Monday 12th September 2016
Influenced by the likes of All Time Low and Greenday, I catch a moment with German Pop-Punk Rockers ‘Pranx’ for The Junction UK to find out more about their latest release and how it’s all going.
You’ve just released your EP ‘Things On Your Mind’. How did you find the process of putting it all together, and did you face any hurdles you had to overcome?
We fortunately had a very comfortable recording process with very little problems even though we didn’t have very much time in the studio, mainly because we had planned every little song detail beforehand. The only minor difficulty was at the end where we had a little time delay and finished mixing (watching our producer mix…) the very last song just in time at the last studio day. Slightly increased stress levels but it was all cool in the end and overall.
What about tracks that didn’t make the cut; was it difficult to decide which tracks you wanted to include?
There were around 8-10 songs that we considered to be possible EP songs. However most of them were old songs from our previous band that we couldn’t really identify with anymore, so we picked the 3 songs that we’d exclusively wrote for PRANX so far and added the one favourite song from the old ones to complete the track list. In that regard it was a rather easy decision making process.
How responsive are you finding the fans to your music?
All in all there has been positive feedback to our music so far. What we found surprising is that people don’t seem to have one favourite track of the EP. Everytime we ask someone which song he/she likes the most we always hear a different answer. It’s pretty much split equally between all songs.
Have you had any airplay on mainstream radio?
Not mainstream but we had airplay on a few smaller local stations like Campus Welle or Fritz Unsigned.
It’s clear to see that you guys are influenced by the likes of Blink 182, Neck Deep, Greenday, and All Time Low to name a few, but what do you think sets you apart from these bands?
I think we have a very unique sound. The nasally sounding and rather calm voice is something that’s not very common in this type of genre. Our drummer also tends to play beats that have their own character and differ from the standard hihat-bass-snare beats.
What’s the music scene like in Germany, and have you managed to take your music further afield?
We have a handful of really cool pop punk bands but they’re all hidden very well in the underground scene. Most of the mainstream music here is German melancholic pop rock or German hip hop. Both not really something you want to listen to in my opinion… Regarding shows we’ve pretty much covered all of Baden-Württemberg (a German ‘state’ in the south-west if you will where we come from) but we’ve also played shows further away. Recently we had a gig in Erfurt which is in an area that belonged to former DDR/Eastern Germany. Thanks to the internet we also have a few individual people outside Germany or even Europe that know us.
How is your tour schedule looking for 2016, and when can we next catch you at a show?
We have only 3 more dates until the end of the year because we’re going to focus primarily on making our second record that’s going to be released next year. You can catch us on October 8th in Äpfingen, October 29th in Althütte and on November 12th in Bad Friedrichshall at the Geschrubb&Geschepper festival warm-up party.
Really enjoying your music videos, they’re really fun and match your music style. Who is the creative genius that comes up with the ideas, and who did you work with to create them?
All of the ideas for our music videos stem from us. We’re really lucky that our bassist Rouven is studying media art and design at a university in Saarbrücken, knows how to produce music videos and has the resources to create them. Through him we’re able to borrow high quality equipment from the university and shoot the videos on our own which doesn’t cost us one cent.
Being a band in the early stages of their career, how are you finding the process and have you been given any lasting advice?
It’s such an interesting stage because we’re still able to choose any direction we want to go. People don’t have expectations so it’s still up to us which way we want to go. Something that’s not so easy anymore for established acts who already built some kind of image and created their identity which people expect them to maintain.
A helpful advice we were given in this early stage was to focus on the right things. A lot of young bands make one mistake and that’s not making the actual music their first priority. They focus for example primarily on contacting bookers/venues or labels and hope that it gets them out there but don’t realize that their songs or the quality of their recordings are not good enough and that it’s the things they should be working on in the first place. By releasing high quality recordings you’ll get the attention of those people you’re trying to reach way easier without writing a million emails to them. If you focus more on – as basic as it sounds – the actual music instead of fixing everything around it first, you’ll get forward much faster. People that can do stuff for you will come to you and you won’t have to beg them to let you play at their venue. That way you’re automatically in a much better position. Write the best music you possibly can and put all effort in your recordings first. Then focus on the all the other things that come with being in a band.
What would you say is the next step for the band? If we came back to chat with you in another year, where you you hope to be?
In one year we hope to reach more people, play more and bigger shows and in general continue doing what we’re already doing now but on a much bigger scale. Next year we’re going to release our second EP which you can expect to have at least another 3 music videos that we hope to share with as many people as possible. We’ll see what the future brings :)