EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY QuickFire Questions

By Frank Bell

Berlin-based smart duo Everything and Everybody, present an aptly sleek video for their experimental pop gem called Lifequake. The vivid visual is intended to address this rather complex topic with great effortlessness. It’s a colourful collage of short clips and pics, intensive and aesthetically appealing...


What was the first album you bought?

J: It took a while until I bought my first album. As a kid I used to listen to the radio for hours and also all the different self-made mixtapes that my mother’s friends recorded for her. I think, the first album I bought myself was a cassette by Caught In The Act, “Forever friends” touched my teenaged heart deeply. 

T: Blufunk is a Fact by Keziah Jones. I was already heavily influenced by my sister’s and my own mixtapes including Public Enemy, NWA, Tuff Crew, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks and Prince.

Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?

J: I am a big big fan of the 1980s, its music, experiences, styles and the joy of artistic freedom. I adore the variety of this decade, from Punk to Radio Pop, Glam Rock to New Wave, Disco to Electronic Music, Avantgarde to NDW. It’s influence on music and design in general is still noticeable and a big inspiration for creations to me. For Lifequake there are two important musicians: Prince and Neneh Cherry. Adorable!

T: Definitely Hendrix and his countless deciples from Prince! To the Make-up and Spankrock. 90ies hiphop ! Because of their musical diversity. Tricky, Björk and the Knife for  their unique approach.

What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?

J: For me, working together with friends on an artistic idea is a motivation. Also I like to challenge myself with things I am not used to work on to get out of my comfort zone and feel the magic… or the pain.

T: Everything out there that is free of humans in general.

Tell us about your new video for ‘Lifequake’?

J: In summer we couldn’t work with other people to illustrate the girls and boys theme, that’s why I was looking for equivalent symbols and found them on the breakfast table. Fruits have always been a symbol for sensuality and eating them easily gives rise to sexual associations. Also their shapes inspire to classify bananas as male and oranges as female fruits. So I bought and shot a lot of fruits and self portraits by myself and found Lydia Leerstelle to cut it. I had a lot of fun and a lot of dead fruit flies around me at the end.

What can we expect from you for the rest of the year?

J: We are working on other songs, videos and topics and plan to release one of these in winter. During the colder months we also want to try out new ideas for our live performance to be prepared for upcoming concerts. Good job!

J = Josephin T = Tille

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