Räuberhöhle is a phenomenon. Everybody loves what the Krawallmächen puts on stage. Indeed it is heavily entertaining and really extraordinary plus Krawalla is a real nice fellow. But what's up behind the curtain of the puppet theatre? Read on and find out!
After years of burning and copying your CDs by yourself the d.i.y.
extreme style, your last release was no CD but a 7" and it was released
through a real label, the Hamburg based Audiolith. Is this the end of
the d.i.y. era in Krawallaland or was it just an exception? Which way
will you release future recordings? And just as important: When will the
broad public get access to new glam bleep stuff?
Audiolith is nearly as d.i.y. as the usual Megapeng releases, I think it's
quite cool to have the 7" there. Lars has very rad stuff on his label, so I am
proud to be part of it. Even though I am the only lady there...
As u say, after years of burning heaps of cd´s by myself it's good when
u have someone who is a helping hand, because it's getting a little bit to
much and I have to burn cd´s nearly everyday now. This is a question of time,
It´s not like i am against "labels" or so... I just never cared. so, the next
release will probably be audiolithed again. I am busy working on "something".
CD or vinyl. We'll see. I hope I have enough songs soon for a full length to go
in the studio around october. Definatly there will be awesome remixes by Saal-
schutz and Juri Gagarin on it. So maybe it comes out around christmess... What
a great time to earn money ;)
You've been on tour in Australia early 2K5 and the tour was sponsored by
the EU in some way. I know from your weblog that you hesitated quite a
bit to take this invitation. What did finally make you taking this
opportunity? And did some people react on it a negative way like you
sold out or betrayed your ideals?
I was invited to play at a "multicultural festival", which was one week with
different music from all around the world. On saturday they had this thing
called "eurotrash". Me and 2 other bands (1 from Finland, 1 from Sweden)
were invited to "represent 'the growing together europe' without forgetting our
own nationalities". This was of course like a red rag to me and i had a lot
discussions with the organiser. I don´t feel like I have a relationship to a
national or european collective, and at least I never wanted to represent Germany.
so I asked in my blog "what would you do?". The same with the ppl i know.
Mostly everyone said: "go!" and the best argument for me was "if u don´t go,
maybe Mia. or DJ Ostdeutschland... might go... and represent germany in the
naive nationalistic way they are famous for. So i made a special puppet show
against the happy european identity and the ppl of the German embassy were
"not amused". That was cool for me, bad for them to be blamed as assholes on
a party they´ve sponsored. The audience loved it. A lot of teenies came after the
show and were excited cause they were not used to have this points on stage.
The rest of the tour was "Germany free".
Negative reactions never reached me. I mean, afterwards I am sure it was awesome to do it, cause I had a lot room to say what I think about fortress europe
in radios and interviews and at the shows. And free holidays in Oz!
Not so long ago you were the girl with the thousand projects at least
your website www.megapeng.net offered this impression. Now after Minipli
550 split up it seems like the only remaining project was Räuberhöhle.
Is this true or do you still some other stuff going on? What about the
Nono, I still have some projects. But it always takes some time. Our singer of
Minipli 550 moved to South America. So this band is dead, but Klops Venus, Cpt.
Bernd and me are still practicing thursdays 7:30 p.m. - hoping for inspirations
and new ppl to join the band.
The things on megapeng.net are mostly temporary projects. Like "The Smith Sisters"
a grrrl-rap-project with me, Cutterina (the ex-singer of Minipli 550) and Roby (ex-singer
and keyboarder of Milemarker) that we just did in 2 days (practice 1 evening
and playing a show the next one).
We could be rich superstars with the Bittersweet P's, but I think it will never happen
since the distance to Plemo is to far and there is to less energy behind it. So me and a
friend started a new "hit-project". something between Missy Elliott, Usher and Snoop.
but that's a little secret. I can smell we´ll get damn rich! ;)
The impression that it´s just Räuberhöhle who is left is because it's the only constant
thing I do. and that's because it's my soloproject and I can do it when and wherever I
want. (Hard to split up)
On their last release, the split12" with the Dance Inc., Saalschutz say
they want to dance for us as like Krawallmächen. Okay, your dancing
skills are really adorable but what is the secret story behind this line?
Well, MT Dancefloor is practicing since years to get my style. Not just musically.
now he want to take over my morning program gymnastic style dance. But that's
okay with me. I can share. I steal parts of their lyrics next time and we are quitt.
Let's talk about the past! You ware not born in the Räuberhöhle. As your
tattood arms alude you have a hardcore background. Tell us about your
days in the pit and the bands you were in! And tell us why you pretty
much turned your back to this scene and moved on into electro wonderland!
I didn't turned my back to the music, but to the macho habit... I still mostly
listen to hardcore and the only reason why i do electrocrap is, because it's so
easy. If I could play better guitar, drum and bass... Räuberhöhle would sound
totally different... (and if this stuff were not so loud...)
I started to sing in some emo and hardcore bands at a time when bands like
"Ashes" and "Copper" popped up in the "scene". For some reason it became
cool that girls sing sweetly to boys music. Later I thought that it's quite unsatisfying to be "just" the singer...
I tried to learn guitar (powerchords! but i failed, because i am to lazy) and I tried
to play drums (which i did in Prinzessin Prolo)... It wasn't good, anyway. It ended
up with toys, synthies and drum computers...
You got stickers that say: "Räuberhöhle - X-straight-edge-glam-bleeps-X". This is pretty much extraordinary as I
don't know about any other sXe-electro project. How important are
straight edge and veganism for you and what do these terms mean to you?
Don't you feel like an outsider quite often in this world full of smoke
and meat and alcohol?
It's not really like I am the vegan straight edge preacher. The stickers are more fun,
cause it´s the only way I can pose around. I am vegan and I do not drink or take any
drugs. I hate smoke!... But it's my decision and not the most important thing in my life.
I am to old for this... ähem.
You are often labelled with terms like "electropunk" or "riotgrrrl". Do
you find yourself in these terms? Are you feminist? Are you punk? Are
words like these important for you?
No not really... It depends where u are. Sometimes it's good to show off with such terms.
When u play a show in front of stupid macho dudes, I am an offensive feminist (I guess,
I hope), but when i play in front of feminists I don't feel the need to label myself like that.
Punk... eh, I don´t know. maybe in some way, but it always gives me the imagination of
sitting at the trainstation with tons of dogs around and singing Toten Hosen covers... nah,
I think I am not a punk. Not even in an electrified way (I am not sitting with my casio at
the s-bahn playing songs of the Mediengruppe Telekommander ;)
I am me.
On your website you link some antideutsch sites like the one of the
Sinistra group from Frankfurt/Main and your site contains the
Egotronic-Fanclub. How important is the antideutsch stance for you? And
do you consider Räuberhöhle to be a political band or act?
Surely I am a politically interested person. and iIfeel close to the antigerman movement,
because I feel to alienated to the rest of the "leftys" and their "easy point of view". On the other hand I don´t like to identify to much with any movement. So i try to keep
the critical distance to any drawer.
Sinsitra is one of the best infopools for politically interested ppl I think. That's why I've
The Egotronic fanclub started cause I liked their music.
Let us finally get back to the music! Räuberhöhle is very much
identified via the puppet theatre thing. Can you imagine to one day
perform as Räuberhöhle without the theatre or would that just not be
Räuberhöhle any longer? Don't you sometimes think the theatre idea is
limiting the music in some way or another?
That's what I think over and over. I started all this just for a funny gig for some friends
and I've never planned to do so many shows with this crap. I came up with the idea
of doing a puppetshow to explain the story why this lady in the supergrrrldress is alone
on stage with playback music (because I can't play all intruments at the same time.
specially since I can´t do anything else, when I sing and dance like Krawallmädchen)
I never were interested in puppet stuff. But for my show it was great to explain things.
After some time the theater is a little bit like a millstone around my neck, cause u always
need to go by car (impossible to take the train or the plane) and u always have to find
someone who can lend u a helping hand. On the other hand... even Eminem copys puppet
style now (hihi) and I can´t imagine of just doing this nerdy laptop shows. No way.
Last question: Now that yellow is the new pink, will you change your on
stage outfit to the new trend colour or will you stick you to
yesterday's fad ;) ?
I stay pink. I don't dress in the color of peepee!
Allright then. Any last words, best wishes, good advices?
Best wishes and sorry it took so long ;)