What is this band really all about?
-“Precipitation” is a metal band, containing the four of us (Daniel, Till, Felix, Alex) as well as our ideas, opinions and thoughts. So we try to “precipitate” our feelings in a musical way, we make them become real, not only for us, but also for everyone interested. We won’t ever try to sound like something else, we just try to be ourselves, do what WE love and not what we are expected to be.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-I don’t think there is a big difference. Sure, it may be a little harder for bands like us to play in great and known locations far away from our hometown, but if you just put enough effort in it by meeting enough people, making connections or simply drag attention to your music, it won’t be a big deal. Either way people don’t see us as musicians, we might be more like normal guys and friends. It makes us being closer to the people. So I guess both sides have their benefits.
When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that? do you feel that you have a sound all your own that follows on from album to album? How important is identification from album to album to you?
-We are happy about every positive review we get even if a review is not that good, we like it because every word about our music will make us reach more people. We try not to get pressured with the rising expectation that good reviews will bring along and will always keep writing songs as we did before: if it comes to our minds and we like it, we play it. There is no PRECIPITATION-typical sound or anything yet as its just our first album, but we are pretty excited what the next album will be like. We are the same people, but our personality, the taste and the sound thrive further.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up digitally or is physical still cooler with really good songs?
-Writing the songs is probably the longest part of the whole process. Having a physical CD always feels better in our opinion, but a digital release is not less important nowadays. That’s why we really wanted to come up with both for our debut. Digital released music is always available like a McDonalds, but those who really enjoy rather go to a proper restaurant.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-We always try to keep our sound as clean and natural as possible, but recording with a computer is way more common and has time benefits as well as cost saving potential. So we never recorded us live on tape or anything like that.
How do you view your sound? Would you say that you have a sound that is all your own and that I’d recognize it instantly?
-As mentioned before, we never try to focus our sound on high-gain-guitars, but on a good balance between clean sounds and distorted elements. Maybe this mixture differentiates us from other bands, but we are probably not the only ones thinking this way.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Our lyrics are, in fact, very special to us. They represent our point of view of being human with all it’s aspects of existence. We try to see the world through different eyes in different situations and this is what actually “The Power Of..” is about. There is always much space left for the listeners to “read between the lines” and to interpret the lyrics their very own ways. We try to dissociate ourselves from political or religious aspects. So the message is: we are all just humans.
What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-The artwork was a very important part for us and it has changed several times throughout the recording and publishing process because it should fit the musical impression as good as possible. The perfect artwork turned out to be the one from Rico Roth, who did a great job and fulfilled our best possible expectations.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-In some towns we do. Over the two years we are playing live, we surely had better gigs and some not too good, but every show trains us to do even better the next time. There is a hearable progression, when you look at our first shows compared to the ones nowadays. People let us know and feel it more and more.
What do you see in the future?
-We see a lot of music for sure. We feel motivated to play shows and keep writing songs to release more albums. The next big dream after the release is going on tour and spread our word. There are so many cool people to meet and bands to hear, so we are keen to take on every opportunity we get.