Back in March, German band Lali Puna released their latest EP Being Water, out via Morr Music, as the follow-up of long awaited 2017’s full-length Two Windows. The four tracks are complemented by the airy tripiness of a remix by Dave DK (Kompakt, Pampa Records). On October 12th they will play a special show in Bari (Italy) for Time Zones Festival. The day after, on October 13th at 12 am, there will be a live talk at “La Feltrinelli” in Bari with the festival curator Gianluigi Trevisi, about their 20 years as a band and their way to think music.
We had a talk with singer Valerie Trebeljahr about the new works, experimentation, Munich and more. Check it below.
Let’s Start from your latets works. 2017’s “Two windows” was your first album in 7 years and “Being Water EP” was the follow-up, released this year via Morr Music. How these two works are connected and what about the inspiration of the latest EP?
On “Two Windows” the concept was clearly to do electronic, danceorientated popmusic. And on “Being Water” is was more or less the contrary 🙂 An EP gives you more freedom because the concept doesn’t need to stretch on 10 songs or more. I noticed that we lack some uptempo-songs when playing live and I really had fun to think in that Indierock-terms again. It’s not very cool, but is fun 🙂 The lyrics for “Being Water” are based on a videoartwork by the artist Hito Steyerl who reflects a Bruce Lee-quote.
The video of the title-track “Being Water” is so funny. How was born the idea of that clip?
Yes, it’s funny 🙂 I like the little dog, its name is Patty. I had the idea that dogs in cities are a very nice symbol for living in capitalism when walking behind a very old woman with an even older dog. The dog was very slow and she never looked back to him. I then talked to my friend Cora Piantoni and she found Patty and made the video, which is much more positive than I thought – which is good 🙂
For Pop-Kultur Berlin Festival, You were asked to do a workshop which you called “Just Do It”. Can you tell us more about this experience?
Yes, they asked a lot of the musicians playing the festival to give workshops for young artists. I thought it would be very boring and not very representative to talk about my experience, so I took scenes from interviews or documentarys about Patti Smith, Dr. Dre and Avicii. To show that being creative is a lot about naivity in a way. About trying. But it is important to have good idols, you should care about your influences 🙂
You are from Munich. I’m very interested to the connection between the places we live over the years, the territorial geography of our roots and the art. How do you feel these theme connected to your music, your way to think music?
Yes, I think it has a lot to do with my way of seing things. It’s quite strange to not have an exactly origin. I was born in Korea, grew up in Germany and Portugal. I lived in a onehorse-town and in a quite privileged, rich area. It was always different. I like that, you can find interesting music, food, inspiration everywhere.
You will play in Bari for Time Zones Festival, a festival focused on experimental and underground sounds. What is your relationship with experimentation and what is your way to explore new paths in music?
I like old synthesizers. Moog, Korg, I really like how they sound (and look :). But I decided against being an expert. I just use them. That’s why I like Delia Derbyshire that much. She definitly was a nerd, but she listened so much to the beauty of sound. I like field recordings, when I’m far away I often would like to record stuff – but most of the time someone is talking to me… So I think to get more experimental I would have to be more on my own – and become more nerdy.
What is the best thing of live shows you like more compared to studio recordings? What are your favorite places where you like to play (small places, big venue, etc.) ?
The good thing about live shows is that you can’t repeat it. It has to work in that moment with the audience. So this gives an concentration that you don’t have in the studio. There I repeat and repeat and everything takes a long time. I like to play big places when they are full of course 🙂 but I think one of the best concerts we played the last year was a very tiny place in Luxembourg called DeGuddeWellen.
Ritual question. What are the best releases you recently appreciated?
Robag Wruhme: Volta Copy
Jenny Hval: Ashes To Ashes