Electric Orange are a German (neo) krautrock band, mainly based on two masterminds Dirk Jan Müller (keys) and Dirk Bittner (guitar). Up to now both musicians had uncounted collaborations during their development and produced a huge amount of material on MC, Vinyl and CD-R. Besides some temporary flirts with house/techno elements the band actually deliver trippy krautrock adapted music, cheerful electronic like Tangerine Dream or Popol Vuh as well as provided with obsessional rhythms near to Can or even Kraftwerk.
I got in touch with them through Dirk and here is his answers to my questions.
I believe ProgArchives biography on
is pretty accurate. But why did you choose that name and which bands was your
main inspirations ?
formed the Band in 1992, I wanted a bandname that sound like an old
Krautrockband. Inspiration came from Electric Food, Electric Sandwich
Let's run through your releases.
Please say whatever comes into your head about them, starting with Electric
Orange from 1993
and finishing with Krautrock from Hell from this
Debutalbum: This is only me with guest musicians. Drums off the computer. Not
much in common with our style of today. Amateurish.
1996 Cyberdelic: Mixing
Krautrock with then actual sounds of Trip Hop/Drum’n’bass.
Back to Krautrock and full Band
Very long sessions
2005 Fleischwerk: Very mixed in style, not to everybody’s
2007 Morbus: Most successful up to now
2010 Krautrock From Hell: For
me, the record I am most pleased with
How is your writing and creative
We are writing while
recording. Starting with a beat, bassline or riff.
The first album down in
1993 and Cyberdelic in 1995 were 100% composed, but with improvised instruments
Abgelaufen, Platte and Fleischwerk were recorded and edited
session-tracks with overdubs.
The new album and morbus
were composed again with many improvised parts. It’s always a mixture between
Most ProgArchives readers does not
know your music. How would you describe your music to those here who are
unfamiliar with your band ?
mixture of Krautrock, 70s Electronics, 70s Prog, hypnotic beats and Space. All
this with a mixture of 70s sound and production, but with modern
Is any of the Electric Orange members involved in any other bands or projects ?
the moment. Some sessions here and there, but nothing
Is music your main occupation or do
any of you have daytime jobs outside the music scene ?
have normal jobs, nothing related to music. With this kind of music, you cannot
make enough money for a living.
What is your latest update and your
plans for this and next year ?
some more gigs this year and starting recording a new album for end of
To wrap up this interview, is there
anything you want to add to this interview ?
hope, interested readers of the progarchives will give us a chance a listen to
our music. Support bands buying their records and don’t download their
Thank you to Dirk for this interview
Their biography is http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=3249 - and their homepage http://www.electric-orange.com/ -