Exposure: Das Pop
- John Johnston
- 10 March 2009
Das Pop: Try Again
With a busy festival schedule, which included three sets at Glastonbury, and numerous appearances towards the end of the year it’s easy to forget that we’re still eagerly awaiting Das Pop’s debut album. With a name like that you should be expecting pop hooks and sing-along choruses aplenty but all pre-conceptions are blown away with the riotous joy of seeing the band play live. I spoke to singer Bent Van Looy before their King Tut’s show.
How did Das Pop begin?
Niek, Rein and I met when we were 16 at high school and every recess we’d go and play around with the bongos in the music room and use a cello to play bass. After that, we played in bedrooms and practised and it went from there. We met Matt (drums) when he lived in London. One of our friends knew him and it was just good.
You weren’t always Das Pop though, why did you change from Things To Come?
Because it’s a very bad name. We were probably a very bad band at the time, so when we decided to become a good band we decided to change it to something we were more happy with and having pop in the name was extremely important. It’s a small word that holds a world of meaning so it’s very important.
What’s in-store for you this year?
We’ve been playing non-stop, especially towards the end of last year and we did some shows with Soulwax. Now we’re just playing and the record will be out soon. We’ve been playing these songs for a long time and it will be interesting to see the difference of playing them when people know the record.
2 Many DJs produced your debut album. How was it working with them?
They’re great; we’ve known each other forever. We all grew up in Ghent. It’s just fun hanging out with your friends and doing things you enjoy. We did some early demos ourselves and they were quite baroque and serious sounding but then Stefan and David said, “imagine if you can’t have thirteen string players and you’re playing in a small club” and they helped with the idea of stripping away the unnecessary bits and keeping the bare bones as if we playing it live and they were right. They were extremely important to us.
Justice are also singing your praises aren’t they?
They put us on their Fabric mix that got scrapped. The people at Fabric thought it was too odd and not dance enough but they put it up on the Internet. I moved to Paris a few years ago and the music scene is kind of small so you bump into people and get to know them.
With the company you keep, is dance the way you see yourselves heading next?
No, I think the fact that we sound different is because, this will probably sound corny but, we use the language of pop and they choose to use keyboards and computers. It’s just the language, it all comes from the same place though; we have a similar pool of influences and background but it just comes out different.