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Live Gig Video: Brandt Brauer Frick perform ‘Bommel’ for Resident Advisor

By on Wednesday, 30th July 2014 at 4:00 pm

German classical meets techno trio Brandt Brauer Frick have now shared this fantastic performance video they did for online electronic music mag Resident Advisor. In what comes across as a pretty tense performance of ‘Bommel’, with two band members hanging over masses of sequencers and at times in each other’s faces, this video will challenge your notion that electronic producers are boring live. Watch the video below.



Brandt Brauer Frick / March 2013 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 8:30 am

German ‘classical meets techno’ trio Brandt Brauer Frick have announced just three live dates in the UK for next March. Their new album ‘Miami’ will be released the following week on !k7 Records; watch the teaser for the new release below.

Sunday 10th March 2013 – Glasgow Cottiers
Monday 11th March 2013 – Manchester Islington Mill
Tuesday 12th March 2013 – London XOYO



Live Review: Brandt Brauer Frick at Red Palace, Washington DC – 28th October 2011

By on Thursday, 3rd November 2011 at 4:00 pm

Berlin-based ‘classical meets techno’ trio Brandt Brauer Frick appeared at Washington’s Red Palace on a crowded gig night; Anthony Gonzalez’s M83 was busy playing two sold out shows at the Black Cat (review of the early show here) and the Naked and Famous had sold out the 9:30 Club, a huge leap to the big time for the New Zealand band. So it’s kind of not surprising that this gig at Red Palace was, in comparison, sparsely attended.

The band were touring in support of their new album ‘Mr. Machine’, a collection of new songs and reworked versions of older ones from their debut album, ‘You Make Me Real’, released in 2010. What is special about this release on K!7 records: all the songs were recorded with the 10-piece Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, which unfortunately could not come out to America with the three Germans that give the band its name. No matter though. I’m not really sure how to adequately describe this gig except that you really had to be there to witness it. You might think that keyboards and electronic drum pads played alongside lots of buttons pressed and knobs twisted would be boring, but Brandt Brauer Frick made it refreshing. Like the Chemical Brothers, they preferred to segue from the end of a track into the start of the next one, instead of losing momentum by stopping.

While I was disappointed that they had a programmed button for the sound of a rainstick in ‘Bop’, the actual physicality of all three of the band members throwing their bodies into their instruments, particularly Paul Frick over his controls, was unbelievable. (You can read Frick’s responses to our Quickfire Questions here.) The most incredible moment of the night was near the end, when Daniel Brandt was hitting his drum sticks so fast over the air above his drum pads that you could see the 3-D images of the sticks moving, like you were viewing a slow motion film. While Brandt Brauer Frick might always be on the fringe of the mainstream, this is a unique band worth seeing.


Video of the Moment #611: Brandt Brauer Frick

By on Tuesday, 25th October 2011 at 6:00 pm

Recently we gave away Brandt Brauer Frick‘s collaboration with Emika of Ninja Tune in this earlier MP3 of the Day post. Now we’ve got the promo video for the song, which you can watch below.



MP3 of the Day #409: Brandt Brauer Frick (featuring Emika of Ninja Tune)

By on Thursday, 29th September 2011 at 10:00 am

The 10 piece strong Brandt Brauer Frick ensemble recently collaborated with Emika of Ninja Tune to do a reinterpretation of ‘Pretend’, a song from their her debut album. Stream it below. If you like it, download it for free.

MP3: Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble featuring Emika of Ninja Tune – Pretend


Quickfire Questions #22: Paul Frick of Brandt Brauer Frick

By on Friday, 23rd September 2011 at 12:00 pm

Because words mean so much to me, I’m generally not a fan of instrumentals. Brandt Brauer Frick from Berlin has changed my mind about them, though. The band with seemingly a million instruments are doing a one-off gig at London Fabric on Wednesday the 5th of October – tickets are £10 advance and can be purchased here – before they head on over to the States for a tour. ‘Mr. Machine’, the follow-up to their 2010 album ‘You Make Me Real’, will be out in October in America and presumably will have a UK release around that time as well. Yesterday we posted their live performance of ‘Schwan’; watch it here.

For this set of Quickfire Questions, classically trained Paul Frick reveals the music that mattered to him then…and now.

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
I can remember dancing in the living room to ‘Stop! In the Name of Love” by the Supremes when I was a very little kid.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
One of them was ‘Sitting on the Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding.

3. What song makes you laugh?
Snoop Dogg’s ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’.

4. What song makes you cry?
Not a song…but Mozart’s ‘Requiem’.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Sinead O’Connor – ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Meshuggah – ‘Soul Burn’. [Editor’s note: I’m guessing he chose this because it seems to be the very antithesis of Brandt Brauer Frick.]


7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
The Beatles’ ‘Hey Bulldog’.


8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Uwe Johnson.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Working at a radio station.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
Gustav Mahler, 9th Symphony, with the Berlin Philharmonic, directed by Claudio Abbado.


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