The first EP “White Lies” from URBANproject has been discussed and reviewed positively by the music mag “guitar & bass” in December 2016: “The songs are rousing, alternative and indipendent in the best sense of the word. Their music is complex with surprising parts and beautiful melodies and sounds.” Since 2015 the creative brains of URBANproject’s Pop Laboratory are guitarist & songwriter Urban Elsaesser and Yen Anetzberger (vocals / lyrics). Both describe their songs as acoustic-electric impulses, big melancholy, hearing fears, accepted uncertainty - and quietly falling leaves play a role: “It’s a mixture of gritty and dreamy melodies with stories of love and fear - with daring vocal parts - sometimes conventional, even spiritual, fascinating, detailed, dark and serene at the same time”.
Current Line-up (2017): Urban Elsässer (guitar), | Yen Anetzberger (vocals) | Markus Proske (bass) | Ben Overmann (drums).
Websites or Social Media Pages:
YouTube: UP Urbanproject
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
We play with the limits of freedom and limitations of the Pop Ocean; we love succinct songs as well as narrative structures; We love development, compression, compassion, we look for our own in the foreign, we are an organism of different personalities and we want to play concerts worldwide. We love the music of Procupie tree, Hendrix, Stockhausen, Bon Iver, wherever lines, melodic drawings are heard
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
At the beginning we were a group of musicians scattered all over Europe, we have always met for projects. We soon learned that we lacked the continuity of playing music together, so we searched for regional musicians; and we were able to inspire excellent musicians for the project. Only bands develop myths, stories, dynamics.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
In music, we search for structures, emphases, semantics to be understood and felt. Wherever we find them, the music touches us, from Bach, Coltrane, to Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Steve Wilson, and many songwriters
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We will be producing two more eps for our Rainbow Edition over the next six months; The short production time should help to follow the development of the band. In the middle of 2020 we plan a complete album, also Venyl. We want to play a lot of live gigs
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
We want to show that even older people like to breathe pop music. Pop music has history, we want to make the most of it. We want to show that narrative structures also make sense in pop, beyond the Spotify Logic. We want to establish networks of creative, passionate musicians and also to be contact persons. We want to interact with the audience and, above all, give concerts internationally. We want to be creative until the last breath. We want to be able to live pleasantly from our music
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Solid Heart, Captain Future
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Believing that their own music, created with intuition and intention, finds its audience, beyond the automatisms of music business
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
We work in a team. Urban brings in ideas and text fragments that the yen picks up and completes. Yen brings along a lot of electronically based music, which Urban then transfers to the context. At the moment we have an extremely good flow of ideas.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media requires discipline and, unfortunately, also time, which is then deducted from the creative process. This in turn requires the complexity of the matter that one needs the assistance of other people. Fighting for attention can be very tedious, on the other hand, social media has also led to a democratization of access to publicity
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Before that we were kids, sometimes carefree, we parted early for music, each of the band members differed, one came from the metal area, others studied classical music, or are passionate autodidacts
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
To be honest; there are few strikes because everything changes so fast; We wish young musicians that they appreciate the time spent making music, that they maintain openness, love, curiosity, no matter if injuries happen. That you experience the profoundness of the music and succeed in the PAradox of not so important
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
would like development spaces for artists, places of non-functionality, a resonant space for creative processing and long-term support for artistic development
How Do You Feel About Originality?
There is no alternative to originality, the paradox being that we are always on the shoulders of past musicians, that the way to our own can be very long, we should separate the own from the ego
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Music can carry you deeply if you trust it