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Indie has a problem. The problem might be that every new pop band that pops up on the scene uses the prefix „indie“ because their management wants to indicate that they’re absolutely unique and kids should buy their CDs. There are, however, still bands around that try and make their band popular without a record deal, with handmade music, self-designed publicity and like to control every step of their career themselves. Farbe Lila (no relation to the novel) is one of those Indie bands; formed by the brothers Kjell and Leif and their friend Freddy who have known each other since sandbox times and fourth member, Kjell, they picked “because of his looks and talent”.
All being of a virgin age between 18 and 22, they are still idealistic about their work, want to plan and create their own projects and not let a record label interfere with their ideas. The band has created a steady fan base in Northern Germany, especially in Hamburg, and they are diligently working their way through every possible social network to promote their unabashedly optimistic and positive German Indie Pop.
Hell, they even have their own YouTube-channel called “FarbeLilaTV”. These boys bring agility and vibrancy to the stage that is beyond comparison and makes people in their mid-twenties feel like grannies with rheumatoid arthritis. In May and June they will pay their favorite city in the northern hemisphere a visit and rock the small and intimate venues of Kaiserkeller and Logo. Let them put a smile on you face, because there is still hope, there is still joy in music and there is another band with matching haircuts.
Get to know the band with these songs:
- Unbesiegbar (Lila Welt)
- Licht an (Lila Welt)
- NeinNeinNein (Lila Welt)
- Erleben und behalten (Lila Welt)
tba* Interview: Farbe Lila
tba: How did you guys come to be musicians?
Farbe Lila: The two brothers were violently forced to play instruments in their early toddlerhood. However, so far they haven’t regretted this. Kjell plays the piano, Leif plays virtually anything, and Freddy plays the violin, guitar and bass guitar. Kiwi is learning to play the drums. Luckily, three of us were also born with angelic voices. By now only half of us are taking music lessons any more.
tba: Did your band name originate from the novel by Alice Walker?
tba: Why the heck do you guys all have the same hairstyle?
FL: Oooh, that’s because we never go to the hairdresser and all use the same shampoo. Ok, it’s really just a coincidence… except for Tiwi, he was chosen solely for his hair.
tba: Which bands impress you musically?
FL: That’s really different for each one of us, but I think we can all agree on Two Door Cinema Club and The Maccabees
tba: How do you want to proceed in the future? Are you aiming for a major record deal?
FL: We have come to realize that we are only ever completely happy when we plan and complete our projects ourselves. That’s why we are only working with a booking agency at the moment; the rest is completely handmade and –planned by the four of us.
FL: Well observed, competitions are definitely our thing. Must be because we tend to flirt with the female jury members and the elderly gentlemen seem to get nostalgic because our looks remind them of the Beatles. That’s always a plus, so we can’t really complain.
tba: Would you humour us with a little anecdote from one of your concerts?
FL: In retrospect, we really love that story about Freddy. We took part in a contest where we performed as the opening band. After that we had a few beers, only Freddy seemed to have had one over the eight. After 6 other bands, the award ceremony ensued but unfortunately Freddy was unable to attend, because he was absolutely convinced that he was the guardian of the last beer crate. He just stood in the door and kept on drinking. As luck would have it, we won and had o get back on stage to perform again. Somebody actually managed to separate Freddy from his beer crate, only did he jump off the stage after the second song, bass guitar in hand, and let the crowd carry him back outside so he could be reunited with his beer. That’s it, we had to cancel the rest of the gig. And we laughed at him.
tba: What does the process of songwriting look like with Farbe Lila?
FL: For the most part, Leif writes the texts and brings ideas into the process. However the whole song is always completed in our practice sessions. It takes us quite a long time until we have a new song, because we always knock something on the head and start anew until we really like what we have written. The lyrics reflect our personal experiences, dreams, friends, family and of course: girls. We believe in lyrics that don’t give away their meaning at first glance and that you have to engage in to get it completely. Of course that’s not true for all our texts.
tba: What does Hamburg mean to you?
FL: We love this city, and most of our gigs are here, because the scene is just so much bigger and more affectionate. In Kiel, were we come from, most organizers are narrow-minded and intolerant. By now, we even have more fans in Hamburg than anywhere else.
tba: do you have any tips for aspiring indie bands?
FL: My friends, you have arrived in just the right genre. Keep going, never give up and try to put out new stuff. Use all online networks to reach your fans, put videos, songs and photos online and reach more people this way. Make them get their asses in gear and go to your concerts.
tba: What makes Farbe Lila so unique?
FL: Our live performances. You have to see them to know what we are talking about.
tba: Thanks a bunch and all the best wishes for your future!