HE/RO: Brothers don’t give each other birthday presents

Brothers don’t give each other birthday presents

Roman (left) and Heiko Lochmann release their debut album as HE/RO.

Roman (left) and Heiko Lochmann release their debut album as HE/RO.

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Roman and Heiko Lochmann celebrate their birthday on May 13th. The twins, who are now starting out as HE/RO, “never gave each other anything”.

As teenagers, Roman and Heiko Lochmann (23) were known as the YouTuber and music duo Die Lochis. They are now shedding their old image and starting again as HE/RO. On May 13 – the twins’ birthday – their debut album “Teen Star Dilemma” will be released. For the brothers, this is “a completely new and very clearly different chapter,” they say in an interview with spot on news. They also talk about toxic romantic relationships, anxiety and what they have planned for their birthday.

Her new album is called “Teen Star Dilemma”. How is it a dilemma for you to have been so famous as a teenager?

HE/RO: The leap from “teen star” to the “adult” world is probably one of the most difficult tasks. Pigeonhole thinking and prejudices are our daily bread, with which we are unfortunately still sometimes confronted today. We consciously sit down on this “elephant in the room” and call it by its name.

HE/RO is a fresh start for you. You have announced “Teen Star Dilemma” as your debut album, although you have already released three studio albums as Die Lochis. So are you opening a whole new chapter with this?

HE/RO: It’s a completely new and clearly different chapter. Not only for us, but also for the German music landscape. Therefore, it is HE/RO’s debut album.

You worked on the new album for three years. What highs and lows have you gone through during this time?

HE/RO: When you take such a leap into the deep end, you never know where you’re going to end up. Fears about the future, small crises of meaning, moments of insight and instruction were on our agenda. But above all the moments of confidence, fulfillment and a new feeling of artistic freedom. All of this has shown us that we are on the right path.

The song “F*** You” is about a toxic love affair. Do you have any experience how to get rid of it?

HE/RO: Usually you only feel the “toxicity” when it’s already there. We have already had experiences like this and are glad that we actually always pulled the “emergency brake” in good time. The topic is not that uncommon in relationships.

Many of your songs are about love. Why is this topic so important to you?

HE/RO: Love is just a big topic, always and everywhere. However, several tracks on the album deal with human relationships in general. This is probably because they are a large part of our reality.

There are currently many issues that concern people, such as the war in Ukraine, environmental or climate protection. Will there be any political songs from you in the future?

HE/RO: If you hear “between the lines” in our songs, then you realize that we keep dealing with the important topics of society and our world and also deal with them. We are not the ones who focus on a topic in a striking way. If we want to communicate, then something will come up.

For example our song “Falsch mit mir”, where we let our feelings out about mental health. Or in “Kiss an Dich” we are driven by the fast pace of life and the ongoing conflicts in this world. “So Hell” is about the constant pressure to be somebody.

This red thread of profound meta-levels actually runs through every song. The beautiful and magical thing about pop music is that it can add a “shine” to even the deepest, hardest, or weirdest (editor’s note: weirdest) subjects.

“When You’re Sad” is about low points in life. When was the last time you didn’t feel so well?

Roman Lochmann: The idea for this song came at a time when I was surrounded by panic and anxiety. To be honest, I felt really bad about it. The song gave me a lot of courage back then and was like an outlet for my feelings.

The album release falls right on your birthday. Do you already know how you will spend the day?

HE/RO: We celebrate a massive release and birthday party in Berlin with lots of friends, colleagues and trailblazers.

Do you give each other anything?

HE/RO: No, we’ve never done that before. Why not?

What would you like for your birthday?

HE/RO: That everyone gives this album a chance and an open ear to our new music.

What are your plans for HE/RO this year?

HE/RO: We absolutely want to play live again and go on tour with the new album!