How is it that you started playing music? All of us started playing music at a very young age. We all grew up with music as our biggest passion, so it made perfect sense that we all played in bands sooner or later. In our very first bands we just played shitty punkrock songs, because that took little to no effort, skill-wise.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? KORA WINTER is Yuki (Guitar), Ferhan (Guitar), Max (Drums), Karsten (Bass & Vocls) and myself, Hakan (Vocals). We're all in our twenties.
Where are you from? We were all born and raised in Berlin except for one member, who's identity shall be kept as a secret.
What's your style of genre? People say we play a mixture of Metal, Hardcore, Post-Hardcore, Mathcore and Progressive Rock/Metal.
What inspires you? The will to find the unexplored emotional spots hidden in the deepest depths of your complex mind and challenging ourselves to push the boundaries of songwriting within the musical style.
How have you developed since you started with the music? This band teaches every single one of us new things to this day. KORA WINTER challenged us to become a singular piece of transcending art, put together by five self-sufficiently thinking minds. It teaches us artistic integrity, communication and trusting in the band as well as in yourself as an artist.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Sports, art/design and food. Mostly food.
What made you decide to make this music? The decision was never consciously made. Over the past couple years we developed our sound with every song and every lyric I wrote. One day our drummer told us he had just bought a double-bass pedal, so we were like "Well, guess it's going to be metal then...".
What are your songs about? Nothing and everything. To this point, the main topics of the lyrics consist of anger, fear, disgust, treason, dissapointment and power. Sometimes abstract metaphors are involved. It's like a painting I try to draw, where I use phrases as my brush strokes. I never really set up a topic i want to write about, i just let it flow and see what happens.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? For the lyrics thats all me (Hakan). Karsten (Bass) also gets involved from time to time. We compose the music all together as a five-piece.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Always the music first.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? We mainly scream at each other until we get a song together. Then, we forget why we screamed at each other.
What language do you sing in? German.
What was your first gig like? It was at the place we used to have our old practice space at, a youth club in the southern part of Berlin. We were playing after a Blink-182 cover band who had no drummer. People were sitting on couches, it was a pretty cozy atmosphere. When we came on stage, people were sort of paralyzed. Those kind of environments always push us to be even more aggressive on stage. People there were definitely no fans of metal in the first place and we didn't make them fans neither.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I think there is no wrong way of consuming music or art in general. But: making and consuming art, to me, is a form of survival. If you are being recklessly egoistic with the resources you're taking or being given to survive, you just might be guilty of their extinction.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? We try not to worry about that all too much. The music industry is a fucked up place and it has always been. We do our thing without worrying all too much about what someone might think about it who is solely focussed on money. I think the problem is that too many people are doing that though. People have tried to talk us into some bullshit from when we started out as a band, but the best way to handle things for us has always been to focus on ourselves and our music in the first place.
What do you think of my work? Keep it up. Follow your passion.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Never listen to advice from anybody. You'll know when people have something constructive to say. Be thankful for everyone taking the time to say something about your music, positive and negative but dont let it be more than a comment unless you feel it moves you in your artisitc manner.
How do you get psyched for a gig? We do a couple workout excercises before the show to get the muscles pumping. Karsten and I do some vocal warm ups too.
Do you have any new material? Our new EP "Welk" just dropped and we're super excited!
What are your plans for the future? Keeping doing our thing without compromise and support other bands that do so as well. We are working on our debut album at the moment and will play some clubshows and festival in the summer before we hit the studio.
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2 oz. vodka
4-6 oz. ginger ale
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