Frieder Nagel interview By digital in Berlin

"With only two ep´s released by french imprint InFiné Music, german composer and newcomer Frieder Nagel has already collaborated with David August and Daniel Brandt, appeared on Boiler Room and played at the Reeperbahn Festival. He writes regularly for orchestra, dance, theater as well as documentary film – always luring his listeners into a mystical world, full of warm synths and detailed sound clusters [...]"


"One can find a secure feeling for melodies, impressing even more, if you know that Frieder Nagel is a self-taught musician. Dark and intriguing are his productions filled with synthesizers, simple rhythms yet astonishing intensity."  Tsugi (FR)

Mostly working during night Nagel´s groundwork lies in improvisation, escapism as well as the endless overdubbing and resampling of analogue manchinery. The self-taught musician has a secure feeling for harmonies and „combines Jazz, neo-classical, synthetics and broken beats with supreme ease“ (GROOVE Magazine). With his music Frieder Nagel is mainly on the lookout for the subconscious – in an intimate mixture of melancholy and relieve. His debut ep Distract Robots (2019 | InFiné Music) was described by XLR8R as an „otherworldly treat tak[ing] the listener down a constantly morphing auditory wormhole full of light, darkness, and cosmic bliss“.

In 2019 he composed the music for Don Juan Techno Club by japanese choreographer Fukiko Takase and for the interactive documentary Field Trip by Eva Stotz about Berlin´s abandoned airport Tempelhof. In the same year he produced the musicvideo for Daniel Brandt´s Track Flamingo published by London based label Erased Tapes. Frieder Nagel remixed french superstar Rone in 2020 and delivered dj-sets for several radio stations such as Flux FM (Berlin), Ego FM (Munich) or WDR Cosmo (Cologne). During the pandemic he focused on ambient music and soundart installations. His latest work The Arrival in collaboration with the acclaimed digital artist MAOTIK from France was premiered as part of a spectacular audiovisual liveshow at the Multiplica Festival 2021 in Luxembourg.


Frieder Nagel is head of the Berlin based music production studio Resonant Workshop.