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Kopf hoch

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Kopf hoch

When we met, I guess we only had one thing in common: We all were always looking for the most intensive way to make music. But in general it´s kind of the most common boring story. We were all part of the punk-movement und played instruments in our childhoods as well, so it seemed natural to make music on our own.

We made our first experiences in local bands and with tiny local concerts and entirely fell in love with the power that music has. But we felt that punk –  we did screamo and punk the most of our past – was limiting, was restricting our expressions and we explored  other kinds of music, we experimented with and actually do it as well. But our story shouldn´t matter, our music is what you should look at!
What song of yours is the one you like the most?
Kaleidoskop is the song we like most, but the song is best, when the album is listened to in a whole.

How do you write your music?
Actually we really don´t know how we write that stuff, how those songs happen. But in the beginning there is a thought we all share, a picture in mind like a city or ideas like that. We´re always discovering some tunes at home and let it collide in a jam while rehearsing. And we´re recording that stuff on a tiny mp3-recorder. Most of all the moments, when everyone just does, what is needed, you know, does what the music wants you to do, this is what we think is best. Later we pick that up and create a structure. So we´re paraphrasing that and arguing meanings and stories everyone of us has. We repeat that again and again und stop, when we feel everything is said.
What is music?
We think music can be a medium to transmit art, and unlike paintings, sculptures or performances of  fine arts it unfolds directly. You hear a song and you got a inner picture immediately. This is what separates music most from other ways to transmit information. Maybe that is the most important statement, as we became aware that words hide more information as they can provide, you may think of Paul Watzlawick, and that in conclusion music itself can state more than lyrics ever could. If what we suggest is right, pure instrumental music can have as many individual meanings as listeners. And this is THE revolutionary thought to us.
What influences do you have?
Of course we have to say now, that our lives and emotions are our most important influences. But that includes our environment as well and we´re connected to fine artists, sculpturers and scientists, we´re always open minded to their current contents. So we try to be as curious as children and make everything to our influence that is possible.

What´s the best experience you have had with your project?
That is, when we play live and the audience is quiet. You know the concert situation, everybody talks, because everybody wants to be entertained but only a bunch of people really get in touch with the music. And if this happens, spreading it to many people, we´re overwhelmed and feel connected.
What plans do you have this year?
We´re planning our new record, writing actually new stuff. And we want to be part of the world wide environmental pollution  by visiting as many venues as we can. 😉
Mention something you don´t like about your project.
On one hand it is, that we live in different cities and have to communicate and work in a virtual infrastructure. This is fuckin´ complicated and rough and absorbs a lot of energy. It creates so many misunderstandings, that we sometimes feel like our only connection are our personal opposites.

And on the other hand and more important is our decision to be DIY. We do everything on our own. recording, artworking (but sometimes we cooperate with other friendly artists), filming, photos, websites, selling and so on. Maybe that sounds great but it´s not. We´re totally unprofessional in all those things, even in playing our instruments. We try our best but in fact we remain always unsatisfied. Over time this is a permanent struggle.
Mention the biggest sacrifice you did for your project.
I remember that  in our first year as a band I was ill and have had a vertigo for three days. But we had to play a concert. We drove to the venue and I barely could walk, so I was just lying on a sofa backstage. The boys built up everything  on stage and I just had to get there and play. At that time we still have been using vocals and I had to scream, so I did, but after the concert I was exhausted and my vertigo was getting worse,  that I had to stay at a hospital.

What band, music project or solist from your city do you like?
There are quite a few but we want to promote TAGAMEA (http://www.tagamea.de) , our rehearsal room neighbours. Their music is so different to ours, but they do a really good job. They´re mixing pop, swing and folk in a very dramatic and creative way, using their instruments very well. It´s the kind of pop, that should be played on the radio stations everywhere, not that kind of Justin Bieber marketing dumb shit just to earn money.
If your project was a word, what would it be?
What´s your full name? Where were you when you answered the interview?
Robert Schwarz, at home Leipzig, Germany

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