Having constantly delivered some of the finest party offerings to Barcelona’s OFF Sónar programme, Poble Espanyol reveals nine unmissable events across four days, for those seeking dancefloor adventure during Sonar week. Offering cutting-edge music programming in an intimate and unique environment, Poble Espanyol, beckons party-goers to escape the heat and bustle of the city. Perched on a hill, offering stunning panoramic views of Barcelona amidst exquisite architecture, three event spaces offer vastly different experiences. From the airy Carpa & Picnic area situated at the crest of the hill and Plaza Mayor’s expansive town square, to the intimate 2000 El Monasterio, Poble Espanyol’s electrifying party schedule is a must-do for those seeking something different. With a music offering and ambience that could rival the best Ibiza terrace session, Poble Espanyol’s OFF Sónar series unites leading brands and figures from global club culture at one outstanding and unique location. The diverse array of shows, premier sound and production, provides opportunity for everyone to find an epic dance floor moment beneath the cavernous Catalan skies.
Amongst those artists who will be performing is Kölsch, known by his friends as Rune, a music producer and DJ from Denmark who will be playing the Knee Deep In Sound party b2b with Tiga on Thursday 14th June at La Carpa & Picnic of El Poble Espanyol. I managed to arrange the opportunity to have a chat with Rune away from the music industry and find out a little more about his personal life.
Hi Rune, a pleasure to have you back here at Decoded after some very quick 3 years have passed. How have you been? “It’s been an amazing and hectic time. Can’t believe it’s been so long” he replies. So, today we’re going to get to know the personal side of you and leave the music to one side. With a very demanding schedule does it leave you any time for hobbies or recreational activities in your downtime? “I love Snowboarding and skateboarding. I try to go to the mountains a couple of times a year to get some fresh air and renew my energy. Nothing like it. Other than that, I work out a couple of times a week, but only to keep up with the touring schedule. It helps with the lack of sleep. I had 2 months off this year. I tried to resist making music, but it resulted in 15 demos anyway. I’m hopeless”.
Your manager reliably informs me you have got a strong interest in vintage watches. Do you have a certain time period specifically or watch makers you particularly admire? Please tell us more. Rune passionately explained “I’m fascinated by the concept of time. I believe electronic music is all about challenging how humans perceive time. Repetition and loud music in dark places is the closest we have ever gotten to time travel. He added –
“That’s why I have this fascination with watches. It’s such a beautiful and difficult art form to perfect, as its all hand built. Just the fact that an independent machinery on your arm can tell time so precisely is amazing. I’m obsessed with vintage watches. I love that they all tell their own story. My favourite brands are Patek Phillipe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin”.
Over the span of your career what have been your favourite travel locations? Have there been any countries or cities you returned to after touring to further explore? “So many. Obviously, New York, Bangkok, LA, Paris, Barcelona and so on. Lately I’ve been obsessing over the Provence region in France. Just renting a car and driving around that region is breath-taking. Also, I’m crazy about Iceland. Have to go back soon. The nature is incredible”. Brunch in the City, Barcelona isn’t too far away in the calendar. A great festival for lovers of food and music. Are you a big foodie or enjoy cooking? If so, what is your signature dish to serve? “I’m nuts about food. it’s funny because I used to be obsessed with the Michelin dining experience. Lately I’ve been more focused on simple food. I love Thai Esan salads and Ramen”. Rune also added –
“When it comes to cooking, my taste also changes all the time. I love to explore different textures and seasons. Right now, I’m stuck in this mole period. I’m trying to make the perfect Mexican Mole sauce. It’s a lot harder than it seems”.
With food comes drink. Do you have a favourite alcoholic drink? Favourite wine perhaps? “I only Drink Negroni, when it comes to drinks. I think It’s the perfect gentleman’s drink. Bitter Sweet like life. Also my dear friend Dave Clarke got me into whisky’s. As if I didn’t have enough expensive hobbies already”.
Which have been some of your favourite TV box sets or Netflix series of late? I recommend ‘Mindhunter’ on Netflix if you’ve not seen it yet. It’s about how two FBI agents in the 70’s expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of serial killers. An interesting true story. “I watched Mindhunter. Really enjoyed it” Rune replied. “My absolute favourite show in years must be Mr Robot. It’s just so well written, and it’s the first time the narrative isn’t over explaining everything. I really enjoyed American Gods as well. It’s just so far out”. As we’re on the concept of film and TV I’m curious, If your life were to be made into a movie which actor would you like to play you, and why? “Well that would change depending on what day a week you ask me. On a Wednesday morning after Working out it would have to be Cillian Murphy. Sunday afternoon on the way back from 4 shows, it would have to be James Gandolfini. It would be cool if the main character changed appearance depending on state of mind”.
And what is your guiltiest pleasure, we all have them? “Musically it would be Steely Dan. I’m a sucker for that west coast sound and ironic lyrics. I have all their albums”. And lastly. What is your most valuable life lesson you would pass on to our younger generation? “My brother gave me this advice once. I was really worried if I would ever be able to make it in the music industry, because so few people made a living of it. He said –
“you are right, very few people make a living of music, but why shouldn’t one of those few be you?”
Thanks for your time in letting us get to know you more away from our beloved industry. I hope to catch up with you again soon.
Event info and tickets for Knee Deep in Sound – Barcelona are available here