With their debut album ‘Believe Us’ now out and the press hype slowly building around one of Austria’s most-exciting young bands, Substance is Meaningless caught up with At Pavillon ahead of what is going to be the busiest year yet for the bright-shirt wearing four-piece.
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Simon Dallaserra of the Austrian band took some time out ahead of the release and their upcoming tour to talk to Substance is Meaningless about the direction of the new album, the influences dreams can have on music, and why you need to make mistakes if you want to progress in life.
There are lots of exciting, entertaining festivals in Austria; whether it is the chilled-out ambience of Acoustic Lakeside, the free Popfest at Karlsplatz or the more commercial “grandaddy” of Austria festivals in the form of Frequency or Donauinsel Fest, there’s something for everyone over the summer months. One of the best of the bunch is located in Schlierbach in upper Austria and goes by the name of Rock im Dorf!
If you’re looking for a smaller, more manageable festival with top bands, an easy-going vibe and friendly atmosphere, then this festival not far from Kirchdorf an der Krems is an essential addition to your summer festival ‘to do’ list.
Substance is Meaningless caught up with the long-term member of the rockimdorf.at cultural organisation and current Booking and Press officer Valentin Geiseder, to talk about how the festival has developed over the years, why it is important to think regional when organising festivals and who the stand-out acts at this year’s festival between 12th to 14th of July could be.
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The first “new instalment” of the Rock im Dorf festival took place in 2013, what has been the biggest thing that’s changed over the years?
It was a constant improvement every year, we are definitely better organised these days, we got a new venue in 2014 which we optimise every year to make it more exciting and comfortable.
What was the reason for starting the festival back then? Did you expect it to be as successful as it has been?
We wanted to create a cultural summer highlight for our region, giving value, inviting the bands we love. Getting friends to come together for two weeks to build and decorate the festival area.
That first festival back in 2013 had a pretty impressive line-up, with the likes of A.G Trio, Bilderbuch, Francis International Airport and more – which artist are you most proud of being able to say, “they played on our stage?”
It makes us very proud to be able to give a platform to emerging and highly talented artists to perform in front of big audiences that are passionate about music. Being able to see that we’ve been able to help a little with an artists career and get awesome feedback from our visitors keeps us motivated to do this.
“We have such a strong passion for what we do. Nothing’s difficult about this job when you have that ” – Valentin Geiseder
How much work really goes into a festival like this? When do you start booking the first acts and preparing for the festival?
We usually start collecting and assessing feedback right after the festival. We then build up an organisational team in the autumn. Weusually start booking acts between December and February. It requires the whole year for some people in our team.
What would you say is the hardest thing about organising a festival like this?
We have such a strong passion for what we do. Nothing’s difficult about this job when you have that. We have an amazing crew, that’s our biggest asset to get the difficult things done.
Hearts Hearts will be performing on Friday, 13th of July.
Does Rock im Dorf have a certain code or ethos when it comes to the bands it books?
Yes. We like to mix established headliners with the freshest talent around. We try to focus on the Austrian music scene and of course, great live bands.
I’ve been to Rock im Dorf and loved the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of the festival. What do you think makes the festival stand out from other festivals in Austria?
Well, Austria has a lot of great festivals, but I think its exactly this atmosphere you described that makes it so special.
Rock im Dorf doesn’t just have a reputation for good music, it’s also been commended for its efforts to be a Green Festival. What are the key things you do to keep this festival green and how can other festivals learn from your examples?
It’s very important to interact with the local community, farmers, landlords… this is what we had to learn during the first few years. Comfort is a key aspect these days, keeping the festival clean and regional is an essential part, and I think lots of other festivals are improving in that aspect. Our key green points are supporting regional suppliers, rewarding visitors who arrive by train and those who refuse to drop their waste/cigarettes on the grass.
Yukno will be performing on Friday, 13th of July.
This year’s festival has another extremely solid line-up of mainly Austrian artists (check out the complete Rock im Dorf playlist below), who are you most excited about?
I think its the whole package. My personal favourites are probably Yukno who just released an amazing record, and I think Hearts Hearts and Lea Santee have great potential on an international stage in the future.
Who could be the biggest ‘unknown surprise’ people shouldn’t miss out on?
I’m really excited about Farveblind, a Danish artist I discovered in a small club in Ljubljana this February. They had this amazing live energy that convinced me to invite them for one of the closing slots of the festival.
Favreblind will be performing on Saturday, 14th of July.
Are there any surprises in store for visitors this year? Anything you’re trying out for the first time?
Our team is working on some great improvements in decoration. What it will be exactly is a surprise. You should also watch out for our afternoon entertainment program which will be announced soon.
It’s always difficult to predict to future, but where how do you want this festival to be in 5 years time? Are there plans to make it bigger, or are you happy with the way it is?
We are still improving and learning every year, especially in terms of decoration, team spirit and comfort. Maybe we are going to invite some bigger names, if we have the opportunity, but the core values will always remain the same.
Is there another festival in the world you’ve attended that you were impressed by?
Personally, I also prefer festivals with this friendly, more cosy attitude. We recently formed a small association called “NOEFF” with other Austrian festivals where we share a lot of our experiences and our passion for organizing festivals. The member list includes a lot of great festivals you should check out: https://www.facebook.com/noeffreunde
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22.10. Scheune | Dresden (DE)
24.10. Helter Skelter | Hamburg (DE)
25.10. Wildenbruch | Berlin (DE)
28.10. Sparte4 | Saarbrücken (DE)
29.10. Wohnzimmerkonzert | Linz (AT)
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You know that feeling you get when you watch good music, when your mind slowly drifts off into a different universe and separates from your physical form as you become one with the beats and sounds around you – it’s fucking amazing. That’s the only way to describe the feeling we had on Friday night at Out of The Woods festival as Foals took to the stage and went through hit after pounding, intense, math-rock hit. Ok, so the beer probably helped, and maybe I had a touch of sunstroke, but there’s no denying that Foals make good music.
Out of the Woods – Into the Fire
You’re probably wondering why we’re writing something now after a considerable break, or maybe not, maybe you didn’t even notice we were gone. Anyway, it’s like when you meet a friend, agree to meet up again as soon as possible and then nine months go by – all the while you have the thought in your head to get in touch with them, but something else comes up and you forget again, then you meet up and think: ‘why the fuck did it take us this long to meet up again’ that’s kind of what happened, I guess.
Something clicked listening to Foals in that alcohol-enthused, sun-drunk, Sweat-drenched, borrowed-shorts state, like a switch had been turned back on. Anyway, here’s goes nothing – this is how we experienced the Out of The Woods festival.
Everything is better in the dark
I was really looking forward to watching Nihils, and we made a massive effort to get there on time for them as well, only to get there a little too late due to an unexpected costume change and too many pivo stops. Or at least we thought we’d missed them until I heard the distinct sounds of Breathing from backstage, it would have been rude to ask Joe Mount from Metronomy if he could wait while we went and checked them out though.
Schmieds Puls were up next. A wonderfully melodic bands with beautifully touching songs, but also perfect background music for other activities.
As the air cooled and the beer flowed things got busier on the main stage for Metronomy, a band that has more hits than many expect or give them credit for, and they bashed them out in full force as hips swung and beer spilled to the sounds of The Bay, The Look and newer tracks like Night Owl.
With the crowd now truly warmed up and the sun slowly setting Foals took to the stage and showed why they are one of the best bands out there at the moment. It’s not everyday you see a band switch so smoothly from indie math-rock to mosh-pit inducing – and we’re talking massive mosh-pit inducing – music. People were sucked into the maelstrom of arms and legs by the dozen as girls battled to keep their dresses on and lads practiced their best flying kicks to some of the bands heavier tracks. Bellisimo.
After such an impressive display it was going to take something special from headliners Phoenix to steal the show, and while the music was dance-friendly and utterly perfect, they never really got the crowd going as they would have hoped. Perhaps their massive stage mirror and Las Vegas style lights were too distracting? With the encore in full swing it seemed as if singer Thomas Mars realised he needed to do something unorthodox to make this a show to remember, and that is what he did, by embarking on a ten minute crowd surf through the masses before literally standing on people hands and probably heads to finish the final song of the set.
It was then off to the after party where we learned one essentially vital rule. Never. Ever. Piss off the driver of your only option to get home.