Electro mistress, Fraulein Z unleashes her brand new rave anthem, ‘Zug nach Herr Zimmerman’ (The Train to Herr Zimmerman) via her own imprint this October and is high octane, no holds barred homage to the infamous underground Herr Zimmerman parties. This 5th release on her own Herr Zimmerman label also features a bass laden, menacing remix from underground New York artist, The Horrorist.
Fraulein Z dedicates this release to all the thousands of amazing party people that have partied and supported the Herr Zimmerman club nights over the past years.
“I came up with the idea for this track and the title while riding the underground in Berlin,” Fraulein Z recalls. “We heard every stop being announced in German and when the doors opened you hear this robotic announcement saying, ‘Einsteigen bitte!’ meaning ‘Please enter!’”
She goes on to add, “Then you hear this industrial sound of the train creaking on the rails and the sound of the doors closing followed by an incredibly loud horn blast just before the train starts moving and I’m thinking this could work out as a crazy techno with some weird, random voices in German… And I created a ‘Zug’ to Herr Zimmerman. Also you have to get a similar underground to our Herr Zimmerman parties in Rotterdam, so I thought it’d fit in nicely.”
Earlier releases and remixes by Fraulein Z on Herr Zimmerman label receive support from artists like Dave Clarke, Anthony Rother, Brodinski, Dr. Lektroluv, Angy Kore, Al Ferox, David Carretta, IPUNK, and many more.
‘Zug nach Herr Zimmerman’ is one hell of ride to one of the best underground techno-electro parties you can imagine: ‘Zug nach Herr Zimmerman!,… Einsteigen bitte!’
Earlier releases and remixes by Fraulein Z on Herr Zimmerman record label were Sex Shooter, Royal Junk, Christiane F, and Secrets got support from artists like Dave Clarke, Anthony Rother, Brodinski, Dr. Lektroluv, Angy Kore, Al Ferox, David Carretta, IPUNK, and many more.
Earlier this year the Tilllate Magazine, one of the worlds biggest electronic dance music & nightlife magazines, published/featured a 4 pages article about the multi talented dutch techno-electro dj-producer Fraulein Z, and her own Herr Zimmerman record label and unique underground club nights in the harbor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
MOSES: Well well, if it isn’t the Horrorist.
H: And then he said, “yes”.
MOSES: You’ve just remixed Fraulein Z’s new single ‘Zug Nach Herr Zimmerman’. How did that collaboration come about?
H: I performed at Herr Zimmerman in Rotterdam. It’s a wicked club where I even got spanked. Mario & Fraulein Z are great hosts and later that year I met them at a private party in Berlin. A few drinks later the collaboration was set.
MOSES: I know you’re an old school producer, how long ago did you begin producing music?
H: My first release was in 1992 on Direct Drive Records.
MOSES: I would say its a safe bet to say that you’re better known for “One Night in NYC”. Did you live out there for a while or were you out there one night and decided to make a song about NYC’s nightlife.
H: I was born and lived in NY 40 of the 44 years of my life. One night I went out and the next day I just recorded what happened. At the time I was just messing around. I never thought the song would be a hit.
MOSES: Were you a frequent patron of the limelight?
H: Yes. I played there 11 times including once on New Year’s Eve with Robin S and another performance when I played one song at Disco 2000 (the Wednesday night gay night) while they judged King and Queen drag queen of NY. After the the one song Peter Gaiten the club owner came on stage and paid me $2000 cash in front of everyone.
MOSES: Could you give us a brief description of your experiences there?
H: Friday night’s Future Shock was amazing. I heard most of the first techno tracks there. Hanging out on the cat walk with friends on E was also a lot of fun!
MOSES: What does The Horrorist do when he isn’t creating music?
H: I have quite a big day job in Energy Services, hang out with my cat Tiffy and I go out in Brooklyn at least twice a week.
MOSES: Some people describe your music are Dark Wave, Electro or EBM. What would you call it?
H: I like to believe I’m just an artist of sounds like The Horrorist. I’ve genre jumped a few times and like so many different styles of music and I think my songs reflect that.
MOSES: How did you get the name Horrorist?
H: My friends gave me that for driving them crazy a few too many late nights out.
MOSES: This sounds like a classic Horrorist tune, tell me what made you want to do a remix?
H: I wanted to make them an anthem. Something they could play in their own club and be proud.
MOSES: Could you provide the budding darkwave / EDM producer some words of wisdom?
H: Make 10 songs. Throw away all of them except the very best one.
MOSES: Do you get recognized in public?
H: I have a warrant for my arrest in almost every country I play in, so I’m always in disguise.
MOSES: What do you use to produce?
H: At this point I have mountains of gear but limitations are important so these days I just use Ableton, a modular set up and a real drum machine (I grab one of my 40).
MOSES: Who are some of your influences? (If any)
H: Front 242, Haus Arafna, DAF, Depeche Mode, Leonard Cohen..
MOSES: Lastly, where are you from, what city are you reppin?
H: New York, New York!!
INTERVIEW CREDIT: THE HORRORIST, MOSES