Peter Broderick is an American born multi-instrumentalist and singer. In his later teenage years he became entwined in the Portland (Oregon) indie folk scene, recording for the likes of M. Ward, Laura Gibson and Dolorean. 2007 saw him moving across the ocean to Denmark, where he began a long collaboration with the band Efterklang, touring the world with them for the next five years. Meanwhile he recorded several albums of solo material, ranging from sparse classical compositions (Float) to homemade folk music (Home), constantly experimenting with different musical genres, and also being commissioned to write music for several films and contemporary dance works. He then lived in Berlin for several years where he met and collaborated with Nils Frahm, Dustin O’Halloran and several others. He now lives back in America, near where he grew up, and continues to travel the world performing solo concerts and collaborating with a vast array of different musicians and artists.
when i visit berlin i sleep in greg’s studio.
greg and i both have teeth that look a bit like fangs.
when you love something, it’s good to sometimes give it space.
What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
experiences, anything from discovering an amazing new album to getting lost in the woods and making a fire.
How and when did you get into making music?
i started taking violin lessons at age seven, and i grew up in a house full of instruments and musicians, so i picked away at whatever noise maker i could find all throughout my childhood.
What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
do i have to pick favorites? i always return to arthur russell. and brian eno sure has a special place in my heart too. and john cage! and how about those wacky records mirand a july made? and lately i’m discovering the magic of nina simone. mmmmmmm.
What do you associate with Berlin?
that guy on the street who has intense blue eyes and sells his poems! i have one which i bought from him a couple weeks ago: “but! outside of the attempts! between the hand s and feet, of my days without essences, i lay down, for a survival length, outside.” also, the frisbee man in g√∂rlitzer park. and many good friends.
What’s your favourite place in your town?
out on cape kiwand a there’s a great little canopy of wind beaten trees, and underneath there is a perfect little spot to hang out.
If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
i would surely invent music! or maybe i’d just become and farmer.
What was the last record you bought?
love joys – reggae vibes
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
no one in particular . . . i do dream of getting my brother to let me record an album of his songs one day.
What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
spectator: dirty three at greenman festival 2009 always comes to mind / performer: march 2014 at the riga cathedral with latvian choir and string quartet!
How important is technology to your creative process?
these days i write more with acoustic instruments or even just my voice, but i like to play around with electric thingies! and of course i rely on technology to record and share the music.
Do you have siblings and are they proud or jealous of you?
my sister and i have collaborated a lot, and she is very supportive. my brother lives in hawaii, has a family, and flies helicopters . . . i doubt he thinks about my career very often.
Our Favourites: Peter Broderick – Proposed Solution To The Mistery Of The Soul | Peter Broderick – When I blank I blank | Peter Broderick – A Glacier
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| Interview with Peter Broderick by Digital in Berlin