Rooftop Runners

The brothers MasIsaac are already an internationally accomplished duo (Benedikt known for his choreography and Tobias for his ability as a dancer), but their latest endeavor into music (as the Rooftop Runners) is bringing them a whole new level of recognition, with reviews branding the band as the next big thing in worldwide music.

\"\"The Canadian born brothers have adopted Berlin, Germany as their hometown and it’s there that the Rooftop Runners are finding some real inspiration. Benedikt says “I just have a calling to write. To voice something and share it.  I\'m beginning to realize that the best songs, the true songs come from a ‘what do I want to share with the world?’ What should I lend my voice too? It can be violent, sad, disturbing, joyful but sticking to that deeper voice always pays off because you feel the return of gratitude from the audience and the world.” This mindset has led to a new EP titled “We Are Here”; a collection that Benedikt says was recorded in just three days.
 
He continues, “We went into it not knowing what to expect. It showcases our live performance. What you hear is what you get. It is our voices, guitar, piano/snyth and our other member- the beat machine… I would describe our sound as spacious, piercing with moments of deep bass. What we are is so hard for me to define. But our material is very wide.” Sample “We Are Here” today as Rooftop Runners prepare to enter the studio for their first full length record. If you’re in Europe or Canada – don’t forget to check the band’s schedule for an upcoming show this summer as well. There’s a whole lot more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

BM: Excited! Also anticipation - \" here we go\" Where will this performance take us all?
PEV: What do you think of mainstream music today - as in what’s being played on the radio/TV?
BM: Because of the internet some really great music leeks into the mainstream. Like the Arcade Fire for example. Of course there is music that is not my cup of tea to put it lightly. But there seems to always be a balance of innovative and conventional.  You just sometimes have to search of the innovative.
PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?
BM: It usually comes from an emotion. I just have a calling to write. To voice something and share it.  I\'m beginning to realize that the best songs, the true songs come from a \" what do I want to share with the world?\" What should I lend my voice too. It can be violent, sad, disturbing, joyful but sticking to that deeper voice always pays off because you feel the return of gratitude from the audience and the world. And in turn that fuels inspiration.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
\"\"BM: Yes for sure. Last year about around this time. We where playing open mics. To see how far we have come makes me very proud. I\'m excited to see where the future takes us.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Rooftop Runners?
BM: We where home-schooled up until Grade 8. Which was hugely informative because it shaped us to be starkly independent and believe in ourselves. Homeschooling makes you super independent and to think out side of the box. We also fell in love with learning. When we went to school that changed a lot but we know where to draw our sense of independence from - \" this is what I\'m interested in and what I believe in.\"
PEV: What is the story behind the band name?
BM: It\'s named after a song I wrote 3 years ago. We like the ring to it.
PEV:  Tell us about your latest release, \"We Are Here?”. What can fans expect from this work?
BM: t was recorded in 3 days. We went into it not knowing what to expect. It showcases our live performance. What you here is what you get. It is our voices, guitar, piano/snyth and our other member- the beat machine.
PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song is complete and you can sit back and listen to it being played the way you envisioned?
BM: Satisfaction and feeling this is the best job in the world.
PEV: With all your traveling is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
BM: Would love to go to Sweden. Everyone tells us to go there and play. So now we\'re planning it.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?
BM: Playing at home was amazing it. We just did it this past December. Sharing our music with friends and family was super moving because we had been half way around the world with them not really knowing what the hell we where up to.
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
BM: On the computer booking shows, e-mail, planning the next record. We spend almost our entire day giving to our passion. I love nature. Here in Berlin I\'m missing it like crazy. Growing up on Vancouver Island you just can\'t compare it to anything else. Also love contemporary dance. I choreograph here and there. But it seems like it\'s transitioning just into music which is exactly what feels right. Tobs goes to Hip Hip classes in his spare time and we both hang with friends, go to explore abandonment sites around Berlin. Also, we both love meditation.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?
BM: Jeff Buckley hands down. I had been in love with his music for a year in high school not knowing he was dead. Found out about it - was devastated because had been itching to see him play live.
Would be really cool to collaborate with Little Dragon. I\'ve been listening to them lately. Super cool stuff.
PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
BM: Yes! Just saw an amazing short film by Andrew Thomas Huang. Check it out below it will blow your mind! http://vimeo.com/37848135
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal) what do you think each of you would be your career?
BM: It would be something creative. But I also love alternative health (Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Energy Work).Tobi might  be a physiotherapist. But he also has that creative call, so I\'m not sure.
PEV: So, what is next for Rooftop Runners?
BM: We\'re just going into the studio to record our first full length album. And head out on tour in May and June. Also, some shows in Canada in July.

 

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