Slow Hearts have placed themselves at the forefront of the European house scene in recent years. After ten years as a duo, they’ve found their production groove, settling in on the deep, melodious sound whose reach has expanded far beyond the transformational events that seeded its rise. They make each of their songs with diligent care—a care which has earned the support of artists like Soul Button, Hoj, and of course, Lee Burridge. Their debut on Burridge and Hoj’s imprint came in 2019, and now, they join the All Day I Dream family with a shimmering three-tracker called ‘Melanda.’ Tim Green also joins in, dressing up opening track “Eyepads” for a charged dancefloor.
Curious to learn more about this outfit on the rise, we sat them down to chart their career path, the dichotomy of the German dance music scene, production tips, and more.
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Take us back to the beginning; What was it like the first time you first fell in love with music? When/Where?
Uwe: I can’t even remember it. Music has always been very present in my life
André: I think very early on because my parents owned a lot of records and I was very impressed with the record player.
And what made you fall in love with house music, specifically, the deep, melodic type? Describe your shared musical vision in your own words
Uwe: Both of us were actually very moving in the minimal / techno direction, until we heard the first releases from Matthew Dekay & Lee Burridge.
André: We were immediately enthusiastic about this melodic and yet captivating sound and produced in this direction.
Uwe: The way to our sound today was more difficult than expected, because we are never satisfied with it and we think that could be even better.
Germany is primarily known for its techno, but it seems this lush, ‘Organica’ style music is also having a huge moment in the country. Can you speak to why that might be?
Andrè: I think it’s a very natural development, from techno to minimal and now to melodic house, but really good music is also being released at the moment.
Uwe: Unfortunately, in Germany it is still the case that more techno / tech house is played at big events, but that doesn’t always have to be the case.
As a duo, what have been a couple of the most important lessons you’ve learned collectively when it comes to success in music?
Uwe: It is important to believe in yourself and what you do.
André: We were always very critical of ourselves and it took a long time until we sent the first demos.
What are some of your production go-tos to achieve your sound design? Thinking in terms of instrumentation used, arrangement, etc
André: We work with Ableton Live and try to create a lot of organic sounds ourselves. As a plug-in, we use a lot of Native Instruments, Arturia and Waves. We try to work with quantization as little as possible to make it sound more natural.
Where do you hope to see this budding scene of daytime-ready, delicate house music in the coming years?
Uwe: We hope that more people will love this sound and we are already seeing a lot of very good releases.
André: I think that Melodic House will be much bigger and important in the near future.
In odd, socially distanced times, what have you been doing to remain connected to fans, and to others? How have you used music as a medicine and connective tool during these times?
André: We think music is a language everyone understands worldwide, and right now in a time of distance there is no better means of communication.
Uwe: You will find quite often new DJ_Sets from us on Soundcloud to stay in touch with our fans.
Let’s talk a bit about ‘Melanda.’ What inspired this EP, and what part did you each play in its creation? What are your biggest influences in general when it comes to making music?
Uwe: We have been very big fans of the label since the first release of ADID. We have been working on our sound for a long time and have been working towards a release with this EP.
André: I think when we’re in the studio with the possibilities we have, that’s what inspires us the most.
Do any of the songs, or the EP itself carry a message close to your hearts? What is it, if so?
Uwe: We want to stimulate people to dream and at the same time it should be music for the dance floor. We think we did it very well with this EP.
André: I started Sands of Time on vacation and I brought this vibe into the studio.
You’ve signed onto Tale + Tone in the past; how did you end up becoming close with Lee Burridge, Hoj, and the All Day I Dream camp?
Uwe: We had the first contact with Hoj on Facebook in 2015. He liked our remix for Eagles & Butterflies and so we stayed in touch, and later we released our first EP on Tale + Tone. When we finished the 3 tracks for the ‘Melanda’ EP he made contact with Lee and the rest is history.
Any final words for our readers?
Stay safe and don´t forget to dance