San is about discovery, an intense romance and jumping into deep waters. Being both a producer and a Korean Studies academic, Bremer brings two worlds together: his love for music and his fascination for Asia. The result is a captivating, emotional and danceable release, containing a first-time team-up with his good friend Simon van Leunen. After Dias, KROOKS Records is proud to also release this 2nd EP by this talented producer from The Netherlands. With artwork by Isabel Pontoppidan. Please enjoy.
THE JOY OF CREATING
A year ago I quit Music University. My friends were surprised and not many understood why. My decision also left me confused: I did so much to get in, but somehow I wasn’t in the right place. After I quit, the urge to make new music was gone and it took a while for it to come back. When it did, it resulted in these songs. The feeling that followed is best described as a big relief, like making up after a fight with your best friend. But moreover, I rediscovered the joy of creating something out of nothing, something that was not in this world before and will be here longer than me. This Boards of Canada track somehow captures that insight, possibly because this track was one of the reasons for me to start making music again.
After seeing the movies Oldboy and The Handmaiden, Park Chan-Wook became my favourite Korean director. I love how he combines black humor with bizarre storylines, but what especially strikes me is his collaboration with composer Jo Yeong-Wook. Jo’s soundtracks go so extremely well with Park’s films. It’s fascinating how two people can complement each others work in such a way, that the symbioses formed in the final piece of art, causes each contributor’s work to reach a whole new level.
Besides music, I study the Korean language and culture. I’m fascinated with the cultural difference, language, and history, and it influences my music a lot. Sometimes in a very literal sense, like the title of this EP, “San”, which means “mountain” in Korean. But more often, studying Asian culture makes me wonder about how people think so differently in different parts of the world. I strongly feel that trying to understand different perspectives, can alter your worldview, but also broaden your artistic mindset.
I always find it very strange, that the environment in which house music is made (in my case sitting behind a messy desk, in a comfy chair and with a coffee mug in my left hand) is so different from where the music is actually played: a smoky, dark and loud club. While working on this EP, I really tried to close my eyes from time to time and imagine myself being on the dance floor. I asked myself these questions: What gets me in that mood of being able to lose myself in a seemingly endless DJ set? What do I want to hear next? I can’t wait to try out these tracks on a real dance floor, instead of an imaginary one.