any place and time where would that be and when?

I`m happy right here and right now. If I had to go somewhere though, then I`d like to check out the future, I`m more interested in the future than in the past I guess.

Which colour do you identify with most?


What’s the best gift you’ve ever received from a fan?

A stone - this girl in Portland gave me a stone after my show that she said would protect me. I still have it in my jacket.

Describe your new album in three words…

Filled up with memories

The Same 3 Questions:

I find this very hard to answer, there are too many artists that inspire me and too many albums I love, so these are just 3 random picks:

3 most inspirational artists:

Moon Dog
Fela Kuti

3 favourite albums of all time:

John Coltrane - Love Supreme
Far – Water and Solutions
David Bowie – Hunky Dory

Favourite 3 artists of the moment:

London Grammar
Ten Inch Punch

You can watch the promo video for Magnetic Fields Festival below. It features the Robot Koch track 'Cloud City.'

Magnetic Fields Festival - Teaser from Magnetic Fields Festival on Vimeo.


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