Sea + Air

The 2 Minute Interview

On the road for three years non stop through the European continent marked by change playing 600 concerts in 22 countries, the Greek-German couple Eleni Zafiriadou & Daniel Benjamin built bridges of melodies and sound between cities, countries and cultures.  SEA + AIR’s new album EVROPI documents the current state of Europe – at times in a way prophetic way but also with a wink. We asked each of them what it’s like being a couple that works and creates art together. Well, then it was all about frozen pizza, public disputes and luminaries. But read for yourself… We sure love them to bits! By the way: SEA + AIR are on promo tour for their new album right now and will be paying at Klunkerkranich on Monday, at Übel und Gefährlich in Hamburg on Tuesday, and at Cord in Munich on Wednesday. We’re giving away a pair of guest list tickets for each venue. Send an email titled ‚MY GHOST IS POP‘ to and tell us where you’d like to go see them.
Name: Eleni Zafiriadou | Daniel Benjamin
Age: thirty-something | 36
City: Freakin’ awesome | Freakenhausen
Job: Performer | Composer
Schuhgröße: 39 | abnormally large!
Favorite note: Can’t stand alone. | 500 Euro note

Would you rather dive or fly?
E: Dive.
D: Fly.

You will be reborn as what?
E: A leopard.
D: As me again, but with an illuminated body.


Who do you admire?  
E: Real characters.
D: The cashier at the supermarket.


You are a couple that lives and works together. What is the greatest challenge?
E: To keep one’s calm.
D: Staying peaceful.


Are your live performances better or worse after a (private) fight?
E: That depends on the song we’re playing.
D: We only argue in public, never in private.


You’re allowed to listen to only one song for the rest of your life. Which one?
E: Arvo Pärt – Fratres
D: U2 – The Unforgettable Fire (affirmative nod, editor’s note.)


Which moment changed everything?
E: The first word.
D: The moment I heard „Darn Floor – Big Bite“ by Daniel Amos.


If you had to choose between being deaf or mute, which would it be?
E: Mute.
D: Mute.


Where did you grow up?
E: At my grandmother’s.
D: I don’t know. One day, I was 6’4 ft.


What is luxury for you?
E: Quality time.
D: Freedom.

Which piece of art would you like possess?
E: Seascape (Wave) by Gerhard Richter
D: A big farm.
If you could change the world overnight, where would you start?
E: With us people.
D: With me. Wait a minute – I can actually do that. haha


With which famous person (dead or alive) would you like to have coffee?
E: My great-grandmother.
D: I don’t like coffee. I’d only grimace and not be able to say a word.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
D: Fakes – a Greek lentil soup.
E: Frozen pizza.


Which super power would you like to have?
E: Being invisible.
D: The power to heal wounds.


A city, a country and a river beginning with the letter „L“:
E: Leipzig, Lala-Land, Love
D: Leipzig, Latvia, Lech


What was the last thing that really moved you?
E: David Lynch’s The Elephant Man.
D: „One Time“ by The Roots


What should no one know about you?
E: The answer to this question.
D: I’ll have no more secrets after this interview…


Which question should we have asked?
D: What makes you happy?
E: The question of „why“.


Last Words:
E: Peace be with you!
D: Something I always like to have. haha (Sure thing! editor’s note)