Before becoming 2010's house-music poster child with 'Coma Cat' and its equally memorable B-side, 'Need Your Lovin,' Tensnake was already on our radar for his string of vibrant, sun-soaked singles like 'Keep Believin'' and his stellar remixes for Junior Boys and the Faint. The release of his 'Coma Cat' 12-inch launched the humble, boogie-loving Hamburg resident into another category altogether.
Tensnake recently sat down with us to discuss old-school R&B, universal favorite Midnight Star's 'The Midas Touch' and his excitement about playing live.
What do you have coming up?
A live album, which will be coming in a plush box with an extra vinyl slate, with a brand new Tensnake track. After that I will be concentrating on my debut artist album. It's been a great year, so now the challenge is to make some music and have the album ready for release in the summer.
What can we expect from your artist album?
I can't say much about the album, as it is just too early the moment. All I can say is, it won't come out until I'm totally happy with it. Anyone who knows my music knows that it is designed to make you feel good, and we'll be coupling that with a few vocalists who I love. We'll also be returning to songs like 'Congolal' but they'll be reworked for the album. I'm excited!
Will you be working with any other artists, the way you did with Sally Shapiro?
The future plan is definitely to work and produce other artists, but with Sally, a lot of it was digital and e-mail collaboration rather than working in the same studio. I would definitely like to work with pop artists in the future.
With whom would you like to work?
One of my favorite musicians is Paddy McAloon from Prefab Sprout, so he would be high on the list. Their early album, 'Steve McQueen,' is so, so good. Check 'Desire As' from their recent acoustic rework of 'Steve McQueen' -- perfection!
Download: 'Mini-Mix' (MP3)