Take 5: shi offline

Hamburg duo shi offline’s debut single, ‘God Is A Witch’ is out now across all digital platforms via German Independent label Audiolith. The track is taken from the bands album ‘Golaya’. 

The Hamburg based artcore duo consist of Russian born Alisa Tsybina on vocals and German writer Gordian Gleiss. She brings the rawness, he brings the beat-driven machinery, the result is a jungle of witchcraft, dark blue and hubba bubba! Good Lord. We decided to find out more about the band from Alisa with a Take 5….

When did you realise that you wanted to be music artists? What or who has inspired you?

That’s a long time a ago. Kevin Morby, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, Cypress Hill, Karin Dreijer, Anders Trentemøller, Sven Berge, Torbjøn Brundtland.
Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?

Kedr Livansky, МЫ, Low, Maribou State, Julia Jacklin, Weval, The Blaze.

Tell us about your single – ‘God Is A Witch’-  what is the song about?

God is a witch means incredibly much to me and hits me directly into my heart. 

The track describes my writhing, but also my entering, triggered by toxic structures and expectations – expectations that are linked to my humanity, utopic role models that rather cause me to wither than to flourish. But there comes the realization, the awareness about the frustrating situation and thereby the burndown and wipeout of that situation. There is a silver lining, a unification, the establishment of own structures – own healing structures.

“Witches unite, let’s fight naked for our rights!”

Tell us five things you love about the city/town you live in -Hamburg- and why……

What I love about Hamburg is that I met a lot of great people and I’m proud to call them my friends. There are also a lot of great places like

• Frappant , a great  offspace for Art and Music Culture 

• Toast Bar. A super tiny bar chock-full of lovely people and wonderful drinks 

• A place near the Elbe, where you can go for a swimm and hang out in the sun.  I’m not going to mention the name , because I’m afraid that it’s going to be too crowded, haha. 

• Cai Kitchen, with the best Chinese vegan food

• My flat. There’s also good food and the love of my life, who’s always waiting for me to come home.

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

I’m looking forward that this year is going to end soon. I need more cultural activities and less heartbreaking news. Hope 2021 is going to be better.