An interview with Kölsch

Rune Reilly Kölsch doesn’t really need an introduction. However, for those of who have, let’s say, been preoccupied, they should know that the hatted man from Denmark has been making techno anthems for over a decade to the point where he arguably created his own strain of emotionally driven techno in songs like Opa and Loreley – this sound now so associated with Kompakt. He has worked with artists ranging from Nicki Minaj and Pitbull to Groove Armada and Pete Tong. He has moved between multiple labels like Dutch giant Spinnin‘, home to the likes of Matrin Garrix, the more underground Defected Records, and has made his home at Kompakt for the past few years where he is now very much part of its tapestry.

So it only seemed natural that once his rather incredible set in the cosy basement of the Kompakt pop-up shop had concluded, Flux pushed through the marauding selfie obsessed fans and grabbed a few words with him about the festival:

So have you been to the festival for the past few days?

Well, I’ve been here since Tuesday. I came here Tuesday and did the cook off. I won on Wednesday actually.

You won it?

Yeah I won it. I was proud, it was good fun.


Thanks. Yeah it has been super busy, back-to-back meetings. I did a gig with Pete [Tong] on Thursday.

It’s quite funny you say that and then speaking to Weval earlier who’ve been in the studio all week and they haven’t seen anything of ADE this year.

Oh really? That’s nice. [chuckles] I love being in the Studio.

Yeah just getting away from people.

 [Laughing like a man who hadn’t had peace and quiet in long time] Yeah just a bit of peace and quiet.

I can imagine. So how long have you been coming to ADE?

Since… 2004 for nearly every year, it’s been many years now.

And do you think it has changed a lot since?

It’s become bigger. It’s become better. Before it used to be more commercial.

Really you think it’s less so now? Surely if it’s bigger there will be more corporate involvement?

Not in that sense, I mean music wise. It used to be, back in the day, much more focused on commercial dance music. You know like radio stuff.

And what do you think of the representation of different music genres now, do you think there’s an equal balance?

You know, I don’t know [chuckles] because I’ve not been round anywhere else, because the thing is, it’s one of those places where it’s so easy to avoid all the shit you don’t want to listen to. You know, you just do that.

You can never really know how much is out there…

Exactly. Actually I went to do a few interviews at the Hotel Dylan, and I just didn’t see any thing, there was nothing.

Well maybe it was for the best.

Yeah, I think so.

And so tomorrow you’re going to play Docklands?

Yeah Digital presents at Docklands.

And it’s 5,000 capacity which is huge.

Yeah it’s huge, and it’s completely sold out, which is good!

It’s mad that such a small city can have so many enormous venues.

I know it’s incredible. I just wish we had this in Copenhagen, but in all honesty there’s no scene there compared to this. My manager just said that he’s yet to meet an annoying Dutch person. And I said ‘yeah, come to think of it…Yes!’ They’re wonderful people, you know, they just hang out, they just chill.

Well thank you for that. That was a great set by the way, and enjoy your dinner!

Thank you very much.

Here’s a picture we managed to take:

Kolsch Kompakt