Vor ihrem Konzert in Köln nahm sich die Band etwas Zeit und so beantwortete uns Sänger Simon Balthazar von Fanfarlo einige Fragen zur Entstehungsweise und Einflüssen des Albums „Rooms Filled With Lights“, aber auch andere Fakten konnten wir ihm entlocken. Lest selbst warum ihn momentan das Weltall so fasziniert.
When you released „Reservoir“ on your own, before you had a label, you sold the album for 1$ only, which brought you a lot of press. Do you think this might be the main reason for your success from the release on?
Would you do it again?
The same thing? No.
Because we’ve already done it.
When you released the record you were all having day jobs. Can you make a living out of music by now?
Yeah yeah, no more dayjobs.
Since you released “Reservoir” you toured a lot. What was the most amazing, strangest, best thing that happened on tour?
God, I mean we toured for three years, there were so many things that happened that were interesting in different ways. One gig that I remembered, because it was our first tour outside of England, it was our first tour in Italy, like 2007 or something, actually that was before we even released that record, was, that we were playing that tiny village in the mountains and so many things were strange about that night. One of them was that the mayor of the village got up on stage and interrupted the show, got all like teary and sentimental. He was very, very drunk. This fat man who like made a speech kind of half in Italian, half in English. Afterwards it was like an Indie-disco and he got his shirt off and danced to The Strokes. I’m not sure if this was the best thing that ever happened on tour. It set the tone.
In 2009 you told Motor.fm that one wish for 2010 would be to have more time for practising. How much do you practice? Are you perfectionist, when it comes to performing your songs live?
Yeah I mean we’re perfectionists to a degree, we’re definitely perfectionists when it comes to recording, because that’s kind of a very anal activity, like the craft of it and getting into detail is totally part of the fun of recording. But then, like, to also leave that certain amount of room for happy accidents to happen and you know to a degree the same thing happens live, but I think being on stage in front of people is so much more about the energy and about getting carried away and so it’s definitely less about perfectionism.
You released “Rooms Filled With Lights” a few weeks ago. Your sound is a bit more electronic now. Did you try a different approach to songwriting this time?
I wouldn’t call it an electronic record, we’re definitely using a slightly different instrumentation, but it was certainly a different approach because we were working with a different producer. A lot of the different sounds just came from spending time in between the records and just playing or picking up different instruments, so it’s a feel that songwise it’s very much a continuation of the first record but you always want to try something new so we picked up different instruments. And I guess some of the instruments we’re using in a slightly different way, it’s a lot less grand and it’s a lot more, I think, it’s sort of sterner and more cyclical and slightly darker.
What are the influences on “Rooms Filled With Lights”/what bands influenced you writing the album?
Well, I think you’d probably get a different answer from anyone of us, but for me it was like I was trying to tap in to this kind of era of great records from the late seventies/early eighties. A lot of really great studio records were done then and it seems to me that it was just a real happy age of experimentation, so I guess that’s what we were aiming for and that’s also where some of the simple electronics came in. We like to use old synths, but not necessarily get to fancy with it if that makes sense. All the electronic stuff we did was really hands-on and we used a lot of keyboards that were half-working and old organs and stuff like that.
How different was recording this album compared to the debut?
The whole process was really different because it was much quicker. We got off tour, sat down and wrote it and then we went to the studio. So it was more concentrated and that was really great.
So better than the first.
Yeah yeah for sure. It was also just a matter of that we actually knew what we wanted a little bit more this time.
You keep a blog, where you write about the band and your experiences. Do you think it is important to keep in touch with your fans this way?
Yeah, that’s really important. We don’t necessarily always blog so much, I think it’s between things like Twitter and Facebook and just writing. But I think the reason why everybody loves going on Twitter and Facebook is that it’s like a real instant. When we’re on tour it’s really great to just put a photo up of what we’re doing and then it’s just straight away, you get like twenty people chirping in, saying something funny or something stupid about it or something really nice and heartwarming. It’s really nice to have a connection when you’re out.
But it’s somehow more personal than Twitter as well.
All those things, all those little things you do online they add up and just make you feel like you’ve got friends around the world. It’s so much more anonymus.
Your advice for Nicorola readers was to read more books. What’s your favourite book?
I’m reading a lot about space at the moment. Justin is more like a proper science fiction fan than I am. But we’re all really interested in kind of things that are on the periphery of experience, so space is definitely one of them.
What advice would you give our readers?
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