Interview with Astrid Rot

Astrid Rot takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Interview with Astrid Rot

Hello! Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

Hallo, I'm Astrid Rot and I'm the drummer and singer from the band Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots).

How would you describe your show?

Otto & Astrid – Eurosmash! is like a massive party in your pants, which keeps you moving and dancing all night!

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

Because it's big…big is best, right? Actually I just love your hot chips, the way they all stick together like little toes jammed into a sandal with sauce on top. I dream about those toes…I mean chips.

What differentiates it from other festivals?

Edinburgh is one of the most stunning cities in the world so there's that! It also has an incredibly old wooden skittle alley where you can go and drink and throw wooden balls around on your day off!

Do you think the Fringe has changed over the years? If so, how?

I think the Free Fringe is changing the Festival slightly, it's an interesting concept that makes it possible for performers to lower their upfront costs (which are MASSIVE).

Are these changes positive or negative?

I feel like it's still too soon to tell how it affects the festival as a whole, but I like that an artist could actually make some money at the fringe!

What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?

Otto and I saw David Bowie play at the Deutschehalle in 1990 when we were still kids and it changed our lives. We knew from that moment on we were going to be the Best Band in the World.

If you didn't have your current job, what would you probably be doing?

I like pancakes a lot and sausages too, so maybe I would invent a savory pancake that you can roll a sausage up in. Actually, I need to make one of those right now…

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

The drummer from the band Die Roten Punkte.

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

I remember my little brother Otto crying because he stood on a butterfly by accident. He's been vegan ever since.

Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?

No, I feel it is my duty to ROCK out and deliver the best concert the audience has ever seen. But Otto has been writing more songs lately about politics and fruits.

Equally, do you think there has been a shift in public sentiment that has affected your work?

I think people really want to have a great time and for an hour or so, lose themselves in a world of dancing aliens, robots, lions, Burgerstore dinosaurs and bananas.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less.

Do You Speak Dance?

If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why?

For me it would be Chrissie Amphlett, such a rock goddess. I would love to have written and sang a duet with her.

Otto & Astrid: Eurosmash! (Die Roten Punkte) is performing at Underbelly, Cowgate at 22:10 on 3rd – 27th (not 9th or 15th). For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.


Tom Inniss

Tom Inniss Voice Team

Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe..

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