Four-piece synthpop band Relate hail from Gelsenkirchen, Germany. WAZ (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung) Newspaper gives this endorsement: ” Black pants, white shirts, red ties and a portion of rock… with electronic elements and a modern sound… The band with its own genre.”
How would you describe your music?
Indie, synthpop, rock with a touch of the 80s on top.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
The current formation consists of Patrick (Lead vocals, Keys, E-Violin, Guitar), Mike (e-Drums, Drum-pad), Lisa (Lead-guitar, Keys, Background vocals), Lukas (Bass, Keys, Background vocals). It all started in 2015, when Mike joined the band to support them at a local newcomer contest. He learned all the songs on guitar and keys within 15 hours and they even won the contest! Since then, Relate has existed as a trio. Mike is an excellent guitarist but an even better drummer! Lisa had already been a friend and a fan of our music. When her band played a show at the same festival, we invited her to join us on guitar, so that Mike could play the drums. It worked out perfectly on a musical level as well as on a human level. Consequently, as of August 2018, Relate became a quartet.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
We all have quite different tastes when it comes to music. But when we’re on the road together, we usually listen to Linkin Park, Rammstein and maybe some 80s songs.
What inspires you?
Musically, we’re inspired by certain songs, the sounds used, the mood they evoke, the messages they transmit. Our singer Patrick writes about his emotions and experiences. He wants listeners to connect to, or rather “relate” to, our music and its lyrics on an emotional level.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Patrick and Mike are the main songwriters. They usually work at home and present frameworks of songs to the other band members later, so they can add their ideas.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
This is difficult to answer because it changes all the time. Straight Ahead is the song we almost always open our show with and that’s when we see the audience’s reaction. It’s a fast-paced rock song, so it helps us get into the mood. Recently, Residues and Thief have become our favourite songs to play live. Residues is a very dynamic rock song, which the audience seems to like. Thief conveys a more dramatic mood but has the same kind of explosive energy.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
A few days ago, we played a show with two bands that we’re friends with: Unplaces and Tiktaalik. The three of us fit together musically and we even accompanied each other on a few songs. It was a magical concert. We’d love to tour together someday.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s difficult. Big artists are promoted everywhere, and their songs are played to death on the radio. You need to be in the right place at the right time and meet the right people to advance somehow. Sure, the internet is a means to find small artists that you wouldn’t have found before, and for small artists to present their work. Still, it’s a lot about the connections you make offline, face-to-face.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Touring is always a game of Tetris for us. We don’t own a van to transport all our stuff. One time, when we were set to play a gig in Bavaria, Patrick wanted to take along the subwoofer of our PA. And we only had one car. Therefore, we had to fit in all our stuff, the subwoofer (which is HUGE!) and four people. Mike and Lisa didn’t have any personal space in the backseats. Later on, we even found a stowaway: a little bug had secretly crawled inside the car. We set it free on our arrival in Bavaria.
What are your future plans?
We’re currently working on the release of our next single. It will probably be available sometime in spring. Also, we’re planning to record our first studio album. We recorded the previous two albums ourselves, in our rehearsal room. Our first studio album will include new songs as well as our favourite songs of the ones that we’ve released so far, this time in higher quality.
We’re also planning a tour through Europe for next summer. And, of course, we want to keep on having fun making music together and connecting with other musicians and artists we meet along the way.