002 | Alfred Quest
“Midlife Wellness” was the title of Alfred Quest’s 2016 debut album. And yes, Tillmann Jarmer, Patrick Foellmer and Sascha Friedrich have seen so many stages, have spent so many days in studios, have left their twenties way behind. A little peace and quiet would be nice. And therefore, Alfred Quest’s music is like a walk in the woods, a smooth soundtrack rather than a bustling city. This tape feeds on the musical potential of the Berlin and Erfurt trio. Much of it is played live, breathing jazz, soul, electronica, lo-fi. Everything shines and radiates, dense harmonic carpentry across skeleton beats.
Artist – Interview | Alfred Quest
Where do you come from, where do you live now and when/why did you go there?
We grew up very differently. The spectrum ranges from strictly catholic educated in Eichsfeld to unbaptized in the socialist model panel flat. Meanwhile we live and work in Erfurt, Berlin, Munich and on the Mexican Riviera.
How did you get into producing or beatmaking?
Music is the only way for us to communicate on a non-intellectual level because we are educated and quite heterosexual.
What do you do when you sit down on a new track? Do you have a specific procedure / routine?
One of us starts and at some point the mojo is there and we pay homage to him.
Is there a background story behind the beattape you created for us, what was the motivation, the inspiration?
We actually wanted to bring our favourite rapper Steer MC back into the game – but it didn’t work out. Now these beats are available without raps. FYI: We forbid all rappers except Steer MC and Yung Hurn to use these tracks. No rapping!
What equipment do you use?
Old piano, several times repaired bass guitars, very expensive effects and a lot of mistakes.
Last but not least: What’s your life apart from the music?
We advise each other on important life decisions; the conventions of society no longer give us these decisions clearly enough.