Benji: It all started with Lukas and me sitting in front of a computer screen. We experimented putting together samples of real instruments played by us or musician friends and combined them with synthesizer sounds and drums. After a few months a singer/songwriter who had listened to our music on the internet asked us to play a concert with him. We accepted his invitation having no idea how to realise the live performance of our songs. We finally gathered up a group of musician friends. Among them were Simon and Flo. Leon joined the band about two years ago.
E&M: And what inspires you to write songs?
Benji: That depends. Most of the time it’s other people’s lives and their every day interpersonal tragedies. At the same time they’re always a reflection of what happens in our lives, too. Another inspiring factor is our dreams. We dream a lot of crazy things and put them down on paper.
E&M: Speaking of inspiration, who's your all time favorite European musician or band?
Benji: That’s really hard to tell. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of bands from the U.S... As for European pop music I like Damon Albarn.
Lukas: I think Ennio Morricone, François De Roubaixand and Karlheinz Stockhausen are fantastic composers.
Simon: The Beatles and David Bowie really inspired and fascinated me.
Flo: Dizzee Rascal’s "Boy in Da Corner" is probably the greatest European album, but he definitely isn’t my all time favourite artist.
Leon: Well, pretty much all my favourite musicians come from the States as well. Brian Eno's from the UK. Does that count?
E&M: You're all students or have jobs as well as making music. What's appealing about making music these days?
Benji: Sharing experiences, emotions and intimate stories with friends and strangers is a very important aspect for us. It’s overwhelming when people tell you that they are touched by a song because then you know that what you do has an effect on their state of emotions. Moreover getting to know other musicians and playing in different cities is always great. Of course making music and playing songs together is appealing in itself.
E&M: And what has been your favourite moment with the band so far?
Lukas: We have had many of them. I remember one night when we went outside after band practice in winter and everything was covered up in snow. We bought ourselves drinks and stayed outside talking. Then somehow we started shouting and clapping and Flo finally said: "I love the echo of the snow".
E&M: I saw that you have new songs coming out. How has your music evolved from your first EP?
Benji: The songs are more direct, straight-lined. We all fell in love with them
E&M: If you had to pick one, which is the most fun European city?
Benji: I like Paris because of its hilly districts.
Simon: I spent a few weeks in London last year, which is indeed a special city. I loved all the markets and small boutiques up north. But it also has its dark and filthy side which is an extreme contrast to the centre of the city. I liked that.
Leon: I think Brussels. It is a capital with a rural character and has really ample facets. The people are more easygoing and the city is more trashy than our clean Germany. All the Art Nouveau buildings look beautiful. Brussels has a lot of cafés and flea markets but the creative circles are quite manageable.
Flo: Praha is sweet.
E&M: Haha, you guys love the capitals. Finally, can you tell us what Europe means to Beeline?
Flo: Just a Phoenician princess who I seduced on Crete, after assuming the form of a dazzling white bull. She didn't mean anything to me.
Lukas: Despite an unincisive feeling for patriotism, I'd rather call myself European than German.
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