7fields is a Berlin-based electronic-folk artist. Behind his sound is a man possessing the unique nerd gene and who is driven by his urge of musical discovery. Rather than someone who is new to the business, Wolfgang Schrodl is a seasoned musician and composer who looks back on a successful past. He was head of the synthie-pop band Liquido, known for the world-wide and platinum hit Narcotic. After the end of Liquido, Schrodl embarked on a different path that lead him back home to himself. The name 7fields represents this journey, indirectly translated from Sieben Morgen, the district of his childhood.
7fields is Schrodls first solo project. When asked about the timing and direction of this new project, he explains: After years of working in bands, it was about time to focus on my own ideas that reflect where I'm standing now in my life.
Accompanying Schrodls vocals, one might suspect that an entire band is supporting him. In reality, he plays virtually all the instruments himself a musical group consisting of alter egos. I compose and pre-produce at home, trying out a lot at my own pace, mostly in the dead of night, says Schrodl. After he initially creates his compositions, he then collaborates with the producer Giovanni Nicoletta (whose work includes that of Apparat, Dieter Meier and Miss Kenichi) at the Chez Chrie Studio Berlin. This creative space has been utilized by many respected contemporaries such as Jos Gonzles, The Beatsteaks, T.Raumschmiere and Tocotronic. It is here that the studios local resident and producer Nackt (Apparat, Warren Suicide, Dieter Meier) has also brought his own creative touches and expertise to 7fields recordings.
7fields first video release is Good to See You, its an indie-folk piece, starting intimate and vulnerable, just to merge into an hypnotic and monotone elegy. A song that opposes standard composition, developing atmosphere rather than representing familiar pop structure.
Music that means something to me does not follow trends. It tells stories and articulates aspirations. Often concerning things in the past, sometimes longings about what is to come. And the sound must condense and translate those thoughts into something tangible, Schrdl says about his approach, as Good To See You illustrates. The intense black and white video for the single was shot by the young, emerging Berlin artist named I am Johannes, who created a close-distance collage featuring Berlins local ballet dancer Lia Kemendi and Schrodl himself.