Marcel-Philipp is on the Dub-Good taste, his last three albums all come from this genre. But after "Dub You Crazy ”and“ Can't Get Enough of Dub" there is now a very special album: "Marcel-Philipp Meets Scientist" (Ashera). What an exciting collaboration: the multi-instrumentalist and creator of light, airy reggae compositions meets him Dub-Great master and creator of heavy-lead mixes.
How did this remarkable collaboration come about?
Marcel Philipp: “The first contact came about at the end of 2019 when I was planning a Scientist Audio Engineering Master Class was involved in Germany. In mid-2021 I sent him the raw material for a track of mine. At the beginning the project was actually limited to just one track, but we were both thrilled with the result. That's why we decided to make a complete album. "
How long did you work on the album?
Marcel Philipp: “With his experience and skills, he had the whole album done in a matter of days. The Russian artist Lera (lastcaress), who I commissioned with the cover design, could not deliver until the end of September due to scheduling reasons, which is why I set the release date for November 2021. "
What do you like about Scientist's work?
Marcel Philipp: “Many of the albums mixed by Scientist are among my absolute favorites in terms of sound. During the collaboration, the contact between us was very intense and I was able to gain insights into his approach and his knowledge in the area of audio engineering. "
What is the Scientist's Secret?
Marcel Philipp: “Even before the Dub Tracks, Scientist breathes his special magic into the overall sound. All albums mixed by Scientist have this unique sound. For him it all starts with the drum sound. According to him, he can only identify each of his thousands of mixed tracks by the sound of the kick drum. When asked about the procedure for mixing the bass guitar, he replied "The bass guitar drives the kick". His obsession with sound is incredible. The combination of a technical and scientific approach paired with his artistic abilities and the interest in trying things out makes him what his artist name suggests: a scientist. "
You are obviously a fan of Scientist. Where does your admiration for him come from?
Marcel Philipp: “For me, the whole creative process begins with the instrumental versions. For a means to an end, I therefore dealt intensively with mixing and mastering early on. Decades ago I analyzed the sound, especially the kick and the snare, of Scientist Tracks. Not to copy this sound, but to understand how and what it is doing. When the opportunity arose to work together, I was very grateful and very excited to see what Scientist would do with my instrumentals. "
So what did he do to them? How are his Dubs of yours
Marcel Philipp: “Scientist made major adjustments to the sound of the kick and snare. The melodica as a lead instrument has a lot of space with him and is compared to mine Dubs much more present. From a technical point of view, Scientist plays a lot with the feedback when using the delay and the use of the high-pass filter is omnipresent with him. "
Does the joint venture with Scientist remain an exception, or do you also plan with others? Dub-Masters work together?
Marcel Philipp: “I don't try to reproduce certain sounds myself, and I let my feelings guide my own mixes. From a composer's point of view, collaborations are therefore very interesting and I would be delighted if I could also work with others in the future Dub-Masters could work together. I listen a lot in my free time Dub-Music and am always very positively surprised by the new releases. "
Sounds like you're up on your instrumentals right now Dub um increased?
Marcel Philipp: “My main focus is still on the instrumentals, because without them I can't do one Dub to produce. The three Dub Albums are a result of the many instrumentals I've finished over the years. I am now looking forward to recording a lot of new tracks again. So the next one will be one or more instrumental albums from me before I also put them in Dubs transform. "