their great performance at Noorderslag things became a
bit quiet around Seedling. But the three girls and one
boy are back on track. Time for an interview...
With a John Peel Session and the debutalbum "Elevator
tourist" Seedling is back in business. After a period
of hard work it seems that everything is going superb.
Are you satisfied at this point?
very satisfied. (Besides, where have you been the couple
of months between Noorderslag and the Peel session? We
played about every toilet in Holland twice in the meantime!
Not to mention the ones in Germany too).
(Euhhh) The reason
why we're very satisfied at the moment is not only because
of the great time we just had, but I know that there are
even more exciting things coming up in the next few months...
"The future's so bright I gotta wear shades".
>> In 1997 there was sort
of a Seedling hype, but after this period the attention
faded away, until the beginning of this year. How did
you survive that period?
dunno actually. The thing is, if you really want to make
music you don't have a choice. You can be bummed for a
few days, but then always a new song will come up and
you have no option but to do what the song dictates you
to do. And of course it helps if every few months some
new project comes up, like going to England for the first
time (2 years ago already!) or working on a tribute album.
That's a bit how it's been the last few years. And lets
not forget that we already put out an EP a year and a
>> What's the story behind
the ten songs on Elevator Tourist?
The album title refers to the feeling of 'going up and
down, but not really getting anywhere'. A lot of the songs
are about how people these days are just running around,
being busy with a whole lot of superficial things: going
up and down for kicks, but never getting ahead. The other
half of the songs are about the old boy-girl issue (also
something which can make you feel like going up and down).
Some of these songs turned out to be prophecies for things
that only happened after the album was released. Pretty
scary when you come to think of it...
This question has probably never been asked to you: how
was the John Peel session on BBC?
of the best nights of my little life so far. The 20 minutes
we were on air I can still remember every second of. Everything
went really well, the people at the BBC we're really nice..
hm, I'm starting to sound like a hippie here, but fortunately:
it's all true.
>> Where does Seedling
get their inspiration from?
'the old boy-girl' issue I guess, as mentioned in an earlier
question. That's the sort of inspiration you can't really
escape. On the other hand I get a lot of 'inspiration'
(terrible term) from what I see on TV, in commercials
etcetera: the issue of 'popular culture'. I'm a huge fan
of Andy Warhol and his whole pop art idea. I draw a lot
on his ideas as well.
You don't have a Dutch accent at all in your songs. HOW
DO YOU DO PULL THAT OFF?
I was young, my parents always talked english when me
and my brother weren't allowed to understand their conversation,
so I guess that's how I picked it up. And of course Susanne
(our violin player and other singer) lived in the US for
a couple of years. For the album we really had to check
our accents: she sings with an american accent, mine is
really british. But hey! thanx for the compliment.
I'm Jealous!! ;-) ...Do you work together with
Yes, a lot. All Transformed
Dreams bands help each other in practical ways and often
play with each other (some times even on each others records).
But three out of the four Seedling members also play in
other bands/ have their own 'solo projects'. It's good
to fool around like that, you learn a lot from it. But
in the end: we're 'married' to seedling and there lies
>> Marg, to which
band should we pay more attention to?
I defnitely like Zea a lot (droooool, it's a Transformed
Dreams band) and also the new Zoppo album is gonna be
great. I don't like many other Dutch bands... ehm.. how
about the Delgados? Scotland, that is.
>>Which concert(s) will
never leave your mind?
You mean considering our own concerts?
Noorderslag 2001 was our ultimate revenge for Noorderslag
1997. In 1997 we had just been together for a few months
and didn't know what the hell we were doing there. This
time around we just burnt the place! ha ha, true!
Are their plans for a release in for example America?
not that I know of at the moment. The album just
came out in the UK and is set for release in Germany.
The sky is the limit at the moment. What else
can we expect from Seedling in the future?
we're playing the Lowlands festival in August,
that is supposed to be great. We're also playing
the Popkomm music convention in Cologne in
the same month. And there are some really
really nice things about to happen in the
UK again, but you'll be the first to know
if things are definite, OK?
Hahaha Aiiiight! I wish you the best, but
before we say goodbye, got some last words
for the Tripleee.net reader?
peace and irony! to y'all!
Good luck and peace!!
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