Through film, art, storybooks and music, Berlin/Copenhagen based Substereo is a
multimedia art-rock project. An immersive journey that combines different artistic
elements in order to tell a complete story. Be it in a world of pirates in search of a mysterious
treasure, or in the company of a lonely little robot trying to save his dying world, the group blurs
the line between reality and fiction.
Originally from Copenhagen, the art collective made its debut as an art-rock band with the album Fuel for the Revolution (2013), produced by multi-platinum award winning producer Dito Godwin. After their first release, they began to morph into more than just a band. They began to turn into what they now refer to as a ‘multimedia art project’.
This began with their second album release Nowhereland, a concept-album which was accompanied by a hand-illustrated storybook. This is when the band put together their defining 'storybook-concerts', where each abridged chapter would be read aloud while displaying the hand-drawn illustrations at performances, and while using visual cues like smoke, light and sound. After each chapter the corresponding song from the album would be played live.
In 2018, with a renewed line-up in Berlin, the project got ready for the next chapter of its story. With musical influences such as Pink Floyd, The Foo Fighters and John Mayer, the band pulled together their strengths and created yet another venture.
The third project called Renaissance, took it one step further by creating a story that could be told through the same mediums as before, yet would this time include a stop-motion/animation musical short-film, with hand-built puppets and thousands of watercolor paintings. While the music was released in 2019, each song was consequently released though the span of two years with a corresponding video counterpart.
In 2022, after 30 months of work (4000 work-hours), the project was finally completed. A 26 minute music short film that tells the story of Ben The Robot on an adventure of a lifetime. A story that is also accompanied by a book release in the form of Ben's own diary. As a new addition to the storybook approach, this release has encompassed the use of NFTs in the cryptocurrency world in order to spread the reach of the project, and to explore yet a new medium of art.
So strap yourself in and keep your seat in the upright position... You are about to go on an adventure!