With Jan-Dirk Platek: an interview with the artist of "On/Off"
What have been the greatest challenges of your career so far?
Which performances/recordings are you most proud of?
When you compose and produce tracks, do you make music for yourself or do you make it with others in mind?
What characterizes this period of music for you?
Do you want to tell us how the "On/Off" project was born?
The two tracks "On" and "Off" were written in one day. I had these chords in my head and I started to record them very quickly. The idea was to make a soundtrack for the morning ("On") and the evening ("Off") of a day. In 2020 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since then I struggled with heavy fatigue. Sometimes I think that my body needs an "On" and "Off" button to start and end the day. I sometimes wish, that it would be great to be like a machine. It works when you switch it on and it stops when you switch it off. Sadly that is not possible. So that was the idea behind these two tracks - It's just an reaction to my chronic disease.
Which non-musical influences have affected your music most?
I really don't know - it's all about feelings and moods. I think my own moods influences my music.
What is your musical philosophy?
My own musical philosophy is to produce music that I like. There is nothing else. I'm composing sad pop music and I like it.
If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?
It's sad instrumental pop music with a melancholic feeling. Easy as that.
Could you kindly anticipate us something about your upcoming projects?
I will release piano solo album called "Schwarz" on piano day 2021 (March 29). Also, I'm working on my project WE DESERVE THIS which is more electronic stuff.
Bonus question: Three favorite tracks of all time?
• Nils Frahm - Familiar
• Failure - The Nurse Who Loved Me
• Bicep - Atlas