Interview // BONEB

Boneb is back on SNOE with a fantastic remix of SUSIO and Dylan Andrew’s track “Close”! A rolling groove hits you right from the get-go in true Boneb style. The synths are weird and rough, the soundscape somewhat naughty. Layers come together, building up an exquisite tension that follows you into a big impact drop. It is the perfect combination of original elements and the style that makes him so unique.

Hi Boneb, so nice of you to take the time to chat with us. Tell us, how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?

Hi Beth & Andreas, of course it’s a pleasure for me to make a little interview with you. 

I wold say that my music is a naughty combination of a groovy, punchy basement and relatively simple synthsounds which come alive by layering and morphing. As a „bad habit“ I like it to bend vocals and cut them a lot in a very weird way.

What does your name mean?

The meaning to „Boneb“ is relatively unspectacular. It is just based on my surname „Boneß“. Sometimes I got a ticket by a police man and he wrote „Boneb“. A friend thought that it was really funny to call me „Boneb“ ever since. So that was the very first name I had in mind when I had to chose a name for my project.

What was your inspiration for the remix?

At first, I have to say that I like to make remixes in general, because it gives a lot of inspiration itself. Working with sounds from someone else and bending them gives a lit of new ideas. So I was happy to be part of the „Close-EP“ as a remixer.

Some to the synthsounds had dark, dirty parts. I searched them and had the idea to make „Close“ a little bit harder, darker and weird. I love the very short vocal, which gave a lot of inspiration as well when I startet the remix.

How much time do you spend in the studio?

If its possible, I am in my (home-) studio almost every day. After work it is sometimes not easy to be creative but then I do some cleaning stuff on my tracks or technical stuff in my studio. Another maybe nerdy big passion is to repair electronic music instruments and to build eurorack format synth modules by myself.

What is your favourite toy for making music?

My favorite toys are two.The Analog Rhythm because I Iove the toms. I especially love the great Basstom. It is the best powerful low tom I’ve ever heard!!!!! I tried out many machines, but I think, the Analog Rhythm is the best. I also love the possibility to combine analog synthese with samples.

My other favorite instrument is of course my Moog. Recently I exchanged my Subsequent 37 for a Subsequent 25 and a Moog Grandmother. They are standing next to each other and I can use two great Moog engines at the same time. In general I am a great fan of hardware synths. I rarely use software synths in my productions.

Is there anyone special you would like to spend some time in the studio with?

I would like to be in the studio with Stimming, because I could learn a lot about sounddesign from him. He has very creative ideas of creating and manipulating sounds.

Of course, I think that a studio session with Andreas Henneberg and Beth Lydi would be really interesting, because I think that we have a similar style and they inspire me a lot. 

What is the one thing you can’t be without in the studio?

At first I need a good mood and I have to be balanced, when I want to make music. 

Technically I can’t be without my Mackie Control! Especially the transport field and jog wheel for navigation. When I use Ableton on another computer I often catch myself trying to turn the jogwheel (which is not there) to navigate in the track. 😀

And what is the one thing you do not want in your studio?

What I don’t want in my studio are big software packs with a bunch of presets and enormous sample packs. I try to work mostly from the scratch and make my own sounds and choose my samples carefully. 

What are your guilty pleasures?

Hmmm…good question. I think one of my guilty pleasures is to buy music instrument (mostly synths or drum machines) only to test them, have a little bit fun with them and sell them again.

… and drinking warm beer 😀

What is your favourite Norwegian word? 😉


 You can check out BONEB’s remix of “Close” here:


And we just got a fresh mix from him for our SNOE Affairs series, one hour of only BONEB’s tracks. Definitely one not to miss:

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