Cigarettes After Sex in Berlin: tix to win and an interview for you

Greg from Cigarettes After Sex photo by Michael T Wilcox

Cigarettes After Sex is an ambient pop collective led by songwriter Greg Gonzalez & is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. They specialise in taking eighties power ballads and the like and turning them into smouldering, midnight-black atmospheric pieces.

Always done beautifully and with complete confidence, Gonzalez lists his main influences as Francoise Hardy and Miles Davis.

Write to us or leave a comment for a pair of tickets

We caught up with Greg for a chat ahead of their 14.3 concert in Musik und Frieden. See you there – because this music is just exactly how music is meant to be!

indieberlin interview with Greg from Cigarettes after Sex

indieberlin: Tell us a little bit about your musical collective. How and who got together when?

Cigarettes after Sex: The group had its inception back in the summer of 2008. I had written a batch of songs that I felt went together well and wanted to start a new project around them. The sound of the group started as an electro pop style very influenced by Madonna’s ‘80s singles and bands like New Order & Erasure, but with more confessional lyrics.

At the beginning it was just me, a keyboard player and a drummer

But we continued to change members and sounds over as the years went on. The group feels like it officially started in 2012 with the release of our first EP however and the current lineup feels like the most solid and the one with the most identity so far.

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indieberlin: Cigarettes after sex – it’s exaclty how your music sounds like. Who came up with the name and in what situation?

Greg from Cigarettes after sex photo by Michael T WilcoxCigarettes after Sex: I had a “friends with privileges” situation with a girl at the time I came up with the name. I had never really smoked after sex before, but she always would & I found that I really came to enjoy it as time went on. There was a certain undeniable mood & ritual to it. We were sitting in my backyard one night smoking & the name just popped into my head. It felt very natural.

indieberlin: You’re from New York and apparently if you make it there – you make it anywhere. How do you feel about Berlin?

Cigarettes after Sex: I’m actually from El Paso, TX, but I moved to Brooklyn two years ago to be a part of the music & art scene in New York and also because it’s just a fun & exciting city overall. I’ve had many friends spend large amounts of time in Berlin and they always rave about it, so I’m incredibly excited to finally visit.

In my mind I think of Berlin for the albums that were recorded there

like David Bowie’s Low or Achtung Baby by U2 mostly… Two records I love.

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indieberlin: How does the songwriting process work with you being a musical collective?

Cigarettes after Sex: I usually come in with the songs fully written & the band & I begin to quickly make an arrangement of the song at a rehearsal or recording session. All the players understand what’s trying to be achieved with each song basically & we just work on getting an arrangement that seems to suit the song well.

indieberlin: What have you never been asked in an interview but would love to answer?

Cigarettes after Sex: Hmm that’s interesting. I’ve never been asked what my favorite German sci-fi television soundtrack is. It’s definitely Raumpatrouille by Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra. The huge sound of “Bolero On the Moon Rocks” in particular was a big influence on the sound of I. It’s perfect.

indieberlin:

And please, tell us a lil secret about you…

Cigarettes after Sex: Let’s see… I don’t always smoke after sex.

Thank you for the interview! And see you at Musik und Frieden 14.3.2016.

Interview: Mia Morris | Photo: Michael T. Wilcox

Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.

Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a 'recovering musician', he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.

38 Comments

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Akos Szakacs

    I dont have no special abilities, neither can i travel time nor make the world go backwards – could i, i wouldnt beg for two tickets, so that i could make my biggest mistake right, not booking early enough. I need those tickets 🙂

    • Reply February 28, 2016

      Janna

      Give me some soulfood!

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Nico

    If there is a chance to win tickets for this show, I definitely have to give it a try, because I was much to late to order tickets.

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    aurora

    I would love to win for a pair of tickets. thanks!

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Kathrin

    I’d love to join this vibrating and calming evening to enjoy creativity and soul food. Would mean a lot ♥

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Olga

    I found them on YouTube, and was completely mesmerized. Would love to go to the show in Berlin. No surprise, it’s a sold out. But maybe I’ll be the lucky one to win some from you? 😉

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Natalia Garcez

    I wanna a ticket, pleeeeeease!!!

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Carman

    Can’t believe that they’re coming to Berlin!! This would be an amazing gig to go to!

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Alfredo

    Tickets please!, I need to listen to Affection live…. gracias.

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Arved

    Hey, everybody wants a ticket and me to. I was studying the last 6 month in spain and felt in love with your music. I was listen in time of love with a awesome girl and was listen when she quitted – the soft and smoky voice can give you a feeling of balance in a world of hecticness and shallowness. Hope there is a way to get a ticket.

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Kurt Reinartz

    Free tix tix

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Schmutzki

    Yo! Would kill for a pair of tickets :*

  • Reply February 26, 2016

    Elisa

    I`ve never won anything, but you can change it. would be so happy :*

  • Reply February 27, 2016

    maria

    You should’ve seen by the look in my eyes
    That there was something missing
    Nothing’s gonna hurt me, baby
    As long as I win a ticket I’ll be just fine

  • Reply February 28, 2016

    Carles

    A friend of mine could just take one ticket, she is going alone because I couldn’t get mine… it will be nice if I can give her some “affection”.

    ;-D

    Super thanks and specially thank you to give us this opportunity. This band is going to be a Huge Band, we all can feel it.

  • Reply February 28, 2016

    Isi

    I would like to go to the concert! My Friend and me appreciate the Band! 🙂
    I’m very happy, that they play here in Berlin! My Hometown!

  • Reply February 28, 2016

    Bob

    Yeah. I love this band. Walking on the darkest side.

  • Reply February 28, 2016

    Robert

    When I first arrived in Berlin and was looking for a way to adapt myself here I listined to ‘Cigarettes after Sex’ on my way back home from work. I’m a writter and your lyrics are one of the things that inspired me the most (love relations drama included). Would be a nice gift from destiny to celebrate that I’m already a berliner seeing you on the stage.

  • Reply February 28, 2016

    Ranya

    I booked my ticket to Berlin… Went to the website to buy the concert ticket and it was already sold out.. Been waiting for this concert for so looong
    It would so much to me to win the ticket…
    I ll make all the way from Tunisia just for this concert …

  • Reply February 28, 2016

    saad

    I’m in love with this band and I’d love to join this vibrating and calming evening to enjoy creativity♥. Thanks,

  • Reply February 28, 2016

    Boris

    This band’s music is to me like flying in a beautiful dream next to your beloved one. Words can’t describe how much I’d love to see them live in Berlin.

  • Reply February 29, 2016

    ana anselmo

    my couch and i have developed a seriously unhealthy relationship. please help me move on and find the joy of interhuman relationships and warmth in a crowd of worldly people with a great taste in music.

  • Reply March 1, 2016

    Michal

    I just got to know them from a friend 3 days ago. Now I found out that concert in Berlin is sold out, wanted to take her there. 🙂

  • Reply March 1, 2016

    Chris Schwinge

    Would love to win the tickets <3 Just moved here to study… Would be amazing to see CAS live!

  • Reply March 2, 2016

    Kelly

    I would love to go on this concert! Since I’ve discovered the band, can’t stop listening and dreaming with the melodies.

  • Reply March 2, 2016

    Mia Morris

    Thanks everybody for taking part in the competition and your lovely comments. We drew lots. Boris wins the tickets and will be noticed by email.
    Enjoy the gig of this amazing band.
    Mia

  • Reply March 2, 2016

    Hannah

    Ich habe die schönsten Erinnerungen an den Abend an dem mein bester Freund sie mir gezeigt hat. Mit selbstgebackener Pizza und Gin, den eigentlich nur ich getrunken habe und dank dieser Band mit wahnsinnig viel guter Musik
    please, please, please!
    Ich würde Luftsprünge machen und mir endlich wieder ne Schachtel Kippen kaufen gehen.

  • Reply March 2, 2016

    Julie

    Nothing’s gonna hurt…..pffh
    it still hurts to know to miss out this show!
    Give me the tickets please, baby.

  • Reply March 2, 2016

    kathfed

    come to taiwan pls. cigar.

  • Reply March 2, 2016

    ESTRELLA

    My favorite tunes for cleaning up my flat, chillin on my own, wandering around my room and the world wondering where my life is going and what i’ll do in the next few moments, in the next few days, in the next few years. They have relaxed me and put me to ease throughout this cold winter.

    Please give me the super joy of grooving to their tunes LIVE! don’t even need 2 tickets one is more than amazing!

    Crossing my fingers and toes,
    Estrella

  • Reply March 6, 2016

    Khadija

    OMG i was just listening to their song and just wanted to like their page on facebook. and then woooow they are in berlin on 14th what a surprise and a nice coincidence:) I love them and i would be super happy to win tickets:)

  • Reply March 7, 2016

    Miłosz Brzeziński

    I would really love to win those tickets, that would make my love and me even more happy.
    I’m a musician too, you’re my great inspiration, thank you.

  • Reply March 7, 2016

    Gini

    I want to watch my favourite band play my favourite songs and feeling the overwhelming emotion.
    I am quite shy so I despise doing things alone, but this gig is so important for me that I would dare going by myself. Sharing a gig with someone else is a wonderful thing, especially the post gig analysis, but for this gig i would love that feeling of just being totally at one with the music of cigarets after sex so please <3 Much love to all of you

  • Reply March 9, 2016

    Maria

    Hoping for a chance to get tickets! Would love to see them live!!

  • Reply March 10, 2016

    Karina Nawrat

    hey. i think i’m in love and since we both breathe music, i should take him to this concert to let him know how i feel. for this, I would need two tickets. and an awesome dress, but i can take care of it myself.

    so, now, time to check if i got enough karma points to make it happen <3

  • Reply March 11, 2016

    Jonas

    Hey there,
    im probably too late, just saw it!
    but ya sure would be glad too :)!

  • Reply March 12, 2016

    Liz

    run into them while watching a german documentary bout books. some research and they never left my ears since. They are brilliant. Indieberlin, plz let their live sound hear my ears.

  • Reply March 13, 2016

    Kathryn

    i looked their tour dates up on a whim and saw that they’ll be in Berlin tomorrow. coincidences like this rarely happen – i hope you guys make it so.

    I haven’t written a haiku in a while but with CAS playing in the background, one can’t help but be inspired.

    without trying your
    voice cradles me like a child
    and transports me there

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