Steve Teases father, Dick Tease worked as an electronic device creator concentrating on artificial intelligence. Dick Tease exposed his fascination of creating love through machines to his son. Steve Tease started tapping on the piano at the age of 4, studying classical music from the age of 5 to 17. Being drunk for the first time in the local basement club he heard the graceful electronics of Fjompenizer. He changed his mind forever, he knew now what he wanted; making the electronic music himself. Then he ran off, the police even went looking for him. He managed to escape from the strict university and getting out to nowhere and started hitting the clubs. He realized the greatness of electronics dancing for 34 hours straight at a b0ka-mind party. In 2006 he got signed on b0karecordings. His affection for fine tunes has given him a life of happiness streaming along on the path of our musical generation, moving subcultures to new heights and climbing the biggest soundscape in your eardrums. And he sure knows how to start a party.
Steve Tease, what has been the best part of your journey to experience?
Well, it’s difficult for me to pick out one experience out of so many fantastic moments that I had through my lifetime. But one of the most important things for me was getting into the b0ka mind frequencies, and getting into that made me discover my own flow of creation. I like to fold my musical flow, and bend it into every corner of where it takes me.
What artists do you find most interesting these days?
Good question. I love the way the way modern day composers make me feel confused. As Edit once said: “Electronic musicians are modern day composers.” Those words really stuck in my mind.
Steve Tease, you currently live in Berlin but seem to spend a lot more time in Bergen. Has Norway got something Germany doesn’t?
Just kidding. Anyhow, there is a large concentration of b0ka-minded people living in Bergen, including the people responsible for the website, so Bergen just became a natural point of connection for all b0kaists. As time goes by, however, the b0ka core might transcend the borders of Norway and spread globally. b0ka already has artists from all over the world, so I don’t see Bergen as a permanent focal point. I’m sure the situation will change sometime in the future. Bergen and Berlin, to me, are polar opposites, which gives me the perfect opportunity to be some place different according to my general state of mind. When the time is right, Bergen is a wonderful place to explore aspects of my inner b0ka mind that I would normally miss in Berlin.
Your father worked with artificial intelligence and other forms of cutting edge technology. Would you say this has affected you in any way?
Obviously, my initial interest in electronically based music stems from my father’s work. I still recall one incident which occurred around the time I was 5 years old. My father, as he often did, brought his work back home with him. He had brought some kind of device which was impossible for him to explain to my childish mind at the time, but he took me down to the basement and said something along the lines of “Son, this machine holds the key to the possibility of the Singularity.” This was way back in the early 90s, long before I knew anything about these concepts. Now I understand. I understand that music, in its essence, is the notion of imagination as the basis for any progress in any direction.
Can you mention any upcoming tracks and promos from b0ka Recordings? Anything you look forward to from the label?
Right now I’m working on some tracks with Jesse. Pretty excited about it. It’s been fun, but I have to admit it wasn’t easy working with him after his emotional breakdown. Jesse has a great talent and I’m very happy to be working with him. Incorporating his voice and his ideas into my own universe of sound is a delicate process. The synergy of our two different musical capacities is an elusive thing, yet extremely satisfying, when we meet.
Do you have any plans for the coming year?
First of all I will concentrate on finishing Jesse’s debut album. The last couple of weeks I’ve been working with my newest cave-water installation.
When trying to describe what people mean by “b0ka” they often come up with completely different, yet somehow, connected answers. What is your relationship with b0ka?
I can’t really explain it. The only way to explain it is some kind of profound love. The love for the essence of the interconnectedness of everything. Existence is, depending on how you see it, with or without meaning. Existence without meaning is not an existence worth experiencing. I prefer finding my own meaning, and the only one I have been able to find this far is b0ka.