Describe your sound in 3 words
melodic funk pop
Tell us a few things about your new song ‘Zurück Zuhaus’. What is the main idea behind it?
Zurück Zuhaus translates to “back at home” in English and of course it was inspired by the nice feeling of being at home. However, the song doesn’t refer to the place where I live, like my flat or my house. Rather, it praises my local community, my friends and family, without whom I’d probably be a totally different person.
Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?
I love both collaborating with other musicians in the live context. Also in the studio I have worked with several artists. When writing lyrics or composing songs, I tend to need all my concentration, and therefore I typically withdraw.
What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?
Writing music often feels like solving a puzzle. All the different pieces need to find their place. When the song is done, it feels like a big success. Performing my own music live elevates that feeling even higher, as I can see the immediate reaction of the audience.
What would you change in the music industry?
Personally, I think the digital age brought some great liberation to the music industry. Before digital age, music studios were accessible to a very small elite exclusively. Nowadays, kids with a laptop are reaching an international audience, which was unthinkable just a couple years back. Also my music wouldn’t exist without cheaply available digital technology. At the same time, competition is fiercer than ever, as there are literally millions of highly skilled and determined musicians out there. And there are some players in the industry that obviously build their business model around taking advantage of this situation. I wish people would treat each other more respectfully.
Favorite music related film?
I used to listen to the Beastie Boys a lot when I was younger. Recently, I saw their documentary and enjoyed it quite a lot. Also I remember the movie about Ray Charles as impressive.
What would you say is your biggest vice?
Not taking myself seriously in situations where I should.