Interview with Berlinist – Marco Alba

Every once in a while a song comes along and pulls your mind into wistful corners of the universe on a single melody. Berlinist’s “Ollie Falls Asleep” is a viable track for doing just that, erecting emotions of a mere dream sequence. Setting a dreamlike ambiance, Berlinist brushes over weepy keys, resonating with a Bonobo beat and echoing Devotchka’s How it Ends. Their delivery of competitive tunes and soft lyrics has them marking solid territory among the Euro-indie scene.

Barcelona-based Berlinist hail the boutique band scene with a their international membership including violinist Natalia Bednarczyk (Poland), violinist Caterina Martí (Barcelona), accordionist, guitarist + vocalist Gemma Gamarra (Barcelona), percussionist/drummer Alfredo Bella (Santiago de Chile), vocalist/keyboardist + bassist Luigi Gervasi (Italy), and lead vocalist/keyboardist Marco Alba (Italy). “Regarding the name, we find that Barcelona and Berlin are somehow similar in many ways. We all like the city for its atmosphere and attitude. Our music is like a breath (in a state of uncertainty) and the instruments we play are genuine, analogical.” – Marco Alba

As the group touts their contemporary sounds funneled through a village-like quaintness with accents of an occasional violin, accordion, or xylophone, this fresh off the venue six-tet continues to search for instruments to complete their sound as they pitch their role as musicians in society: “We think music plays a very important role in the relationships between people regardless of their moods or state of mind. It has always been there and we want to make it a pleasant experience.”

When asked about some of the key messages they aim to reflect in their music, Marco responded, “Reproduce natural sensations. We’d like to know that once our songs are heard, people will not remain the same – that our sounds will stay somewhere in their hearts and souls. Lyrics are simple and straight, they make the songs more complex and complement our music. Words try to reflect what music proves to communicate.”

With a range of inspirations from Beruit to Sigur Rós and Phillip Glass to Pearl Jam, the troupe plans to infiltrate music circles around the world, hoping to further break ground with an album release in coming months. Until then, keep up with their play dates and music updates on their fan page. Or if you are Spain-side don’t miss El Nostre Racó, the band’s starting point and frequent stage

AG: What do you aim to reflect in your music, and what are some key messages you try communicate in your lyrics?

MA: Reproduce natural sensations. We’d like to know that once our songs are listened people will not remain the same, that our sounds will stay somewhere in their hearts and souls. Lyrics are simple and straight, they make the songs more complex and complement our music. Words try to reflect what music proves to communicate.

AG: What are some of your challenges being music artist today?

MA: Basically we’d like our music to get to people and remain. Collaborating in a film soundtrack would also be good, maybe a Lynch movie…

AG: How would you compare music today versus 20 years ago? And what is a Berlinist trademark in all of your music (any continuous pattern in your songs?)

MA: Well, as for the type of instruments we play we follow the line musicians played in the past, that is to say, analogically. There’s a sort of bridge between the music from the past and our present, we can’t deny though we belong to the digital era. It’s an ethereal music that transports you to another reality, like a good Acheron.

AG: Where do you feel music plays the biggest role in society today? 

MA: We think music plays a very important role in the relationships between people regardless their moods or state of mind. It has always been there and we want to make it a pleasant experience.

AG: What is the impact on listeners you would like your music to have? 

MA: We’d like to bring them to another reality and make them enter our oneiric world.

AG: Most memorable performance you have had to date? 

MA: Well, there’s a place in Barcelona called “El Nostre Racó” that has brought us many memorable times. Starting from our first real gig, first video recording and endless jam sessions and late evenings with its former owner, Artur.

AG: What might go through your mind while you are composing a song (while singing, or playing the piano, what do you think about?)

MA: We just let ourselves go, flow with the music. When we create something it comes naturally and we feel thrilled with every single sound. We only need to look at our faces to see this. This is it.

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