But how did you manage to go through musical studies and still not be precious about things?
I think it is insane to think that every single thing you're going to write is going to be good. Of course not!
Or think you're Mozart...
I know that a lot of stuff that I write is terrible; is really bad. (both laugh
). But then I realize I just can't hang on to stuff like that and I think that's the downfall of many bands, when someone goes like ''but that's my part!''. Who gives a shit? It's rubbish... you have to be really selective, filter out the rubbish and keep the good stuff.
So it's simple...
Mhm, it couldn't be simpler!
I was also curious whether you are going to release this project. Would you release it as a live project or as a studio recording?
We haven't listened to the recording, but I kind of like the idea that it stays a live project. So if we are going to release it, I have a feeling it should be a live recording, maybe a little bit of editing, fix little things that sound bad. I don't want to go for three months in the studio. We have to listen to the recording first so we can decide whether it's going to be a good record or not...
Are you going to play it some other time or was it exclusive?
Not tour, just selected shows. We are going to play a few shows in Europe and Australia. We are just going to wait for some requests. But maybe nobody wants us, we’ll see. (laugh
How did you find the audience at Atonal, did it surprise you?
I was excited, because we planned to do it almost like a continuous DJ set, with no breaks between tracks, there was just before the last song a slight stop and people started going wild. The start was pretty ambient and people don’t go too crazy and then as soon as this song where the straight drum hops in, ppl are dancing.
We always say that’s the stadium track.
I wonder what names did the tracks have...
You don't want to know...
If we ever do a record we have to change the names, so it won't be embarrassing. I mean we have a song called 'Mosquito'
. We had some mosquitos in the studio.
And you actually recorded that...
No, no - one of them landed on his head one day and it was like 'that's the Mosquito song!'
But at some point we’ll find a proper serious name.
Still good to know one of the working titles already, thinking how the titles from Mogwai are very elaborate.
I quite like that. Sometimes we get asked about the meaning of the title, if it’s this what we were trying to do - for us it’s the same, the title was there so we could remember what the song is in the set-list. It could be anything.
It's not like we actually try to say a story, that's too pretentious. I mean, if there were some lyrics, it would have worked, but for instrumental music it's a bit pointless.
Pretty done with the questions, is there something else you would like to add?
I’d like to make this noise, you can sample: playing a rhythm on the table / samples lighter noise
*photos courtesy of Berlin Atonal
// credits to Camille Blake
**read also our report on Berlin Atonal HERE