Q&A: The Peep Tempel
What does it mean to you to be an independent artist?
It means everyone involved with this band believes in and is committed to what we are doing. It is very hard work keeping an independent band together and on the road. Everyone must take their turn driving on the Autobahn too.
What is the biggest challenge to being an independent artist?
Constantly being broke.
And the best bit?
What is your favourite Australian artist/band of all time and why?
Currently it is Digger and The Pussycats for letting us play New Race by Radio Birdman with them at the Sonic Ballroom in Cologne during their encore, when our European tours crossed paths in September.
What makes Australian music special?
You need to ask a German that question. They seemingly have no idea what we are singing about but still seem to dig it.
What did you do when you found out you were nominated?
We had breakfast in Tilburg after performing at The Incubate Festival in The Netherlands the night before, then got in our van and drove to Cologne for the next tour date.
Who is your favourite opponent from the other nominees in your category?
We have not had a chance to listen to the other albums yet. We'll do that soon.
How will you celebrate if you win?
We won't win, but for the last four weeks the locals have been teaching us how to "make fun" in "joy" many.
What are your plans for the rest of 2012?
Get back to Australia and spend plenty of time at the beach.
THE PEEP TEMPEL are nominated for Best Independent Hard Rock Or Punk Album Of The Year at the 2012 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards. The winners will be announced on October 16.