Timo Maas, Basti Grub and Eric Volta all came together to release a joint track “We Were Riding High” on Mobilee. Two years in the making, the project brought together some of the brightest minds in dance music on one very rare collaborative project. It all started when Volta made a demo at an after-party in his studio. He then showed it to Maas, who then passed it on to Grub, who loved it that they all needed to get on the song together. We were able to wrangle two of the three producers, Basti Grub and Timo Maas to interview each other about food, upcoming projects and more food. There is a pretty tasty Schnitzel recipe in here as well.
Hi Timo, I hope you’re well? I know you’re a big fan of barbecue and with summer coming up I was wondering if you make music and steaks at the same time?
Hahahaha, my BBQ season actually never really ends or starts. I'm an all year /all weather BBQ man. Good food is essential to make good music. In fact, in my opinion making music and food is v similar anyways.
Basti, I have discovered you have nearly 600 (!!!!!) tracks and remixes just on Beatport. This is actually insane! How do you keep inspired to constantly serve new and innovative music over all the years?
The source of my being is Schnitzel. No I just eat, breath and so on, music. It’s in everything I do. 600 is quite a number, but not all of those tracks are solo tracks. I also gain a lot of inspiration from collaborations such as ours.
When do you think is the right time for us to announce that we are more then just collaborators?
Hahahha. You are funny! What exactly you mean?? Well, possibly all the stuff we are working on right now. I don't really want to talk too much about it, but I'm very very excited and curious too of the reactions out there.
Basti, tell me about your DREAM STUDIO. What is the gear you would love to have and what would be the perfect setup?
You now exactly what I mean. No, jokes aside I think there will be a lot of interesting music to hear from us this year. My ideal dream studio is the one of Hans Zimmer’s but it depends on what you want to do. What I definitely want to upgrade eventually is my modular system.
What have you planned after the Mobilee Release?
Next one up is my new EP on Aprapta Music, which sees 2 new TM tracks plus a Basti Grub and another Aprapta Remix in a few weeks time. A remix for Claudio Ricci's “Warschauer Strasse“ is just out now and a whole bunch of new tracks and remixes are in the making. Busy times. It's fun!
What is the best food you can cook and what was your personal biggest food disaster, you ever (tried) to cook?
As you know I am very talented in ordering food but ever since you showed me how to prepare your delicious Schnitzel, they call me Schnitzel king. Everything besides frozen pizza and Schnitzel is pretty much a disaster.
Since we are already talking about Schnitzel why don’t you share the recipe with our readers? And tell us your favorite track to cook to?
That’s an easy one. Good quality veal schnitzel flattened very thin. Pepper and salt these, dip in flower, then put them into an egg mix with a hint of Worcestershire sauce, then into breadcrumbs or panko crumbs and fry in 175 Celsius oil in a pan until nice color for about 3 minutes each side. Use enough oil, the best is peanut oil or cleared butter. After frying put on kitchen paper to get rid of excess oil and booom!
Best music for this is always anything from nightmares on Wax or any Gilles Peterson podcast or mix.
Last question also from me: what’s coming up from your end? new releases? Ibiza?
There is a lot in the pipeline. Next thing up is my remix for you on Aprapta Music. The rest I would like to keep to myself. As you mentioned I will also play 3-4 times in Ibiza this year.