Hey hey! Thanks! We’ re fine. Just sitting in the first Wifi place we could find on the island after arriving in Dover.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “You Are”?
Of course! It’ s a song we wrote in our teens, which feels like centuries ago. It’ s kinda funny to release a song NOW that we wrote in a foreign language as kids, but we’ve always liked the simplicity of the lyrics so we didn’ t change them. When we started playing it live ten years later, it kinda became the swansong of SEA + AIR, cause it was our first duet, it’ s a lovesong to love and we’ re married and so on. We still like the extreme reaction we get to it. It’ s a song people either love or hate, nothing in between. And it’ s got over 100.000 plays on both Spotify and YouTube which is funny for a band that grew up listening to vinyl!
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It was more a mood than an event. Some kind of enlightenment when you are 17/18 and you think you’ re pretty grown-up and you found the love of your life. Hehe. Nowadays I feel younger than back then but (after ups and downs) the love of my life is still the same.
How was the film experience?
It was pretty crazy, being filmed in complete darkness, with some battery-operated little flashlights pointed at you and then diving into the atmosphere of the sea and the air surrounding us…
The single comes off your new album Evropi – what’s the story behind the title?
Evropi means Europe in Greek. Eleni’ s family had a turbulent century, they came to Greece in 1922 as refugees, then moved to Germany in the 70’s. Each song on the album is a little personal piece of the big story. For example “Mercy Looks Good On You” was written from the perspective of Eleni’ s great-grandmother who had to give her kid to a richer family for making sure she grew up in a “better” surrounding. One day she decided to take her back. Both are pretty heavy decisions which are hard to imagine in today’ s western world, I think.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a big journey as well. We recorded the basic tracks live in a studio in Canada. Then moved to Berlin for a couple of months, then to Southern Germany where we recorded choirs and organ in a church. To our home in Greece afterwards, and then ended up mixing the whole thing with our friend Tim Bruzon in Bristol.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
We were on tour for 2 years straight with the first record (playing over 500 shows) and didn’ t find the time to write songs. But if you can’ t write songs, at some point you spill over because of all the stuff that wants to come out. So we realized the melodies we were singing in the countless showers of Europe could also be made into songs. Composing songs completely in our minds. The good stuff would automatically be remembered, the stuff not worth it would be forgotten the next day. Pretty exhausting, but it was worth trying it out for one album.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yeah. Today’s London gig will be the last show of the7 month first leg of our tour we did to promote the firs two singles “Should I Care” and “You Are”. We played 15 countries on that tour. One of our favourite one was the UK, so we’ll definitely come back for a bigger tour in autumn, after playing some festivals in summer. Watch out! Haha.