In an interview conducted during the month of July 2012 and featured on their website http://en.seeed.de/interview band members gave an insight on the group, Seeed:-
So then, before the pause you were eleven and you still are 11?
Dubmaster Reibold: That's how it should be.
So it all started in 1998. From then on and for years to follow, it was all about albums and touring over and over again. And during these formative years you all grew together as a band, and have got bigger, better and more successful. Then came a long pause and now here you are all together in one room, with blaring instruments.
Is this like - "relax the drama - and heed the home-coming call?"
Dubmaster Reibold: More like back to the musty stable...but we love it still.
Pierre:We're never really all together in one room...Someone is always smoking at the door.
Jerome: It's like riding a bike. Twenty years from now Basti could wake me up at 3 in the morning with a drumbeat, and I'd play the matching horns even half asleep.
And what about those little mind games, like "What if no one likes it anymore?"
Pierre: Well if all 11 of us like it, chances are most people will like it too - and there are some serious critics among us as well as the "mainstrea" -heads - fact is internally, we can put pretty much everything musical to the test!
Rumours have it, that legendary Seeed - talks ensue every now and then, in which upcoming matters are extensively discussed at great length. What's the decision process like?
Based: Well you know...it's like having been married for a long time; by now many decisions are made more quickly because each of us already has a good idea of what the other thinks. Our advantage over marriage however, is that we are eleven, and there are always a few of us there to calm things down a bit; saves the cost of marriage counselling.
Pierre: I know that most bands love to talk things over, at least when they decide for themselves what they want to do. There are many things apart from just the music alone that we all find interesting - video, advertising campaigns, stage design, costumes...if you want to be able to converse externally, everywhere, you have to first discuss a little internally.
So is there a kind of Seeed book of rules, to maintain the discipline?
Based: If there ever were, it has never worked...
Demba: Keeping the goal in focus, and preferaly no degenerative conflicts.
Jerome: No smoking in the rehearsal room or on the tour bus!
At the time you decided to take a break, you were one of the most innovative and successful German bands. Do you now feel a certain pressure to succeed?
Dubmaster Reibold: That quickly disappeared during production.
Jerome: Well if only 500 people were to buy our new album, I'd find that very low!
Pierre: There's always a little pressure. We don't wanna just repeat ourselves, but to continue writing songs and doing live shows that we like. I'm personally impressed by what's fresh and new rather than something already heard a hundred times over. On the other hand, it would be good to be somehow still recognizable, and not to suddenly make a 180 degree - turn. It's still all about bringing good songs to the dancehall.
What do you all think about this saying "The artist's greatest enemy is his past, in that he must constantly evolve - create himself anew?"
Dubmaster Reibold: Rubbish ... Previous works create identity. Why should I remove myself from my base, that which makes me who I am today in the name of "progress?" I can also make progress by taking all the good things with me on my journey. Why must I depart from the ground to touch the sky, when I can take all the good stuff with me?
Pierre: I certainly think there's some truth to that. Especially when you reminisce on all the readily available and unfortunate shit forever floating around in cyberspace; if you're more of a perfectionist that can make life hard. The best thing about it, is that you'll have something to really laugh about on the tour bus - like, Wicked! Look how we made real jackasses of our selves here..
What would you never ever in life do again?
Pierre: Well I wouldn't do about 50% of all the past albums again - and also many other things. But, had one not done those things yesterday, would one be less smart today?
Alfi: I would never leave the Night liner without a phone ever again....