We’re having strawberries and creme. It’s Nicko, I, our daughter and Niklas Winde sitting in the sun on his terrace. I’m not sure who is more nervous. Not my daughter though. She’s busy with her sandwiches. The rest of us make some smalltalk. When the strawberries are finished the moment we’ve all been waiting for has come. We make our way down to the basement and into Niklas’ studio. First we listen to our mix of “A Rock For A Heart”. My daughter has come to the conclusion that Niklas seems okay and gives him her hat to wear (pink with leopard pattern and with the wording “sweet”). Niklas wears it gallantly. Then it’s time for Niklas’ remix of “A Rock For A Heart”. My daughter moves her head to the rhythm appreciatively. It works. We like it. The pressure is off. Fun becomes fun again.
We have very different approaches to making music. Where I usually focus on the structure of a song, Niklas works with shorter loops of just a few beats. His comment to “A Rock For A Heart” was: “What long lopps you use!” and I stared at him a bit confused: “Loops?”
But that is how he works with his synths. “I get inspiration from myself as much as from the machines,” he says as we discuss how he composes. He explains that he starts with an idea and along the way he explores and discovers sounds he couldn’t even dream up. When he finds the flow and everything comes together is the highlight of making music.
I ask what compositions he’s more pleased with and he tells me about his “vacuum cleaner sounds”. These compositions have just recently become an album: Niklas Winde – Uncertsinties (Synthesator Vol. 8)
We’re featuring our version of “A Rock For A Heart” on our coming album, but with a twist. On the bridge we’re ripping just a few seconds from the remix by Niklas.