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Jaugust (July & August) 2016

Transcript of The Chop #6

  • music magazine & concert calendarnumber six

    jaugust 2016free

  • Feiern Leute in Deutschland Halb-Geburt-stage? Egal, so oder so erreichen wir mit dieser Ausgabe die groe 6-Monats-Marke und es fhlt sich gut an. So gut tatschlich, dass wir uns den Rest des Sommers frei nehmen. Aber keine Sorge, The Chop ist immer noch fr dich da. Guck einfach mal in den Doppelkalender. Ooh, diese geheime Sache am 24. klingt klasse. Und schau auf all die Festivals. Httest du berhaupt genug Zeit, eine August-Ausgabe zu lesen, wenn wir sie drucken wrden? Htten wir ber-haupt genug Geld, eine August-Ausgabe zu drucken, wenn wir sie schreiben wrden? Festival-Tickets und Spti-Biere lppern sich am Ende zusammen.

    Wie auch immer, die Chop-Truppe arbeitet diesen Sommer weiterhin hart hinter den Kulissen; Plne in die Realitt umsetzen, Sachen machen, es denen da oben zeigen. Ich verrate nicht mehr, als dass die Worte Chop Chips diese Stadt verndern werden, fr immer. Wie bei Star Trek: The Next Gen-eration, als Captain Picard von einem Alien-Energiestrahl getroffen wird und ein kom-plettes Leben lang als Forscher auf einem sterbenden Planeten verbringt, mit einer Familie, die er liebt und einer Leidenschaft frs Flte Spielen, um dann aufzuwachen und festzustellen, dass er nur fr ein paar Mi-nuten bewusstlos war. Wie diese Erfahrung Picard verndert hat, ist vergleichbar mit der Vernderung, die Chop Chips fr DICH brin-gen werden.

    Jetzt lies diese Ausgabe, plane deine Fes-tivitten, entstaube dein Zelt und lebe den Sommertraum.

    Bleib verrckt!

    Ryan

    Und musikalisch geht es vermutlich um das richtige Gespr und Geschmack. Das ist schon toll, wenn so ein Abend ein gelungenes Ganzes ergibt, mit zu-friedenen Bands und Leuten die ber Jahre immer wieder zu deinen Konz-erten kommen.

    Du machst auch das Down by the River Festival, zusammen mit Fourtrack und Mohair Sam, wie luft diese Zusammenarbeit und warum sollte man dieses Jahr auf jeden Fall kommen?Ich arbeite ja sonst allein, aber es ist immer toll auch solche Kollabora-tionen zu machen und in diesem Fall passt das ganz organisch zusam-men. Wir booken da mehr oder weniger wild drauf los, da gibt es

    The Chop Team

    Amande DagodAnnemie Josephin Martin

    Barry CliffeCarsten Sean Paustel

    Cloatmilie Beffara

    Jann Rasmus PetersenJustin PersonLulu La Certa

    Martin DziallasRobert Hillebrand

    Ryan Rosell Sren Bill

    Tanja KrokosTrucks

    Yannis Trouinard

    The Chop Issue #6Jaugust 2016

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    Q&A mit Ran Huber ber amSTARt und Down by the River.Interview von Sren Bill.

    Do people celebrate half-birthdays in Germany? Well either way were hitting the big 6 month mark with this issue and it feels good. So good in fact that were tak-ing the rest of summer off. But dont worry dawg. The Chop still got your back. Just look at that double calendar. Ooo that se-cret thing on the 24th sounds neat. And look at all those festivals. Would you even have enough time to read an August is-sue if we printed it? Would we even have enough money to print an August issue if we wrote it? Festival tickets and sptti beers ad up in the end.

    Anyways, The Chop Squad is still work-ing hard behind the scenes this summer; putting plans into action, making moves, sticking it to the man. All Im gonna say is that the words Chop Chips are gonna change this town, forever. Like in the Star Trek: The Next Generation when Captain Picard is struck by an alien energy beam and lives an entire lifetime as a scientist on a dying planet with a family he loved and a passion for playing the flute only to wake up and find that he was only uncon-scious for a few minutes. How that experi-ence changed Picard is similar to the kind of change Chop Chips are going to bring to YOU.

    Now read this issue, plan your festivities, dust off your tent, and live the summer dream.

    Keep it weird,

    Ryan

    Q & A

    EDITORIAL

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    natrlich auch viele Diskus-sionen, aber am Ende entsteht dann eine ganz groartige Mis-chung. Eigentlich hassen wir Festivals, aber dadurch dass das ja mitten in der Stadt passi-ert und recht berschaubar bleibt, ist das beim Down by the River was ganz anderes. Und das about blank ist ein-fach ein sehr guter Ort. Neben so tollen Musiker*innen wie scout niblett, Masha Qrella und Chuckamuck gibts eine Refu-gee Soli-Kche von SOFRA.

    Down by the River findet am 6. August im //:about blank statt.www.downbytheriver-berlin.dewww.amstart.tv

    Ran Huber hat als Veranstalter die Ber-liner Musikwelt seit Jahr(zehnt)en mit-geprgt. Die Liste der Bands bei seinen amSTARt-Konzerten ist bereits vierstel-lig. Auerdem macht er zusammen mit Fourtrack on Stage und Mohair Sam das Down by the River Festival, dieses Jahr bereits zum 8. Mal.

    Was hat amSTARt, deine Veranstal-tungen und die Bands, die da spielen ber all die Jahre ausgemacht?Das ist so ein besonderer sozialer Mo-ment, das bewegt sich ja meistens zwischen 50 und 200 Gsten, da gehts dann nicht nur darum reinzugehen, eine Band zu sehen und wieder abzuhauen. Da lernen sich auch die Bands und die Leute untereinander kennen und es bil-det sich ein Netzwerk aus Freunden.

  • Have a band, see the worldit went slowly and got better and later on we actually got our first gig at Koma F, which was weird - but funny.

    Christiane (Ch): Actually the whole story happened in Kpi. Charline and I met there, and we were already sharing thoughts about starting our own band, even before we knew Caro and Elisa.

    Ca: Then we did some tours, and it took a while to do a vinyl which we re-corded in 2012. The next year Elisa left the band. That put us on the edge.

    Ch: It was like breaking up, cause its like having a relationship, but with more than one person. But Elisa was fine with us keeping on playing as Levi-tations, so we were happy to keep the 3-piece, although we did get many ap-plicants who wanted to replace her! So yes we released the EP as our first re-cord which was actually our third one.

    Ca: Oh yeah because the first one was super fast, like my singing was rap-punk, we were not happy with it in the end.

    No more rap-punk, but some Newangrywavepostpunk...can you define your style a bit ?

    Ch: Well before the postpunk we were doing prepunk (laughing a bit). And now our music is dark-er, its a different kind of energy. Finally people stopped calling us Riot grrrl as well.

    Ca: Yes, and the angry comes probably from the texts we have. They are somehow revealing the powerlessness feeling one can have when it comes to the cur-rent political and social situation. Its close to having a Nightmare, which is actually the name of our new song on our labels Sound-cloud, Adagio 830.

    Ch: We are grown-ups now, our first song ever was about steal-ing Pfeffis and getting arrested for that (laughing again)

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    by Yannis Trouinard

    This year I had a great birthday. I even got to sit down with Caro & Christiane at the Hasenschnke in Hasenheide. As I explained me being a bit dizzy and why, they suggested we celebrate the news with a Berliner Weie to go with some potatoe salad. This interview went off very smoothly, just as much as I enjoyed this Berliner Mahlzeit in the parc.

    In a few words, who are you and what role do you play in the band ?

    Hello, Im Caro. Im one part of Levita-tions, and I play the electronic guitar. Its black and white, and I also sing sometimes, but we all do. Im from Ber-lin, and Im 31 years old.

    You said you play the electronic guitar ?

    Caroline (Ca): Yes, we do punk, its not accoustic.

    (With a smile, I try it one last time)But is it electric or electronic ?

    Ca: Electric guitar ! (They both burst out laughing) Yeah, I wanna do electronic music but they dont let me Yeah E-Guitarre in German. (They continue laughing). Well about my role in the band, sometimes I feel like a clown !

    Hello, my name is Christiane, Im the driver. My punker name is Krtze (i.e. scabies), Caro is also known as Kralle (claw), and Charlene is Jinges (no meaning behind that). Grard was our fourth member. It was the name of our car that broke down in Poland lately. Because after touring a lot with Kenny Kenny Oh Oh from Leipzig, we some-how got nicknamed. So now were sometimes known through our punk-names. Anyway, I play the electric bass (more snickering). As everybody in the band, I learned how to play the bass with the band. Its pretty funny to be sitting here today and talk about our story that began when we met in 2008 or 2009

    About that, can you give us the high-lights of the bands history ?

    Ca: well our first rehearsal was in 2009, by then we were 5. We all got to meet together at the Koma F club in Kpi (a reknown autonomous housing & cul-tural project in Kreuzberg). That night, each of us got to choose the instrument we would like to play in the band. At first we were really not sure what we were supposed to do, so we spent 7 hours in the room we rented in Wedding figuring that out! We started with simple covers,

    LEVITATIONS

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  • You talked about this new song, what can you tell us about your coming de-but album ?

    Ca: Its called Dust, its gathering both old and new songs, so altogether there are 9 songs dont sound that similar. Usually songs written within the same period of time can be boring when put together on a record. They dont feel that way now.

    Ch: And we also realized that it takes so long because we are doing kind of everything together. Well sometimes we need to divide the tasks and get the help of others, for example to record the album