Decoded Sundays – Anders Ilar

Anders Ilar has been making music for most of his life, though he has not released anything until December 2000. He grew up in a small town in the middle of Sweden, where he spent most of his teenage years playing with sequencers and drum machines. After making hundreds of tracks but never really feeling satisfied with the quality of the productions, he decided to quit and sell all the gadgets in 1997. He had learned to mix a few years earlier, so instead he bought record players and became a DJ. He left his hometown in 1993 and finally ended up in Gothenburg where he also studied sexology at the university.

After a few years of not making music he picked it up again by accident in 2000 when he made 2 tracks on a friends PC using simple software. Impressed with the clarity of the production he decided to release the tracks and continue creating music. The first tracks were released on a split 12” with his friend Olof Hemmendorff. The only indication of title were in the engravings of the run out groove – pinesky 01. After a few more tracks were finished, a demo was sent out, and in November 2001 his first single was released on Cologne label Plong! under the alias rend. The first self titled release came one year later and was called Replik.

With new material ready for release, I managed to have a quick chat with Anders about his love of chill out music and where he finds his inspiration.

Hi there Anders, tell us how you got in to music production?

I’ve been into music production for most of my life. I started playing the piano when I was six, and I got my first keyboard at age 11, in 1984. Over the years I gathered a small collection of synthesisers and drum machines and started getting deeper into electronic sounds. In the beginning my inspiration was artists like Depeche Mode, J-M Jarre, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. Later I was influenced by early industrial and EBM acts like Front 242, Skinny Puppy and Severed Heads. Then by the mid to late 90’s I got into Techno and Acid as well as Ambient and IDM.

For many years I never showed my music to anyone except friends and family, and I never really had any ambitions to become a full time musician. Then the laptop-era began and I sent out a few demos, and was first picked up by Plong! and Shitkatapult. then it just kept rolling with releases on, Echocord, Narita and Merck and so on…

Whats the layout of your studio now, and do you have any favourite toys?

Nowadays my studio is just a laptop. I sold my last gear in 97 and have been using software for producing since 2001. I still use plenty of sounds sampled from analog hardware, and hardly ever use software synths.
Some of my favourite equipment over the years has been, Roland Juno-106, Casio CZ-1000 and RZ-1, Korg Mono/Poly and Poly-800, and ofcourse Roland TB-303 and all of the TR machines. I love the sound of piano, and other orchestral and acoustic sounds, but then again I guess my all-time favourite instrument is Laptop.

What it is about chill out or downtempo music than really fires up your imagination?

I like music and sounds that transport me to other dimensions, other realms of time and space. Music for travelling in your mind. I guess I’ve always associated electronic sounds with space and sci-fi. Although they can also take you deep into the ocean, or remind you of beauty of landscapes, It’s simply music that paints a mental picture and you can really go wherever you want with it. Away from stressful and hectic everyday-life. I guess I’ve always been a dreamer.

Can you tell us about some of the people you admire musically in the chill out scene?

I tried a few different genres over the years, but some of my all-time heroes that I still enjoy listening to a lot are Depeche Mode, early Severed Heads, Woody McBride, Autechre etc. I’m also really enjoying more recent works of music like Washed Out, Com Truise and Telefon Tel Aviv.

01// Hemisf‰r – Waterslang (Anders Ilar Remix)
02// Kraftwerk – Nachrichten/Transistor (X2 halfspeed)
03// Vermont – ‹bersprung
04// Die Form – Re-search
05// Boards of Canada – Telepath
06// Com Truise – Wasat
07// Neon Indian – Polish Girl
08// Washed Out – Echoes
09// Underviewer – Labo
10// Boards of Canada – Collapse
11// Justin Robertson – Love Movement (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)
12// Severed Heads – Lambourghini
13// Boards of Canada – White Cyclosa
14// Severed Heads – Advertisement
15// Twin Shadow – Castles in the Snow (Com Truise Remix)
16// Depeche Mode – The Darkest Star (Holden Remix)
17// T.raumschmiere – Zartbitter
18// Plaid – Slam
19// Dead Can Dance – Musica Eternal
20// Bel Canto – Time Without End
+ Assorted sounds and effects