INTERVIEW: Peter Zack


Belly Dance Services' 16th release also marks the fourth edition of Various Worldwide, where artists from around the world join forces for an 8-track mini album. Check out the new Belly Dance Services Release, where you can listen to my new track “Cato”. And also to self-sung song “Unerreicht”, it’s house beat with german vocals. This summer several other downtempo releases will coming up on Zack Records for hot summer days. Easy, mystic and deep music.


From Italy with love for a certain musical oddity: 'Bubble Gum'. A fascinating teamwork between A-Tweed and Kakofonico. After starting off firm and percussive, the beats per minute rise with Cosman from the Lithuanian coast as he delivers his twangy version of 'Space Disco'. The third track 'No Man Around' is a joint venture between AckerMan from Israel and the trio Funboys from Australia. The ritual cowbell ceremony is followed by 'Blew my Mind', a joyous downtempo anthem from Viennese producer Klaus Benedek. The journey continues through Turkey and Mexico, where Fat&Bald and Ludviq celebrate their 'Age of Madness' with us. The sixth track is a new alliance between Belly Dance Services boss Nick Hanzo and German-Greek vocalist Geraldine. Together as 'das molekuel', their emotional 'Chasing Game' will increase your serotonin level. Molecules continue to explode while listening to 'Unity', a very hip collaboration between Lithuanian sound doctor Bojarchück and Madrid-based Chilean magician Persona RS. After traveling between various continents, the journey finally reaches the capital of Austria. Peter Zack's 'Cato' will round out your summer with dreamy elements and dubby vibes.


We have had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Zack and this has been the result.


We noticed that you recently changed your artist name from Peter Czak to Peter Zack. How come? Because it’s more easy to google it. In German you say “Zack” like “Zick-Zack” and Czak is spelled differently. How did you get into music? What are artists and genres that inspire you? When I was 16 I wanted to learns drums, but I had no opportunity to get a rehearsal room for my drum set. So I started to program drum pattens on a DAW. Also the 90s downtempo/ Hip Hop Beats Vibes influenced me a lot. Nowadays I listen to classical music like Beethoven, Tschaikovsky and Rachmaninov Symphonies. I also love Jazz musicians like Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt and Kenny Burell. It also came to our attention that you run a label? What can you tell us about that? Zack Records I run since 2004, it was always important for me and my artists, which I work with, to release music independently, without any genre boundaries. We release all music, that we like: Deep House, Techno and krautish-cormic Downtempo. How do you feel your music influences or impacts its listeners? I think my music is minimal enough, but not too minimal, that it gives the listeners a space with their own soul, body and mind to have your own thoughts while listening. My music is never to hard and for me it works to listen at home as well as in a club. Deep, but not boring style is important for me. Our claim is: “Listen close, fly far!”

Has your artistic approach to music changed in recent years? As I don’t DJ so much anymore, besides Radio Shows for Austrian Radio FM4, I don’t listen to promos or search frequently to new released electronic music. There is nearly no quality control from the distribution/labels, which is very annoying when it comes to search for music. I would be very happy if there would be more curated channels out there, which is not lead by how often some music is clicked, followed or played in social media. We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but do you think it has affected creativity? No I don’t think it is affecting creativity. On the contrary it opens to everyone fantastic worlds of gear/digital studios. When you know how to do it, it’s not a big deal to sound analogue. And if you really want to have a analogue workflow, it’s very easy to limit yourself to some emulated drum machines and old-school synths Plugins. I really love to use microphones to produce my own sample and to use it as well in a granular synth, which is an amazing digital opportunity to make music. Besides you should not make because you want to sell. It’s a matter of if you are a business man or an artist. Can you tell us about your present and future projects? Belly Dance Services Release, where you can listen to my new track “Cato”. And also to self-sung song “Unerreicht”, it’s house beat with german vocals. This summer several other downtempo releases will coming up on Zack Records for hot summer days. Easy, mystic and deep music.


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