What does „monoPunk“ stand for musically?
Danny: It stands for beeing uncompromising in terms of musical energy, intensity and authenticity.
Maik: Not to forget openness to all music styles
How dit you come together as a band?
Maik: Tobi and I both studied at the Jazz Conservatory in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Tobi: Exactly, after graduation we both lived in Cologne for 3 years and played gigs together from time to time.
Danny: I did not study at the Conservatory but used to hang around there and play a lot in local clubs.
I know Maik from a session in the Plaza Bar in Arnhem.
Maik: It's been a while now. I moved to Hamburg in 2005 and Tobias and I had the funny idea to start a project that performs beats and playbacks live –
we didn´t want to use acutual playbacks, we wanted to play the beats and it should sound like it has been sampled.
However, for that we lacked the right bass player. I remembered Danny. He loved the idea right away and so we put our heads together.
That was the beginning of monoPunk!
Danny: From the first note it was clear that the three of us were musically seeking and finding each other.
We share the same idea of phrasing and it always feels like a unity on stage.