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Kismet

Interview von: arne mit Nicolai Adolfs, am: 14.04.2010 ]

Immer mehr Bands machen sich davon frei, übertrieben poppig und emotional aufzuspielen und besinnen sich auf die bodenständige Anlage der großen Emo- /Indie-Helden der 90er. Hörer gieren nach Bands, die authentisch und aufrichtig unterwegs sind und widmen ihnen größere Aufmerksamkeit. KISMET aus Utrecht profitiren davon. Das Quintett besteht bereits einige Jahre, verfügt aber erst seit 2006 über ein festes Line-Up, das den Band-Sound zunächst definierte und anschließend akzentuierte. „Hiatus“ markiert den ersten Longplayer der Formation, mit dem sich diese Zeit gelassen hat.

 

Musicscan: Wenn Ihr auf Eure Anfänge zurück blickt: Inwiefern hat sich Eure Einstellung zu und Eurer Zusammensein als Kismet bis heute verändert? Wie lässt sich Euer Selbstverständnis als Band in Worte fassen?

Kismet: Not that much has changed actually. Two members left the band about five years ago. They where replaced by two other friends. For us it's important that a band is formed by friends and not just by ambition. If you see each other so often, friendship is necessary. As for song writing we've always worked very democratic. If some one did not agree on a song we skipped it. Every song should be fun to play for every member. Of course we've evolved and learned a lot, but in the essence we still work this way.

Musicscan: Wenn Ihr auf Hiatus zurück blickt: Welches Feedback hat sich am stärksten eingeprägt und wirkt vielleicht sogar bis heute nach? Seid Ihr überrascht gewesen, dass Hiatus insgesamt recht gut weggekommen ist? Das hat jedenfalls meine Internet-Recherche ergeben…

Kismet: Well we were kind of surprised that a lot of journalists liked our old fashioned approach. We chose to record analogue and avoided modern technology as much as possible. It was really important for us to translate what we we meant. In my own opinion 'Hiatus' is quite a difficult album. It sounds poppy at first, but not in a "hit" kind of way. I think the album gets special when you take the effort to listen to all the different layers. It might take a few sessions to get in to it, but after that it won't bore as easily as some poppy records do. It's nice to see that the press took the effort to give it some more listening sessions.

Musicscan: Wo seht Ihr selbst die wesentlichen Stärken, wie sie auf Hiatus rüberkommen? Könnt Ihr die Platte für das Schaffen / die Entwicklung des Sounds von Kismet schon einordnen? Habt Ihr seither neue Songs geschrieben? In welche Richtung entwickelt Ihr Euch?

Kismet: Well i'm really happy that the album rocks. This may sound a bit strange, but we really miss records like At The Drive-in and (older) Cursive use to make them. This was definitely something we kept in mind. Not a slick produced album, but a pure and honest album. We make different music, but the approach of the sound is pretty of similar I think. During the recording process we really learned to skip a lot of parts. The songs are still very much layered and full, but not as much as we used to write them, ha ha. That's something we keep in mind when we write new songs. So the new songs sound more open then most songs that are on Hiatus. As for the songs themselves. They tend to sound a bit more seventies. That's all I can say right now

Musicscan: Ihr seid nicht die einzigen, die emotionalen Punk mit Elementen aus dem Indie, Rock und Post-Hardcore verbinden. Trotzdem habt ihr es geschafft, eigene Trademarks zu entwickeln, etwas, was längst nicht jeder Band gelingt. Was ist bei Euch anders?

Kismet: Well to be honest. We did write some of these songs, but we really didn't want to be such a band so we threw those songs away. Maybe that's why it took us almost five years to finish this record. We are not easily satisfied when it comes to song writing. Besides that we listen to all kinds of music and of course we are influenced by that as well, but in the end this is what we like to when we are in the rehearsal room.

Musicscan: Wie wichtig ist Euch das poppige Moment im Band-Sound?

Kismet: I can be short on this one. It's really important! It's totally NOT what the song should be about, but every song needs this part of recognition or relief. We do that by adding poppy part.

Musicscan: Aktuell scheinen mir zwei wesentliche Strömungen im Spannungsfeld zwischen Punk, Rock, Emo und Hardcore vorzuherrschen: Die einen betonen ihre eingängige Anlage, werden melodischer und hoffen darauf, kommerziell anzukommen, während andere ihren Sound in Richtung Nische bewegen und ihre progressive und experimentelle Seite verstärkt herausstellen. Wie seht Ihr diese Tendenzen, was sind Eurer Meinung nach die Treiber/Auslöser? Sind Kismet davon irgendwie beeinflusst? Wo würdet Ihr Euch einordnen?

Kismet: We only do what we like and don't care about genres. This is what satisfies us. It's not at all about commerce or about popularity. Of course it's nice when people like what you do, but we write songs that we like and not songs that other people might like. It's just good that there are so many kinds of music that are helping people to express themselves. Which kind of music doesn't matter. What ever works for anybody. (Grow up )

Musicscan: Gibt es so etwas wie eine Leitmaxime, nach der Ihr ans Songwriting geht? Wie macht Ihr fest, dass ein Song fertig ist, und was muss er haben, um von Euch als würdig gesehen zu werden, auf ein Album zu kommen?

Kismet: Not at all. It's only a natural process. Many of our songs don't have a regular structure. Some don't even have a chorus. The only 'must' is that we love to play it at least 500 times. If we are able to play it that much, then there must be some people who like to listen to those songs as well.

Musicscan: Wie wichtig ist es Euch, in den einzelnen Songs wiedererkennbare Elemente, wie Melodien, Hooklines und Grooves, zu haben? Und wie wichtig ist es Euch, mit neuen Tracks immer wieder auch neue Sachen auszuprobieren?

Kismet: As we all have our freedom within the band, you can always recognize who is playing which part. If one of the members is changing you will still have the other four who with their own characters. So the sound evolves all the time, but never so fast that it will effect the sound sound in general. Trying new things is important because you need to evolve to keep it interesting for yourself, but that's not a problem with an open mind towards all kinds of music.

Musicscan: Letzte Worte?

Kismet: I'd like to get back on the hardcore/pop question. It's good that music can be a really important part of peoples lives, but please don't judge people on what makes them feel good. That wouldn't make any sense, right? Hope to see you on tour.

 
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