The Dandy Warhols / Pete International Airport
Peter Holmström is the lead guitarist of The Dandy Warhols, a band loved by all of us here in the KOMA office because of their affinity with DIY culture and their ability to invent themselves over and over again, making sure they always sound like they wanna sound and not like people expect them to sound. No compromises and yes; thats a big thing for us. Over the years, they’ve released albums which can be filed under garage indie rock, synth pop and psychedelic shoe gaze and that’s just the way it should be. One thing that has always been present in the music of The Dandy Warhols is Peter’s heavy use of guitar effects: his pedal board can fill half a room and creates a massive wall of sound! Which for us as gear enthusiasts is always good. He uses the KOMA BD101 and FT201 in his setup and gives us great advice on future products. Also check out his other band Pete International Airport, which brings psychedelic sounds to another level!
Barry is the guitarist and synth player in Scottish band Mogwai. What more to say? Oh, he and his wife also run Das Gift bar in Berlin-Neukölln, where you are able to drink amazing Rixdorfer Walnut Schnaps! Our cooperation is still professional, we support him with our pedals and he creates amazing sounds with it!
Barry on the FT201:
“Less an “effect pedal” and more a unique composing piece of equipment which we plan on using in the studio when we go back in to record new songs. It’s unbelievably versatile and the light sensitive options make it a lot of fun to play with.” – Barry Burns
The Locust / Innerds
Bobby is very busy in the San Diego scene. Beside writing music, organizing events and DJ’ing under the name Freaksauce he is mostly known internationally for playing guitar and singing in the avant garde hardcore band The Locust. He also co-created an awesome pedal board, the Pure Data Machine, to make the open source software Pure Data easily controllable for guitarists. His new band project is called Innerds. With this experimental approach and access to music we love and are proud to hear him play with our effects pedals. And he, yes, he loves it, too.
“I am proud to be part of the KOMA Elektronik family. Its the perfect harmony of clever modular synth style effects in stompbox format – and a patchable proximity sensor! Very cool.” – Bobby Bray
Jimmy Edgar is an established player in the Detroit and Berlin techno scene. He is not only a great music producer (releases on Warp Records, !K7, Poker Flat, etc.) and an awarded fashion photographer, he is also a modular synthesizer fanatic. His obsession for analogue electronics made him and us come together. Check out his new record Majenta and dance!
Jimmy is our man to introduce the KOMMANDER, our eurorack CV/Gate motion sensor controller, to you. Watch out for demo videos to come!
“I’ve been using the KOMA gear a lot! Great sounds, I can’t wait to see the eurorack modules!” – Jimmy Edgar
Emil Nikolaisen is a musician and producer from Norway who in our office is mainly known for being incredibly awesome. Oh yeah, you read that well: awesome! He is the main man behind of the Norwegian band Serena-Maneesh and producer on many albums coming from the north. Serena’s latest album N02: Abyss in B Minor (4AD) is regularly on repeat in our office and we heard from Emil that the sound and way of recording for their upcoming record has been influenced a lot after he received his set of KOMA pedals. Great news that is!
“KOMA SAVED MY SOUL… ouuurrhhh MY SOUND… – Emil Nikolaisen
After years of playing in punk and hardcore bands in the 90s Marco became most famous for his techno punk projekt T.Raumschmiere. He just performed with a new project called BERLIN TEKKNO ORKESTRA, where he used the KOMA Elektronik BD101 & FT201 right in the heart of his setup. So, guess what the next T.Raumschmiere record might sound like!
“KOMA, Reinhaun.” – Marco Haas
Stefan is a Berlin-based producer, label owner, publisher and mastering engineer. Most famous he became with his music project POLE, which released several dub techno clicks&cuts records on labels like Matador, Mute and of course on his own label ~scape, which he runs together with Barbara Preisinger. Making music out of deconstructed sound fragments, we are curious what he will do with the KOMA Elektronik pedals. As Pole puts it: “My new music will sound very warm, has a lot of bass and stands in a strong relation to my musical history.”
Besides being a member of Norwegian shoegaze pride Serena-Maneesh, Ådne is the frontman of his own band: 120 DAYS. And not without succes! It made them win two Norwegian Grammys with their debut album and played his songs all over the world. Synthesizer melodies and rhythms to mashup with the KOMA Elektronik pedals are a common situation in a 120 DAYS concert. On their last gig in Berlin’s Berghain, Ådne even performed a BD101 solo. We think we are safe to say that was one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a while!
Yasmine, together with William Stangeland Menchaca, forms the “gothy electro-noise duo” (Los Angeles Times) Tearist. In their music they mix up kraut rock, experimental music and pop music with synth pop aesthetics. Yasmine sings through various effects pedals and one of them is of course a KOMA Elektronik BD101! LA Weekly says, “Tearist could very well be the most crucial musical project to come out of Los Angeles in recent years.” We from KOMA are sure about that and are looking forward to see them live in Berlin soon!
Kapotte Muziek / GOEM
Frans de Waard is a Dutch experimental musician and composer. He started to work on music when some of the guys and girls in the KOMA team weren’t even born. Yes, that’s nearly thirty years ago and he is still going strong! Frans is mostly known for his Beequeen and Kapotte Muziek projects and he is also involved in reviewing underground music with his online newsletter Vital Weekly. Experimental musicians push the boundaries of what is possible with musical equipment and that’s exactly what Frans does as well. He uses his KOMA pedals mainly in the studio, in a lot of ways we thought not even possible!
“I am inside while the sun is shining outside. I ain’t no Jimi Hendrix and could spend a lifetime trying out what I can do with these two pedals by KOMA Elektronik, which is what I probably will do. I rather have something to wonder about all the time, then nothing to wonder about at all, because in figuring out what the hell is possible brings more ideas and better music. The BD101 and the FT201 just do that all the time for me.” – Frans de Waard
There is not much Marlon Penn is not good at. Besides being a talented multi-instrumentalist, over the last years he has been performing as MC, dancer and of course as an actor in our KOMA commercials. Leading Dutch music magazine OOR called Marlon ‘A Dutch diamond in the rough’ and 3voor12, a Dutch music website, awarded him with astounding live reviews. MusicFromNL nominated his debut album ‘Independence?’ for Album of the year’. And we know why! Because he is a true musician! Marlon has a strong opinion on how musical gear should work and gives us a lot of feedback on the pedals, which he uses in both his studio and live setup!
“I like to refer to the KOMA units as ‘Unique Boutique’. The possibilities are pretty much endless when you start using the patch bay and the sensor.
I use them in my studio, and during live performances. They’re very good for filtering loops, tweaking resonance, creating weird sequences or eerie sounds, making subtle adjustments or taking it to a whole new level… KOMA Elektronik does it all.” – Marlon Penn
Stian is an experimental guitarist working with a lot of artists in even more projects (Jaga Jazzist, Nils Petter Molvær Trio, Puma), but also performs solo all over the world. He’s known for his expressive style, for really shaping his guitar sound to the max and as a big lover of pedals. Yes, that sounds indeed like somebody we can very well work with! He’ll be on the road a lot in 2012, so make sure you see this master at work!
“These pedals have a lot of potential and for me they are an exciting tool in the studio mangling sounds. I look forward to spending more time on future productions with these boxes.” – Stian Westerhus
Kaap de Goede Hoop is a young producerduo from Utrecht, The Netherlands. For all of you who are not from Hollandland, their band name is the Dutch version of Cape of Good Hope. And good hope they bring! At our first Musikmesse party in March 2012 we saw what these guys can do with an audience, after their show they literally screamed for more! Their music is made to get the party going and that they mainly use analog gear to create it is just what we love about these guys!
“We use the KOMA pedals to easily create monster sounds, deep vibrations and high squeaks. The effects are extreme, but that’s why we love them; once you know how they respond to your touch, they become a very valuable asset to your studio and live setup!” – Robbert & Bobby (Kaap De Goede Hoop)
Eraldo is an Italian musician, producer and sound designer juggling many bands and projects in even more musical genres: industrial Sigillum S, doom jazz Black Engine, avant-metal Obake, the newest project Metallic Taste of Blood (with Jamie Saft, Balazs Pandi, Colin Edwin) and many others including collaborations with Mick Harris, Thomas Fehlmann and Bill Laswell. He uses our pedals to give his sound that extra push which is needed sometimes.. To let the master speak:
“The BD101 is like a monster I can really push to the limits”. – Eraldo Bernocchi
André Allen is a remix artist and producer. He’s member of the remix artist collective (RAC). Apart from remixing, Andre has worked in TV (Entourage/90210/How To Make It In America), film (Holy Rollers, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha) and advertising (Verizon, NBA, Coca-Cola, JCPenney, etc.). And, guess what, he uses a KOMA Elektronik BD101 in his production setup.
Henning Baer is a man on a mission who’s slowly been building his name in Berlin and beyond. He is one half of the team behind the Grounded Theory Berlin project. They’ve hosted names such as Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Function, Redshape, Traversable Wormhole, Perc, Pattern Repeat, Terence Fixmer to name a few. He is also a producer and using the KOMA Elektronik pedals in his studio and live on stage. He is a billboard for the Berlin scene: awesome and always evolving! We are proud Henning is taking KOMA all over the world!
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