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Not content with being a huge name on the House scene with Knee Deep, Sebastian Döring unleashed his alter ego Lovebirds and has welcomed a mighty following with fans as big as Tom Middleton and Ben Watt. His production has an old school vibe which is heavily influenced by the sounds of 70’s and 80’s but with a splash of futurism. We thought we would find out a bit more about him so read on to find out about his biggest musical influences, passions and what fans should expect from his set next Saturday at Talk Is Cheap.

Let’s start by finding a little bit about how you first got into music and producing… Where and when did you discover your love for house music and where did it all begin?

I think it all began when I watched stuff like Inner City and Ten City on MTV at the end of the 80s.

Who would you say are your biggest musical influences (not restricted to House music)?

I would say funk and soul of the late 70’s and early 80’s harmony wise. But also pop music from the 70’s like Todd Rundgren for example or Supertramp.

What is the one piece of kit that you couldn’t be without in your studio?

It’s my Fender Rhodes Suitcase Mark 2 (Rhodes electric piano with an amp). You turn it on and start playing and it’s just the most beautiful sound and feeling.

How methodical are you in the studio or do you let your creative side do the talking and things develop naturally?

I’m not methodical at all really. I wish I was then I could achieve things probably a lot earlier. I always do what I want, that’s why I don't really like remixes these days because you have deadlines. Some of the tracks I dig out are from 2004 and I finish them now.

We always ask what personal production stands out the most, but we would guess that due to the success, it would have to be ‘Want you in my soul’ right? If not, what would it be and why?

It’s probably this track but I spent so much time on it that I couldn't listen to it anymore, I really didn't expect anything from it…

What are your plans for 2012 can we expect a lot more original Lovebirds productions and do you have plans to collaborate with more vocalists like Stee Downs?

At the moment I am finishing off an album I did with a singer from Japan. It’s something like underground pop. I love all our tracks and I am really excited to see what will happen with this. With Stee we will release a follow up single on my own Teardrop label this year. We are thinking about doing a 4 tracker as we already have two beautiful down tempo Soul tunes. So we will work on an up-tempo A-side track and then put it out asap.

Are you looking forward to coming and playing in London again?

Sure, I love London. Always enjoy being there!

What three songs do you listen to the most when taking time off?

I should ask my iTunes to get a precise answer. At home I listen to 2 internet radio stations 95% of the time. One is called Radio Io Jazz Standards and the other one is Wefunk Radio.

What do you most like to do when away from the studio or gigging?

Cooking, I cook almost every evening!

Who are you most feeling within the scene at the moment, who should we look out for in 2012?

I love Axel Boman when he samples disco stuff, the Melbourne Deep House posse around Andy Hart, Mic Newman and Tornado Wallace, oh and Todd Terje of course!

Finally what can we at Talk Is Cheap expect from a Lovebirds set in 2012?

I like to play party music; I play a lot of old stuff from the 90’ ands also some Disco boogie originals when I’m drunk towards the end of my set wink

Lovebirds will be performing alongside Inland Knights, Olene Kadar and Jedd Barry at Talk Is Cheap on 28th January.
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