Hailing from Halle/Saale, Germany, Felix Thielemann and Mathias Schwarz have created unquestionably one of dance music’s most unique acts, Super Flu. Fusing together a spectrum of influences which covers everything from classic house sounds to orchestral melodies, the duo continuously push and pull the boundaries that stand before them to suit their artistic vision. With 2017 fully in their crosshairs, Super Flu proudly announce their forthcoming album titled “Musik 3“.
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SunCity Paradise: Coming from Halle, Germany, describe the city and the country as a whole a bit. What’s one aspect that really stands out to you and makes each special? Also, what’s one sight you would suggest a first-time visitor to see when they’re in town?
Super Flu: Halle is our hometown, a small piece of calm in our turbulent lives. Objectively seen it’s maybe not particularly pretty and also does not have the most spectacular offers, but it is the city where we feel the most at ease. Probably a part of this is that our families live very close to us. Other than that we have an airport that sends us all over the world, and if we need a new module for the modular system or feel like going to a club, we are only an hour away from Berlin. If you happen to come across this city you should maybe just get a beer, go sit on the banks of Saale (the river that runs trough Halle) and chill.
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SCP: To constantly create music while you’re traveling around the world must be such a feeling. What’s the most impactful and meaningful part you cherish about it? Does the traveling help inspirationally?
SF: Travelling can be very exhausting, but also beautiful. It is a big part of our lives, and this being on the road, getting to know new people and music, experience unique things, it inspires us to make new music. Of course there are also many small day-to-day things that fire up our playful sides and give us new ideas.
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SCP: Your latest release was your “Musik 3” album. What was your thought process behind it? How has it been received so far?
SF: We are really into the album format. It allows artists to tell stories and show off other sides that you maybe don’t know from three-tracker EP’s. It is always a big challenge for us, but it is also a lot of fun.
SCP: How does music and travel complement and go hand-in-hand with each other?
SF: We prefer to listen to music when we are traveling, on the train, on board an airplane or just in the car. These are always the moments when you can let yourself lean back and have a proper listen. But, we also have a sweet spot for audio books.
SCP: When searching for a personal getaway, are you looking for a serene beach or after a more active, adventurous getaway? Why?
SF: We have a small cottage in Sweden, in the middle of nowhere, on a Mountain, with 360-degree view over the horizon. We call it the air castle.
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SCP: Everyone has a list of places that they still have to hit. What are three destinations, either work or pleasure, that you need to see? Why?
SF: First is Iceland, we were there once, but didn’t have the time to really get to know the place. They have fantastic nature and a very interesting culture. Many of the bands we like come from this island, and this has to mean something. The deepest part of Russia, because of the vodka, the pelmeni and of course the women. Lastly, Pyongyang, because we would love to play in North Korea, trying to dissolve the borders and melt the weapons with our music.
SCP: Most destinations have a festival that they’re known for, whether it’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Oktoberfest in Munich. Which one would you choose to attend? Why?
SF: We love sausage and beer. Where else would you be better taken care of than at the Oktoberfest?
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SCP: What is the most beautiful outdoor location that you’ve played at? How did the beauty add to the music?
SF: That must be the garden party at Feliks’ granddad Herbert’s garden plot “zur Tanne” Büschdorf. It was his 80th Birthday and all the seniors were rocking the dance floor. Later we played a B2B set with Matze’s grandma.
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SCP: When you’re relaxing on a beach or just have some downtime are you listening to dance music? Or do you like to switch up the tunes? If so, to what?
SF: If we’re not playing we don’t listen to dance music, but rather something more in the indie direction. A little bit of Cocorosie, a little bit Matthew Herbert, but we are also big fans of silence.
SCP: Lastly, when’s the next vacation and where to?
SF: We’re heading back to our air castle.
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For more on Super Flu check out their “Musik 3” album on iTunes: