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We are Operation Offbeat: Max Beeger - Guitar/Vocals, Eike Twesten - Guitar/Vocals, Richard Smith - Bass, Tobi Vervoorst - Drums, Joe Witte - Baritone Sax, and Carina Rieper - Alto Sax. We’re based in Hamburg / Germany, where we have moved from London in 2018. We've named our genre "Ska’n’Roll" 

Who is your main inspiration?

One main inspiration…? Difficult! I mean; we’d like to pick anything we like from the big Rock’n’Roll buffet… I’d probably go for the E-Street Band. The way they always deliver and look like they love it, the endless amount of energy they put in their

performances, and those family vibes they have. And all that over decades, that’s something I’d like to achieve!

What is your songwriting process (which bits come first?)

First comes the snippet of a meldoy. Often in the middle of the night- in which case I whistle it on my mobile, so that I can remember it the next day (and yes, my wife thinks I’m nuts.) Next stop is usually my home studio, where I jam on the idea until I’ve got the major song parts- and then I sing along with it. And I need a topic to write about, even the seemingly nonsensical fun lyrics have a motive…! When I’ve finished the song demo, the band gets to hear it and decides whether we

want to try it. Keeps happening that some ideas are not that great, but as a writer you got blinkers on and wouldn’t notice…

What made you want to start in music?

It wasn’t money… it was girls! Although I’d have to say my mother played Elvis records to me when I didn’t want to practice the guitar as a kid. Early Elvis though, thank god! I didn’t practice that much, obviously, but punk was a good excuse. When everything is allowed anyway, why would you bother?

What is on the horizon for you?

We have a new album finished in writing, and will discuss studio dates soon! Hope to come out next spring, and in the best case we’ll also catch up on gigs then. Many of the ones booked for 2020 have been shifted to next year. Also we’ll collaborate

with Specialized again (if you don’t know them, they’re a brilliant UK charity, check them out: https://specializedproject.com ) and we currently have another video for "Cross the line" from our recent album in the making!

Who would you most like to collaborate with (alive or dead)?

Jason Ringenberg! Jason and the Scorchers are the best live band I have ever seen, and Jasons mix of irony and honesty in his performance is unique!

What is your ultimate goal?

A gig in New York! Doesn’t have to be big, support will do, but since I visited NY as a teenager I want to play there.

If you could cover any song, what would it be?

"Which side are you on" I love the Dropkick Murphy’s version, wonder if that could go along with reggae keys…! Also I have been working in a mining museum in the past five years, but a protest song about the tough life of a historian in his office

wouldn’t work.

Tea making: milk first or last?

Man… They told me, but I forgot! We practiced in a studio in London where the hot drinks were free, so I brought tea for our bassist, but he poured it away. Still seemingly too polite to tell me what I’ve done wrong though. I myself have always

been a manic coffee drinker, until I stopped recently- since that I’m enjoying a life without belly ache.

Tell us your funniest joke!

How many Germans does it take to change a light bulb? One. Why?

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