We grabbed Philipp Maier at Eastern Electrics to put him to the test with our quick-fire Q&A. Vineyards, Talking Heads and the importance of being patient.

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If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?

I would own a vineyard. I’m totally into it.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Be patient.

What inspires you?

Life and travelling.

Best club experience?

First time at Robert Johnson in Frankfurt around 1999. A long time ago. It’s a really special club.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I worked in a supermarket because I wanted to afford my first musical instrument and I was packing all this stuff into a big board. It was so boring and frustrating to count everything. It was horrible.

Best club experience? First time at Robert Johnson. It's a really special club.

How do you know when a track’s finished?

Never! At the end you decide if it’s OK for you, then you try it out on the crowd and if you get a good response and feedback on the night, you know it’s finished.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Definitely one by Talking Heads. ‘This Must Be The Place’?

What’s the easiest way to make it in the music industry?

It’s never been easy in the industry, but maybe by being the son of a famous rock star – the son or the daughter of someone really famous.

What or who is underrated?

In music? London.

What or who is overrated?

Berlin

Easiest way to make it in the music industry? Be the son of a famous rock star.

If you could only listen to one more track, what would it be?

‘This Must Be the Place’ by Talking Heads.

What one piece of software/kit could you not do without? Why?

Actually I need iCal because of scheduling.

Strangest place you ever wrote a track?

Most of my tracks I write on the plane but actually the strangest was in Perm. It’s a city in Russia which is really really weird.

Must-read blogs/forums?

High Snobiety

Tweet us a tip. What’s the best production advice you can give in 140 characters or less?

Be patient. Everything turns out in a certain time, so be patient.

8th October, 2013

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