The undisputed one man army. Martin Enke, the mastermind behind Llewellyn, Lake People and Amrint Keen, talks about his friendship with Riotvan’s head honcho Peter Invasion, his recently released “San Junipero” EP, field recordings and operating under 3 different aliases.

The Leipzig-based Martin Enke is a music making machine. As the man behind the Llewellyn, Lake People and Amrint Keen projects, he has carved out quite an impressive musical repertoire over the years with a bag of tricks exciting enough to turn an eye or two. After the release of his carefully arranged “San Junipero” EP on Riotvan, which sees him embark on a diverse ride through beautiful synth arrangements, uplifting chords and extended field recordings under his House and Disco bound Llewellyn moniker, we decided to run some questions past him.

Read up on your soon to be favorite Llewellyn project, as Martin shines some light on his friendship with Riotvan’s head honcho Peter Invasion, his recently released EP, field recordings and operating under 3 different aliases. And definitely check out his “San Junipero” EP as it easily carries dance floors to peak time euphoria.

Welcome Martin, good having you here! First off the usual icebreaker, how have you been and where do we find you today?

I’m very well, Thank you! I was enjoying the first few warm weeks in Berlin a lot, and now I get to enjoy even warmer weather for two weeks in India, where I play 3 shows again. 2 times as Lake People and one as Llewellyn, which I’m very happy about.

You’ve a beautiful 4-tracker coming out on Peter Invasion’s Riotvan imprint, titled “San Junipero”. What can we find on there?

I would describe Llewellyn nowadays as a mix of Disco, Electro and House. But I rather let others describe and decide for themselves.

It’s already your second EP outing on the Leipzig-based record label in less than a year. As you’re stationed in Leipzig yourself, I can imagine you and Markus go way back. Tell us a little about how you guys met and your Llewellyn project came to be such a prominent stable on Riotvan.

I actually moved to Berlin last year. But yes, we first met at 2011. He used to do the booking for me before I started to work with Magnet Musik. Over the years I already released 1 track and 2 remixes on Riotvan. But this new 2 EP collaboration brought us together again, naturally. The process of the first EP was a very nice experience so we decided to do another one as I already had more tracks ready. I love that Markus has his very own vision of a label, especially in a city where other styles were always more represented. Also, I very appreciated his support when I first let him listen to the EP last year. It gave me extra motivation to keep developing this new sound of mine.

Can you explain to us about how the EP came together? What was its first aspect and how did it evolve until its final form?

I really enjoy these type of sounds right now. All the tracks have very different moods and energy levels. I try to never sound too similar and want to always tell a new story with each track. Most of the tracks came right after each other or even at the same time, naturally evolving.

For the closing track “In The Realms Of Fancy”, the press release states “a beatless affair rich on field recordings and filtered synths”. Any particular places you find yourself hunting for those recordings and find yourself inspired by on a day to day base?

I have a little self made sample pack of field recordings which I did with my smartphone while traveling around the world. I can’t really tell where the inspiration to record those sounds came from, but all have turned out to be rare moments that I now have stored. This also applies for the actual producing.

I feel like places don’t have that huge an impact on me, It’s more day and night time that affects me the most. During the night I often tend to get more dramatic. “In the Realms of Fancy” was definitely a track which happened through a long night. I can hear it. “The Light Above You” definitely day time. Regards San Junipero and Remote Scope, I guess the drums developed in their final forms during the day, and the synths and general mood during the night. Interestingly I never thought about it like that.

Other music also naturally inspires me, although it’s often just details that stick with me and influence my productions in some way. So it’s actually hard to name something specific. The EP title track “San Junipero” though is influenced by a single track called “Mirage” by New World, which was actually also released on Riotvan a couple of years ago. I only noticed it a little while later and it was quite surprising for me. Thank you Markus Gebauer again for the huge inspiration. Unfortunately, he didn’t produce more than one EP as New World. But he has a new project called “Interviews”, which is great, as well. I highly recommend you check it out.

Between your Lake People, Llewellyn and Amrint Keen aliases, you’re generating quite an impressive amount of music, next to housing an extensive touring schedule. How do you give yourself a break?

Doing music is very relaxing for me. These are my breaks from all the other things around me, so to speak. Besides that I often connect, especially intercontinental gigs, with holidays. Which has, luckily for me, happened multiple times a year so far. I always try to make the best out of every new place I visit and therefore I’m very grateful for this opportunity that comes along with this kind of job. Besides that, I really enjoy living close to Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin, an old airport, which turned into a huge free green space for getting out of the city buzz. Here I often do sports and chill in the sun with friends.

With the Llewellyn moniker dating back to 2011, and your Amrint Keen alias fresh out of the box following an EP on Uncanny Valley, tell us a little about the thought process behind developing these projects.

Llewellyn started as a channel for me to release my productions that were more on a House and now Disco House vibe. After the first EP on Riotvan it clicked a lot and I feel like there is a lot more to come here. Amrint Keen is again a new channel for me to release my Techno / Techno-Electro productions. More to come here too. I feel very free this way, I don’t have to hold back and think about how and if a track could fit under the Lake People name. Looking back I should have done it even earlier, although I’m also very happy with the way my path developed with Lake People from the start.

The three different projects you’re currently circulating between are definitely a sign of someone with a lot of creativity within him. Tell us a little about that composition of different influences for every project and their origin.

I always loved to produce slightly different music and try things out. So far the sound I produced as Lake People was just very dominant. Now other directions challenge me, so I give them the attention they need.

Although dating back to 2011, it’s only recently you’ve picked up the pace for the Llewellyn project with a string of amazing EPs and remixes. Tell us a little about that development.

As I said earlier, it started as a side channel for the style and tracks which didn’t fit to Lake People and developed over the years to a full stand alone project.

What does a Llewellyn live performance look like?

Kinda the same procedure as with Lake People. I break down my final tracks and ongoing productions into loops and create live compositions with them. It often happens, that I change my actual compositions after I’ve played them live, because I noticed how it could work better. I feel like I can bring more actual live moments this way, rather than concentrating on one particular element too much and losing the focus of others. That’s why the idea of playing an actual synth on stage never appealed to me so much. It has to be some sort of a solo-jam where nothing else hardly happens, so playing a synth could fit in nicely, but this is actually never the case.

What’s on the horizon for Llewellyn?

I’m finishing the next package of tracks right now and also looking forward to play more gigs as Llewellyn, it’s a lot of fun and a nice change to Lake People.

San Junipero was released May 4th. Grab your copy via Bandcamp and Muting The Noise.