The soundtrack to separation
As a reaction to the UK's coming exit from the EU, the British DJ, sound researcher and producer Matthew Herbert set up the Brexit Big Band. In its concerts the troupe has been taking the stage at different locations in Europe to create pieces with local musicians which will be released in an album at the same moment that Britain leaves the EU in 2019. We were delighted to welcome the band in Berlin this July.
When Mathew Herbert entered the stage at Wassermusik music festival to the choir singing „No man is an island“, he managed to bring together an extraordinary number of musicians on stage in just three days. Together with the choir of Haus der Kulturen der Welt and local Berlin musicians, they managed to create sounds and songs such as “You are welcome here” and “Gonna leave it all behind”, which not only vowed the crowds but also portrayed their interpretation of the Brexit.
What is the story behind the Brexit Big Band? Matthew Herbert shared his thoughts and ideas with us during his stay in Berlin.