This interview was conducted via email with singer/guitarist Andreya Casablanca June 8-20, 2016.
For more information on No Fun check out their Facebook and BandCamp pages.
Dave: How did the band get together?
Andreya Casablanca: We've known each other since we were in 'High School' but never dreamt of having a band together. I moved to Berlin, the guys live in Nuremberg, and when I came back after a year of studying in California, we all were kind of in a place where we wanted to start something new. And this is how the story went.
Dave: What’s the story behind the name No Fun?
Andreya: After said year abroad, I came back very heartbroken and kind of thrown off by what I've experienced - in Germany I had a solid career plan, working really hard all my life. In California I finally realized that creating something and taking my time to be inspired by my surrounding felt so much better and healthier. Coming back to the things I now 'had to do' again, was just totally No Fun. In the beginning, we formed the band around this idea.
Andreya: Our music surely polarizes hardliners…People totally into Punkrock oder into Garage-Music sometimes are like: Hmmmm what? There are a lot of different styles in our music and our recordings have a polished and still DIY Punkrock sound, so it’s never either / or. I guess it’s Chipmunk-Punk with a Sad Face on it.
Dave: You were recently featured on the The Great Thieves Escape II four-way split with Walk the Plank, Such Gold, and Harker. How did you get involved with the project?
Dave: Do you have plans to tour in support of the new record? What are some of your favorite places to play?
Andreya: We have a bunch of shows lined up that we planned in advance. Last year was really crazy, so we try to tone it down a little bit, since we also want to work on new material.
We are playing a few festivals and then go over to the states for FEST which Basti and Jens are already wetting their pants about. And generally we like to play anywhere where there's a good mood - seriously that's all that matters.
Dave: Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?
Dave: What are your thoughts on the music scenes in Nürnberg and Berlin?
Andreya: I can't complain. I don't have a good idea of how Nürnberg is right now - I guess you can name all the active bands there, which I think is a bummer, but the practice room situation is also really terrible down there. Berlin is flourishing with its micro-scenes and every now and then, someone breaks out of it, like KADAVAR for example. There are a lot of bands and musicians who moved to Berlin or play here frequently so you kind of get to know a lot of people from Europe and everywhere else, too.
TOP 5 Bands
- Parquet Courts
- Thee Oh Sees
- Fleetwood Mac
- Ty Segall
TOP 5 Movies
- 3 Women (Robert Altman)
- Now and Then (Lesli Linka Glatter)
- Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch)
- Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff)
- Funny Ha Ha (Andrew Bujalski)
TOP 5 Television Programs
- Mad Men
- Inside Amy Schumer
- House of Cards
- True Detective
TOP 5 Books
- Cather in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
- Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes (Daniel Kehlmann)
- No Exit and three other plays (Jean Paul Sartre)
- Richard Yates (Tao Lin)
- The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
Dave: What’s next for the band?
Andreya: THE WORLD. No, we're playing a bunch of shows in July and then in October and then we're gonna meet again to discuss future plans and songs :) now we're still riding the wave of our debut album.
Dave: Any final thoughts?
Andreya: I want Nick Woods of Direct Hit! to have personal blog, series or whatever, because his Facebook Status-Updates are like one of my favorite things to read every day. you go girl!!!!