Thomas Azier is a dedicated electronic Dutch artist who writes and produces each of his musical gems himself. With two outstanding EPs already under his belt (Hylas 001 and Hylas 002), and a debut album set for release early next year, AMBY spoke with Thomas to talk about laughing a lot, favourite lyrics, elevators and shabby dreadlocks, and more.
AMBY: Hi Thomas Azier, thanks for taking the time to have a chat with AMBY. What have you been up to?
Thomas Azier: Sure, any time! I’m in Paris right now getting a few days off before shooting a new video with my friends in Berlin. Last two weeks I’ve been working on my liveset..
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Thomas Azier: It’s electronic pop music, very moody. Like painting pictures with sounds and intense vocals. I always call it a musical play between hope and despair. I love the compact form of popmusic and what excites me are extreme electronic sounds. So I always look for things that surprise me..
AMBY: What was the inspiration behind your electrifying pop single Ghostcity?
Thomas Azier: Ghostcity was recorded in an old GDR factory where I have my studio. The winters in Berlin can get quite rough and when all the tourist are gone, what is left is hardcore party crowd. They are like ghosts, living from night to night. The abandoned city inspired me to write Ghostcity.
AMBY: Ghostcity is taken from your forthcoming debut album which will be released early next year! What can fans expect to hear from the record?
Thomas Azier: Songs, some of them quite dark like my last EP, but also some of them hopeful and uplifting. I want to deliver emotion in it’s most honest rawest form. And „live“ I want to make people move their asses. Combine raw emotion with energy and songs, that’s what I was looking for.
AMBY: Hylas 001 and Hylas 002 are both great EPs. So aside making stellar music, what do you do for fun?
Thomas Azier: I laugh a lot. It’s funny cause people think I’m quite a serious guy because of the tone of my music. Berlin is a crazy city, you see weird stuff that makes you laugh everyday. Also I like to drive my bike through the city really fast!
AMBY: Which Thomas Azier lyric is your favourite?
Thomas Azier: I kind of like How to Disappear, the second verse when I say:
I’ve got all the dreams inside me now, the dreams of the world.
But when it’s time and the autumn comes, let me come home.
It’s about young naïve love when you feel you met the person you could spend your life with. But you are also full of ambition and there are much great things to learn and to discover. Like: now I have all the dreams inside me, let me live them, and then let me ‘come home ‘when the autumn comes’ which symbolizes: ‘later’.
AMBY: What are the top three live shows you’ve seen in your life?
Thomas Azier: Ow wow. I was impressed by Death Grips, Woodkid, and New Order last year.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
Thomas Azier: Sometimes when you are not feeling it or you have a bad night you start thinking about stupid stuff like: did I leave my washing machine on when I left home? Then you notice immediately that the crowd loses focus when you do. It’s crazy. As a performer you have to give yourself 150%. When the audience doesn’t care about you you have to work harder!
AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?
Thomas Azier: I would’ve loved to be stuck in an elevator with Nabokov, the novelist. But he’s dead already. Does that count? The least stuck I thiiiink with a typical drunk Friedrichshain (part of Berlin) fake anarchist with really shabby dreadlocks haha. They make me laugh sometimes because they hate almost everything but drink all day!
AMBY: What’s the best song of the year?
Thomas Azier: Wow, difficult dude!! Ok let me think: don’t think it’s from this year but I loved Amonaemonesea by Chairlift.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Thomas Azier that nobody know?
Thomas Azier: I’m actually Dutch, not German and I write and produce everything myself…
Thank you Thomas Azier, for giving us your answers!