Special Interview: AMISTAT

theaussieword.com goes one on one with German twins AMISTAT!

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?

I started playing guitar at the age of 6 and that’s when I knew, standing on stage and creating music is all I want to do for the rest of my life. Josef started singing at the age of 10 and that’s when we started play music together. A few years later I started singing and we formed our first band with a few of our best friends! We never really liked school so we used to lock ourselves in our rooms and play music for hours and hours just to escape everything.

Amistat Nov 2017

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

There is something very special about being able to express yourself through music and the way you feel in front of others. Being able to share your views on life and your life-experiences with your audience makes you feel like it’s possible to actually make a change in this world. It’s always very important that what we create comes from a genuine and honest place and it’s done for the right reasons. 

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?

One of our goals is to win a Grammy Award for the best song/album of the year. The bigger picture is that we want to be able to travel the world with our music and play live to as many people as possible all around the world and feel like we are changing people’s lives. Help them to reconnect and open up to each other again.  Making this world a better place through our music and being the change!

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

We’ll be touring our new single ‘The Coward’ in December. We’ll be starting in Melbourne and then play in Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Byron, Brisbane and finish the year with playing at the Woodford Folk Festival.  Start of 2018 we’ll be recording a new EP and are going to go back to Europe for a while to tour over there and to see what opportunities are waiting over there.

Amistat The Coward tour

Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music?

Our latest Album is called ‘Parley’ which we released start of 2016. Parley is our debut Album and we are very proud of it. A lot of hard work and thought went into it and we were lucky enough to have some amazing musicians play on it with us. Our music is very ambient and reminds a lot of soundtrack music. Lots of strings, piano, acoustic guitar, percussion and harmonies are the basic layers in all our songs. For us it’s very important to have a lot of feel and heart in our music.

Success, what is the secret to it?

Success is measured in many different ways. For us success is to come to a foreign country and to keep being able to live of our passion (music). Having constant doubt and experiencing a lot of set backs and failures and still being able to go after your dream no matter what, that is success is our eyes. Loving what you do is the ultimate success!

What has been your biggest career highlight?

We used to listen to a singer/songwriter called Stu Larsen for years and love his music. Start of this year we were able to sing a song with him which was an incredible moment as it made us realise that anything is possible if you believe in it.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

Mark Mumford, Ben Howard and Damien Rice we find very inspiring. They and their music move and touch us in a way no other artist and music can at the moment.

Any new projects in the pipeline?

At the moment we are working on a lot of new songs and playing around with different sounds, ideas and styles. Start of 2018 we want to record a new EP and relocate to Europe for a while.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?

With Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and lots of other streaming platforms its easier nowadays to get your music out there into the world. We want to be touring and traveling around the world and share our music as one of “THE” live acts out there for many years. Live is what makes our hearts beat faster!

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.

We love Powderfinger, Stu Larsen, Chat Faker and Nick Cave!

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?

Nowadays it’s very easy to get your music out there as you can upload your songs yourself and it they will be available on all streaming platforms which is a great way to get your name out there! You don’t need big record deals anymore as everyone is able to record at home studios or on their laptop. Through social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora, you can promote your work and reach the whole world.  Back in the days it was very special to see really good bands play live who worked and bled together for years till they finally broke through. That seems to have gotten lost a bit nowadays as the main focus is not on live performance anymore, but on streams and likes.

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?

Thanks a lot for having us!

The world has enough soulless and meaningless art. I think we all want to reconnect with ourselves and one another again on a real, honest and authentic level. Being authentic and being yourself is rare to find and is something that we all should start focusing on more again. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!








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