1 - Can you tell us a Tell us little about your background? Where did you guys grow up, and where are you based now? Who are your roommates?
Tim aka Christian Fischer was born and grew up in Switzerland, Zürioberland. Mimi aka Michiko Hanawa was born and grew up in Hokkaido, northern island of Japan.
We met in Holland, where both of us studied, in the end of 2003 at a St. Niklaus Party.
In the beginning of 2004, we recorded 3 songs together in five days in Zürich. This recording session became our first EP "The Adventure of Tim & Puma Mimi". Soon after the recording, Mimi had to go back to Japan, and started work.... Tim & Puma Mimi long distance activities kept going til 2009, til Mimi quit her job in Japan.
Tired of long-distance relations musically and personally, we finally got married in April 2011. Now Tim and Mimi live together in Zürich. So, Tim's roommate is Mimi :)
2 - How did you choose your name - is there a meaning behind it?
Tim & Puma Mimi is inspired by Tim & Struppi (Tintin, the belgium Comicstrip). Christian is a big fan of the comic, and he once had a pompadour hairstyle like Tim. So Christian is Tim. Tim must has a partner like Struppi. When we were discussing about the band name, Mimi was wearing Puma t-shirts. But "Puma" alone might be too confusing with the shoe brand. Michiko was used be called "mi" or "mimi" when she was little. So, Michiko became "Puma Mimi" as a partner of Tim.
3 - How do you explain your music to your family members?
Mimi: pico pico electro pop music like Ryuich Sakamoto and his YMO used to play (that's the only electro music my parents ever heard of... :)
4 - What originally enticed you to start making music?
Mimi: idol groups and my friends.
Tim: My parents sent me to clarinet lesson, but i preferred to play boogie woogie on the piano of my sister. When I was 16 my uncle gave me Synthesizer to my confirmation.
5 - How would you describe the sound you make?
Freak pop. Gurken pop.
6 - Could you name three tracks that you think were particularly influential for your own style?
Tim: -"So Flute" St. Germain
- "Leerer inhaltsloserer Ausdruck" Saalschutz
- "Daft Punk is playing in my House" LCD Soundsystem
7 - When did you first feel that you had finally discovered your own specific sound?
Grey Sky: our very first song which defines Tim & Puma Mimi style. Simple, minimal, electro pop, weird, Japanese pop.
8 - Did you have any mentors when you were starting out? Who helped you get heard and established?
Seelenluft. Tim played flute in Seelenluft's live shows. He supported us in very early moment of Tim & Puma Mimi and his remix of our song "Namida Seelenluft Remix" helped us a lot.
Saalschutz, their fucked up live shows impressed me a lot. They also made a very good remix for our first vinyl.
Remixes to find here: http://soundcloud.com/timandpumamimi/sets/tim-puma-mimi-remixed-1/
9 - Are you the type of musicians who know what kind of track you want to write before you sit down to make it, or do you create music more from a process of experimentation, trial and error?
Later. We create music more from a process of trial and error.
10 - Where do you look for inspiration when you’re starting on a new track?
Mimi: Daily materials around me (cups, stones, painkiller, lump, own room etc....) .
Tim: Often i just start somehow a new track... but sometimes I ask guestmusicians for an improvisation and then build the track on this one.
11 - Do you play any instruments?
Tim: Yes: Clarinette, Saxophone, Flute, Keyboard, e-Cucumber, a bit steeldrum and guitar.
12 - What’s your studio like?
Tim: We just moved out from a civil defense bunker. With drums and huge PA, but that s too much for us. I prefer next to a window. We have some technical stuff, but not very expensive. Some toys from japan and fleamarket.
13 - Do you DJ, play live, or both? How would you describe your sets?
No DJ. Yes live. Happy Gurken Set.
Tim: Mimi did once DJ Mimix, was pretty good. But no, we see our show as a concert, people are alowed to dance of course. Playfull in the beginning, powerfull in the end.
14 - A little playlist of your favorite records thesedays?
Django Django: "Default"
Bobby McFerrin: "Drive my car"
Dave Aju: "Tapatio"
15 - When you’re not listening to electronic music, what do you listen to?
Mimi: don't care too much about genre.
Tim: I mix consciously as much as possible different styles. From easy listening to balkan to dixie to hip hop to techno..
16 - What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
We post nearly everything on FB but people forget so quick, so I think they don't know anything about us.
17 - Where do you think you will be musically in the next few years?
Let's see. We want to be innovative. Try to find something little, high-lo tech, but totally new ideas following Skype concerts and Frutilizer (electrified Gurke).
18 - Any plans for an artist album?
The Stone Collection of Tim & Puma Mimi has just launched last May. So, it's hard to think about next album now. Maybe in two years?
19 - A last word…
(Haha, that was Mimi.)
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