Get to know the cool Aus­tri­an band ever­yo­ne’s tal­king about

Indie rock band Cari Cari plays eclectic music you're bound to fall in love with. We talked to the talented twosome about their beginnings, their musical inspirations, and what's next.

Bet­ween the emo­tio­nal lyrics, the acoustic gui­tar, and the whis­pe­ry voices of drummer/​singer Ste­pha­nie Wid­mer and guitarist/​singer Alex­an­der Köck — it’s hard not to drift off into the ambi­ent indie rock tunes of Cari Cari (@CariCariMusic). Having recent­ly released their first full-length album Anaa­na this past Novem­ber, we tal­ked to the duo about their friendship, life, music, and of cour­se — their care­er.

Ste­pha­nie and Alex, how did you two meet and deci­de to make music tog­e­ther?

S: We actual­ly met through music! Alex was alrea­dy in a band, and I was working on a sin­ger-song­wri­ter solo pro­ject. We play­ed a gig tog­e­ther and got along very well strai­ght away.

A: Ste­ph’s voice blew my mind when I first heard it, so I offe­red to help her record a few songs in my base­ment stu­dio. At some point she deci­ded to start play­ing drums, and I think tha­t’s when we beca­me a band. We recor­ded AME­RIPPIN­DUNK­LER, our debut EP, which made a lot of noi­se in the blo­gos­phe­re. Five mon­ths later, we kicked off our Aus­tra­lia tour in Dar­win, Nort­hern Territory.

Wha­t’s it like working and con­stant­ly tra­ve­ling tog­e­ther? How do you navi­ga­te the chal­len­ges that come with this dynamic? 

A: The most important skill — knowing when to take a step back and admit you’­ve been an idiot.

S: Exact­ly! Ego is the big­gest pro­blem when being tog­e­ther all the time. Things are bound to go wrong… Some­ti­mes you’­re tired, hungry, and/​or pis­sed off — of cour­se the­re will be fights. As long as you can admit that you were wrong, ever­ything will turn out just fine.

A: Most of the time we make up after we’­ve had dinner.

S: Yes! Never unde­re­sti­ma­te being hangry!

A: Ano­t­her issue? Stay­ing on the same page. Luck­i­ly we agree 99% of the time, but it can be very exhaus­ting to work tog­e­ther if you con­stant­ly dis­agree. For us, it’s important to dis­cuss the see­min­gly insi­gni­fi­cant details. It’s all fine and good to syn­chro­ni­ze on the gene­ral visi­on, but it’s the tiny details that can cau­se the big­gest problems.

You’­re steadi­ly gai­ning glo­bal trac­tion. Whe­re would you love to play some day? 

A: Cen­tral and South Ame­ri­ca — the crowds the­re are cra­zy! They dance, they mosh, and they sing along to every song. The­re are vide­os on You­Tube whe­re they even sing along with the gui­tar solos. It seems incredible. 

S: We’­ve actual­ly had requests from Mexi­co, Argen­ti­na, and Hon­du­ras, so we’ll see. It would be an ama­zing adventure!

Congra­tu­la­ti­ons on being fea­tured on the sound­track for the Ame­ri­can TV seri­es Shameless! In a per­fect world, what would be your next pop cul­tu­re integration? 

A: Legend has it that we only foun­ded Cari Cari to be fea­tured on a Quen­tin Taran­ti­no movie sound­track, so I’ll go with that!

S: Once Upon A Time in Hol­ly­wood will be out next year — may­be the­re’s still time to bring this to fruition!

Let’s rewind — which albums did you lis­ten to on repeat when you were a teenager?

S: I real­ly loved Norah Jones back then — I still do. I just love her voice. She is very inspi­ring as a sin­ger — and as a per­son. I actual­ly got into a lot of the music I lis­ten to now through her.

A: I was real­ly into 80s Bay Area thrash metal. I lis­tened to Slay­er and Mega­deth all day long. My abso­lu­te favo­ri­te album at the time was Peace Sells… but Who’s Buy­ing!

And which artists and albums do you have on repeat today?

A: Some of my cur­rent favo­ri­tes are: Fly­ing Micro­to­nal Bana­na by King Giz­zard And The Liz­ard Wizard, A Deeper Under­stan­ding by The War On Drugs, and a lot of clas­sic tunes from Bob Dyl­an and Pink Floyd. One of my all-time favo­ri­te albums is Cross by Justice.

S: I lis­ten to The Shirel­les a lot late­ly. I love gre­at fema­le sin­gers like Are­tha Franklin. 

Wha­t’s on the har­mo­nious hori­zon for the future? 

S: We want to con­ti­nue doing what we do right now, becau­se we’­re hap­py. We love making music and the life that comes along with it.

A: We get a lot of messages from peop­le that are real­ly moved by our music, and it’s very rewar­ding. Also, Bob Dyl­an once said, A man is a suc­cess if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in bet­ween he does what he wants to do.” Thank­ful­ly I do what I want ever­y­day and for that — I am very grateful.

29 Nov. 2018 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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