1. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
– Gabriel: Sunburst Orange!
2. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
– Julian: Lyrics! Lyrics are difficult for me because I want to write something that has a message and it can be difficult to pronounciate words and fit them into a sentence. You have to throw out ideas because it would not fit the frame. Sometimes it comes very naturally, sometimes I feel like I’m forcing it.
3. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
– Johnathan: Monterrey Pop.
– Julian: Primavera Sound.
– Johnathan: That would be pretty fucking cool.
4. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
– Chris: Putting out a record.
– Gabriel: Yeah, that and being here (in Europe, editor’s note) for the second time.
– Julian: One of our songs „Friends“ made it to 2 million plays on Spotify. Just with the streaming money that we made we could afford a second tour.
– Johnathan: We recorded that with only one mic!
5. What inspired you to start making music?
– Gabriel: Uhm, boredom. (Everyone laughs)
– Johnathan: I remember I was in a relationship and I was heartbroken and I tried to get my mind off of it so I started playing music and went out to a party and met him (points towards Julian). And he was looking for a drummer, so I said: “Dude, I’m actually a drummer.” So I got one from my friend’s little sister who lived just around the block.
– Julian: With music you can express your feelings, otherwise you would suppress it. Music is magic to me. I’d be extremely unhappy without it.
– Gabriel: My parents always listened to music, it has always been around. But I didn’t start playing before I was a teenager. I wasn’t into sports anymore so I was looking for something that I would like to do. So I taught myself guitar and met these guys. I was actually saving money for a Eurotrip but we spent it all on a studio. So I was like: „You guys owe me a trip to Europe“ and here we are, for the second time.
– Johnathan: I sold my car for that studio.
– Chris: Music is my life. I don’t think I’m good at anything else.
– Julian: You’re good at basketball. (Everyone laughs)
– Chris: Putting out my first own records inspired me to continue doing it. And touring with these guys.
6. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
– Julian: John Lennon.
– Chris: Sane (!) Syd Barrett.
– Johnathan: Lou Reed for me.
– Gabriel: Young Morrissey.
7. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
– Gabriel: My parents. I don’t believe in icons. My parents are real and they give me a lot.
– Julian: My grandfather, before he past away. He was like a father figure to me and he taught me to look positive at things.
– Chris: Probably myself.
– Johnathan: My mother I guess. She moved to the States when she was young. Without her I’d probably live a simple life on a ranch. And I changed my mind about the singer. I’d go for David Bowie.
8. What do you like to do other than music?
– Johnathan: I’m a painter, I love lettering. It’s an invisible art.
– Julian: I like art, too, making collages and stuff.
– Chris: Basketball, we all love it.
– Gabriel: I do a lot of the band stuff, the visual art.
9. What is the most misjudged album in the world?
– Gabriel: The Sex Pistols‘ record. Everyone in the punk community hates it, but I think it’s fucking awesome. It’s catchy. And those guys only made one album together.
– Julian: Yeah, the critics of that album were pretty bad so they printed it on the inner sleeve of the record which is pretty cool.
– Johnathan: Sixto Rodriguez.
– Gabriel: Yeah, he’s a better Bob Dylan. I’d also say The Only Ones with their album Remains. Which is essentially just demo tapes. But they sound freakin’ amazing.
10. What’s in your fridge?
– Johnathan: There’s always beans in mine, rice and beans.
– Gabriel: Thai Food, rice and noodles. Curry and stuff. I got rid of the dead bodies before we went to Europe. I ate’em.
– Chris – Beer, Beer, eggs, cheese, anything dairy, leftovers from last night. Probably something’s rotting in there.
– Gabriel: Beans, rice. We’re Mexicans, so it’s always beans or rice.
– Chris: Yeah, then you can always make burritos, very simple, and you’re full again.
Interview done by Katja Blazheichuk for Doom Generation.
Levitation Room are currently touring Europe, catch them somewhere:
5/2 – Florence, IT – NoF
5/3 – Lugano, CH – Morel
5/4 – Montagana, IT – Banhof
5/6 – Zagreb, HR – Kset
5/7 – Vienna, AT – Arena
5/8 – Brno, Cz – Mersey
5/9 – Prague – Kasarna Karlin
5/11 – Copenhagen, DK – KB18
5/12 – Malmo, SE – Grand Ol&Mat
5/14 – Dortmund, DE – Labsal
5/15 – Berlin, DE – Musik & frieden
5/16 – Mannheim, DE – Kurzbar
5/17 – Augsburg, DE – City Club
5/18 – Bred, NL – Pier15
5/19 – Leffinge, BE – De Zwerver
5/20 – Bristol, UK – OLd England
5/21 – Manchester, UK – The Peer Hat
5/22 – Glasglow, UK – Old Hairdressers
5/23 – Leeds, UK – Mabgate Bleach
5/24 – Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin
5/25 – Portsmouth, UK – Portsmouth Psych Fest
5/26 – London, UK – Shackwell Arms
5/27 – Rugby, UK – Town & Country Club
5/28 – Paris, FR – Espace B
5/29 – Lile, FR – DIY Cafe
5/30 – Le Havre, FR – Mc Daid’s
5/31 – Besançon, FR – Antonnoire
6/1 – Wil, CH – Gare de Lion
6/2 – Sierre, CH – Carnotzet Festival