Bernhard Eder is a never-less-than-interesting singer, songwriter and performer based in Vienna. He’s well known in Berlin after living here in earlier years as well as touring incessantly. We talk to him ahead of his show in Monarch on the 14th April.
indieberlin: How does the songwriting process work for you?
For my new album „Reset“ it was a different process. Different than anything else I did before. It’s because I didn’t write the songs on my guitar like usual, but rather on old organs or a ‘Pocket Piano’. Some of them for theatre plays. Which means the song structures are also different. It was a very important step for me and my musical career.
indieberlin: If your music was a movie, which genre would it be?
Bernhard Eder: Not sure, I asked a friend and she wrote: Independent romantic comedy. One minute later she wrote „or independent romance drama“ 😉
indieberlin: What music do you listen to when you’re touring?
Bernhard Eder: Depends on the weather, my mood and if I’m traveling by car or train. One of my favorite train soundtracks is „Morning Phase“ from Beck, if I’m sleepy. Or „BE“ from Beady Eye if I have to stay awake.
indieberlin: What was the last concert you went to?
Bernhard Eder: Element of Crime in Vienna, only two days after I went to a great show of dEUS, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their masterpiece „The Ideal Crash“.
indieberlin: What was your biggest stage fuck-up?
Bernhard Eder: I had to stop a show because people in the audience have been talking so loud, that I decided that it I doesn’t make sense to play anymore. But that’s years ago, I think it was in Weimar.
indieberlin: What was the nicest compliment you once got?
Bernhard Eder: Hard to say. Sometimes people are coming to tell me that my music helped them through a hard part of life. That means a lot to me, probably the best compliment for my music.
indieberlin: How do you feel about covering a song?
Bernhard Eder: I already did a lot of cover versions, released an album with the title „Remake“ two years ago. For me, it’s always really important to give a song a new sound, so I’m usually looking for something which is far away from my musical stuff. And so I covered songs from the Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode, but also from Dinosaur Jr. and … Puddle of Mudd 😀
indieberlin: Do you prefer to play big festivals / stages or smaller club gigs?
I like both. It always feels good playing big festivals, but the real musical highlights are normally happening in smaller clubs, or theatres. There’s always a different energy in these places.
indieberlin: With whom would you never share the stage with?
Bernhard Eder: Andreas Gabalier.
indieberlin: Do you want to greet somebody ;-))?
Bernhard Eder: Yeah, all the people in Berlin – come to our show at Monarch on Tuesday!
Bernhard Eder is live this Tuesday 14th in Monarch with Peter Piek. Win tickets by writing to win at indieberlin.de…
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.