Five Questions And A Playlist

Rotterdam based Lewsberg return to the UK this spring with a series of live dates in support of their forthcoming new album In This House.
Following the tried and tested method used for their acclaimed 2018 self-titled debut, the band will release the new album themselves and through Cargo Records Distribution on 27 March.

In anticipation for that release we caught up with Michiel and Arie to get to know a little bit more about the support for live music in their home city. They also made us an instrumental playlist for your listening pleasure. 

Order In This House and see Lewsberg’s live dates here.

Who were your favourite bands / artists as a teenager?

Michiel: Too many to name here. A few that come to mind: Beastie Boys, Tricky, Smog, Arab Strap.

Arie: I listened to the radio, mostly. Didn’t have particular favourites. The first cd I bought was the Fugees album: The Score.

When did you realise music could be a career?

Arie: When I started making music, I stopped thinking about a career.
Michiel: I'm not sure what that means, a career.

Do you have a job outside of music?

Michiel: No.
Arie: I write code, preferably at night.

How well is live music supported in your hometown / city?

Arie: We used to host bands ourselves, we had a venue in a former Turkish restaurant in the south of Rotterdam. But we had to move out last summer, because they were going to sell the place. That’s how a lot of initiatives end, nowadays.

Michiel: To be honest, we are more and more suffering from the 2010 law that prohibited squatting. And from the gentrification of Rotterdam. Creative free havens are almost extinct because of increasing rents, regulations and bureaucracy. Plus there’s a strong, almost all consuming fixation on “the numbers” at established venues. Luckily there are some exceptions at the fringes.

If you could make one change to the music industry what would it be?

Michiel: Stop fixating on the numbers.

Arie: I would like to ask people to stop going to festivals and buy tickets for shows at local venues instead.