SOTA 2016 – Chats with Our Man in Berlin

Our Man in Berlin
Our Man in Berlin

Our Man in Berlin’s auspicious name alone is enough to entice any curious onlooker to have a taste of their live performance. Having played a set at State of the Art Music Festival 2016, it gave the band a chance to showcase their trendy and groovy wares. Lost found time to talk with band members Dan Hawtin and Cain Munns on the day.

How did you find the SOTA festival?

D: Really good, they have got such a good set up. Quite a massive crowd really, it’s great.

C: Amazing bands; free which is awesome; families can come as well.

Who are you excited to actually see?

D: Ta-Ku, I heard this is the first time he has played in WA which is a bit weird because he is from WA and Jebediah because they are old-school.

C: Koi Child, definitely looking forward to Koi Child.

How did your set go on stage?

D: That’s only the second time I have played the Moog (synthesizer) in the band; before I was on guitars. Been a bit of a shuffle up and I felt really good. It was quite a great crowd; they gave us some good cheers and were the biggest crowd we played in front of really.

C: It’s great having the energy, especially with all-ages. Kids love to have a dance and I always thought I feed of that energy when performing. I guess the more people who get into it the more you sort of feed of that.

What does it feel like playing with so many talented local musicians?

D: It’s great, so much support. Lots of faces you don’t know you see down here. It’s great to see so many people come out to watch all of the local bands and there are quite a few bands who have gotten support off triple J and stuff; it’s amazing.

C: Such a wide variety of sounds of genres or kinds of styles. They sort of cater to everyone and if you don’t like one band you’ve got the two stages so you hang around for the next one. See something you love or find something new.

Any plans for the future

D: We have been doing some demoing at the moment, probably going to release a single later in the year and then aim for an album; sometime in the beginning of 2017.

K: Really just in the demo stages, sort of get in with our producer and just build up some music.

D: It’s different because we are doing it a lot ourselves, a lot of the production and stuff. We are in the demo stages and getting everything perfect.

C: As we play together more we got to keep something new, keep the energy there and everyone’s got their own lives going on. We all love music, it’s our outlet.

D: It’s a little bit different as well, a lot of different points of view coming all the time. Sometimes it gets a little hairy, but no, it’s really good in the end; just learn something from everyone.

C: I really like that tension too, if someone is fighting for an idea; they’re strong with that idea. It’s good and you feel and learn what someone is trying to explain or get to.

Would you say the way you create music as a band is collaborative?

C: We basically try to do everything by ourselves and you just got to try as many different things as you can and accept as many different paths, you just need to try and push things musically.

The instrumentation is very mix and match. Does that reflect the approach you guys take?

C: Sure, that’s pretty much exactly what we are looking for, something which everybody can appreciate; in some sense. Because we have all got such different backgrounds and we’re really just expressing what comes naturally to us and making it all gel together.

D: I think with the gear, the technology is there as well we have now. It really sounds to be endless, I just love the idea of a live band with live instruments but the fact that you can sort of have an endless infinite soundscape you can build, it’s more experimental, and it’s really interesting to see how these guys want to build texture of live music.

Our Man in Berlin
Our Man in Berlin

Joe Wilson

Joe prides himself on being the only person to consider sparklers in a total fire ban to be a good idea and surviving the 20 minute odyssey from the festival to his campsite at Southbound. He is a regular punter at Perth gigs and has recently picked up the grand title of Master of Reviews at Grok. He also suffers from alcohol-induced multiple personality disorder and has two known alter-egos; Late Night Joe and Chuck.

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