House music’s favorite duo are back next month with a new album. The Hamburg via Berlin pair Session Victim have been a regular fixture in clubs and on wax since 2008, releasing party ready disco tinted house on their own Retreat imprint and breaking through on Jimpster’s much loved Delusions Of Grandeur.
With the release of their new album Listen To Your Heart just around the corner, we sat down with Hauke Freer & Matthias Reiling to talk past, present and future.
Catch Session Victim’s early album release party on Friday May 5th at Prince Charles where they will be performing a very special live set featuring ex-International Pony Carsten Erobique.
Our names are Hauke and Matthias but you might know us as Session Victim. We were born in North Germany and grew up in the city of Lüneburg.
In our childhood our idols were Axl Rose, because Hauke’s next door neighbor was pumping GNR in his car and Matthias was pretty obsessed with Terminator 2.
We met in an abandoned ammunition factory at the first rave we ever threw and kept on running parties and collecting records. In 2007 we decided to show everyone what’s up and luckily it worked. Since then we are allowed to fill out questionnaires like this one and release a record now and then.
One of the best gigs we played was at a Billiard cafe in London last year. It was so much fun that we woke up with a feeble minded grin then next few days and decided to buy ourselves a dub siren. One of the best gigs we have been to was Camp Lo and The Roots in 1997.
Now we live in Berlin and Hamburg with all the pain a long distance relationship brings. We meet every other week and lock ourselves in the studio. We sometimes argue when we are at the airport gate – which can turn out a bit embarrassing, but then we pull ourselves together because we are best friends after all and have too much good stuff to do together to keep a bad mood for long.
We enjoy breakfast, pinball and digging for records a lot. We can spend hours at the local arcade or tweaking loops in the studio. One of our favorite places to visit is Haight street, San Francisco, because there are great record stores like Vinyl Dreams and Groove Merchant and the best pinball place on earth called Freegoldwatch.
On weekdays we eat, sample and sleep and on weekends we usually eat, spin records and stay awake.
Our favorite songs at the moment are Ethyène ” Ain’t No Love Lost” and Portishead’s Cover of “SOS”.
A film we watched lately and liked was Under Siege 2.
The last series we watched and loved was Stranger Things.
We are very inspired by skilled musicians that really get into it.
Our dream is to keep on keeping on.
Our worst nightmare is to end up in MP3 autopitch hell when we die.
We love empathically and hate occasionally.
We are addicted to good coffee, we just cannot stop drinking coffee.
We get totally fucked up when we drink too much coffee.
Local Suicide reminds us of a club in Berlin. Not the best of memories to be fair.
Tomorrow we will rehearse with EROBIQUE for our live show.
Next month our new album LISTEN TO YOUR HEART will be released on triple vinyl. Happy days!
Next year we will be in the lab and on the road.
In 10 years we hope to do the same and hopefully have kicked Hans Zimmer off his Hollywood soundtrack throne..
If we weren’t doing this full time, we would be doing this part time.
If we were a car, we would be a 1967 BMW named Uwe.
If we were an animal, we would be a lot less able to program an Akai. Luckily we are not.
If we were a drug ,we would be Polyvinylchlorid.
If we were an invention, we would be from the past.
If we could play with anyone it would be Sam and Dave in their prime. We would like to collaborate with Lou Rhodes and Beth Gibbons.
If we had only one wish, it would be a problem because we currently can’t agree on one.
Our word of advice to the reader would be to go out and meet some good people at the local record store right now.