Antun Opic has recorded an exclusive session for Folk Radio UK featuring four songs including live versions of three tracks from the marvellous No Offence CD, Hospital, Moses and Warm, plus a brand new one called The Journalist. The tracks feature the expanded line up of Antun and his Munich based band, including his core trio with guitarist Tobias Kavelar and Horst Fritscher on acoustic bass.
We also caught up with Antun and have a full interview to present to you later, but in the meantime he introduced us to the strange and mysterious world of his creations:
“My songs are funny guys. When they’re born, I forget that they haven’t been here before. Just like children. They breath. The learn to walk, to speak. They grow.
Then they have to work. And they also get tired. And they sleep.
They even hide sometimes. Sometimes. I have some – hiding in my pocket.
Some of them are already quite old. With white hair – not very fashionable clothes.
I think they won’t come out anymore. They are used to my pocket and quite content. They have a very steady rhythm, you know? We don’t see each other much.
Then I have some… they are not sufficiently equipped yet. You could say, they are not born for our climate. If I’d let them out now, they’d freeze! But they sure want to come out. They just wait until I can afford to buy them proper clothing.
Then there are some… they are a bit like a foreign currency. Actually they’re very rich. But in this part of the world nobody seems to care. I’m like… their asylum somehow. But I’m a little worried about those lately. They act very stubborn and aggressive – I tell them to be patient, of course.
I travel a lot to show the world to my songs. I want to introduce them to everybody and show them everything. Because I want them all to have opportunities, you know.
I don’t know how to say… Somehow I feel responsible for them. Yes, that’s it. I really need to take care of them. You know how hard it is nowadays. And where they come from everything is just easy.
I don’t know how they all got here, actually. Somehow I can’t remember. I don’t even know why. And I really also have my problems with them. Sometimes they’re a real pain in the ass. They always put pressure on me. And sometimes they all speak at the same time. Puh!
Did you know how much a song is able to eat? They literally eat me. But most of the time it feels quite comfortable to have them close. It’s cosy and warm, and, you know… There is always somebody to talk to. And sometimes, yes, sometimes, I catch one of those guys just in the right moment! And I tell you, there’s nothing like catching a song in the right moment!”