A Beatles Fans Interview with The Mona Lisa Twins
Its been a while since we have had an interview here but i am glad
to bring this interview to you all with the fabulous Mona Lisa Twins.
How did you first get into playing music?
We grew up in a small village in Austria just outside of Vienna
where our Dad was running a professional recording
studios, and we were always surrounded by musicians,
instruments, sound and music. The radio was always on,
our Dad was singing and making music with us ever since
we can remember, so growing up it was a very natural
thing for us to pick up instruments ourselves at one point.
When I was 11 I started taking bass and shortly after
that guitar lessons and Mona started off on the drums. Soon
we were both visiting each other’s classes too and started
jamming together. Or at least we tried. It sounded exactly
like you imagine two 11 years old little kids “jamming”
would sound like. But the wobbly musical mess soon turned
into a lifelong obsession.
At what age did you first get into beatles music?
M: Our personal Beatlemania probably really kicked
off at the age of 13. We happened to come across the
remastered album collection on Dad’s computer and
that’s when it really hit us for the first time. Like REALLY
hit us when we clicked from song to song, from album
to album in complete utter disbelief on how it was
possible to consistently write such fantastic, diverse,
mesmerizing songs. In comparison to THAT even the
best of music aimed at our generation sounded like a
sad attempt to come close to what the Beatles created.
We wanted to find out how they did that, what made those
songs so special, so meaningful and so uplifting to so many people.
What has been your favorite song to cover?
L: In the studio I have great memories of doing “This Boy”
because of those gorgeous 3-part harmonies.
We love these sort of tricky songs where you really
pick the original to pieces to find out how it’s done.
M: There are loads of songs we love covering
for our live performances. Especially at the Cavern Club,
where we play every Saturday night. Closing our sets with
“Revolution” (The Beatles) and “My Generation” (The Who)
is always a thrill, or giving our everything at songs like
“Paint It Black” (The Rolling Stones) or “People Are
Strange” (The Doors).
Where was the best gig you ever played?
That’s a hard one. We’ve played some absolutely cracking
shows at the Cavern with an insane audience and a
real buzz in the air. Some of the shows we did on tour
with “Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel” last year were
unforgettable and the one at the Symphony Hall in
Birmingham will always stand out for me. We were
part of his touring band while also performing our
own songs within Steve Harley’s set. Together we
played a couple of really moving, emotional shows in
some of UK’s most stunning venues.
Were you surprised by your popularity when
you first started?
L: We never had any overnight success. Even
when we started out on YouTube it was a very
steady and natural build-up and we grew with it
very organically. So no actually, I wouldn’t say
we were surprised in a sense that we didn’t expect it
but it was simply great to see that the more work,
effort and love we poured into our music the more
it resonated with people listening. We were however
very positively surprised by the way people welcomed
us in Liverpool when we first moved here two
years ago. It felt like coming home.
If you could pick from The Beatles, who would you
say you were most like in personality?
L: If you compare yourself to god you set yourself
up for failure, right?
Is there anywhere you would like to play,
where you haven't yet?
M: We’d like to play some more shows in the States.
We absolutely loved our time in California but there
are so many more cities and states we’d be thrilled
to perform in. And playing in South America sounds like
an absolute blast too. We’ve got many fans there but
we’ve never had a chance to go over. We promise,
we will make it there one day!
Who is your favorite Beatle?
L: George and the other 3
What is your favorite Beatle era? was it the moptop
era or the psychedelic or what?
M: Musically I preferred the “in-between era” so my
favorite albums are “Rubber Soul” or “Revolver” but
what made the Beatles the Beatles is their entire development,
their ever changing style while never losing the essential magic
that binds all their music and albums together.