Interview series ‘From LA to Berlin’: Health

‘From LA to Berlin’ will feature a series of artists and their gigging habits all the way from LA to Berlin and throughout Europe and America.
Second episode with Health, the LA-based prodigies, whose music is taking over one video, one hit or remix at a time. Young and mighty, powerful drums, lyrics close to singing in tongues, striking videos, strong stage charisma, they could well be rock stars in the making. Saw them performing last year at the Berlin Festival, it was one of the best gigs I had seen, ever.

Some facts: age 20s’, from San Diego, CA; living in LA; been making music for 5 years.

Number of gigs: ca600

Number of tracks produced: 22 on 2 albums

Influences: recorded music 1965-2012 and Terminator 2

LSD: How do you order your tracks for a live show?
Health: Everything is about energy, we arrange the songs so there is an energy curve and a “storyline” about how the songs follow one another. This is very important to us.

LSD: Is there a certain pattern you can recognize in this process?
Health: Yes, there are always certain songs that can only be placed in certain parts of the set.

LSD: Is there much space for wishes from the audience? 
Health: Definitely, everything about the set is made with the audience in mind. Also determines where we place the ‘hits’.

LSD: What are you influenced by on stage?
Health: The only thing important to us is a great show

LSD: Is there a special tune you always start or finish your gig with?
Health: We always close with USA Boys.

LSD: How do you get yourself ready before a gig?  
Health: I microwave a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream and try to drink it in one gulp.

LSD: What is special when playing in other countries, when preparing for the journey? 
Health: Not a fan of the journey. Hate the flights. What we love is traveling to new cities and meeting new people.

LSD: Some gig cities from LA to Berlin? 
Health: Shanghai, Perth, Sydney, San Diego, LA, Chicago, Boston, NYC, Sao Paulo, London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, Berlin…

Watch this Health video and try to guess who is the main actor!

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