Interview: Katre

We are a Berlin-based instrumental band formed in 2014. Our first album was Encounters and it was released via Fluttery Records. The second album is called Behind the Resilience, which is an independent release. Both are concept albums -  we love to write stories and tell them without the lyrics.

Line up
Hasan Koç (guitar), Özgür Şepşül (bass), Okaner Ertuğrul (drums), and Şah Cihan İngin (synth)

We sound like
Hard to say. At least from the fans’ perspective, Spotify algorithms match Katre with pg.lost and Year of No Light. In some reviews, we read the names of the giants such as Metallica, Tool, Pink Floyd.

Encounters, 2017 and Behind the Resilience, 2021

The spectrum is pretty wide in the band. Okaner (drums) and I (Hasan) are more on the metal side of things I would say, i.e. prog metal, post-metal, and djent. Özgür (bass) is an expert in funk and world music. Şah Cihan (synth) is a walking music library. I fear there is no genre which he does not know in detail 

What do you write about?
The first album was about the topic of existence. The second album tells a refugee story. As mentioned above, we really like to challenge ourselves and ask ourselves the question “can we make the listener close her eyes and feel the story, as we do?”. Since we do not have any lyrics, it is a different experience to tell or trying to tell a story.

Your favourite live performance so far
Katre has been a studio project as we are geographically dispersed. But we cannot go on with this premise anymore, all of us want to play live. So until now, with this setting, we, unfortunately, have not had a live performance and are giving our best to organize gigs.

Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage
I am pretty sure having told this one elsewhere. We were recording the first album, and Okaner was approaching those softer post-rock/ ambient tracks with very powerful, groovy riffs. We had a drum tech who is a die-hard post-rock fan. He always had to intervene and tell Okaner, “hey, this is post-rock, take it easy, keep it calm when you are on the drums” :)

Your favourite records
My personal top three are Dream Theater – Scenes from a Memory, Death – Sound of Perseverance and Jason Becker – Perpetual Burn

A musician you would like to meet for a beer
Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation)

What would you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth
“Whatever happens backstage stays backstage”.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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