In the trend-driven universe of electronic dance music, Gregor Tresher is the rare artist who transcends such cycles. His secret? A relentless focus on melody and timbre, timeless musical elements that other producers often undervalue.
Just as a painting or a photograph appears to move if one stares at it long enough, close listening to the stratified grooves and melodies in Tresher’s music reveals an organic universe of shifting sound.
Gregor began his career as a DJ in Frankfurt in the early ’90s; today, he can be found plying that trade at venues around the world, from Berlin to Tokyo, from Sydney to Los Angeles. And with releases on high-profile labels like Drumcode, Ovum, Intacto, Moon Harbour, and Cocoon, he also has his own eclectic imprint, Break New Soil.
Aside to his own quality productions Gregor also has an impressive remix history, which includes artists like Depeche Mode, Moby, Sven Väth, Laurent Garnier and Extrawelt amongst many others. And now, a few words from Gregor before we launch into this special mix filled with hypnotic tracks and techno grooves…
Balance Selections Q+A
Name: Gregor Tresher
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Alias/Producer name: Gregor Tresher
Labels affiliated with: Break New Soil, Cocoon, Ovum, Drumcode, Music Man, GTO, Moon Harbour
My last 3 releases:
Gregor Tresher – Substance [GTO]
Gregor Tresher & Petar Dundov – Headless [GTO]
Gregor Tresher – The Downward Spiral [Break New Soil]
What music did you listen to as a child?
I was born in 1976, so Synth Pop of the eighties was my first love. The first record I bought was Depeche Mode’s ‘Construction Time Again’. My grandfather was a professional musician in an orchestra and my parents made me take lessons in several classical instruments. However I never really enjoyed these lessons – I only really started to actually like music through artists like Depeche Mode, The Human League, Heaven 17, Anne Clark, The Talking Heads etc.
When was the first time that you realised that you liked electronic music?
All the eighties music I liked was electronic, so that had a very firm early impact on me. The first track that I remember that I really really liked was ‘Blasphemous Rumors’. I was a die-hard Depeche fan. 30 Years later I got the opportunity to remix one of their album tracks (Soothe My Soul) and actually meet the guys briefly, so things came full circle somehow.
When was the first time you saw a DJ in a club?
I remember when I first went to Club Omen in Frankfurt in 1992. I was sixteen and had only been to teenage parties before. Sven Väth was playing that night at the Omen and it was just a mindblowing experience that I still vividly remember. Literally everyone in the club was dancing like crazy, the temperature was insanely hot, sweat was dripping from the ceiling, it was dark, loud and the whole room was just bursting with energy. It was that night I decided I want to do what I´m doing today.
Which producers/artists/acts inspire you?
Robert Smith – The Cure´s Disintegration is my favorite album of all times, and I´m a huge fan of all their work.
Obviously Martin Gore and Depeche Mode – there’s no one else that wrote so many songs that mean the world to me.
Luke Slater, because he is and has always been at the forefront of cutting edge electronic music for me.
What was the last album that you downloaded/bought?
Nas – The Lost Tapes. Heard ‘Queensbridge politics’ and had to get the album. Been a fan of Nas for a long time.
What is your current production and DJ set up like?
I have quite a collection of analogue gear in my studio, but the things I mainly use are my Roland System-100 and the Korg Mono/Poly. Apart from those two it’s mostly digital nowadays. My DAW is Cubase and I use a lot of UAD plugins. Of course also the usual suspects from Native Instruments. I like the Numerology sequencer and Geist from FXpansion, also I´m using Reason from time to time.
My DJ-setup is three CDJs and a DJM-900 – my music is stored on SSD-Drives that I connect to the players – I have been playing Vinyl for ages and still like the approach were one track blends into the next. Sometimes I don’t like it when tracks end up too edited by the DJ-performance or when it’s just layering and layering. If that’s well executed, it can be great, but I rarely heard and liked it.
What releases do you have on the horizon?
My next full-length album will be released later this year on Cocoon recordings, with a teaser single upfront. Also, there will be a new release from my ongoing collaboration project with my buddy Petar Dundov. So there’s a lot of new original music to be released before the end of the year.
Where can we hear you perform?
Well, due to the current crisis all the gigs in the coming weeks have been cancelled obviously, I´m hoping that at some point in June/July promoters will be allowed to go ahead with their productions again. Fingers crossed we will be able to dance in the sun this summer! My current schedule can be found on my website and socials. I don’t have a regular podcast, but I post recorded sets from my gigs on my soundcloud every now and then.
Tell us more about the podcast you made for Balance?
It’s a studio mix, using a lot of my favorite tracks from my current DJ-sets. Standout tracks for me right now would be Magna Pia’s ‘Narcissist’ on Soma and the closing track, Bicep’s ‘Atlas’ on Ninja Tune. I tried to structure it like I would play a set – start up with some hypnotic tracks, then get more into Techno grooves and mix in some electro at the end, then end it with a perfect closing track (in my opinion).
The top track in my DJ wallet currently is:
Benjamin Mull – Tuomari (Cari Lekebusch Remix)
If I could recommend only one of my tracks for you to listen to it would be:
Gregor Tresher – About A Good Place [Cocoon]
If I could recommend only one track for you to listen to it would be:
The Cure – Disintegration
The last movie I watched that I really liked:
My favourite TV show:
Balance Selections 123: Gregor Tresher
1. Charlie Thorstenson – Acid Contemplation (Ovum)
2. Tibi Dabo – Hire the Birds (DJ Balduin’s Powerdive Mix) (Crosstown Rebels)
3. Frangie – We Vibe (Joel Mull in the Cave Mix) (Missing Letters)
4. DJ Hyperactive & Jason Patrick – Harrier Env (4 Track Recordings)
5. Benjamin Mull – Tuomari (Cari Lekebusch Remix) (Hybrid)
6. Magna Pia – Narcissist (Soma)
7. Roman Poncet – Sofra (Figure)
8. Avision – Innocence (Ellum)
9. GusGus – Lifetime (Raxon Remix) (Oroom)
10. The Imbeciles – Decider (Deetron Remix) (The Imbeciles)
11. Gregor Tresher – Inhale (GTO)
12. Bicep – Atlas (Ninja Tune)