The/Das is made up of Fabian Fenk and Anton K. Feist, who formerly fronted the excellent Bodi Bill. During their time as Bodi Bill the band released four albums, two of which we reviewed, and picked up quite a following in their native Germany, and beyond, but now Fenk and Fiest are focussing on their new project, The/Das.
We managed to grab a quick chin-wag with Anton and Fabian to talk about their new project The/Das, their new album, what happened to Bodi Bill, and what they’d save if their studio was on fire.
Hello The/Das, how are you?
We just played two shows to celebrate our album release, we are very fine!
For those of us who don’t know who you are – introduce yourselves.
Anton Feist was born in Krasnojarsk, Siberia… me, Fabian Fenk, born in Gera, Thuringia… We both grew up in Berlin, listening to a mix of Depeche Mode, Aphex Twin, Refused, David Bowie and The Doors
So you were once part of Bodi Bill – what happened to the rest of the band?
Alex has started his new band UNMAP together with visual artist and lyricist Mariechen Danz back in 2011, they’ve created a nice debut and a great liveband as well.
So are Bodi Bill gone forever?
After 7 years and 4 LPs, Bodi Bill needed a break…
So your new project is The/Das – what’s so different about it compared to Bodi Bill?
First of all The/Das is a duo, so while I answer your questions, Anton can work on a new track; so that when it’s his turn to provide information I continue his work… it’s an easy way to share ideas in a duo, and to decide what feels right for us and what does not. On top of all that, the music is way more 2014.
Tell us about your new album, ‘Freezer’ – it’s rather good isn’t it?
Freezer is a great album if you ask me… but I’m not sure if you should ask me these kind of questions. No, but seriously, we are really happy with the album, because we feel like we figured out a way to make music that speaks for us and for itself.
When did you make it?
We started last summer – the usual process: collecting sketches and ideas, then the sniffy process of sifting and shifting. I think it was late autumn when we decided which tracks and songs could work well together.
How long did it take to make?
In total we spend 6 months on the album… I’d say 10 weeks of sketching and experimenting… 4 weeks of resting and ignoring … and another 9,5 weeks of serious recording, producing and mixing.
You sing in English, is this rare for a German band? Do you think it has helped you in the long run?
I’d love to sing in Japanese but I don’t speak Japanese. Plus, I grew up to English lyircs.
What’s the best thing about being German and a musician?
I don’t like stereotypes. If you ask me, the world would be a much better place if we could avoid them.
What’ve you got planned for the rest of the year?
We’ll be touring in October and November with our fourtet – Jörg Wähner (Apparat band) drums, and Thomalla (Running Back) Keyboards… till then we’ll work out new tracks, an EP for a mexican label and a liveset for club-use only… Of course we are also already thinking about a new record.
Siriusmo previously remixed one of your tracks – might he remix The/Das one day too? (please say yes)
We just met Mo at the Dockville Festival last saturday… We exchanged the usual: “I like you – what are you up to – how’s it hanging?” So far he didn’t have the time to come to one of our concerts, but I really hope one day he will, when the sun touches the rainbow moon he’ll play a striking chord on his czech synth and think of your request.
If your studio was on fire and you could go back and save one thing – what would it be and why?
That’s a mean question, and you know it! So, as we are two people, we can take two things, okay?! One, the hard drive with most of our new and old tracks… Two, the Jupiter 4 maybe … or Philipps Polymath? Well, all this stuff you can still get on ebay… Man, I don’t know… the Crumar?
The/Das – Miami Waters
taken from the upcoming album “Freezer”