Marais is a 4-piece screamo outfit from Germany. Last July, they came down to South East Asia for a tour and played in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. We managed to get some time and did a short interview with them. We renamed ourselves as ( W ), Marais as (M), Patrick as (P), Karsten as (K), Davin as (D) and Basti as (B) to ease the process. Here is the outcome:
W: Hi guys, please introduce yourselves.
P: Hi, I’m Patrick and I’m from Cologne. I play the drums and do some vocals for Marais.
K: Hi, I’m Karsten and I’m also from Cologne. I play the bass.
D: Hi, I’m Davin. I’m from Cologne and I play the guitar.
B: Hi, I’m Basti and I live in Leipzig. I’m the vocalist for Marais.
W: Tell us about Marais. How did it happened?
M: Marais formed back in late 2012. All of us knew each other since 2011 and on that time we all live in Cologne. That one time, we hungout and we were just sitting and one of us came out with an idea of forming a band, and thought it would be great if we play screamo. Our first song was rough, short and simple. Then, we slowly develop by adding more variety and focus more on melodies.
W: It’s a suprise that Marais would come to South East Asia, since it’s been quite some time since a screamo band from Europe came here. Tell us on how the tour happened?
M: 2 years ago back in 2014, Delos and Marais were on tour and played together for the Cry Me A River festival (CMAR). During the fest, Amat and Mimi from Sjanse were there. They approached us and we had a chat. Half a year later, I asked them that would they be interested to play for CMAR 2015 and they said yes. So, on that year we toured together with Sjanse.
Then, we became good friends with Sjanse, and that one time, the Sjanse boys were joking about having Marais in South East Asia. We actually thought that it’s a good idea. We made proper plans with Mimi, and he helped us to book the SEA tour. We booked our flight tickets, and now here we are! Haha
Our tour is supported by ‘Initiative Musik’, an initiative for loacal musicians in Germany. They provide German bands with funds to tour abroad.
W: So, you guys already played 2 shows by now, which were Singapore and Batu Pahat, Johor. So, describe briefly about South East Asia.
M: It was crazy! I never expect that there are a big community that are into screamo. It was totally sick when people sing along to our songs, and gone extremely mad when we did the Tristan Tzara cover. In Batu Pahat, people were crowd surfing and sang with us, it was crazy! I also find that people here are friendly and kind, besides having interest on what we’re doing.
W: How did you guys discover South East Asia screamo?
K: My first band from SEA would be Kias Fansuri. During CMAR 2010, I bought the Kias Fansuri tape, released by Utarid Tapes.
P: My first tape from Utarid Tapes was the June Paik Discography tape. I bought it during CMAR 2011. When I checked the sleeve, I saw there’s Arwith’s name. From Utarid Tapes, I knew Kias Fansuri, Daighila and Orbitcinta Benjamin.
D: It’s from Utarid Tapes, but I have no expectations on that time, I don’t even know about the South East Asia scene until i got here.
B: It’s from Moment Of Collapse, through the 6-way Connection Split, and also the Kias Fasnsuri tape from Utarid Tapes.
W: You guys seen two different situations now. So, compare the difference between SEA and Germany.
M: For me, the show organization is still the same. The difference are, in Germany you need to bring your own backline because venues don’t provide them. In SEA, everything is provided.
Next, in Germany, bands get money from shows. In SEA, we don’t experience that. And also, in SEA, there are more bands in a show compared to Germany.
W: Okay, here’s a fun question! Tell us what is your best ever band you watched live.
P: La Quiete
K: Battle Of Wolf 359, they are my favorite screamo band.
B: I’ll go with Trainwreck (Basti took a very long time to decide between Trainwreck and Comadre)
D: June Paik
W: What you guys would tell to someone who wants to form a screamo band?
B: Go for it!
K: Don’t ever listen to new wave screamo, and don’t even try to be a musician! Just play what you want.
P: Don’t listen to any rules. Go get an Orchid record and do whatever you want with it! Haha
D: Play and go!
W: Share with us on Marais’ progress afrer the SEA tour.
M: We plan to write new material and record them. We’re also planning on doing a reissue of our releases as SEA version and maybe a 10″ in Germany soon.
W: Last question, when you guys planned for the tour, do you guys have any special band requests?
M: Sjanse – We toured with them and we’re good friends.
Piri Reis – We love their music, we listen to them alot back in Germany.
Daighila – We like them, but we haven’t watch them yet.
Daily Ritual – We watched them during their Europe tour, but it didn’t work out to have them playing with us.
W: That’s all guys, thanks for your time. We hope you guys have a good time in SEA.
M: No problem!