ctemf blog // 29.11.2016

Interview with Monkey Safari (Ger)


Ahead of Sexy Groovy Love 2nd birthday celebrations and the first CTEMF connect event in JHB, we chatted to brothers Lars and Sven of German duo Monkey Safari. Monkey Safari will be joining us as part of their South African leg of their world tour.

CTEMF & Sexy Groovy Love had the opportunity to ask the brothers some questions  

Hi Sven & Lars! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat to us. This is the first time you will be performing in SA. Do you have any expectations or ideas surrounding the electronic music scene here in South Africa?

Monkey Safari: We are really looking forward to our first time in South Africa. We don’t know much about the scene but expect fresh people who are hungry for electronic music! 

Do you have a favourite South African artist or track?

Monkey Safari: There’s too much great music out of there for us to have a favourite artist or track. 

We’ve always wanted to know... where does the name Monkey Safari come from?

Monkey Safari: We’d tell you, but we’d have to kill you. 

You have been lucky enough to work with a number of diverse & talented artists from around the world. Which artists have personally inspired your sound?

Monkey Safari: There is not one particular artist that has inspired our sound. Most of our inspiration comes from parties and the impressions we get from touring all over the world. Of course, when we started, there were some artists who we found interesting and perhaps even inspiring. Guys like Chemical Brothers, early Fat Boy Slim, Âme, Daft Punk and many more.   

If you were animals, would you be monkeys? Or is there another animal that suits you better?

Monkey Safari : Sven is a good jumper and needs a lot of pockets because all of his pockets and bags are always full, so we think a Kangaroo fits him perfectly. Lars would be an Emperor Tamarin ;-)

You have played at many incredible venues and festivals across the globe. What are 2 of the most memorable festivals or parties you’ve ever played at, and why?  

Monkey Safari: For years now we have been touring Australia and once a year we play at Revolver in Melbourne. It’s one of the most impressive places in the world. Totally different to any other club combined with a great vibe and people from another dimension ;)

The second one is a festival in the US (we won’t name names) in the middle of nowhere—a few-hour drive from the nearest airport. The promoter forgot to arrange a driver for us. No one was available on their mobile, so we took a taxi ourselves to this festival. We arrived five minutes before the gig after a four-hour taxi drive trough the desert and it looked and felt like paradise. After the show we had a wild road trip back to the airport and returned to Germany really destroyed but happy in a strange way ;)

Tell us a little about the Guy Gerber remix of your track “Walls” - how did this come about?

Monkey Safari: There actually isn’t a huge story behind it. We love Guy’s music and his label Rumours, so we asked him to do the remix. He liked our song “Walls” and did the third remix for the record in addition to Josh Wink and Moby.     

What is it about event promotion that you enjoy that you don’t get from DJ’ing?

Monkey Safari: We had our start in the music industry in promotion. We have been running a club called Charles Bronson for seven years now and also ran a lot of other events before that. It’s a completely different style of work within the industry, which we find really interesting and important. We try to give something back and work for the scene and club culture in our hometown. It’s a lot of additional work, often difficult, and sometimes we asked ourselves why we do it…but it’s an important platform for young producers and DJs to perform and develop. It makes us happy to see up-and-coming artists who are now able to DJ and produce as a result of our club and the network we introduced them to.

Do you ever fight over what music to play?

Monkey Safari: Of course we do! Not frequently because we’re brothers and have a similar spirit and understanding of music, but we’re also two different individuals. So yeah, from time to time we definitely disagree about music.

If a fan were to buy you a drink, what should they buy you?

Monkey Safari: Gin & Tonic with cucumber and pepper and for Sven and for Lars a Moscow Mule please!

What has been the most surprising set/experience for you musically and why?

Monkey Safari: Sigur Ros live a few years ago. There were thousands of people sitting in front of the stage, smiling and crying at the same time. That’s music from another dimension!

What is your favourite thing about touring?

If we have the time, we try to dive into the bar culture of each city. There are so many differences around the world in regards to how people drink and spend their time together and it’s lovely to experience that.

Although you’re only in South Africa for a short period of time, is there anything about the country that you would really like to experience?

We already know that we will have to come back to see more of the country and it’s people, the spectacular nature, and the great cities. Besides, we really like the art and cultural form of the Ndebele. It would be very interesting to see how they live today. 

We are really looking forward to having you join us at the Manor of Magic! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat to us. We’ll see you in South Africa… ;)

You can find more of Monkey Safari's music here 

Get Tickets to Sexy Groovy Love - The Manor of Magic ft. Monkey Safari here 



Get Tickets to CTEMF Connect JHB - with Monkey Safari here