Quickfire Questions #22: Paul Frick of Brandt Brauer Frick

By on Friday, 23rd September 2011 at 12:00 pm

Because words mean so much to me, I’m generally not a fan of instrumentals. Brandt Brauer Frick from Berlin has changed my mind about them, though. The band with seemingly a million instruments are doing a one-off gig at London Fabric on Wednesday the 5th of October – tickets are £10 advance and can be purchased here – before they head on over to the States for a tour. ‘Mr. Machine’, the follow-up to their 2010 album ‘You Make Me Real’, will be out in October in America and presumably will have a UK release around that time as well. Yesterday we posted their live performance of ‘Schwan’; watch it here.

For this set of Quickfire Questions, classically trained Paul Frick reveals the music that mattered to him then…and now.

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
I can remember dancing in the living room to ‘Stop! In the Name of Love” by the Supremes when I was a very little kid.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
One of them was ‘Sitting on the Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding.

3. What song makes you laugh?
Snoop Dogg’s ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’.

4. What song makes you cry?
Not a song…but Mozart’s ‘Requiem’.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Sinead O’Connor – ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Meshuggah – ‘Soul Burn’. [Editor’s note: I’m guessing he chose this because it seems to be the very antithesis of Brandt Brauer Frick.]


7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
The Beatles’ ‘Hey Bulldog’.


8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Uwe Johnson.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Working at a radio station.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
Gustav Mahler, 9th Symphony, with the Berlin Philharmonic, directed by Claudio Abbado.

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