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Ωracles – 德意志的神谕

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文字/采访: Chris Poppy
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Oracles一词原本是古希腊文化中向世俗揭示未来与真相的神使,如今却成为了一支德国新锐乐队的名字。目测这一队德国乐手的年龄大约都是二十上下的年轻人,然而这个源自古希腊文明的名词却给他们蒙上了一层神秘的面纱。Oracles最初只有四个男性成员组成,

四个人分别给乐队带来了不同类型的音乐影响,在经历了不断的排练和整合之后,乐队形成了以迷幻摇滚打底的风格基调,并结合了来自非洲节拍、美国西海岸风情、以及德国酸菜摇滚等三大洲的不同风情。在此之后乐队又迎来了乐队中的第五位“神使”,同时也是乐队中唯一一位女性成员,唯一一位有着古典音乐背景的乐手。当然这五个人来自柏林、科隆两地的乐手们完全不是随便一些什么乐手凑到了一起那么简单,Oracles里的每个人都是有背景的,特别是其中的“某某人”,在组建Oracles之前曾是另一支德国代表性乐队的核心人物,万人迷的级别。然而Oracles想做的是“立新功”,而不是“吃老本”,过去的辉煌成了乐队每个成员刻意淡化的东西。Dennis Jüngel、Joshua Gottmanns、Niklas Wandt、Nils Herzogenrath、Hanitra Wagner是这五个年轻人的名字,关于德国独立流行音乐的未来和真相,且听Oracles乐队如何分解。
1 在Oracles开始之前,乐队中的各位成员分别在不同的城市有着各自的乐队。可以简要说一下在组建Oracles之前,大家都有过哪些音乐经历呢?
Hanitra:我之前做了13年的古典音乐(小提琴、中提琴),参加过不同的管弦乐团。在2010年的一次巧合中我遇到了Dennis和Niklas并组建了一支乐队。我们当时在音乐里融合了摇滚乐和古典乐,效果还很不错。我现在已经是Oracles乐队中的一部分了,不过在练耳跟和声方面上我还是会从我的古典乐背景中获益很多。当然了,Oracles对我而言仍然是一个全新的经历,是不能跟我之前的任何经历相比较的。
Niklas:从科隆到杜塞尔多夫,我参与过的乐队实在太多了,风格从独立摇滚、德式摇滚、到说唱都有涉猎。我现在依然还是一位会参与到爵士和自由即兴演出中的自由鼓手。
Nils:我在15岁的时候就开始在家录音了,从harsh noise到techno,从shoegaze到lo-fi pop,我经历过的音乐类别很多…可以说,我就是在做些觉得自己一定要做的东西…在我16岁的那年,我遇到了Joshua。我们会时不时地聚在一起排练一些东西,然后路在四轨和八轨录音机上。

2 乐队的这几位成员,各自有着不同的音乐背景,最后又是怎么走到一起组建了Oracles的呢?
Niklas:从我以德式摇滚扮相示人时候开始,Nils就已经是经常跟我一起厮混的音乐伴侣了,所以Joshua和Nils后来跟我一拍即合。Dennis和Hanitra也是老朋友了,之前也曾是与我同一支乐队里的队友。我先是把Dennis挖到了我们的乐队,随后经过多方的努力,我们成功地迎来Hanitra加入了Oracles乐队。

3 乐队的几个成员聚到一起之后是如何平衡大家各不相同的音乐背景和音乐喜好,最后逐渐摸索出现在Oracles独特的声音呢?
Niklas:当一开始我们只有三个人的时候,关于Oracles的声音要如何发展,Nils和Joshua已经给出我一个很明确的音乐理念,而且这个理念跟我的个人音乐口味高度重合。很快的,我们每个人的贡献开始了融合,逐渐成为了很难分割的整体。就这样说吧,我献出了一些鼓点、歌词、和声、以及一些随机的念头。

4 你们又是如何描述自己的音乐的呢?在音乐上的主要灵感又有哪些?
Hanitra:一个由诸多形容词随意排列成的组合…梦幻/迷幻/深邃/舞动/浮躁/破碎/非洲节拍的独立流行。很难回答究尽是哪一种音乐现象影响了Oracles的整体感觉。由于我们之前来自不同的音乐类型,有过不同的音乐背景,所以我们每个人都给乐队带入了很多的经历和影响。Oracles乐队赋予了我们独特的可能性,我们可以把乐队做成一个巨大的合成体,其中融合了我们认为重要的东西还有我们想要呈献给听众的东西。

5 在我看来,Oracles乐队正处在一个散发着神奇魔力的阶段:只有一首歌供人试听,上路巡演却只选择在很小的范围内进行。现在的Oracles充满了各种可能性,关于Oracles的一切也都是那么吸引人。是否可以讲一下对于Oracles乐队将来,我们要期待些什么呢?
Niklas:哇噻!德国有一种说法叫做“预勉的桂冠”,用到这里绝对合适!我相信你这句奇异而暧昧的评语让我们绝对的着迷了。与我们之前的那些乐队相比,这次最大的不同是在我们开始发布作品(一部在夏天问世的音乐录影带和一张在夏末秋初推出的EP)以及上路巡演之前,我们已经准备好了所有的基础建设以便做出一些好东西来。比如一张专辑和很多美好的时光!
Joshua:那些溢美之词令我们感到不胜荣幸,但同时我们也把自己看作是一个正在进行着的过程,总是寻找着未来某处的历险,比如说国际巡演,也比如说放逐在一处离家很远的地方录制我们的首张专辑。

6 乐队的成员现在分局柏林和科隆两地。你们是如何克服乐队成员之间的距离的呢?这两座城市的音乐场景有又哪些不同?
Niklas:很显然这需要面对很多组织工作和冲突,尽管Joshua是目前唯一一位真正在柏林常驻的成员。所以通常是Joshua在科隆呆上一段相对隔绝的时间来和我们做音乐。长远之计当然还是在空间上达到团聚,以便成员之间可以有更多时间在一起去更集中精力地工作。
关于两座城市音乐场景之间的不同我远不是这方面问题的专家。我觉得跟柏林相比,科隆音乐场景里的乐队和音乐人在数量上要苍白许多。在科隆,总是同样的一群人出没于同样的一些场所,往好了说就是音乐人们彼此有着紧密的联系,往坏了讲则是这里的音乐场景成了一个封闭的环境。相比之下柏林似乎是另一番景象,每个个体似乎都占据着自己独立的那个柏林泡泡里。

 

 

1 Previously, you were all actively engaged in making music in various locations and projects. Could you roughly tell us your former musical background?

Hanitra: I made classical music for 13 years (violin, viola) and participated in different orchestras. Coincidentally I met Dennis and Niklas in 2010 and we formed a Band. We created a symbiosis of rock music and classical music and it worked out quite well.
Now, as I am part of Oracles, i can still benefit from my classical experiences, such as ear training and harmonics. And still, Oracles is a whole new experience which can’t be compared with anything else I’ve been doing before.

Niklas: I’ve played in a variety of bands from Cologne and Düsseldorf that did indie rock, krautrock, and rap and am still active as a freelance drummer in jazz and free improvisation.

Nils: I started home recording by the age of 15 and went through a variety of genres from harsh noise to techno and “string-based” music like shoegaze and “lo-fi pop”, I would say.. well just doing what I felt I had to do.. By the age of 16 I met Joshua and we would meet from time to time and jam and later record stuff to four and eight-track tape recorders.
2 How did each one of you, with different backgrounds, ended up together making music in Oracles?

Niklas: Nils had been one of my major hang-outs and musical partners in our Kraut outfit Transport and so Joshua and him hooked up with me. Dennis and Hanitra are long-term friends and former bandmates of mine and I first got Dennis on the boat and, with combined efforts, we successfully courted Hanitra for Oracles.
3 How did you balance your previous experience and taste in music and developed the unique Oracles sound?

Niklas: When we first played together as a trio, Nils and Joshua had already presented me with a very concise idea of what they wanted Oracles to sound like, one that overlapped very much with my personal tastes. Soon, contributions just started to blend so much that it becomes hard to discern. Let me therefore just say that I deliver some drumming and lyrics and backing vocals and random ideas.

4 How would you describe your music, and what would you consider as your major music influence?

Hanitra: A spontaneous collection of adjectives…dreamy/psychedelic/deep/danceable/restless/fragmentary/afrobeat indie pop
It is difficult to answer the question which musical phenomena influenced the sound of oracles as a whole. As we come from different genres, from different backgrounds, we all carry a load of experiences and influences. With Oracles we have the unique possibility to create a huge conglomerate of what is important to us and what we want to offer to the audience.
5 Oracles, in my opinion, is at a magical state of being: only one song available out there, doing gigs but only within a small scale. Everything’s possible for Oracles, and everything’s so seductive about Oracles. Could you tell us what shall we expect from you next?

Niklas: Wow! A definitive case in point of what we in Germany call “advance laurels!” We’re the most mesmerized by this strangely vague state, I believe. The main difference to all our previous projects is that before we actually will start releasing stuff (a video in summer and an EP in late summer/early fall) and get out on the road, we have all our infrastructures together to make something nice. Like an album and a lot of good times!

Joshua: We’re definitely honored by all that positive resonance but we also see ourselves in an ongoing process and always look forward to future adventures like touring internationally and record our first album in an exile far away from home.

6 At the moment, part of the band is based in Berlin and part of it is based in Köln. How do you manage the distance between you, and what’s the difference between the music scenes from the two cities?

Niklas: It obviously involves a lot of logistics and crashing, although Joshua is currently the only one really with a permanent residence in Berlin. So usually, he comes over to Cologne for extended periods to seclude and make music with us. The long-term goal is of course to unite spatially in order to be around each other more and work really focussed.
Not really being an expert on these things, I’d still say that Cologne’s scene pales in sheer size against the multitudes of groups and people in Berlin. You get a lot of the same people hanging out at the same handful of places, for better or for worse, call it more connected or call it more incestuous, as opposed maybe to the individual Berlin bubble that each inhabitant seems to occupy.



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