Germany’s Jens Buchert has been a prolific contributor to Electronic music for over twenty years now under his own name and other monikers (Noah, Dakini Mandarava, just to name a few).
Jens’ work has been at the heart of the underground lounge and trip-hop scene for much of the 2000’s due to his extensive (and respectable) catalogue. Never settling for one particular style, Jens has been able to assure his fans that each release is expansive, mercurial, and masterfully crafted. Like many of his influences from the New Wave era, his tracks are stitched together by gorgeous synths and beautiful dance and chill-out rhythms.
An avid hobbyist, outdoorsman, and motor head, Jens is quite the character.
Prox: What was the musical scene like in Germany during the time you became interested in producing music? What made you decide to become a musician?
JB: It was in the 80’s. The New Wave, Punk, and Electric Body Music scene was popular. I just followed my intention and instinct. Ever since I was a child, I felt that music was something that was very important to me.
Prox: Who were some of your greatest influences growing up? Were you inspired by anything other than music?
JB: I was excited about bands like Sisters of Mercy, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Psychic TV, Visage, The Normal, and later in the 90’s, Moby, The KLF, and The Future Sounds of London. I was also inspired by the world of science fiction and movies like Dune, Star Wars, Star Trek, Brazil, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Prox: Is there anything that helped you develop your style? How did you stumble upon the mystical, almost dream-like atmosphere heard within your tracks?
JB: I never tried to develop my own style. I just always tried to transform feelings, thoughts, and mental energies into music. The special atmospheres are just a part of me and the universal energy that manifests itself. I am just an instrument to transport the energy into sounds and harmonies.
Prox: While you have created many different styles of music, chill-out/trip-hop seems to be your go to style. Why did you choose chill-out electronica over other genres?
JB: I never choose or think about a special style, other people, the music scene, or any other industry categorizations. I guess in English it’s called “pigeonholing“. But that whole kind of music has a special spirit, an enormous energy, and expression which makes it very important in the music scene.
Prox: Could you tell us about your process? When you’re creating an album, do you simply produce tracks and let the releases naturally take shape or do you design a release before you begin?
JB: Both - it is chaotic and it is organized. Every track has it’s own process or birth so to speak. It is like the principles of quantum physics: It’s always here, but not here.
Prox: You have a very deep catalogue. How difficult is it to put out so many tracks at a consistent pace for so many years now?
JB: I don’t know. I do not have the feeling to create many songs. This is my passion, my life, my air to breathe. So it’s normal for me. Plus the feedback on my music is so positive and inspiring for me. If I were a cook, I would try to cook the best meals for people every day :-)
Prox: Why did you decide to release meditative ambient tracks under the name of Dakini Mandarava? What does the name mean?
JB: It symbolizes a higher and meditative consciousness. A kind of transformation. The name is inspired by the Sanskrit meaning - a spiritual way.
Prox: What are some of the biggest changes you have noticed with the music industry since you initially began producing up until today?
JB: It is faster, the value of music has changed, which is linked to the quality and quantity of music. But the new ways of distribution and sales give me as a musician and a producer the ability to reach my fans and listeners quickly and efficiently. In this context I want to give thanks to online pioneers like Apple’s iTunes!
Prox: Which of your albums is your favorite so far? Is there any particular reason why you chose this one?
JB: Everyone of my “babies“ is important to me and is a part of a kind of artistic synthesis, but one of my best works is “Interstellar“ because of it’s symphonic character. But the albums after this one are also stages of my personal “sound-spaceship“ :-)
Prox: Are you trying to say anything with your music?
JB: I want the listeners to be inspired, open-minded, more emphathetic, sensitized, motivated, and stimulated in a positive and maybe even fantastic way. It should be a colourful trip away from everyday worries, stress and fears.
Prox: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
JB: Being in nature, filming with my quadcopter, and I love old mopeds and motorbikes! I love to tinker with, restore, drive, and smell their "2-Takt“ motors!
Prox: Tips for aspiring producers?
JB: Music is not a competition of arrogance. Good music always comes from the heart and soul. Don’t do what others say or want - follow your inner sound and voice!
Prox: Final Thoughts?
JB: I hope that my music plays a role in changing the awareness of the people. I hope that it helps them to recognize that our planet is a cosmic gift that we should save and respect; That nature and animals are ensouled and full of feelings. When you eat a steak, you should be aware that an animal has to die for it. When you drive your car, you should know that you support the oil companies (who don’t want a world of solar energy). Everything is connected to everything. Every action has it’s consequences that we should consider; Consider what will happen now, and in the future.
You can learn more about Jens and purchase his work, here.