WE WILL KALEID INTERVIEW: What It Takes To Be A Machine

We Will Kaleid are Jasmina de Boer and Lukas Streich, a provocative, new art pop duo from Münster, Germany. The music they make is loud, stark, full of sonic contrasts and has a very in-your-face, confrontational streak about. It’s also catchy as hell! It combines elements of experimental electronica with post punk, electro pop – and grooves like a motherfucker. 

Their latest single called Lingual is a look at the crude mechanics of a system that inevitably turns people into machines. It looks at the desire for dominance and how it not only dehumanises the victim, but also strips the perpetrator of any semblance of humanity. The instrumental hints at tropes laid down by industrial new wave acts. Iit’s full of choppy assembly-line clatter, though not as nearly violent as the genre’s predecessors. The vocals are definitely the song’s ticket to crossover appeal, evoking early Blondie / Debbie Harry and Little Dragon’s Yukimo Nagano all at once. 

Intrigued, we reached out to the band for a quick q&a, here is what vocalist Jasmina de Boer had to say:

Would you agree that conflict and confrontation are a part of the project’s inherent DNA? Your songs are so direct and in your face, and there is also your band name…

We always agreed that our songs should be a place for all those unwanted emotions that you might feel like you have to hide. Also, we really like the concept of self-confrontation and being brutally honest with ourselves. The band name is freely associated from the word kaleidoscope because we want to be able to change directions in our music freely and unexpectedly. That, of course, often ends with collisions, which we do not mind at all.

What do you see as the defining conflicts of our time?

The loss of humanity based on moral standards that favour economic growth. An exaggerated standard of living for a few over the survival of the planet/animals/humans .The capitalistic system has a brutal impact and the less privileged someone is the harder it hits them. These are perfect breeding conditions for all sorts off idiocy, like right-wing violence and extremism.

How do you write your songs and arrive at the topics you address? I’m asking this because the songs I’ve heard feel very personal, yet they also sound like they are a part of a concept.

We search for ideas and concepts, at first, and come up with an overall topic that we feel emotionally attached to. While writing, we always follow that emotion so that every chord, beat, lyric comes from that source. When we work like that, we get close to our own experiences, which makes the music real and personal. So there is as much personal impact in Lukas’ drum grooves as there is in my lyrics. And, even though, we don’t have the exact same story that each of us attaches a feeling to, we always end up in the same place.

Can you tell us a bit about Lingual? What is it about and where did the idea for the piece came from?

When we first came up with the song we got this idea of writing from a cold and narcissistic perspective. We wanted to explore the type of mindset someone would need to have to treat people like shit. And we also wanted to explore the mindset or the system driving a society that takes more than it gives back.

It looks like it was fun to shoot this video, I hope no one got hurt…

The happiest moment was shooting the last scene and realising: we did this and nobody died. We where shooting long hours, through the night and let’s just say that driving full speed through a hall with a fork lift with a person performing on it requires a certain level of concentration. I learned to drive a fork lift truck just for this video and we did a lot of research on how to belay lob, in advance. But, also, everything was pretty intense. We had a unique and wonderful experience working with this amazing crew.

Who’s responsible for the visual concept of the project? It’s very elegant!

Our director Bennet Seuss had a very clear vision for this pieced and these slightly bizarre visual aesthetics. And Benni Weu, who was on camera, made these ideas come to life with his unique approach to perspective and imagery. We got really lucky to work with such an amazing crew.

What’s next for WE WILL KALEID?

We are looking forward to support the Hundreds on their tour, which will happen this year. We are also planning to release our full length record.

By FM

Photography by Johanna Besseling