Pete Namlook (born in Frankfurt, Germany as Pete Kuhlman) is an ambient and electronic music producer and composer. In 1992, he founded the German record label FAX +49-69/450464, which he masterminded. He passed away in November 2012, and this interview is the next repost for our Anthology project which is called to collect important information from the past.
Once upon a time there was a boy named Peter that was not creating fabulous music, how did he start doing it, what was the main “trigger”?
Listening to music actively from the start of my existence on. Great music from all kind of sources and styles was my trigger… the trigger to create my own definition of sound and music.
As everyone of us did, guess you also listened to all sorts of music (and are listening still), but for who would you say that had most of the influence on you? What were/are your favorite bands/musicians?
J.S.Bach, Eberhard Weber, Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chopin, Wendy Carlos, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, and a lot more
After some time in electronic music, you founded your own label company with curious name, can you tell us why such a name for label, and are you releasing only your music, or are you releasing other peoples music too?
The FAX machine was in the beginning of the 90ies a very innovative way to communicate. ;-) The internet was not as omnipresent as it is today… as I did not want to spoil my artwork with too many contact adresses etc. I simply named my label after my FAXnumber. This way it was obvious for licensing partners, musicians and fans how to contact me.
Of course on FAX there are a lot of different artists… please have a look on http://namlook.de
You are producing music for a long time now, and you have released many albums. How many are there?
About 440 releases including FAX +49-69/450464, Yesterday + Tomorrow, Rather Interesting not counting the reissues on my “world” label (57 reissues)
And how come there is so many of them?
Because I love creating and releasing music…
Can you describe us your working place, where do you create your music, and with out what you can not work?
My working space is on the highest floor of my house on the top of a hill … on the left I have a view into the forest.. on the right over fields and hills to the horizon. In front of me are my computer screens and I am surrounded by my mixer and a lot of sound sources including all my favourite Synths and Guitars