Satin Jackets is the project of German music producer Tim Bernhardt. Worldwide successes like “You Make Me Feel Good,” collaborations with in-demand vocalists, as well as top-ranked remixing work for the likes of genre-defining acts such as Goldroom and Blank&Jones, have turned the project into a very recognizable brand name for lush Indie Dance and Nu Disco tunes. His debut album titled “Panorama Pacifico” has been out since April 2016 on the acclaimed Eskimo imprint. The Belgian label has been a purveyor of disco, house, and everything in between for over fifteen years. Satin Jackets spent the last year between the studio recording and taking several live shows across the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia thereby opening his fluid pop-appeal and accessible four-to-the-floor groove up to the world at large. Scaling the heights of the Hype machine from his first release to the latest, and clocking up way over ten million plays on Spotify, Satin Jackets’ original brand of diva funk and smooth disco has whetted the tastebuds of the likes of Majestic Casual, Clash Magazine, and i-D mag who said the duo’s “super sexy, infectious house music is filled with the vibe of summertime.” His ongoing work with Eskimo Recordings will ensure that Satin Jackets continues playing a vital role with crowds favoring momentum between 105 and 115 beats per minute.
Hi Satin Jackets its great to finally pin you down for an interview between your massive amount of studio production and your upcoming Asian tour thats taking in 5 shows across 2 weeks which we cant wait for your stop in Bali.
What have you been up to in the studio after the release of your album which we just can’t stop listening to?
First of all, I have been enjoying the summer. Shortly after the album release, I wrapped up a follow-up single with Panama. It will be released in October.
Any plans for some more collaborations that we can keep an ear out for?
I’m currently in talks with Turbotito from Poolside about doing a track together. Other than that, my door is always open.
Your album ‘Solar Nights’ how long did it take to complete exactly?
After the album is before the album. So it all basically started right after Panorama Pacifico. In order to wrap it all up, I closed the studio door behind me around Autumn 2018 and didn’t really leave much until early 2019.
Why did you choose Solar Nights as the album title? What is the concept behind that track?
In recent years the world’s become smaller, a more inter-connected place. It can be dark and cold here, with snow all around, and the next day I can be playing to people on a beach. Somewhere on the planet it’s always daytime or summer, but beyond that day and night just blend into each other these days. We have daytime discos so you can go and party while the sun is still high in the sky, and you can go and hit the gym at night. Be it day or night, Satin Jackets is your soundtrack.
Out of all the releases on the album which one took the longest to complete and why was that?
I think it was “Automatic”. That’s probably because it had a lot of revisions and bouncing ideas back and forth with Panama until we were both confident enough that we had a perfect result.
How do you best describe your style of music and how has it changed since your first release and the next track about to drop?
Naturally, my production techniques have improved over the years. I hope I can say I kept staying true to the style that makes SJ special and distinguished.
What about your studio set up. How has that changed from the early day til what you are writing with nowadays?
Nothing substantial has changed. It’s still an iMac at the center and two Mackie Control units in front of it. However, there were a few additions in terms of outboard filters and dynamic processors from the likes of SPL and Elysia. I like to try a few new synths and gadgets along the way but what I don’t use everyday gets sold eventually. NI’s Maschine is something I kept and learned to appreciate.
There’s a remix package that’s just hit all the usual online portals of Solar Nights now. What was the surprise package of the project for you? Which artist fully turned one of the tracks around and you just didn’t see it coming but really love the work they did on the remix?
For me that was Knight One’s remix of “Just Like You” which also got featured on Majestic. It sets a really nice mood.
A million listeners on spotify am I reading that correctly? Tell us more about spotify for people that don’t really understand how it all works. How do you get your music across the portal, how do you market to your audience and how do you discover your statistics?
Yes, a million listeners and many more monthly streams. Not sure Spotify needs explaining to anyone who likes to listen to Satin Jackets because that’s where most people listen these days. Together with Apple Music, Spotify is the world’s biggest music streaming platform. Both offer artist logins to gain some insight about statistics like where listeners come from. The rest is handled by the label.
We love your artwork and designs, its always so easy on the eye and just oozes good times. Who does it all ? The same deisgner? How much input do you and your team have into all and how do you relay the message to your designer what you want to have as a finished product?
It’s Jason Wood from Australia. He’s a brilliant designer and he has been working on all Eskimo artworks for a number of years now. In the meantime, we don’t have big discussions about design anymore. He just knows and most of the time it’s spot on.
How about the album cover? what was the idea behind that? Something to align with Solar Nights?
Yes, and it was designed by Jason as well. A perfect match and result.
IF Satin Jackets wasnt producing music and in the studio full time as a career flash back 15 years and what do you think you would of ended up doing?
Hard to say. Possibly being stuck in some job within the Internet business.