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Tim Sinclair of the band Odeville Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Tim Sinclair of the band Odeville Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer:  We are a band that, in the 12 years of band history, made a big journey through metal, prog, a bit emo, indie, pop and rock to now combine the different experiences in the latest album “Rom”
The outcome is a band that burns it´s heart out on stage, charming you with our buddy-like atmosphere and is always good for a surprise.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:  There are 14 tracks on “Rom” so that there is a variety of different moods on the record. Starting with “Königreich”, a song about the anger that comes when you loose someone close to you, we have tracks like “Arnim” (the songtitle is a hommage to the singer of the “Beatsteaks” - Arnim Teutoburg-Weiß) and “Verlangsamung der Zeit” that are about having good times together, even when everything goes chaotic.   There are songs like “Bitte ja, Bitte gleich”, “Kreisverkehr” and “Herr der Gezeiten” that have a sometimes very up front and sometimes a more hidden political message and there are songs that, even if the situation you are in is bad, trying to give you some hope, like “Gute Nacht” and 70.000 Meilen.
The title track “Rom” is the story of a Syrian refugee coming to Europe. Our singer Hauke worked in a theatre project with refugees and met him during the rehearsals.

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Answer:  Our last record “Phoenix” had a general vibe that connected all the songs. And even though there were a variety of different songs, the record had that sound path from the first to the last. This is quite different with “Rom”. There are songs from very different genres and the sound supports that. The rock songs feature cutting guitars, the ballads smoother sounds, etc.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer:  That is a hard one. In a band of 5 people, all coming from different genres, the list is quite long. In our combined record collection you´d find anything from arctic monkeys and the beatles, tool, radiohead, jon hopkins, architects, childish gambino, alt-j, Marteria, Casper and many, many more. Everyone in the band started in it´s own gerne-cosmos and evolved into different ones. We are very open minded, when it comes to music nowadays.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer:  The music industry will definitely go even further towards streaming. Nowadays you can get music pretty much everywhere on the planet and even major labels are going to get more problems in the future. Album sales will probably decrease. I think bands in the past had two jobs – make good records and play good shows. Today you also have to know a lot about marketing, social media, you have to spend a lot of time being present on platforms like instagram. That offers a lot of possibilities, but burdens, too. I think in the future the industry will decentralize even more.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

Answer:  That is pretty hard to say. I think most of the major labels are pretty scared right now, cause they sell less and less albums. A good thing is, that there are a lot of young bands that dare to make their own labels and do everything themselves. I think there is big chance for the music scene in there.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Answer:  I think I would make the majors to support smaller bands more. When I read interviews with old musicians, a lot of things they say is, that the industry didn´t have a clue, so they ran the trial-and-error method. I think that was a good thing. Nowadays I have the feeling that the only important thing is if a band earns you enough cash right now. And if that is not the case you are not getting signed.
I think no matter what you do, if you are doing good, support others.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Answer:  We are no Mars Volta or Radiohead. Our goal in making music is to write good songs that people can relate to. It is more important to us, that the emotion is right rather than pushing borders.

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Answer:  You have to come and see us life to find that out. We are very passionate, when we play, putting out lots of energy. Also, a lot of people say it feels more like family than a band between us. I think that is also what we transmit to the crowd. Just come and see a show and you will see.

Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Answer:  Anything from the first Arctic Monkeys record. One hit after another, it´s crazy. My bassist heart says a lot of things from Queen. John Deacon did some crazy work that I would have loved to write and record.

Tim Sinclair (bass) for Odeville

Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show 

 Photo credit: Aileen Hoeltke

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