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Get to know NIHILS, the Austrian electro-pop music band on the rise

Austria has undisputedly nurtured a first-rate environment for composers and musicians since the days of the Habsburg dynasty.

The works of lumi­nar­ies like Haydn, Liszt, Mozart, and Mahler have immor­tal­ized the country’s musi­cal her­itage. And today, it remains unchanged: Aus­tria still gives birth to a pletho­ra of artists who per­pet­u­ate its savoir-faire but with a more elec­tro-pop musi­cal approach. One of those is Nihils. Cre­at­ed by child­hood friends Ramon Riezouw (singer and pianist) and Thomas Lack­n­er (drum­mer) in 2005, the group wel­comed gui­tarist Flo­ri­an Notheg­ger a year lat­er, when they final­ly kicked off to fill a gap in con­tem­po­rary music. After gig­ging in Europe and in the US, the trio unveiled its new project last April, Per­spec­tives. The album was co-pro­duced by Paul Kirs­ki and Niko Stossl in Berlin, Nihils’ new home. But that is just the very begin­ning of their sto­ry. In their new song, Breath­ing”, they sing that they will keep on, breath­ing in, breath­ing out,’ tak­ing their time to make seri­ous moves in the music scene.

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How did you meet and why did you decide to make music?
We’ve prac­ti­cal­ly known each oth­er since Kinder­garten. Grow­ing up in the same vil­lage we did a lot of activ­i­ties togeth­er and a lot of sports. At fif­teen we decid­ed to focus more on music which was the start for NIHILS.

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is a mix of elec­tron­ic and pop with ele­ments of 21st cen­tu­ry soul, del­i­cate intro­spec­tion paired with a warm dance-insist­ing dynamic.

Why don’t you sing in Ger­man?
As singer Ramon is half Aus­tralian, his moth­er tongue is Eng­lish and we nev­er con­sid­ered singing in German.

What is the mes­sage behind your last album Per­spec­tives’?
Look­ing back at our musi­cal evo­lu­tion and the record­ing process of the last years, we found our­selves shift­ing per­spec­tives through­out the process and in doing so felt as though we under­stood our­selves and our music much bet­ter. In terms of mes­sage we would encour­age peo­ple not to get too fixed on a cer­tain view-point as our per­spec­tives are always sub­jec­tive and only show a small part of the whole.

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What is the cra­zi­est thing that has ever hap­pened to you on tour?
First day of our two week night lin­er tour and the bus breaks down on the high­way hav­ing to be towed away and replaced. Apart from that we’ve been quite lucky so far.

You only recent­ly moved to Berlin. What made you leave your home­town?
We want­ed to be in an envi­ron­ment that inspired us cre­ative­ly and where we could focus on our music. I mean we were lucky, we basi­cal­ly trad­ed one par­adise for anoth­er; An idyl­lic small alpine vil­lage for the vibrant, ener­getic cre­ative hub of Europe.

In a music review you were com­pared to Depeche Mode – hon­or or pres­sure?
We were some­what sur­prised by this but feel very hon­ored to be com­pared to one of the biggest bands in the last 40 years. As our pro­duc­er has worked in their sphere on pre­vi­ous projects his sound and expe­ri­ence def­i­nite­ly influ­enced our record.

What advice would you give young peo­ple who want to make it in music?
Keep on doing what you love and do it in your own way! Exper­i­ment as much as pos­si­ble and try to find your own style. And also know your motivation.

In what sit­u­a­tions (apart from being out­side in the sun obvi­ous­ly) do you feel most com­fort­able wear­ing your neubau eye­wear frames?
From meet­ing friends for cof­fee in Friedrichshain, sit­ting in the park at Box­ha­gen­er Platz to play­ing Out of the woods fes­ti­val in Wiesen, our neubau shades have proved to be great com­pan­ions. Hap­py wear­ing these all day, every day.

Lis­ten to NIHILS’ new sound here. Find Nihils’ neubau eye­wear frames here.

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Matthias Heschl

28 Jul 2017 · neubau eyewear