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The Reggae Steady Ska Band Questionnaire No 3 – Wotka Trawolta

Band’s/artist’s name: WOTKA TRAWOLTA

Active since: May 2014

Line-Up: voc, drums, git., bass, keyb., tromb, trump., sax


Three words that describe your music/performance:
2 tone, modern, energy

Your van stops in front of a venue. Someone accidentally comes by, sees your equipment and asks about your band. How do you convince her or him to come to your show later?
„Come dance with us!“

What’s the most-likely compliment from fans after a show?
“You’ve done the best show we ever had in here!”

What was the weirdest description of your music that you ever heard or read?
“It sounds like carnival …”

What are sure signs that your show has been a success?
The show was good when the people are happy and dancing.

Have you got any mentors/idols that helped you get your act together, or inspired you?
Our all time heroes are: Alpha Boy School from Bochum, Germany. The band does not exist anymore. ;-(

What do you like more: Performing live or recording in the studio?
We are a live band. It’s the best for us. Recording is also great fun, but we like to play on stage, to sweat and to dance a lot more.

What does your rehearsal spot look like?
It is tidy and clean. We reherse in a studio, wich we like and we also record our cds here. The owner is a friend of ours: Joost Schnitzler. He is a very good producer and sound engineer, especially for Ska and Reggae.
He made the first record of the Band „Sondaschule“. The studio is in Oberhausen, Germany.

If there was an inscription above your rehearsal room, what should it be?

Which other band is closest to you personally?
We know several ska bands personally, but we don’t have a favourite one.

What is the most under-rated band in the Reggae Steady Ska scene? (Other than yours)
We like the Rifffs from Malta very much. Only a few ska fans know them. They are great.

What’s the best thing about the global Ska community?
The best thing is the music itself: It’s an international language.

Were there any moments you wanted to quit? What made you go on?
No, never. When we started playing ska music, we knew that we would never earn any money with it, that ska has not many fans in the world. We had no other chance: We love this music, so we will go on.

Your releases so far were …?
We are recording our first EP: „first very last album“. We hope that it will be ready in 2014 …

Three facts that mustn’t be missing in any text about you?
The music is groovy, good songs, We love what we do.

What are your next steps?
We are about to finish our recordings and trying to do a video. We play live as much as possible. In the next year we will be going to England twice.

What’s the best way for fans, friends to stay in contact with you?

Contact us on our Facebook page!

questionnaire by Reggae Steady Ska and The Ska Music Yearbook https://reggae-steady-ska.com

If you like to see your band or another artist being featured in the questionnaire, let us know in the comments or write an email to joachim@reggae-steady-ska.com.

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With his Ska band The Braces (1984-1991, 2000-2006) Joachim Uerschels released three albums for Unicorn, Pork Pie and Mad Butcher Records. He lives in Cologne, Germany as a writer and musician. In 2016, he published his solo debut album "Songbook Vol. II" as Joe ScholesJoe Scholes
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