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Into the Wild

Trentemøller charts new territory with his surf-rock techno.

by Joshua P. Ferguson

Originally published in Time Out Chicago magazine | 04.20.11


When you hear “Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!” for the first time, you might mistake it for a song straight out of an Annette Funicello beach party—if the plot involved a haunting. Hands clap in double time, a theremin belts out its eerie howl, and distorted guitars rage in that telltale surf-rock tremolo. It inspires more hand jiving than it does hands in the air—not exactly the deep techno that’s carried Anders Trentemøller to fame.

While the 38-year-old Danish producer has come a long way from the dance music that made his name, he hasn’t shed those four-on-the-floor trappings entirely. Before releasing “Silver Surfer” as a single late last year, Trentemøller remixed it as a frantic piece of funky techno with keyboard caterwauls, syncopated drums and electronic bass picking up the tremolo pacing where the surf guitar left off.


This is the natural progression for a lifelong musician who found dance music at 24, only to want to play instruments again a few years later. In 2010, he released his sophomore LP, Into the Great Wide Yonder—which meets at the crossroads of techno, chill out and rock—and now, after eight years as a solo artist (producer and DJ), he’s on the road with a seven-piece band. His tour has taken him to South by Southwest and Coachella before coming to Chicago this past April.


“Sometimes it can be hard for people to put my music in a box,” Trentemøller says on his cell from Miami, where he’s unloading the tour van for Ultra fest. “In the beginning we were always placed at techno festivals, like Ultra, but in the last two years we’ve played a lot more rock festivals. Our music actually fits much better there.” This evolution has left a few members of his fan base scratching their heads.


“It was something I was struggling with in the beginning,” he explains. “Everybody wanted pumping techno when I was first coming out with the band, and then suddenly we would play this cinematic, melancholic and noisy guitar stuff. People were like, ‘What’s happening here? I thought we were at a rave.’ But now that has changed.”


Deejaying is a recent development in his career: “I’ve only been doing it for the past three years,” he says. “It’s much more something I do as a hobby.” With steady five o’clock shadow and an asymmetrical emo haircut, his style clearly says rocker, not DJ.

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