INTERVIEW: HOLGER ZILSKE


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HOLGER ZILSKE creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.


How has your sound evolved since you started?


My first release on a label was 2001 as SMASH TV on BPitch Control. Then i started to release as HOLGER ZILSKE in the year 2005 on PLAYHOUSE. Then there was YOKO DUO in the year 2010.

All three project went on side by side for quite a long period of time. As you can imagine there was a lot of changes in my sound over these 20+ years. I have different visions and ways of working for each project that results in different outputs.


ON REPEAT now is bringing my most personal project back to the front, thanks to AEONIC.

How is your sound evolving?

Mh, i don t really know what the future will bring.

I love clubs and parties and i love listening to music in general so i m surely influenced by all of that. But my plan is to stick to my own way of composing and evolve out of my own bubble.

Create something new inside the limitations that i set to myself. Just turning on a machine and when clicks it clicks.

How do you feel your music influences or impacts your listeners?


When i m listening to music i m searching for tunes that gives me feelings and/or Goosebumps.

I love music that surprises me with an interesting composition or sound.

Something that creates emotions, makes you move and opens the horizon.


It was always my goal to do music that creates these emotions in other people and i hope i manage it from time to time.



What makes you happy?

My son, a new finished track i m proud of, friends, holidays in the mountains, to listen to good music on a great sound system.

What other projects are you working on right now?

Musicwise i have HOLGER ZILSKE as my main focus plus a secret music project i cannot talk about. I help some friends from time to time with their mixdowns and do some mastering jobs.

On top of that i m interested in analogue video synths and i learned Adobe After Effects during the Corona Lockdown.

so i m doing the videos for my releases now which takes a lot of time.


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