Berlin-based post-pop act I Heart Sharks takes pride in turning pop music into escapism in its purest form since meeting by chance in the summer of 2007. The trio, comprised by Pierre Bee, Simon Wangemann, and Martin Wolf, has already released two albums and actively toured to spread their idea of how pop music should be: a good mix of modern and nostalgic tones that moves both the feet and the mind.
Whattaroll recently caught up with Pierre for a quick interview and asked him to tell us more about the band and their work, inspirations, memorable gigs, and guilty pleasures. Our little chat is also nicely accompanied by photos taken by one of our collaborators, Matthias Hombauer, who has been working closely with the band in the last couple of years.
You have a very unique name for a band, where did the idea originate from and do you really heart sharks?
We’re firm believers in the Talking Heads motto “Stop making sense.” A band name nowadays is as much to set yourselves apart as to describe your music. People always notice it. If they didn’t, no one would ask us about it.
It’s stated that your music is a form of escapism; if you could escape to anywhere, be it fictional or real, where would you go?
Berlin in the 1920’s, before all of the bad stuff started. I’d have loved to walk around in a tweed suit
and visit the cabaret, or watch the streetcars fly past on a busy day at Potsdamer Platz. That’s all over
One of your recent tracks is entitled “To Be Young;” if you could revisit a moment in your youth, what moment would you relive?
I used to love going on holidays to the south coast of France. My mother is French, so we’d spend a
lot of time with family, and I used to be allowed to go out and do what I wanted all day, every day –
something I was never allowed to do in England. I would drive out to the beach with friends and play
football bare-footed on the streets of seaside towns whilst everybody slept inside to avoid the heat. I
didn’t have a worry in the world.
Besides your own material, what was the last song you heard?
We really, really like a song called “Giant” by a band called Bear Hands.
You’ve played a variety of venues, from abandoned staircases to internationally recognised festivals, what would you consider to be most memorable to you?
We recently played a show in Düsseldorf where there was a pool in the audience. Everyone there knew all of the words and in the end some of us jumped in. A few people from the crowd took it as an invitation to do it too.
Where do you find the inspiration for your music?
It’s sounds very cheesy, but by surrounding yourself with inspiring things and people. Going out and
doing stuff you’ve never done before. Routine is very good in some respects, maybe if you want to live a balanced life, but if you want to create, you have to accept that you can’t let that be the case.
What would be your ideal karaoke song to sing/scream along too? Any guilty pleasures we should know about?
Anything by Prince.
If you had to give one piece of advice to young artists, what would you say?
I don’t think anybody in the music business, successful or not, should be allowed to give advice to young artists, other than that they should know to put in a lot of work, and maybe, just maybe, it might work out.
What does the future hold for I Heart Sharks? What’s next for the band?
This winter we’re going on a European tour – across to the UK, France, Holland, Switzerland, and of
course, Germany. After that we’ll be keeping warm in our studio writing sun soaked songs for our next
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