Arrivederci Burial, zay gesunt ZHU, and excuse you UZ, because there’s a new hotshot mystery producer tearing up the dance music scene: Ulrich von Lichtenstein.
Although the true identity of the enigmatic, Gelderland-based producer remains hidden, from the information we have gathered as a result of a super fancy inside source, it’s clear that the potential for this Dutch DJ is almost unparalleled in the scene. Conceived during an all-night party at Ostgut, Ulrich spent the majority of his formative years surrounded by electronic music. At the tender age of 12 he was a sound technician, and by the age of 14 he was training under the tutelage of Richie Hawtin. At 16, he had already retired and made a comeback tour, delivering a raucous headlining performance at esteemed Berlin club Vorspiegelung.
Rumored to be the ghost producer behind some of dance music’s biggest breakout hits, including “the good parts” of Daft Punk’s recent album, Random Access Memories, von Lichtenstein has long preferred to remain in the shadows… until now. We reached out to the PR company Kehrtwende, who scored us an exclusive interview with dance music’s most unknown and unrecognizable artist.
LessThan3: How do you make your music?
Ulrich von Lichtenstein: I don’t make music. music makes me.
LessThan3: Why the secrecy?
Ulrich von Lichtenstein: All I want is for my music to speak for itself, you know? … but I’ll tell you a secret: I have no idea what it should say… do you have any ideas? What does your music say? I’m thinking it should say, “let’s party.”
LessThan3: But if nobody knows who you are anyhow, why does it matter if your real name is public?
Ulrich von Lichtenstein: To be completely honest, that’s why I’m doing it. I’m not that interesting in reality. Isn’t it way cooler that people think I might actually be, like, Daft Punk, or Beyonce, or or somebody? I’m getting excited just thinking about it.
LessThan3: What’s up with that image?
Ulrich von Lichtenstein: Oh, this? This is not an image. This is a painting. I had my portrait done by a pop-out, candid portrait artist from Luxembourg. They rely on the element of surprise to attain a natural feel. Pop-out portraits, they call it. I was just getting into bed, and he jumped out of my closet. Look at me in my PJs! [giggles]
LessThan3: What about when you want to perform live? Won’t people take photos of your face?
Ulrich von Lichtenstein: I haven’t really thought that far ahead to be frank. I’ll just find something cool to put over my head like a shoebox or a toaster or a horse head or something. I could be Toa5ter. Or deadhor5e. I like that. deadhor5e.
LessThan3: Did you really have a hand in producing Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories?
Ulrich von Lichtenstein: Just the good songs, you know, like Happy.
LessThan3: What genre do you find yourself producing these days?
Ulrich von Lichtenstein: Post-contemporary agrotech mixed with sidestep tumblr-wave.
LessThan3: Who is your favorite DJ in the scene?
Ulrich von Lichtenstein:
, so hot right now. Hanzel. He even goes vun deeper than I do, and I go deep.
LessThan3: Do you have anything to tell upcoming producers and DJs?
Ulrich von Lichtenstein: Whatever you do, don’t show your face. Mystery is all that matters. Wear a mouse head if you have to.
You can listen to Ulrich von Lichtenstein’s newest single, Glückliche Aprilscherz-Tag, exclusively on LessThan3 down below.