If you are interested in creativity and music then this episode may be of interest to you.
We speak to a two-piece band from Australia and France formed on the streets of Berlin, creating a mix of classical piano, melodic vocals and heavy drums. Beranger Gras (vocals/piano) and Todd James (drums) formed as a duo in 2015, developing a very loyal fan base in Mauerpark, Berlin. It didn't take long for the band to start selling out shows and taking on the festival scene, playing festivals such as Lollapalooza and MELT Festival. That led to the duo signing to Sony Music, Germany last year, time spent recording a load of new material and an upcoming tour later this year.
We recorded this episode on location outside in our neighbourhood at Café Gut Gezogen, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.
You can connect with them both and find out more about them here:
02:31 What did musicians' lives look like before COVID -19?
04:29 How did the lockdown and uncertainty help them to learn to live in a present moment
12:00 Their big tour got cancelled after just after few concerts and they started live streaming
14:30 The challenge of keeping momentum when you don’t receive immediate feedback from the crowd
15:38 Dealing with the challenges of criticism and the opinions of others
16:50 The impact of the lockdown on their mental health and how they dealt with it
18:30 How to deal with the different roles of being a musician and entrepreneur
23:18 Why is it important not to take yourself seriously
27:12 They share an interesting story about how they met and started performing together
29:25 How change and uncertainty sparked their creativity and what they do to be more creative.
41:50 They share the experience of their last big concert in Berlin and explain how they connect with their audience
58:49 What may happen to the music industry after COVID
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