Bartellow is the solo nom de plume of Benedikt Brachtel, the Munich-based artist responsible for a number of outstanding records released under the Tambien flag, alongside Public Possession’s Marvin & Valentino. A man of numerous projects, Brachtel also appeared on Permanent Vacation as part of the trio Pollyester and has released music as part of the duo Columbus.
Earlier this month, Bartellow landed on Lovefingers much loved ESP Institute with Panokorama, a kaleidoscope of a record, packing jazz and deeply psychedelic influences alongside a supreme rhythmic flair. Panokorama is a record best experienced in the afterhours of the party, when the peak time energy has subdued to an introspective plateau.
Lock in to Panokorama below and get to know the artist behind the record.
My name is Beni Brachtel. I was born near Munich and also grew up there. When I was a child my idol was Kurt Cobain, obviously. When I was 13, I started listening to Wes Montgomery, found a record of his in my father’s collection. It was then that I realised that Jazz is my thingy and decided to study. Since then I suffer from knowing too much theoretical bullshit, haha. No, since then I feed upon that gushing spring.
One of the best gigs I played was in a 12sqm room with a ridiculously oversized bigroom-PA and about 20 wasted friends squeezing in. It was so much fun that the barkeeper lost his wallet and I found hundreds of really dirty euros the next day on the ground. One of the best gigs I have been to was Radiohead. I love being moved to tears by music, I also have to when I listen to my own stuff, and that has nothing to do with a malfunctioning selfhood but with ingenuousness.
Now I live in Munich (again). In my house you can find lots of gear flying around and my refrigerator is usually full with expensive cheese. I enjoy playing Backgammon on my terrace and I cook a lot. I can spend hours on Facebook and listening to music. One of my favorite places to visit is Rio, because I haven´t ever been there. My mind is just already filled with hundreds of memories from this place. Same with Japan, where I go this April the first time on tour.
On weekdays I work hard and on weekends I usually work hard. Sad story.
My favorite song at the moment is “The Beginning“ (Did it with DJ Ground from Osaka). A film I watched lately and really liked was “How to handle a boring interview-questionnaire“. The last series I watched and loved was Bojack Horseman, man I love that guy. I am very inspired by Calmness, nothing gets you develop to your own thoughts more than an empty mind. I love and hate art. I am addicted to art, I just cannot stop darts. Sad story.
I get totally fucked up, when I DJ and I really want it and I really love it. The next day I need to erase myself from the internet.
Local Suicide reminds me of globalism, in a good way.
Tomorrow I fly to Osaka. Next month I write an opera. Next year I´ll be famous. In 10 years I hope I can pay my rent.
If I wasn’t a musician, I would be a rich man.
If my life was a Hollywood movie, Bojack Horesman would have the main role, because he really deserves it. If I could have sex with anyone, it would be rad.
If I was a car, I would be a little red corvette. If I was an animal, I would be a better person. If I was a drug I would be no addict. If I was an invention, I would be relative to Bach. If I was an object, I would be a wrecking ball. If I could date myself, I wouldn´t show up.
If I could play with anyone it would be Miles Davis. I would like to collaborate with my subconscious.
If I had only one wish, it would be a watermelon.
I would never say never, because it doesn´t throw the lever.
My word of advice to the reader would be to read this interview again and to follow me on my instagram accoooount.
Panokorama is out now on ESP Institute.