January in Lithuania is a pretty dreary month. The snow makes getting around a chore, and it gets dark early.
MXF: What is your favourite experience of playing abroad with Ministry of Echology?
Paulius: Having an opportunity to travel together and to stay together for a long time.
Audrius: We played in Berlin, we arrived to an old abandoned college. There was an info shop, a kitchen, sleeping rooms, libraries… There we played this concert in support of refugees. They made us delicious food, we played for them and lots of locals came. It was nice!Martynas: This one time we were going to France. I couldn’t point out one exact experience, but the whole trip was amazing.
Rokas: We had a trip to France, it took about one week. We had five concerts in a row. It was nice to meet all the other Lithuanians abroad who came to our concert.Nerijus: When we were at a recording session at Ramsgate in the UK. We spent ten days together, and it was an amazing time. We were all like family; there was a bit of everything – good and bad, fun and sad. But mostly everything was really fun.
Elena: It’s joyful being with the band and playing your music.
Tomas: Maybe the attitude from foreign people to our music. We played in Berlin, Paris… but maybe the warmest welcome was in Poland, I guess. In Paris and in Poland.Vytautas: The surprise in the people’s eyes. When people come to your concert, don’t know you and your band, and you put on a pretty good performance, they are really pleased and surprised.
Dominyka: I love that we can spend more time together.MXF: Why is that important?
Dominyka: Because we’re a very big band of a lot of people so it’s very difficult to meet in the city where we live. So, when we go abroad we have no other choice but to be together!