By Cat Schaupp
December 27, 2012
In a loosely festive Q & A, we say ‘Guten Tag!’ to Matze Pröllochs, drummer with Berlin-based two-piece Me and My Drummer, completed by Charlotte Brandi (vocals / piano). Having earned themselves many fans in their native Germany, 2012 has seen the duo garner declarations of affection from 6Music, Radio 1 and NME following the release of their single ‘You’re A Runner’ here in the UK.
You can sample more of their electro dream-pop sound on their first album, The Hawk, The Beak,The Prey (available now via Sinnbus).
Hello! We must confess to having fallen a little bit in love with you two. How would you describe Me and My Drummer’s sound for the uninitiated?
Atmospheric, powerful, melancholic, ecstatic, but at the same time reduced. It’s only vocals, keyboards and drums. A very strong voice, lots of groove, and sometimes a piano, sometimes a few keyboard pad sounds.
Tell us a secret about the band.
We haven’t rehearsed for months, ‘cause we were on tour the whole time.
What was your stand-out gig of this year?
We had a lot of great shows in 2012. One was really special: we played in Prague in September. It was our first show there and we didn’t expect too much, we didn’t know if people would show up and so on. When we went onstage, the room was crowded, the people loved it and they even knew the songs and sang along. That was awesome.
What one song encapsulates your sound?
It’s hard to pick one, but check out our first single “You’re A Runner”. http://www.youtube.com/
What other musicians have influenced your sound?
Our sound is maybe a bit of Bat For Lashes (the dreamy part), a bit of Fiona Apple (the piano part), a bit of Wildbirds & Peacedrums (the rough and reduced part). Charlotte’s voice is somewhere in between the singers of those three acts.
How’s the start of 2013 looking for you guys?
We play in India at the beginning of 2013, then a tour in Germany in January and February. Afterwards we’ll lock ourselves in the studio to work on new song material. The rest of the year will be taken up with planning the second album and playing in Europe – and hopefully in the UK again very soon!
Three words to sum up why we should check out your music?
It is good.