Behind the piano: Piotr Wiese

Behind the piano: Piotr Wiese

Today it’s time to get to know the polish composer Piotr Wiese a bit better!

Where are you from and where do you live?
I am from Poland. I used to live in the capital city – Warsaw, yet now I moved to a “field studio” in the middle of nowhere. Literally in the middle of the forest in northern Poland, I have locked myself down in an old house where I start working on a new music project.

How long have you been playing the piano, and do you play other instruments as well?
For 22 years now. I wish I could play other instruments. For now, I am satisfied with the knowledge of how other musicianscan play different instruments. I have orchestrated music for a great symphony orchestra when composingmaterial for my debut album “Questioning Infinity”, I recorded every single instrument line on a midi keyboard using VST’s etc.Recently, I have done the same working on a musical ‘Pinocchio’.

Tell us about how you started playing music. 
Thanks to my parents. They thought it would be good to get me private piano lessons in a local school when I was 8.

How long have you been making piano music?
For more than half of my life.

Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
It was around my 14th birthday. At that time I inherited an old piano that my grandmother used to play. I have never met her though, as she passed away a long time before my birth. Anyway, the great and noble sound of the instrument enabled me to compose piano miniatures in a style similar toold masters such as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and beloved Chopin.  Later on, I developed my own, subtle piano style deeply connected with the modern way of piano playing with the use of felt between the strings and hammers. 

What are your favourite artists in this “piano genre”?
Daigo Hanada, Chad Lawson, Otto Totland.

Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano?
When I sit at the piano, I usually improvise something. Very often it’s in a minor or c minor – my favourite keys. Also, I have my favourite harmonic progressions (I,III,V,IV) (I, VI, IV, V) in different combinations and modes. 

What rules (in making music) needs to be broken?
The rule that there must be something broken.

How do you record your music?
Myself in my home-studio.

What’s your take on sampled instruments?
I hate the digital world, yet I love sampled instruments. If there would be a cataclysm and I would have to decide whether to save one or another,I would always go for an acoustic instrument. But after a year or so I would regret. 🙂 

Anything else you want to share? 
I want to say Hi to everyone who is reading this interview. 

The last question is asked by my 5 year old son:
Where do all your songs come from? 

Say ‘Hi’ to your boy! The best question. From the heart rather than from the mind, I guess.

Thank you very much for this Piotr!

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