Austrian Filter House: "Who Are Ze Swedish House Mafia?"
EXCLUSIVE! We talk to the Tyrolean folk phenomenon...
Was ist das ‘pumpen pumpen’ sound? It’s Austria’s hottest export: Austrian Filter House and, in one of our funniest interviews to date, MTV News has caught up with the men behind the musical phenomenon at Snowbombing Festival 2013.
Separately known as Arnold Schnitzelfinger and Hurtzel Zebeats, the duo have gained support from the likes of Annie Mac and Mike Skinner so we find out what their sound is all about, their pet goats and whether they think they could be the new Swedish House Mafia…
How would you describe the Austrian Filter House sound?
H: Ze sound is original Austrian music zat we filter and put ze phat beats unterneath it
A: To make ze pumpen pumpen
H: It's as simple as zat.
It seems to be gaining a lot of love around the world are you surprised by the reaction?
H: No! Why would ve be surpised? Ve started zis sh*t!
A: Ve make zis and ve know ze minute ve make it it's going to be a vorldvide success. No one in ze vorld vould not like our music.
H: We make ze hits.
A: Ve make hits for days and vhy, VHY, vould we be surprised? Zat’s just stupid.
If you could sum up Austrian Filter House in three words what would they be?
A: AUSTRIAN FILTER HOUSE!
A: Don’t…it’s not funny.
H: Oh Arnold you make me laugh so much.
A: No but if you could sum up Austrian Filter House in three vords I vould say “pumpen, pumpen….pumpen”.
What are we likely to expect from an Austrian Filter House set?
A: Much pumpen. In a set of our music ve have, vell ve vill be playing obviously ze big hit which everybody knows which is Auf Babent, vhich was our song and it was stolen by someone
H: Julio…Julio Bashme?
A: Julio Bashme. Somebody took zis music, made another record but it is our music and you can see, everyone can see it is ours.
Describe the feeling you get when you turn that filter on.
H: It’s better zan ze sex.
A: Zer is no other feeling in ze vorld vhere vhen you take ze high pass filter, put it on, you see ze crowd’s reaction…
H: Oh Arnold you’re making me sweat!
A: And if you just keep ze bass out for a little vhile and then put ze bass back in, ze pumpen pumpen come back in, crowd goes mental.
H: It’s crazy.
A: Theres nothing else on ze vorld.
We hear you’ve got a couple of goats, what can you tell us about them?
H: Popsie and Flopsie?
A: Popsie and Flopsie are goats vhich ve are supposed to be bringing on stage but today there’s something vith ze health and safety because ze last time ve did zis, ze goat ate through a cable and ze guy unfortunately died but ze goat did not know, ze goat did not murder ze man.
H: It was not Popsie’s fault.
A: No, not at all.
H: They tried to say it was Popsie’s fault but she didn’t know, she thought it was ze grass.
So the Swedish House Mafia are now officially off the map do you think Austrian Filter House will take over the world?
A: Who is zis? Svedish House Mafia?
H: Ve never heard...
A: Don’t know zis.
H: Zey sound like zey rip us off too...
A: Yes obviously, we’ve been doing zis for 15 years, we’ve been Austrian Filter House for 15 years, I’m sure these Johnny-come-lately…what zey called again?
A: I don’t like zem.
The Cuban Bros are Snowbombing veterans, do you think you can supplant them as the No.1 dance collective here?
A: Vell obviously for us, ve are in zie country, zis is our place…
H: Zis is our home town.
A: …and zey come over here and zey are great, they are from Cuba and obviously in Cuba zey are the kings but here in zis town I’m sorry but…
H: Zis is our turf.
A: Zis is our turf.
H: You don’t come to Mayrhofen and give it ze Johnny-big-balls.
Who do you think would win in a fight between Austrian Filter House and The Cuban Bros?
A: We are trained killers. Ve vould vin because ve have guns and zey don’t have guns because zey can’t have licence here.
Tell us your top 3 AFH tunes at the moment.
A: I think our top 3 for today is Auf Babent of course.
H: Auf Babent is ze big one.
A: Ze big hit and…
H: Hans Ze Butcher is ze other one.
A: Hanz Ze Butcher is secondry and...
H: 'Satisfaction' for dessert?
What’s on your rider?
A: On ze rider for today ve have fondue, which is a large cheese meal, but also always before ve go on we have ze Piggenschnitzel which is a large vild boar which ve hunt this morning and killed it and Hans Ze Butcher, our father, he vill make it for a special snack and it's very good satisfying meal.
Are you fans of Snowbombing headliners Kasabian?
H: Who is zis?
A: Kas…Kasa...? I don’t know who is zis...
H: We don’t know sorry.
A: Zey are not big here.
What’s the most extreme thing you’ve seen a DJ do?
H: Ve saw once zis DJ Pat Sharpe, ve saw him lick ze testicle of Popsie ze goat.
A: One of our goats yes.
H: He just go crazy, he start licking ze testicle.
A: But he couldn’t stop. Once he started.
H: He likes ze taste of zem or something.
A: It was amazing to see. Ze goat loved it as well.
H: Very happy.
A: It was a great time.
By Michael Pell @mtvuknews
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