Estonian indie pop band`s “Kali Briis Band” music is not only vivid, but also very soulful. On 12th and 14th May they presented their new album “Let`s Play Love” in Riga. We had a little chat with “Kali Briis Band” before their gig at “Bar I Love You”.
It is your second concert in Riga. How do you like it here?
Alan: We really like Riga, it`s a beautiful town. We also walked the streets. It was really fun. We don`t have a bad word for this place, so we are really pleased that we have a chance to perform here.
Is the audience any different than in Estonia?
Alan: I don`t think so, because we`re performing in venues that “our kind of people” visit, so it doesn`t matter how far you are. It`s certain type of people.
Obviously this is all about your new album “Let`s play love”. What is it about?
Alan: It`s about love. What I mean is that in the beginning when you are a teenager, you think that everything is like in the movies and you start to realize that you have to do some work for it. It tells a story – how you are naive and how you don`t understand anything, how you reach nirvana when everything`s great. It`s not just an album where we put random songs. It tells a story if you listen to it that way.
And what does “love” mean to you?
Laura: (singing “All you need is love”) I think love has different sides. When you think about your family it`s different kind of love, or when you think about your friends it`s different kind of love. In this album it`s love between a man and a woman. Love means different things for every single person.
How is it to finally record an album together with a live band?
Alan: I think it`s normal progress. You can`t do music alone forever, it gets lonely.
But you are still writing, composing and producing songs on your own?
Alan: All of us are producers, because the final sound is developed by all of us. I just write.
Your discography list on Facebook is really long. Where do you find inspiration for new songs?
Alan: From everyday situations. As you guess, artists are more vulnerable, more sensitive in some ways, and you have to have a place where you can live up all these emotions. Music is the logical way.
You posted a video on Facebook where you play music near the House of the Blackheads. What do you usually do when you come to a new city for a concert?
Alan: Actually this was our first tour (in Riga) and it was fun, because we had enough spare time to hang with each other.
Laura: The weather was also really good, there was no rain so we went outside to play guitar.
Alan: I think we developed beautiful memory here on this tour, because in Lithuania we visited TV tower and did some tourist stuff also. It`s cool, it`s not just work, work, work…
And what do you do in your free time besides music?
Alan: Everybody works.
Laura: Two of us are music teachers in a music school.
Alan: I work in a car workshop, I`m the executive manager, so – completely different. And Kaarel is doing everything – he`s finishing his masters, also Erko and Laura are finishing their masters in music, and Hans is just a great drummer, who everyone wants, so we are very grateful to have him.
Laura: We kind of all are educated musicians, except Alan. He knows much more about music than we do when you ask him about some band.
Any plans for the summer?
Alan: We`re looking forward to two Baltic performances. One is “Laba Daba” – everybody`s talking that this is a really great festival, really good people and good audience. Who doesn`t look forward to good audience? And also there is one with the question mark in Lithuania. And “Positivus” (cheering).
Interview by Dārta Katrīne Salna