Rotterdam, Netherlands-based techno-electro mistress, Fraulein Z, releases ‘Zug nach Herr Zimmerman’ (The Train to Herr Zimmerman), her new massive techno tune composed & produced by herself via her own Dutch record label and infamous underground Herr Zimmerman parties…The release (out 20 October) also features a bass laden, ominous remix from underground New York artist, The Horrorist.
Nice to meet you Fraulein Z 🙂
Nice to meet you too Fame Magazine Thanks for having me in Fame Magazine.
First up…Why did you decide to call yourself Fraulein Z?
We named our club night and label after the name of our alien party cat, Herr Zimmerman. ‘Z’ is the shortage derived from Zimmerman, and I just put Fraulein in front of it.
‘Zug nach Herr Zimmerman’ is the 5th release on your own Herr Zimmerman label, please tell us more….
‘Zug nach Herr Zimmerman’ means ‘The Train to Herr Zimmerman’. I came up with the idea for this track and the title while riding the underground in Berlin. We heard every stop being announced in German and when the doors opened you hear a woman’s voice saying, ‘Einsteigen bitte!’ meaning ‘Please enter!’
In the train you hear this industrial sound of the train creaking on the rails and the sound of the doors closing followed by an incredibly loud horn blast just before the train starts moving and I’m thinking this could work out as a mad techno track with some weird, random voices in German… And I created a ‘Zug nach Herr Zimmerman’. When and how did you start your infamous underground Herr Zimmerman parties?
Eight years ago me and my boyfriend started an underground club in an old meat factory (although I am a vegetarian ) in the harbour of Rotterdam. It was open weekly and we did everything from the creative parties and DJíng to managing bar, security and technical crew. It was a period of working very hard for almost two years. After these heavy years we decided to do monthly club nights in a different venue, an impressive warehouse in the city harbor of Rotterdam, which in the past was the biggest grain warehouse of Europe. In this venue we didn’t have to manage a whole club anymore and we could focus much more on our creativity and our music, and the parties became a very big success.
Do you remember your first live dj set? How was it?
My first DJ set was in the time we had our club in the old meat factory. It was a hectic set because there were problems with the cash register and I was the only one who could solve it…I cannot really remember if I had to run from DJ booth to bar and back,… but despite this situation, happily, the crowd liked my set. What inspires you to go ahead?
In the past years I noticed that a lot of people like my energetic and more danceable techno-electro sound that I play and produce, and when I see them go wild and crazy, when I play my sets, that inspires me a lot.
What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?
The hardest part is probably, that my sound and productions are a mix between techno and electro, and even though a broad variety of dance public likes it, it’s not easy to communicate this sound…. For instance in all digital shops, there isn’t a subgenre called techno-electro …
How has techno music evolved since you first began your project?
The time I began, techno was a more underground, single-genre, sound, but nowadays techno has evolved into many, mainly softer, mainstream subgenres. In contrast I prefer a more stronger techno sound with heavy basslines and an electro twist.
Tell us about your next Herr Zimmerman and why we should be there
The next Herr Zimmerman will be at the end of this year and will be amazing! At the end of this year, we will have had a break for 7 months and people are very hungry for a Herr Zimmerman club night and are longing for the unique techno-electro sound that we do, because it’s not done anywhere else. You should go there because you don’t want to miss the last train to Herr Zimmerman of this year ;-). The Herr Zimmerman party crowd is amazing, the people are open minded and very mixed. On the dance floor you see the girl next door next to fetish models, guys in Scottish quilts, mothers dancing with their daughters, (international) students, a lot of gays, and more! All have in common to be very party minded, and having a good time with each other. And of course they all love Herr Zimmerman, the alien and crazy spacer techno Katze!
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I would choose Madonna, because I like the way she re-creates herself over and over, again and again.
What kind of music do you like?
I like a very danceable and uplifting techno electro sound. I also like some of the new wave and electro pop sounds from the eighties and the authentic performances & style of that time period.
What do you have planned next?
The next release on Herr Zimmerman ‘Heretic’ is from AudioWitch, a Rotterdam producer and DJ with remixes from Laurent Ho and me. I’m also working on a remix for Ethan Fawkes for the label I-Traxx Red Edition. After that I am going to work on next new original tracks again. Also for next year I have been invited to do an new club night in a new club in The Hague, together with my partner TanzMan.
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FAMEMAGAZINE.co.uk