A few weeks ago I heard my first ever track from Kraków Loves Adana- Omg I Missed You It was one of the strongest singles I’ve heard in recent times. We featured them as a Daily and were delighted when the band agreed to answer a few questions from us. Have a read below.
How did you choose the name for you band?
Deniz: We looked for a band name that was timeless, unique and sounded like a movie title. The idea was to connect the names of cities like people’s names with the word love. It tells a story without sounding too artsy or too forced.
How does the dynamic work between both of you? Do you always agree on musical direction?
Deniz: I write all the songs and lyrics by myself and show them to Robert. He always gives me an honest feedback and makes suggestions.
We have a very similar aesthetic so it’s never hard to agree on something.
Why do you sing in English?
Deniz: Because english singing artists affected me the most. I can’t really put my finger on it, it just feels natural to sing in English.
Do you think non-english singing groups get enough exposure in the major British and American magazines? Does it matter to you?
Deniz: According to my observations they don’t. But who reads music magazines anymore? Due to the great increase in online streaming and music blogs over the past decade, people all around the world have access to your music the moment you publish it. But this also makes it harder for unknown artists to reach a wider audience because people get swamped with new music every day on social media et cetera and in my opinion are over-satiated. Nobody cares if you are in a band. Everybody is in a band! And it gets even more complicated looking at the German music market – as a German artist in the independent genre who doesn’t sing in German it is almost impossible to reach a wider audience. But I would never change that. Kraków Loves Adana is an international band, it just wouldn’t fit our style or our standards to write in German. For bands like us it might actually be easier to establish ourselves abroad.
What was the first piece of music you loved, and why?
Deniz: Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors
This was actually one of the very first indie records I discovered. I have played guitar since my 8th birthday and until I was 14 I felt like musically I didn’t belong anywhere, especially in my social environment. But this record changed everything.
What is your favorite song that you’ve written and why?
Deniz: My favorite song is always the newest one I wrote. It is almost like a new love every time.
How do you know when a song you’ve working on is complete?
Deniz: I just know, it feels right.
Do your songs change much when played on front of a live audience?
Deniz: Until now they didn’t. But it is always a strange feeling when we are rehearsing. After recording and releasing music you somehow create a distance to your own work so when you’re practicing it’s almost like you are playing someone else’s songs.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
Deniz: There are way too many to just pick one.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
Deniz: Morissey definitely had the strongest influence on my vocal style. Otherwise, I am influenced by all the songs I hear, all the movies I watch, all the photographs I see, all the people I meet, et cetera.
Name a song that makes you happy and why does it have that effect?
Deniz: Morrissey – Dear god please help me
This song actually doesn’t make me happy, but it always grounds me. Even when I am in a complete turmoil, this song gives me much-needed clarity.
“And now I am walking through Rome and there is no room to move but the heart feels free”.
What is the best new band that you’ve heard recently?
Deniz: I really enjoyed Lera Lynn’s work on the True Detective soundtrack.
What do you think of music streaming sites like Spotify and Deezer?
Robert: I see benefit and comfort in the technology that comes with music streaming – it’s great to have easy access to your favorite music any time you want, no matter where you are. It’s also a powerful tool to discover new music and unknown artists. Although pricing and artist pay-offs are not appropriate – why not pay €50 or more instead of 10€ a month for a load of music?
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Deniz: Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Thanks guys and best of luck going forward. Playlists below.