Meet the German quartet, Stereotide! Their debut single “Someday” stayed in the Top 100 of the official German Airplay Charts for three months, and even made it into the Top 10 in the Mainstream Airplay Charts. Their second single “Beautiful Lie” also jumped into the Top 100 of the official German Airplay Charts.
Stereotide have earned over 7k airplay spins at the biggest German radio stations, including Radio NRW, Bayern 3, NDR 2, SWR 3, Rockantenne, SR1 Europawelle, Radio Salü, Radio 7 and SAW Rockland Radio, as well as Belgian Radio BRF and Welle 1 Austria.
Stereotide supported both Daughtry and Skillet on their respective German tours, played other headlining festivals and supported the likes of 80’s singer Nena and Percival from The Voice (Germany), amongst others.
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Learn more about Stereotide in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today. So how are you all keeping busy and musical these days during this crazy Covid-19 pandemic? How are you staying connected to your fans?
First of all – many thanks for the opportunity to do the interview with you! Yes, we really live in a crazy time. While the world takes a break, the creativity doesn’t – especially now, when people are dealing with many topics at the same time, many new musical ideas come up. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? Of course, we connect with our fans only digitally at the moment – and hear a lot about how they are doing.
What kind of music do you think is going to come out of these crazy times? Are you working on anything new right now?
Hopefully positive music; the themes of hope and humanity are incredibly present at the moment. And yes, we have already felt material for two albums and also a lot of time to write more songs.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could all be in this group together? Do you find that your band name still represents you and your music today? Where did your name come from exactly? What other names were you considering?
Oh, we remember that very clearly. It was Stephan (our singer and front-man) who made a broadcast call on the phone; the first person he called was Chris. And he didn’t let him finish at all, he just yelled “YES” into the phone in the middle of the question. We were all in other bands before, also great bands, but we all agreed that we finally wanted to do something together. That was the hour of birth.
We still stand behind our band name and are very happy to call ourselves STEREOTIDE. It was a process of creation; first there was the name Stereotype, but it was somehow negatively connotated; also, STEREOTIDE is unique, has a more positive feeling and also represents the dualism (“stereo”) in life. Of course, we had other cool names like 30 Seconds To Mars, Bruno Mars, or Muse on the list – but they were already taken 😉 – Just kidding! 😀
How do you think your hometown has influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group? If not, why do you think that is?
We love our hometown. But it hasn’t influenced our sound – instead, it of course has influenced our hearts. We think that our sound is more British and American, and we see ourselves more as citizens of the world. This is probably why you don’t hear any sound influences from our hometown.
Let’s talk about your newest track, “Find Someone.” What was the inspiration for this song? How do you think it compares to your earlier songs?
Well, “Find Someone” is a song about desire, trust and hope. It describes a feeling that most of us have probably already experienced: We despair in search of perfection – only to find that what we have is already perfect – perfect for us. The certainty that we can be happy about many things in life should give us strength and hope, even in more difficult days. Life itself gave us the inspiration for this song. Our own experiences, but also the experiences of our friends and our community have inspired us for this song. If you listen carefully to the song you might find a piece of yourself or your life in it.
We try that a certain style represents a common thread running through our songs. And we always try to develop ourselves further – role models are mainly bands like Queen, The Beatles, and Coldplay – you can always recognize it’s them, but they show an incredible variability in their styles and endless creativity.
Do you have plans to put out a music video for “Find Someone”?
Yep, it’s already in the making – let yourself be surprised 😉
Generally, how does this group go about writing your music? Do you write together or separately? What is the first step in your music-making process?
It’s really totally different. Sometimes one of us writes alone, sometimes we write together – you have to take the inspiration as it comes. But the first step is always the muse, the inspiration. Sometimes a melody comes to you, sometimes a text, sometimes a guitar riff. At some point it sneaks into your head and then it is just “there” – after that it goes very fast.
What has it been like supporting Daughtry, Skillet Nena and Percival from The Voice (Germany)? on their respective German tours? What did you learn from these very different artists? Who would you love to tour with again?
That was awesome! They were all really great. It was a great honour for us to share a stage with them as support act. We learned from them above all modesty, to remain humble, and that it is important to always stay on the ground. We would love to share the stage with all of them again 😉 – But it would also be a great honour for us to play with Coldplay, The Script, Muse or OneRepublic in the future.
I always like to ask bands how much you hang out socially apart from when you are creating and performing music?
Well, it’s like this: If you can’t stand yourself in private, how is it going to fit in the rehearsal room, in the recording studio, on stage or even on a tour? No chance. That’s why we hang out regularly – privately and musically. What we have already experienced together is certainly material for a good book – maybe there will be one in the future, let’s see.
How do you feel that this band has grown since you first started working together? What has remained the same?
What has definitely grown since then are our beards. Kidding. With the things you experience – especially on tour – you grow together strongly. Trust plays a very important role. What has remained the same is the fun with the music and the desire to go on stage. Also, the hair stayed the same colours, for the most part, we think.
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
That’s a really good question. Each one has its own appeal. In the studio, the creative process is in the foreground; you create something new, that’s a lot of fun. On stage it’s the energy, the atmosphere and the joy of the fans. These are two different energies that we both don’t want to miss and can’t do without.
What do you think makes for an ideal show for this band? What have been some of your favorite shows and venues lately?
A successful evening means for us that the fans had their fun and afterwards we can hang out at the autograph booth and chat with them. The sold-out Germany tour with Revolverheld was a perfect example for this. That was really incredible! Many different cities, people, mindsets, every night was a little bit different and therefore all the more special. It’s precisely in this diversity that humanity lies, right?
Do you have any tour dates scheduled for later this year? Have any dates been canceled yet due to the Coronavirus?
Unfortunately not – the uncertainty when shows will be possible again is still too big. We think we have to be a little patient now. But as soon as it starts again, we will go for it of course!
With all the different social media platforms out there, how do you balance it all? How do you think that social media has impacted this band? How often are you all on your different sites interacting with fans? How have you been able to utilize it through the years?
Of course, social media is a blessing because it makes it so much easier for fans to attract attention. It also makes it easier to interact with them – we do this several times a day, even if it’s getting a bit much at times. For example, we met some fans first on social media and then at concerts – the connect was there immediately. And we are always happy to see new followers on Spotify 🙂
What musicians have really been inspiring you all since you first started making music? Who would you still love to work with?
Whew, that’s a lot. Here are a few (in no particular order): Coldplay, Muse, The Script, One Republic, Biffy Clyro, Bruno Mars, Adele, 30 Seconds To Mars, Queen, The Beatles, U2. If it’s possible we would like to produce with Max Martin and Shellback, and also with the producers of the above-mentioned bands, because this influences us a lot.
For “Find Someone” and soon more upcoming singles we worked in the USA with the young producer Ryan Benyo from LA – we are totally thrilled, what a great guy!
We would be really excited to find out what would happen if we could work with artists like Coldplay, The Script, Ed Sheeran or Adele to see what could happen.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
“Hope” is exactly the right keyword: our message should transport hope, love, humanity. Especially in times like these, our music should give people some strength, bring some light into the darkness. We have enough of the darkness anyway and we hope that people will see it the same way.