FALKO BROCKSIEPER with COORDINATES , GERALD MATRIX , WES OCHITWA , DEKO-ZE and others, at System Soundbar (117 Peter), Friday (August 19). $10 before midnight, $15 after. 416-408-3996. Rating: NNNNN
While many Toronto-based minimal techno producers have jumped at the chance to relocate to Germany, European-born artists like Falko Brocksieper do the reverse: they romanticize North America.
Brocksieper is on tour on this continent for the first time, and sounds almost giddy over the phone from New York City - or at least as giddy as a German can sound.
"Driving from Detroit to New York was the longest car ride in my life. It's every European man's dream - to go to New York City and to experience what we've only seen in films and TV."
You don't really hear the New York influence in his tracks. If anything, the Detroit and Chicago strains of early dance music are much more prominent.
"My approach is to use the influences of my past, but combined with the techniques of today. It comes without trying, though. It happens naturally, because I'm always hearing the new records and I already know all the old stuff. In the mid-90s I was really into Detroit techno, so I'd say it's been more of an influence than what was coming out of Cologne."
Much of the output of Sub Static, the label he runs, is more melodic and sexy than what you generally think of as minimal techno and tech-house. But you still wouldn't mistake any of it for pop music, and it's pretty far away from that new wave techno sound as well.
As the label approaches its 50th release, Brocksieper struggles to define exactly what the Sub Static sound is.
"There've been changes back and forth over the years, depending on my tastes at the time. If one day I say I'm done with melody, I'll probably change my mind in a couple of years."
This is in part the result of his life as a DJ. Being constantly exposed to the newest tracks and trends means he can't help but be pulled in different musical directions. It's harder to get obsessed about one particular micro-tangent when you have to go out and play that sound for hours at a time.
"I still enjoy DJing a lot - it's how I got my start almost 12 years ago. People ask me if I'm interested in putting together a live set, but I'm not really into that. I'm still a DJ first."