Named after an ancient Germanic myth featuring “raucous, jeering hunters from the netherworld“, Die Wilde Jagd (The Wild Hunt) first came together in 2006 as Der Räuber und der Prinz after studio owner Ralf Beck and former London club operator and DJ Sebastian Lee Philipp met in Düsseldorf at Salon des Amateurs, also known as Germany’s “post-kraut Haçienda“.
Taking inspiration from krautrock legends NEU! and Kraftwerk, as well as 80’s groups such as Liaisons Dangereuses, Die Krupps, D.A.F., Propganda and Pyrolator, they released their self-titled debut album in 2015. Continuing to hone their own brand of neo-krautrock “hunting music“, the duo’s most recent release came earlier this year with a three-track EP titled ‘Geisterfahrer’ via the Hamburg-based label Bureau B. In the sixth of our series of interviews with the Liverpool Psych Fest congregation, we spoke to Sebastian Lee Philipp of Die Wilde Jagd about their upcoming appearance at the festival.
How would you describe your music?
I wouldn’t… I leave that to others.
Who or what have been the biggest influences on your sound?
My studio partner Ralf Beck and his studio ‘Uhrwald Orange’ near Düsseldorf.
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What made you want to play at Liverpool Psych Fest and will this be your first time?
We were very happy to be invited! Yes, first time.
How well do you know Liverpool and what’s your favourite thing about the city?
I’ve been a few times but don’t know the city that well. My favourite thing about Liverpool in musical terms is an obvious choice… one of the greatest bands of all time: A Flock of Seagulls.
Indoor festivals have been growing in popularity in recent years, have you played at many of them and how do they compare to outdoor events?
We’ve played a few indoor ones, like the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig last year. Performing outdoors is a very different experience, especially when playing in daylight. But I like both.
What’s your favourite festival memory?
Watching Stevie Wonder at Bestival on the Isle of Wight a few years ago.
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Have you ever dabbled in psychedelics? If so, how would you describe your experience?
A few times… Some very nice experiences but I wasn’t too keen on the melting faces phases and being attacked by flying eyeballs.
Apart from yourselves, who would you recommend people see at Liverpool Psych Fest?
Fellow Berliners and friends The KVB. Personally, I’m also looking forward to seeing The Bug with Dylan Carlson. I’m a big Earth fan.
Why should festival goers take time out to come and see you play? What can they expect from your live set?
I have a beautiful blue guitar and I play with a great drummer called Ran.
The sixth edition of Liverpool Psych Fest will take place at Camp & Furnace on 22nd and 23rd of September. Check out our review of last year’s festival here. For more details about this year’s event head over to www.LiverpoolPsychFest.com. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.