The virtues of dance music are either setting the pace or, in most cases, at least keeping up with the ever-changing flavours of the season. Lars Bartkuhn has a different ambition. He’s aiming for longevity, combining influences like classic deep house, soul, funk or Brazilian music with modern jazz elements. Together with his brother Marek and Yannick Elverfeld he set up Needs Music in 1999, a production threesome and label based in Frankfurt that rose to international fame among music lovers and dancers with songs like “Worlds”. For his solo projects, Bartkuhn also uses the names Laurentius and Passion Dance Orchestra, to spell out his deep love of fusion music. In this lecture at the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy, he talks about some of his most-loved records and how they’ve influenced his unique approach to production.

01:14 – Needs Music
03:32 – House
11:31 – Wood, Brass & Steel
16:17 – Asso
27:03 – Fusion influences
43:15 – Jaco Pastorius

00:38 – Laurentius – “Over the Sea”
11:29 – Wood, Brass & Steel – “Funkanova”
16:15 – Asso – “Don’t Stop”
18:32 – Lars Bartkuhn – “Windy City”
28:26 – George Duke – “Brazilian Love Affair”
43:07 – Jaco Pastorius – “John and Mary”
50:13 – Lühning – “All Over”

The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We celebrate music, its culture, and the transformative minds behind it. Begun in 1998, the Academy has taken the core principles that underlie its annual workshop for selected participants and applied this curatorial approach to events, lectures, and city-wide festivals throughout the year.

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