Written by: Jen Dan
We Will Kaleid are an art-pop duo operating between Berlin and Münster, Germany. The project consists of vocalist Jasmina de Boer and drummer/producer Lukas Streich.
Their music sounds brash, broken, and beautiful It’s very much the sound analog of Dirk Skreber’s Untitled (Crash 1) sculpture – a life-size red Mitsubishi Eclipse Spider frozen in the midst of a smash-up – menacing and awe-inspiring all at once.
Lingual, their latest single out via Sinnbus, is a poignant takedown of unchecked capitalism. The video which accompanies the song, which was directed by Bennet Seuss, features de Boer driving dancer Loby Lam on top of a forklift through a warehouse maze at break-neck speed. Is this what life in an out-of-control market-driven society feels like?
We get to the core of the band’s current outlook in this short, but informative interview.
Hello! We’re living in a world turned upside down these days. Have you been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic?
Of course, this is also hitting us hard. Besides the fact that we had to cancel the upcoming tour, we also lose big parts of our income as freelance musicians/technicians. But in comparison with other countries or the current situation of refugees everywhere, we are still in a very privileged situation.
Lingual, your new single, speaks about rampant capitalism, and it’s hard to see the current situation outside of this framework – What is the takeaway message of the song?
The situation really exposes the values of capitalism and that constant growth and incessant rivalry are not compatible with the consideration of the needs of others. It starts with people buying all the toilet paper, going out no matter what, and ends with closing the borders and not giving a fuck about the circumstances that people in Moria will be dealing with in light of this pandemic.
On the other hand, a lot of people are also starting to reach out to one another to help out people at risk with their daily chores. And groups are organizing themselves to help out those living on the streets or depending on communal food-sharing.
What would be an alternative to this system?
Capitalism produces a system with a lot of losers and a few winners. The alternative could be a system that overcomes the class system and prioritizes a fair distribution of goods throughout the world. This system should also include equal rights, equal pay, and the possibility of an ecologically conscious lifestyle.
How would culture of production differ if its production is not directly linked to the demands of the market?
It could be a chance for more variety and freedom in terms of creation. Without a system of valuing art in streams and numbers, culture could evolve into something with a value based on its very existence. We think this state of mind would free creativity beyond our imagination.
How did the music/arts scene in Germany react to pandemic?
During the first two weeks it felt like everyone was in a state of shock. But the scene is a bunch of incredibly creative people who have now started adapting to the situation in amazing ways.
There are live streams and concerts going on and social media is brimming with a lot of great content. Also, we really love how fellow artists reach out to each other; sharing resources and expertise and helping each other. It feels like a little revolution of kindness.
What will We Will Kaleid focus on post-pandemic?
Really looking forward to going on tour to support Hundreds this year, and also putting out our new album.
Keep up with We Will Kaleid HERE