Tiflis Transit aka Fabian Till (& his band) plays one of the most innovative and catching Neo Soul you can find in Germany at the moment!
The Berlin-based artist combines complex song structures, groovy arrangements and a strong voice. Melodies, harmonies and words are reducing tricky trains of thought and still are deeply soaked with connections to the things which move many. The highly acclaimed debut EP ‘Mondaene Dysfunction’, released in 2018, harboured their own kind of Blue Soul, massive topics clothed in grooving, cheerful sounds. Compellingly rushing to the listeners head, heart, feet and memory. The new songs under the name “A Dim Daze” still do the same, in a bit darker, more intense colours.
1: In the existence of every human being lies the everlasting task to remind oneself frequently of always caring about others and your environment, because you can. This is why we can overcome all these stupid, fatal and archaic social and environmental injustices and inequalities.
2: The arrangement of inside and outside view are among the most critical and accompanying psychic mates of all.
3: “Everyone is many, but nobody can be all.” – Tom Taschenmesser
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Intense musical and social experiences; or just sitting together, listening to lots of good records and talking about it, which could also equal the beginning of this sentence.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I really got hooked up with music and its energy in school, when I recognized that it was more than something you can listen to. That there is something like an immanent connecting power.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
That’s hard, you know that; I’ll try:
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Cate Le Bon – Reward
Nina Simone – Nina Simone & Piano
D’Angelo – Black Messiah
Klaus Johann Grobe – Im Sinne der Zeit
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Bright summers, dark winters. A field of tension, an experimental space that needs the struggle and a moved history. You can have it all, but you don’t have to have it.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
In my hometown Wuppertal it is every spot with a view (there are lots of these places).
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Most likely I would sleep, I guess, but I really like being out there in the countryside looking at trees, birds, and plants. And maybe I could concentrate to read plenty of books.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
L.A. Salami – The Cause Of Doubt And A Reason To Have Faith.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Alice Phoebe Lou or Durand Jones & The Indications.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
As a performer: Waves Vienna 2019 (w/ Darjeeling), as a spectator: I have seen too many to name one best, but FENSTER in Wuppertal, 2018 was close to perfect.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Technically spoken: it is very important, creatively: it is zero important. The truth lies somewhere in between these paradox statements. It is very helpful in many cases. I can’t decide.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have a sister, not musically, but she is always involved in new releases in some way: artistically, culinarily, or as a supportive power, and she is proud of it. That’s what she says.
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