Interview with denmantau

Interview with denmantau (07/11/2014)

Shadow Fighter: Moin denmänners! It’s like always nice to see you – and even better, that we have found some time to chat. Your fan base grows every day, but there are still people out there who have not seen you on the road and where your name therefore says nothing. Imagine it for these people very shortly before.

denmantau-band 2denmantau: Hello, we are “denmantau”, the five-member sympathetic Best Friends band from Hamburg land – Singer Paul, the two guitarists Julian and Jonas, drummer Milan and bassist Stefan, who now takes over the answers to the questions. And we do Trumpet / Rock!

Shadow Fighter: Last year you celebrated its tenth anniversary, but in the current constellation you do not quite long music together. When and how did you find each other? And how did you actually come to the band name?

denmantau: Yes, we actually started the classical way as a school band Hamburg suburb. We met us in the “Rock Band” project of our school where we first classic gecovert songs. Reenact songs under supervision once a week, has us but then not quite fast enough, which is why we moved a small rehearsal room in our local youth center and from there almost every day had made music. At that time with our drummer Steffen Lehmker.
After that everything happened very quickly. The first live experiences could we then also make band evenings at the youth center and at regional band contests. If this band contests we then also met Milan, who had also participated with his band. We quickly made friends with the guys and his band played a lot of jam sessions and gigs with them. That’s why Milan was also equal to the first choice after the departure of Steffen. So since the end of 2009, we are in our current constellation to be found.
In this time we have our band name then changed into “denmantau”. “Denmantau” was for us an invitation to ourselves. We wanted to make the step from a school band into a professional rock band and conquer the world. Well for one guy! “Denmantau” but can also be an invitation to everyone to understand to make the most of a self and pursue his dreams!

Shadow Fighter: Your musical journeys have you already brought halfway around the world – Australia, New Zealand, America and of course Europe. Earlier this year, it should actually go for a few weeks to Israel to escape the German winter. Which countries will you absolutely not visit and where you liked best so far?

denmantau: Basically we want to go anywhere. We constantly have wanderlust and love to travel.Mostly we decide quite spontaneously, where it goes next. Something like a longer-term travel plan there was never really … We’re too spontaneous. Where we are now actually going to pull for a long time in the United States. There is but for us to discover even more than enough. After that? Who knows … in Asia, we have never …
You can not really say which country we liked best. Each destination had its own charm and its own difficulties. One meets every time people a hard make it to pull back further and to learn something new, and you miss every time people, if you go elsewhere. But we’ll meet fortunately always several times in life and you can look forward to many welcome and farewell parties.

Shadow Fighter: For several months, you say again and again that you want to emigrate to Los Angeles. Why just America, why exactly this city and no other? What you like most about being “City of Angels” and how practical your plans are now?

denmantau: Many of our musical influences come from the USA and Great Britain. It had us always intrigued to make a pilgrimage a little on the paths of our models, and as the weather in California happens to be better for our street music, the decision was pretty easy … Actually we had also only decided after we first had time for three months in the States. We first wanted to actually play only a small road trip and return back to Germany, but things have developed there otherwise.

buskers-philosophyShadow Fighter: In December, after two EPs now your first real album “Busker’s Philosophy” appeared. Told it out a bit over the plate and their development process – which is the philosophy of Buskers what the listener can expect and why must go necessarily in possession of music lovers this EP?

denmantau: “Busker’s Philosophy” is to be our summary of crazy past four years, in which the street music came into our lives, and this has put upside down. By busking we have for the first time possible to occur anywhere and at almost any time prior to larger groups of people and introduce them to a piece denmantau.
And not just in Germany … We could us through busking traveling in many countries such as Italy, the United States and Australia enable. Anyone who has ever been on a journey, knows how varied and crazy what can be so. You can learn an incredible number of people, cities, cultures and can be “mashing” of everything at the end. As varied as the impressions themselves, the songs in the end have become, but just like the crazy last year they make then in the end sense and give a really nice picture.

Shadow fighter: As the two predecessors, this arose quasi traveling. What act your songs in general, where does her your inspiration and what song is you hold most dear? Is there a denmantau THE song or varies the disk to disk?

denmantau: The songs are God and the world of heartbreak, personal observations, travel experiences – in short of many things. There is no unifying theme, which we take up again. Besides Paul writes Jonas, our guitarist, lately many texts and also the rest of us are inspired them to write.Alone differ from our different perspectives, the issues and the nature of the texts. Everyone has their favorites among our songs, but the one “denmantau song” does not exist for us.

Shadow Fighter: If you look back and recap the past decade let that moments come you out immediately to mind? Did you see yourself ten years ago where you are today? What makes makes your musical and general development since the beginning of denmantau today most noticeable?

denmantau: 10 years ago we had when large Peppers fans, actually dreamed of emigrating to California and experience the Californication lifestyle. As far as ever as prophesied.
The last 10 years were of course full of wonderful moments and memories that all important and intense for us were to speak … From our first shots on the first joint road music experience on the scapula in Hamburg, to the first larger performances as part of the Local Heroes contest.

Shadow Fighter: How does the songwriting designed with a five-piece band? Who is responsible for denmantau in this regard? Have you in developing all equal say or be their own “baby” defend to the death? And like a song produced normally with you: Only the text or only the melody or the two go hand in hand?

denmantau: Actually there is no real concept. In most cases, a song idea arises during Jammens among themselves or someone tinkering at home a great part. From there we will drive through teamwork. Either we sit all together towards or we share in small groups on. The lyrics are often added later, but there are exceptions, such as “Heroes” , in which stand out the idea behind the text before the chords found it. Everyone has a say and everyone gives their “baby” confidently into the hands of the other guys.

denmantau-concertShadow Fighter: For track “Crystal Clear”to find, on your second EP “Street Pulse”, you also have an official video shot, which is generally quite bleak. Which statement does the song and how far could this be implemented in the video? What it was an experience to shoot a music video, and then to see the finished product? Standing at more plans in this direction?

denmantau: The video shoot with Vincent pivot was an absolutely cool experience. The complete script and the ideas about the individual shots are all of Vincent. It was interesting to see how someone apart sets creative with our factory in order to film the whole thing. Vince is deliberately not literally dealt with the text, but rather has the feel and dynamics of the songs represented pictorially. We filmed in the Wilhelmsburger Soul Kitchen, which has us once asked a weekend available their premises.
Our second video for our new song “Little Darling” is now finished filming and has also been devised and planned by Vince. Most of the material is turned off and has to be done now cut … Then we must, unfortunately, probably wait a little, since the Vince is a hard busy and much sought-after man.

Shadow fighter: As buskers her regularly attracts in downtown Hamburg numerous people and bring them not only with their own songs, but also with completely custom cover versions for toe-tapping and sing along. What this cover song you would like to have written yourself? And there is an artist or a band with whom ye – could imagine cooperation – seen quite utopian?

denmantau: We were definitely prophesied often that the song “Drive” by Incubus will probably be our biggest hit. Apparently stands of our band quite well.
Well, maybe would – seen quite realistic – a collaboration with a Bläserchor not wrong … 🙂 The Youngblood Brass Band might as well come into consideration.

Shadow Fighter: The Trumpet your music is something special, you have virtually a new music genre invented – the so-called “trumpet rock”. But who actually are your musical idols? With whom can you compare your music? And the love of music has always been there?

denmantau: There are a lot of different musical influences that have made us what we are now. The strongest to denominates would but clearly the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age and Led Zeppelin. In addition, we hear countless other bands and genres. From jazz and classical to quirky techno electro sounds there’s hardly anything that does not flow somehow in our music. Only Ska we may not all. Although we probably many people would push through the trumpet a little in this genre.
Milan and Paul are the only ones who had ever learned an instrument before the teen years. The rest of us have all just begun with 11 to 13 years, to be interested for active music making.

Shadow Fighter: If you play one of your Straßengigs, quickly forms itself in cold, wet weather, a crowd of people around you. Since then people stay in all age groups are and can not keep silent feet.What makes your music so audiences fit and where would you describe your music file itself, if you had to squeeze you into standard genres – apart from the “trumpet rock”?

denmantau: The Trumpet attracts people and makes them hinlauschen interested. The guitars create beautiful wellness chord sequences including and the rhythm can then hips swinging. We have fun in the matter and I think you can see this also.
We make clear alternative Jazzy folk funk Stoner Rock-Pop!

denmantau-band 3Shadow Fighter: Despite the now quite widely known that you are down to earth and mixes you after performances like among the audience to drink with your fans still have a beer. Even your Facebook page looks after itself, so that intensive contact to the fans there. How important is this and how much value you also critical feedback to your gigs?

denmantau: The contact with the audience was for us has always been a very natural thing. Especially with our road sessions we meet our audience at eye level, and encourage people to ask us questions or just to chat with us.
The social networks themselves to serve is also a wonderful way to stay in touch with the people. If someone takes the trouble to write to us and give us feedback, we are pleased and take it seriously. Because we let us not assume, also respond to itself.
The distance between audience and band never was very high with us and this level we are trying as much as possible, keep. If the schedules are then a little tighter later on a tour, it is probably more difficult to run even longer through the audience and chat. But until then we remain a band to touch and hugging!

Shadow fighter: What kind of reactions you get from family and friends on your band project – especially in view of the plans to emigrate to America? Are there any negative feedback? Who strengthens you most back?

denmantau: Our parents have given up a few years ago to try to persuade us to a “reasonable” career, and are now finding class what we do. Our families support us wholeheartedly. We have already the borrow “one time or another” a car or bringing even the whole pack with visits to once again really sensible what to eat. No problem! And we are very grateful!
Our Circle we also have a big help. Whether is now helping out at the box office, is filmed or we once again the Busking equipment of our two friendly bands we kollektiv22 need to borrow and Karius & Baktus, everything is not a problem. Moreover, we also find in them getting a free coffee if you’re looking as now almost two-round homeless dormitory. Without all this help this whole project would “denmantau” not have been possible!

Shadow fighter: As a literary enthusiasts, I can not do without it, even one or the other question to ask for written language course – but I did just because your lyrics anyway find very suitable. What is your opinion about “music and literature”? Are you of the opinion that music is also a kind of literature in the form of poetry?

denmantau: Yeah! Texts are in itself nothing other than poetry. And the music that’s also a form of communication, supplemented and / or extended then the lyrics yet.

Shadow Fighter: Music itself can also act very inspiring. Have you ever creative feedback to get your music, perhaps even in the form of stories or poems, which were based on your lyrics?

denmantau: We once received a picture of a our younger fans in America, on the floats a shark in the ocean and says: “denmantau is sharktastic” We were very touched!

Shadow Fighter: Has besides the love for music “normal” literature ever place in your life? Which genre you can most likely get away from it and turn off the head? Are there favorite authors or ledgers that have shaped you previously were important and still are today?

denmantau: We all read a lot. As such, we give each other more frequently book tips and swap books. Genre Technically we read many different things. From the Fantasy range, for example, we are all together big fans of Patrick Rothfuss, who wrote the “regicide” -Chronik. A book about a boy who has traveled with his family as a traveling actor and musician group through the country and now want to be magicians. “Narcissus” and “Goldmund” and “Siddartha” by Hesse would also be named as my favorite books.


Short and sweet – five answers in (maximum) five words
Geilstes / main concert? – Were very many important concerts.
Most important band now? – First Buskingsession at the hill?!?
Craziest fan-action? – There are already two denmantau tattoos in this world!
THE band saying? – “. Oh nix”
denmantau in five years? – First band on the moon!

Shadow Fighter: At the end of course, comes the question, what’s coming in the near future so at denmantau. Are there bigger plans before heading across the pond? How soon you will disappear to America and there before once again the chance to see you live on a big stage?

denmantau: Since we now actually travel in the next four weeks in the United States, there is for us in Germany just no major projects more. With the completion of the music video and the gig with kollektiv22 in Uebel & Gefährlich we have initially completed everything we planned.
We will definitely still diligently take the good weather in Germany and play a lot on the road, are actively songwriting and we slowly goodbye to our loved ones.

Shadow fighter: I thank you very much for your time and the detailed answers on my curious questions. Enjoy your further journey through the world and hopefully very soon – either on the street or in front of the stage or at the merch booth at a big concert;)

denmantau: Thank you very much for the interview and see you soon! 😉

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Photos: © Kreutz manner (3.5) / Jakob Riedel (1) / denmantau (2.4)