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Producer Hiili Hiilesmaa produziert die neuen Roterfeld-Songs

2010年 4月 12日(月曜日) Written by  Raphael

Roterfeld Goes North

To produce the latest songs on his new album, Roterfeld is going to none other than Hiili Hiilesmaa. Hiilesmaa is one of the best Rock music producers of today, with much of his work reaching Gold and Platinum. The Finn produces the work of bands such as HIM, Lordi, Apocolyptica, and many others...

 

Bettina Kogler interviewed Aaron Roterfeld:

 

Bettina Kogler:

After your recordings with the Berman Brothers in LA, you’re now working with Hiili Hiilesmaa, another star producer at the controls. Why the change?


Aaron Roterfeld:

Well, that’s no big change. The Berman Brothers are some of the most influential producers in the US, and did an amazing job working on my songs. I’m sure we’ll work together again soon, too. But, I think an album sounds much more interesting when it’s made using an assortment of producers. That’s why I‘ve decided to produce five songs with the Berman Brothers, two songs myself, and the upcoming five with Hiili.

 

Bettina Kogler:

But you wrote each song alone?

 

Aaron Roterfeld:

Yes, I always write my own songs. But, you know production is getting more and more important. I’d almost say that today, a bad song that’s produced well can become  more succesful than a good song produced badly. Listeners have no interest anymore in music that sounds amateur. So, we make bad songs and produce them with the best! (laughing) No, but we really try hard to make some good songs, and produce them well, too. We’ll see how it turns out.

 

Bettina Kogler:

Between HIM, Lordi, and many others, the Norsemen seem to be doing pretty well. Is there something they know about Rock that we don’t?

 

Aaron Roterfeld:

I don’t know about that. But you definitely don’t have to explain a Roterfeld song long to the guys from the north, they practically have it in their blood.  Hiili is awesome, though. During our first preview session, he had already recorded some suggestions he had in mind for the songs. He really gets into the production, and it seems like we’re surfing the same musical wavelength.

 

Bettina Kogler:

Sufing and waves? You know this time you’re in Finland and not LA, right?

 

Aaron Roterfeld:

Yeah, of course. I already asked Hiili, but in Finland there’s no way you can surf. So, I think I’ve got to enter a dogsledding race. It’s on my bucket list.

 

Bettina Kogler:

Do you have a life to-do list? What’s on it?

 

Aaron Roterfeld:

Yeah, I guess I should have one, so I don‘t lose track of ideas. But I think it would always just keep getting longer as I get new ideas, without having time to check off the old ones. But I really hope to get the dogsledding off my list in Finland this time.

 

Bettina Kogler:

And what else is on that list?

 

Aaron Roterfeld:

Well, I’m reluctant to talk about it, because I’m a little superstitious. I think sometimes the goals are easier to achieve, if you don t talk about it too much. When you talk about it, some of the excitement goes away.

Some things on the list eliminate themselves- because really, after a few years of writing goals down you might not feel like really getting them done anymore. I guess you could get any list like that 'done' by just sitting around until you're not interested anymore. But, that would be pretty boring!

 

Bettina Kogler:

What are you looking forward to in Finland? You’re planning on producing 5 songs there- quite a lot for just 2 weeks, isn’t it?


Aaron Roterfeld:

Well, typically I do take a lot of time on my new songs. However, since most producers invest not more than 2-3 days per song, 2 weeks will be fine. Don’t forget, these songs have already been worked on for weeks by me, and that Hiili prepares for 2 weeks before the start of actual production. I guess all together that makes a typical Roterfeld timeframe, after all.

 

Bettina Kogler:

And what are you looking forward to in Finland?

 

Aaron Roterfeld:

First of all, to win that dogsled race. Second, not to freeze to death in the middle of a Finnish evergreen forest. And, of course, to get 5 awesome songs made. Hiili Hiilesmaa is one of the best rock producers in the world, and he’s got some good songs from me to work with. I’m excited to see what comes out of it. I guess at the end of April, we’ll all find out.

 

Bettina Kogler:

We’re looking forward to it, already. Have a great trip north!

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