Games, Brrraaains & Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with alternative tribal rock duo, Under the Tongue!
1. How did you get started as a band?
Julia: We met in 2008 after I contacted Mark on old school Myspace! I went to see a solo concert of his at a small music festival in Berlin. I’m a big fan of everything Australian so I saw that this Aussie muso was playing and so I went and really enjoyed the show. I danced and trust me, I normally don’t dance… So I wrote to him over Myspace and said that I really loved the gig. He wrote back a couple of days later to thank me and saw on my profile that I played piano, bass and sang. As it so happened Mark was looking for a bass player at the time and he suggested we have a jam. So we met up and spoke for hours about music and life and realised that we had heaps of things in common. The UTT music project started pretty much then and there while walking the streets of Berlin.
2. How would you describe your sound?
Mark: Imagine music for the series Peaky Blinders, a Dracula film or a Tim Burton movie and then you are on the right track. If your unconscious could sing… you just might be listening to Under The Tongue.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
We would say the influences are ranging from The Beatles to Ben Harper, Puscifer, Elliot Smith, Audioslave, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Slade, Cat Stevens….and the list could go on.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
We think it definitely helps you get heard or seen by a wider audience worldwide within a short period of time. If you know what you’re doing then it’s great promo for your band. We just started to get into social media and the marketing side of things. It has been a learning curve but we are enjoying it more and more. When you do everything yourself ,as we do, you really have to learn time management and set priorities. Unfortunately at the same time you can get lost in the thousands of other bands trying to be heard as well.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
We love making our own music videos as that in itself is a whole other creative process. Also we like to stay fit and healthy. Travelling, photography, cooking and gardening are only a few of the things that we enjoy… very rockstar, we know!
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
With the current situation regarding COVID19 we had to unfortunately postpone many gigs for this year and are currently focusing on creating new videos, rehearsing and preparing for new releases later on in the year. We have loads of goodies in store for the next 20 years and are so looking forward to it all!