004 | ReedFlavor
Leipzig native Johannes Riedel a.k.a. ReedFlavor is an analogue nerd who loves old samplers, vintage synths, tape machines and fender amps. The multi-instrumentalist runs an analogue studio called “Wood & Mind”, is part of the renowned deep funk band “My Trippin’ Mojo” and head of the infamous “Resistant Mindz” collective. His contribution to the series – Serial number 004 – is a sketchy and raw beat tape but at the same time a carefully compiled collection of jazzy and funky instrumental tracks.
Artist – Interview | ReedFlavor
Where do you come from, where do you live now and when/why did you go there?
I was born in Leipzig, live in Leipzig and won’t leave any time soon!
How did you come to producing or beatmaking?
I played around in school with the Magix Music Maker. From there I went via FruityLoops to Reason and Ableton. My love for beatmaking was heavily influenced by hip hop.
What do you do when you sit down on a new track? Do you have a specific procedure / routine?
Mostly searching for samples first, then chopping them up and play around. Then I lay some drums over it. Here and there I add some guitar sounds, synthesizers or effects.
Is there a background story behind the beattape you created for us, what was the motivation, the inspiration?
No background story, sorry. I’m always motivated and inspired.
What equipment do you use?
Meanwhile I work with a 4track Tascam Portastudio, the Yamaha SU10 and the Yamaha RX17. For other things I use the studio with guitars (e.g. ibanez), basses (e.g. musicman stingray), drums (e.g. lefima), Rhodes, Philicorda, Synths (e.g. Korg Delta, Roland SH2, Hohner Bambi and what else is available. Recording with a Tascam 85-16 and/or Revox G36.
Last but not least: What’s your life apart from the music?
Family first. I’m also working as a booking agent for Funk&Soul bands in Germany. Hanging around in the Wood&Mind studio. Planning events in Leipzig with the “IG Funk&Soul Leipzig” and of course my free work for mobile power supply. That’s it!