Pea Sized is Pia Kayser and Karsten Kayser from Wiesbaden, Germany. We've been a couple since 1999, and started seriously making music together in 2008. Our music is atmospheric alternative/electronic, mostly downtempo with a somewhat dark and experimental touch. Before this, Karsten had been playing with a number of local bands for over a decade, mostly as bassist.
In addition to conventional instruments such as guitars, synthesizers, and percussion, we tend to use (or abuse, if you will) things like melodicas, children’s toys, and various other things that produce some kind of sound. Electronic and acoustic sounds fuse in many different ways. The lyrics, written by Pia, revolve around personal impressions and emotions that are inspired by living in a postmodern world.
Our influences range from Portishead, PJ Harvey, Peaches, Björk, Feist, Róisín Murphy, CocoRosie, Tori Amos, and Radiohead to Lhasa, Soul-Funk, Balkanbeats, Arabic Groove and Electronica.
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Q & A (minus the Q)
- We like to reflect our thoughts, feelings, and the social reality critically through our music.
- We develop our music by experimenting with different sounds and harmonies; the lyrics are written as the songs develop.
- Our advantage is that we love and inspire each other.
- We enjoy old and new music, from pretty much any genre.
- We prefer music that comes out of nowhere and continues to evolve in our minds.
- This sure isn't “middle of the road” music. Don't expect familiar song structures.
- No, we didn't record anything in a professional studio.
- We can only play some of the instruments you're hearing there.
- We don't want to become rich and famous. Definitely not rich. Though we sure would be happy to make some money with our music, just to offset a bit of the cost.
- If you feel a little sad while listening, don't mind. We feel the same from time to time.
- Yes, making music is kind of a therapy for us.
- Definitely no suicidal tendencies here.