KT Tunstall has been in our lives since 2004 but somehow I never managed to see her live! I am so glad that this changed yesterday. A very talented funny lovely scottish musician who puts up the best show for her fans. The last tour date of her tour brought KT Tunstall to Mascotte in Zurich and it really was a brill party to rock out to.
First up I want to say I have the best concert buddies ever! Yesterday morning I got invited to a meet n greet with KT Tunstall. I was over the moon but the best part of this was that we got to see the sound check. Not just 10 mins of it – no – the full sound check. It was sooo impressive seeing the band and KT being super professionall and trying to get the sound and the show just right for the fans. I love every minute of it.
Right after the sound check we were able to meet KT Tunstall and take photos. Two fans brought her a very cool fan shirt. I personally thought it was professional merch but it was actually hand made! Again I was so impressed as was KT. Another cool gift from the fans was a “Rösti” and some “Bratwurst”. Obviously this is an insider. KT Tunstall started doing KT’s Kitchen. Before her gigs she would set up a little kitchen in the hallways of the venue’s and cook something. Because you know on tour you usually eat pretty bad food but with the little stove KT is actually able to cook a nice meal for her and the band. So while we were waiting for the support act to come on we were watching her IG live wearing the shirt and cooking her Swiss dinner 😀
Laurel is a British musician and I don’t know why but I think I’ve heard her before. She must have been supporting someone before but I can’t quite make out who. Laurel has a beautiful voice and she proved it over the next few minutes with “San Fran”, “LoveSick” and “Violet” which I deffo heard before. I loved the song and so did the audience. Laurel was also impressed how quiet the crowd was and were actually listening. They really were. No-one was chatting and actually respected the artist on stage. So I really love the KT Tunstall Fans! 🙂 Laurel finished her set on the last tour date with “Same Mistakes”, “Sun King” and “Adored”.
With a new song “In This Body” from her recent album “Wax” – which is the 2nd album in a trilogy – KT Tunstall opened the show. It was clear she means business. The atmosphere was great from the start. She spoke with us a lot and explained songs and told stories. I love this! After the rock mood was set she treated us to an oldie “Other side of the World”. I remember this song so well. It’s amazing how you don’t forget a song you loved and over 10 years later you can still singalong to! What I also love if artists aren’t complaining about people having cell phones but actually using them to create a beautiful atmosphere. A sea of lights and we were only two songs in!
Another new song “Backlash & Vinegar” which I really liked and by then I realized I was fascinated by the crowd, the band and KT Tunstall of course. She mentioned that at every show she tells this story. She wants us to retweet as many cat, elephants dog videos as possible so when she scrolls through Twitter etc. there isn’t as much negativity going on. Living in the US and being British KT Tunstall has definitely her fair share of negative headlines at the moment. I usually don’t like when artists get into politics but the way she did it – in a funny way during her morning coffee – I thought it was amusing and we could all relate to that. The good vibes and the energy kept going strong with “Uummannag song” back from 2010.
Here’s another story KT Tunstall believes that we are all in some sorts connected and imagine if that would visibly be shown with a red thread. So from an airplane red threads would come down to the earth and then from there around the world. All of this she put in the next song called “Little red thread”. “Hard girls” and “The river was next before she launched into another story about people going through a tough time. There might be a sea of Scheisse in front of you. You can’t go around it or dive under it because it’s just too deep. So all you can do is:
You have to go across the sea of Scheisse.
And for that you need to have a good song to get you across the sea of scheisse. So she wrote “Feel it all”. And she did this beautiful song alone on stage with just her voice and her guitar.
After that the band came back and brought Laurel with them. Together they sang “Heal Over” and you could see how much they grew together over the past couple of months touring together. I know I’m kind of gushing now but again I loved how KT Tunstall introduced her amazing band. Every night she would ask them a question and they would have to answer it without any preparation. But because it’s the last night she had a proper tough question and gave them a bit of time. So let me introduce to you:
After getting to know them a bit more they performed “Ashes”. Poor Clare who had a little mouth piano got bunny glasses put on while she was playing. Just hilarious! It was time for them to leave the stage again because KT showed us her loop station skills and sang one of her smash hits “Black horse and a cherry tree”. You guys know how much I looove loop stations so I enjoyed this part of the show a lot. The band did too as they were jumping up and down on the sofa in the backstage room which is situated on the right side of the stage and usually covered with a curtain. In what felt like a second the girls ran down and were back on stage for the next song. A song which KT and Nick from Franz Ferdinand wrote after David Bowie died. A nice vanguard song dedicated to a legend: “The Night that Bowie died”.
“Dark side of me”, “The Mountain” and “Saving my face” were next. KT Tunstall tries to combine her cooking / Mind Body & Soul side with her rock’n’roll side. “The Healer” on paper sounds like the first side but you can pretty well just trash a hotel room with it too 😀 Her words not mine but she’s right! The time just flew by and it was time to do the Encore game.
With the crowd bouncing and the energy reaching another level KT Tunstall and her band performed “Push that Know away”. She then asked us: “Do you have any good cover bands?” And everyone was just like “Meh”. And I guess that was what she was looking for because she and band are actually the best cover band in the world! 🙂 They performed a classic Bon Jovi song “Livin on a Prayer” which they are using as KT’s Kitchen jingle and with that they smoothly turned it into Belinda Carlisle’s hit “Heaven is a place on Earth”. They got us singing and clapping again. This made me wonder if I really should buy a ticket to see Bon Jovi this summer??
KT Tunstall thanked each and everyone helping her put this tour together and of course us fans coming to see the show and spending our hard earned money on it. Live music can never be replaced by videos on phones. Never ever. And she is hoping that this is our happy place here with her.
Yes, KT my happy place is deffo live music and if it is as brilliant as yours it’s even a happier place 😉
With this she started the first chords of her Uber hit “Suddenly I see” and now literally everyone was singing along to. All I could see were smiling faces and happy people dancing along to “Girls just wanna have fun”. We do, especially with those girls!
KT Tunstall is still a super talented and funny musician who puts up a pretty incredible rock show. I’ll be back the next time!
Bevor wir unser Interview beginnen, erzählt mir Wincent was er heute über die Schweiz gelernt hat. Meine Vorgänger, diverse Radiostationen, brachten ihm den Kanton Graubünden näher, das Frauenwahlrecht und wie viel Kilo Schokolade ein Schweizer im Jahr isst. Kekoas Korner ist das letzte Interview an seinem Schweizer Promo-Tag für seine neue CD „Irgendwie Anders“, die nächste Woche am Freitag erscheint.
Als kleine Stärkung habe ich ein Tüte Haribos dabei und los gehts:
Meine Mom hat dich damals als Support Act bei Andreas Bourani gesehen und mir geschrieben, dass du endlich mal wieder ein guter Support warst 🙂 Siehst du Andreas Bourani so ein bisschen als Förderer deiner Karriere?
Als Förderer? Leider habe ich mit ihm nur das eine Konzert in Zürich zusammen gespielt.
Ja. Sein Support Act mit dem er die ganze Tour gemacht hat, ist ausgefallen und dann hat mich Universal gefragt, ob ich das machen möchte. Ich hab mich noch gar nicht bereit gefühlt. Es war mein aller aller erstes Live-Konzert. Mein erstes Konzert mit einer eigenen Band war in Zürich im Hallenstadion.
Sehr cool! Leider konnte ich damals wegen der Schule nicht hin, aber schon dein erstes Konzert hat meiner Mom gefallen 🙂
Das freut mich! 🙂
Deine Band war ja schon damals die gleiche wie heute. Lea – ein Fan – und ich würden gerne wissen wie ihr euch gefunden habt?
Im Studio in dem ich meine ganzen Songs geschrieben und aufgenommen hab, gab es einen Nebenraum, in dem ganz frisch ein Pianist eingezogen ist. Ich musste damals für die Kindernothilfe, für die ich Botschafter bin, eine kleine Gala spielen – nur auf Klavier. Ich kannte ja noch gar keinen und da hab ich ihn einfach gefragt, ob wir dies zusammen machen können. Und er meinte, ja klar können wir machen. So habe ich meine Band kennen gelernt.
Er und seine Jungs haben am Wochenende auf Gigs, Hochzeiten usw. zusammen gespielt und dann hab ich sie gefragt, ob wir nicht zusammen Deutschpop machen wollen. Sie waren natürlich zuerst skeptisch, weil mich kannte ja noch niemand und ich hatte noch keine Songs veröffentlicht. Als ich dann gesagt habe unser erstes Konzert ist im Hallenstadion in Zürich, meinten sie nur so: „Ja, ja verarsch uns nicht“. Aber als wir dann in Zürich standen, passte es für alle und wir sagten uns, lass es uns probieren. Und jetzt können wir selber so viele Konzerte spielen mit der gleichen Band!
Ich hab euch letzten November gesehen. Man merkt total, dass ihr euch so gut versteht!
Meine Plattenfirma wollte zuerst eine gleichaltrige Band, aber ich wollte es einfach so haben, wie es natürlich entstanden ist. Meine Band ist zehn Jahre älter als ich, aber trotzdem ist es mega. Es ist geil, dass wir so zusammen gewachsen sind. Wie eine kleine Familie.
So soll’s sein! 🙂
Jetzt gehst du wieder auf Headline-Tour im Rahmen deines neuen Albums. Planst du auch mal Tourdaten im Ausland – also nicht Deutsch-sprachiges Ausland? Ein Fan lebt in Tschechien und hat gefragt, ob du mal dahin kommst?
Geplant ist es im Moment nicht. Aber wenn da deutsche Musik läuft und man da irgendwie ein Konzert stattfinden lassen kann, wär’s natürlich möglich. Ich dachte eh, dass ich niemals den deutschen Raum verlassen werde. Aber ich hatte ja im Dezember auch eine Tour in Kanada, Mexiko und Amerika. Das war auch schon total absurd. Bis jetzt ist nur Deutschland, Österreich Schweiz geplant für diese Tour. Mal schauen wo’s noch hingeht dieses Jahr. Kommt ja auch drauf an wie erfolgreich dieses Album wird. Ich weiss es ja noch nicht.
*ich schau ihn ungläubig an* Ja gut, also die ersten zwei Singles waren ja schon super erfolgreich.
Ja, stimmt. Die waren schon ein zwei gute Vorreiter.
Da wir schon über „Irgendwie Anders“ reden. Wer hat dich musikalisch beeinflusst auf diesem Album?
Ich glaub am meisten mein Produzent (Kevin Zaremba) mit dem ich seit fünf Jahren arbeite. Mit ihm habe ich auch meine allerersten Songwriting-Sessions gemacht. Wir haben das erste Album zusammen gemacht und haben uns beide musikalisch weiterentwickelt und ganz viel Neues ausprobiert. Gesanglich hab ich mich weiterentwickelt. Ich traue mich viel viel mehr. Auch produktionsmässig: Ich bin viel persönlicher geworden. Ich glaube, das sollten auch alle hören, die das Album ganz durchhören.
Hab ich. Man hört’s wirklich!
Ist schon anders wie das erste Album. Viele Facetten und sehr persönlich.
Jetzt warst du ja bereits in Südafrika und bekamst weitere musikalische Anregungen von deinen Sing-meinen-Song-Kollegen. Darfst du uns irgendetwas verraten?
Zu den Songs einzeln darf ich natürlich nichts sagen. Man kennt ja, dass Leute auf YouTube deine Songs covern und nachsingen. Aber dort war’s so, dass die Künstler die Songs genommen haben und komplett zum eigenen gemacht haben. Sie haben sie umarrangiert, umgeschrieben, in andere Sprachen übersetzt. Es war richtig krass zu sehen, was aus meinen Songs entstehen kann. Auch umgekehrt: Was aus den Songs, der anderen Künstler entsteht. Es war eine richtig spannende Erfahrung für mich. Auch eine Riesenehre. Die Künstler, die da mitmachen, da war ich 12/13 Jahre und die liefen dann im Radio und waren Stars für mich. Und auf einmal darf ich mit denen Musik machen! Es war ein ehrenvolles Erlebnis!
Wann wird das eigentlich ausgestrahlt?
Am 7.5 fängt das an und wir starten auch gleich mit meiner Sendung – also mit meinen Songs. Ich bin der Start der Serie.
Gut zu wissen. Leute markiert den 7. Mai DICK in eurem Kalender 🙂
Das ist meine letzte Frage. Deine Fans sind echt unglaublich. Ich hab noch nie so viele Fan-Fragen für den zweiten Teil meines Interviews bekommen. Die ersten zwei Fragen kommen von den zwei Fans, die letzten November die Feuerzeug-Aktion in der Halle 622 organisiert haben. Das war echt ein Gänsehaut-Moment. (Seht euch meine Highlights auf Instagram an). Wie speziell war es für dich?
Ich find sowas immer unbeschreiblich, dass sich Fans wie Daniela und Vanessa (Winnis_Schweizer_Crew) so Gedanken machen und dann die ganze Masse an Leuten auch animiert, an einem Strick zu reissen, um mir eine Freude zu bereiten. Sonst kenn ich’s bei Konzerten so, dass alle das Handy hochholen und ich sag dann so: „Alle, die noch old-school sind, können auch die Feuerzeuge hochhalten“. Dann machen das so vier Leute. Auf einmal waren es 800 Feuerzeuge in der Luft. Vor allem das Klicken die ganze Zeit, weil man ja das Feuer immer wieder anzünden muss. Ich hörte 800 Mal das „Klick-Klick-Klick! 🙂 Das war schon geil. Ich liebe solche Aktionen.
Es ist auch schön zu sehen, dass das ohne meine Absprache läuft. Die Fans überlegen sich das, um mir eine Freude zu machen. Ein Fan hat in einer Halle auch mal so kleine durchsichtige Papierschnipsel in verschiedenen Farben verteilt – so reihenmässig. Die erste Reihe hatte Rot, dann Gelb usw. Dann mussten das alle vor die Handylichter halten und dann entstand ein riesengrosser Regenbogen aus all den Handys. Andere halten alle die gleichen Plakate hoch. Sie überlegen sich ganz ganz viel. Wie du schon sagtest, meine Fans sind echt krass. Die stellen auch bei Votings alle anderen in den Schatten. Es ist so schön zu sehen, dass man auch so viel zurückbekommt. Man gibt auf der Bühne immer so viel und man versucht, die beste Show zu liefern und die Fans liefern sich mittlerweile fast eine eigene Show! So macht’s Spass! 🙂
Wie schon angetönt. Jetzt kommen die Fan Questions:
Daniela hat eine mega schwierige Frage.
Wenn du dich entscheiden müsstest zwischen: Alle bis heute gesammelten Erinnerungen werden gelöscht oder du kannst keine neuen Erinnerungen mehr sammeln. Wie würdest du dich entscheiden?
*Überlegt* Puh. Das ist wirklich schwierig. Ich finde die Erinnerungen, die man im Jugendalter/ in den 20er macht, die sind lebensentscheidend und wichtig für die ganze Entwicklung. Aber da ich 26 bin, hab ich hoffentlich noch so viele Jahre vor mir. Grade ich als Familienfan, ich will unbedingt Vater werden, ich glaub, das möchte ich alles miterleben. Das sind so meine Lebensziele, von da her würde ich alles hinter mir lassen und jetzt neu beginnen.
Das war jetzt tiefgründig!
Vanessa hat eine Frage: Was würdest du ändern, wenn du im Musikbusiness das Sagen hättest?
*Überlegt nochmals* Mann, die beiden stellen wirklich schwere Fragen! Es ist wirklich schwierig. Mir sagen viele Musikerkollegen, die schon seit längerem dabei sind: „Oh, ich wünsch mir die alten Zeiten zurück mit Plattenkäufen und ohne Streaming. Da war noch alles viel cooler. Da hat man noch mehr Geld verdient“. Was ja gar nicht im Vordergrund stehen sollte, finde ich, bei dem ganzen Musik-kram. Ich finde heutzutage durch das ganze Streaming hat sich geändert, dass viel mehr Leute Zugang zu deiner Musik haben. Jeder auf der Welt kann meine Musik hören und nicht nur die Leute, die meine Platte kaufen. Was ich an sich gut finde. Ich glaube, ich würde mir wünschen, dass die einzelnen Gernes bisschen mehr Einsicht in die anderen haben. Dass es nicht mehr so heisst: Das ist Deutschrap, das ist Deutschpop, Rock. Die Rocker finden die Deutschpoper scheisse. Deutschrap findet Pop kacke etc. Wir sollten uns mehr als Gemeinschaft sehen. Wir sind alle Musiker. Wir ziehen alle am gleichen Strang. Zwar aus verschiedenen Genres, aber wir sind Musiker und machen Mucke und spielen Konzerte, um den Leuten da draussen eine schöne Zeit zu bieten. Wir geben ihnen Songs fürs Leben mit denen sie Erinnerungen verbinden und das sollten einige ein bisschen als „Gemeinsamen-Strang“ sehen und nicht als „Business-Geld-Verdien-Strang“. Viele machen ja das, um zu schauen, mit was sie am meisten Geld verdienen. Es sollte so ein bisschen der Musik-Gemeinschaftsgedanke im Vordergrund stehen 🙂 Sonst bin ich eigentlich mit allem was kommt und sich verändert mega happy.
Das finde ich echt gut. Ich konnte noch nie etwas mit Genres anfangen.
Ich ja auch nicht weil ich so viel durcheinander höre. Ich komm ja aus der Metalschiene.
*Überrascht* Echt jetzt?!
Ja, ich hör 80% nur Metal und liebe das. Hör mittlerweile auch Deutschrap. Auch wenn ich das eigentlich kacke finde, dass die deutsche Jugend Texte über Koksen, Nutten und so was hört. Ich hör jetzt nicht den Deutschrap, aber so Hip Hop und Pop, den ich vorher nicht gehört hätte. Ich bin einfach Musik-neugierig und bin interessiert, was wer macht und wie alles arrangiert ist. Deswegen sollte dieser Genre-Gedanke so ein bisschen verfliegen.
Viele sagen: „Ah das ist Schlager oder das ist nicht Schlager“. Mein Gott, es sollte doch einfach schöne Musik sein. Ist die Musik jetzt schlecht nur weil sie Schlager oder Deutschrap ist nur weil man sie so betitelt? Ist doch eigentlich völlig egal!
Bin ich total bei dir. So doofe Genre-Gedanken hat ich nie. Für mich wars immer: Entweder mag ich den Song oder eben nicht – egal was für ein Genre, der jetzt ist!
Bei Festivals z.B. Da wird ein Hip-Hop-Festival gemacht, da hat ein Pop-Act nichts verloren. Grade bei Festivals, finde ich, sollten die so bunt wie möglich sein und für alle was da sein.
Sophia: Wünschst du dir ein normales Leben ohne gleich erkannt zu werden?
Das ich ein unnormales Leben habe, würde ich jetzt nicht sagen. Ich führe glaube ich trotzdem ein ganz normales Leben, in dem ich einfach erkannt werde.
Ich glaube, es gibt Situationen, in denen ich mir wünschen würde, nicht erkannt zu werden. Mir fehlt mittlerweile so der Respekt für die Privatsphäre und die Distanz, die man hat. Ich glaube, das ist so ein bisschen durch Social Media kaputt gegangen. Da ist man so nahbar und immer bei den Fans, was ich ja eigentlich super finde. Aber wenn ich mit meiner kleinen Schwester in den Freizeitpark gehe, kann ich es nicht mehr machen, weil ich alle 5 Minuten Fotos machen muss. Da sagt meine Schwester: „Hey Wincent, schön mit dir Zeit zu verbringen, aber ich habe nicht so viel Spass und wir können nicht zusammen fahren, weil alle immer Fotos von dir möchten.“ Da fängt man dann an, nur noch Zuhause zu bleiben. Ich gehe mittlerweile nicht mehr in Restaurants oder bestelle Essen aufs Hotelzimmer, weil ich nicht runtergehen möchte weil ich mir denke, muss ich dann schon wieder Bilder machen? Da fehlt mir so ein bisschen der Respekt vor der Distanz. Ansprechen immer gerne, Fotos machen auch, aber vielleicht mal verstehen, wann man gerade privat unterwegs ist – vor allem mit der Familie – und wann es OK ist. Da wünsche ich mir ein bisschen mehr Feingefühl.
Das versteh ich.
Für mich ist es manchmal noch ein bisschen schwierig zu verstehen.
Ist es echt so krass? Da kennen die nix?
Z.B. beim Essen. Wenn das Essen kommt, stehe ich für ein Foto auf. Dann kommen drei andere und meinen, wenn du grade dabei bist, machen wir doch auch gleich Fotos. 20 Minuten später setzt du dich hin und das Essen ist kalt und die Familie ist dabei. Das ist dann schon schwierig.
Oh nee. Das ist nicht schön.
Ja, ich glaube das sind so die Schattenseiten für die öffentliche Arbeit, die man macht. Ich glaube, da muss man irgendwie noch versuchen, beides zusammen zu bekommen. Privat- und Berufsleben. Kommt noch.
Alex hat schon ein Ticket für Stuttgart. Ist es schwer, persönliche Lieder wie Pläne oder 1993 vor Publikum zu singen? Wirst du’s überhaupt machen?
Ja. Ich hab die Tour im November noch nicht geplant – was wir da genau spielen. Um so etwas zu erzählen, sucht man sich ja eigentlich Freunde und Familie. Wir Musiker schreiben halt Songs drüber, damit wir es verarbeiten können. Da hat mich letztens ein Fan gefragt, ist es nicht blöd wenn du Pläne singst und du wirst jeden Abend, an dem du dieses Lied singst an deine Ex-Freundin erinnert? Und ich so, ja stimmt, eigentlich ist das nicht so klug. So weit habe ich nicht gedacht. Dann habe ich mir gedacht, dass ist eigentlich die gleiche Form, ob ich das runterschreibe oder mit Freunden spreche. Da rede ich eigentlich auch vor Freunden – meinen ganzen Fans. Die sind alle wie kleine Mini-Therapeuten, die da unten stehen und ich spreche mich halt vor meinen Fans aus und verarbeite das. Ich glaube, das ist ein guter Weg, um das zu verarbeiten. So viel es geht, darüber zu sprechen. Wo spricht man mehr drüber als bei einem Konzert? Da spreche ich immer ganz ganz viel drüber. Erzähl die Story, sind den Song, Fans heulen, ich heul. Ist schön 🙂
Noemi fragt: Bist du gläubig?
Religiös bin ich glaube ich nicht. In meiner Familie war das auch nie ein Thema. Früher sind wir Sonntags in die Kirche und mein Opa war eher der, der aus den Liedzetteln Papierflieger gebastelt hat und durch die Kirche geworfen hat. Das war mir und meiner Oma dann ein bisschen unangenehm und wir sind dann früher raus.
Ich glaube, dass ich so ein bisschen unreligiös geworden bin, weil man oft die ganzen Extrem-Seiten der Religionen mitbekommt. Alles was in den Nachrichten über Religion steht, steht immer nur im Extremfall da. Die Extremisten von der Religion haben das getan usw.
Religion definiert sich ja nicht durch deren Extremisten, sondern einfach durch den Glauben an sich. Ich glaube, ich bin viel zu krasser Realist, dass ich so einen Glauben entwicklen kann.
Ich hab schwere Fragen, gell?
Ich dachte, das letzte Interview, muss ich jetzt nochmals die ganzen Fragen von vorher beantworten. Und es sind alles Fragen, die hab ich noch nie vorher gehört. Das ist sehr gut.
Das freut mich sehr!!
Daline möchte gerne wissen, ob du dir eine wohlverdiente Auszeit nimmst nächstes Jahr?
Ich glaube nicht. Ich hab das immer geplant, dass ich über den Winter mal eine Auszeit nehme, aber dann hab ich eine Tour gemacht, mein Album gemacht. So ein Jahr Auszeit – ich glaube – ich bin dafür viel zu Workaholic und muss immer arbeiten. Wenn ich mal zwei Tage meine E-Mails nicht mache, dann denk ich so „Scheisse, du hast zwei Tage nicht gearbeitet! Du musst jetzt unbedingt wieder arbeiten. Das kann doch nicht wahr sein!“ Ich liebe ja das was ich mache und will arbeiten. Deswegen glaube ich nicht, dass ich eine Auszeit nehmen werde. Gerne mal über Winter Urlaub machen, aber so ein Jahr Auszeit könnte ich mir nicht vorstellen.
Wincent’s Wunder und ganz viele andere Fans fragten, ob es eine Akustik-Tour geben wird?
Mhhh… Mhh… Müsst ich mal überlegen. Ich habs noch nicht geplant. Aber ich mach auf jeden Fall ein Akustik-Album zum zweiten Album – wie beim ersten Album. Es hat mir mega gut gefallen, weil ich mit den Akustik-Songs gross geworden bin. Diese Akustik-Tour, die wir mit dem ersten Album gemacht haben, war schon schön. Wir haben ein kleines Wohnzimmer gebaut, nur sitzendes Publikum – was für mich auf der Bühne ganz ein komisches Gefühl war. Es war natürlich nicht die Energie, die ich sonst gewohnt bin. War eine ganz ungewohnte Situation! Wenn ich im Nachhinein so darüber nachdenke, war es eine mega schöne Erfahrung. Vielleicht machen wir das einfach nochmal. Dieses Jahr passt es nicht mehr rein, aber man könnte 2020 auf jeden Fall noch eine Akustik-Tour machen.
Wär `ne Idee.
Wär `ne Idee. Ich denk drüber nach.
Anna hat eine lustige Frage. Ich weiss nicht, wie sie darauf kommt. Aber here it is: Wie sieht es mit deinem Bartwuchs aus?
*Lacht und fasst sich ans Kinn* Öhm, nicht so dolle. Ich hab einfach keinen grossen Bartwuchs. Hatte immer ein Babyface und jetzt bin ich 26 und hab’s immer noch. So viel Hoffnung, dass ich noch einen Vollbart bekomme, hab ich nicht. Der Drops ist gelutscht.
So jetzt kommen die Fast questions:
Strand oder Berge?
Kleine Location oder Stadion?
Oh das ist schwierig!
Du kannst es als eigener Künstler oder auch als Fan sagen.
Beides schwierig! Ich finde, es hat beides seinen Charme. Kleine Locations sind intim und schön. Man kann mit den ganzen Fans gut interagieren.
Grosse Locations sind atemberaubend und beeindruckend. Vor allem sieht man mal wie viel Support man bekommt. Der meiste Support entsteht dadurch, dass die Leute zum Konzert gehen. Ein Album kaufen und runterladen ist schnell gemacht. Wenn Leute wirklich sagen, ich geh mit der ganzen Familie am Samstagabend auf ein Konzert und investier meine private Zeit, um deine Musik zu hören, das ist für mich das ultimative Commitment. Je mehr Leute, die du davon hast und den Abend mit dir verbringen, desto mehr Support fühlt man in dem Moment.
Du kannst auch beides nehmen 🙂
Es ist wirklich beides wunderschön. Ich will beides auch machen. Ich will neben den Arenen auch wieder kleine Konzerte spielen.
Schokolade oder Salzstangen?
Ruhiger Abend oder Partynacht?
Ruhiger Abend. Boah mittlerweile jeder ruhige Abend ist echt „Gott sei Dank“! 🙂
Ich gehe so oft an Konzerte für meinen Blog. Ich kann das total verstehen!
Letzte Fast Question: Schweiz oder Deutschland?
*Lacht* Toll!! Ist jetzt eigentlich unfair. Ich liebe den Ort an dem ich wohne im Norden Deutschlands. Deshalb würde ich meine Heimat wählen.
Das war klar. 🙂
*und fügt lachend an* Aber Schweiz ist auch schön!
Mit dem Satz beenden wir das Interview. Danke vielmals Wincent
Wincent Weiss ist ein sehr sympathischer talentierter Musiker. Nächste Woche 29. März kommt sein zweites Album “Irgendwie Anders” auf den Markt. Nach dem Interview verstehe ich den Titel seines Werks noch viel besser. Ausserdem könnt ihr ihn live ab November auf der “Irgendwie Anders”-Tour in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz sehen. Genau wie Wincent seine Konzerte beendet, beende ich diesen Blogpost: Danke!
On Sunday night Goodnews Productions made it possible for Kekoas Korner to watch Alien Ant Farm and P.O.D. in Zurich at Dynamo. It was a major throwback to when MTV still played videos like Dryden Mitchell said.
I really didn’t know what to expect from this night because – obviously – it isn’t the kind of music I usually listen to. However, I was super excited to cross some more “teen years” bands of my bucket list. The 68’s were up first, so early that we didn’t manage to catch them because our belly needed fuel for the night 🙂
Alien Ant Farm – back when MTV still played videos
Three huge Alien Ant Farm logos were put on stage. The third one was printed on a backdrop with a beautiful earth – Obviously the view of an alien. Colour, neon lights made the stage perfect! Who needs more? 🙂 The four lads from California took the stage with “Bad Morning”, “What I feel” and “Movies”. I loved the atmosphere already. People were really enjoying themselves and when Dryden announced the following it was time to freak out:
Back when MTV still played videos and not Jersey Shore etc. we had the pleasure of shooting this amazing video on top of the Masonic Temple. Who remembers it?
And with that “These days” started. I felt like 12 again and I knew exactly what they were talking about. What an iconic video and that song was one of my favs back then.
Dedication to our Mom’s and Chester Bennington
“Rubber Mallet”, “Wish”, “Neverment” followed this early highlight. Dryden Mitchell surprised me with his next dedication. He said that the next song is his Mom’s favourite and he literally just got off the phone with her. So let’s dedicate the next song to all the Moms because who doesn’t love their Mom’s. “Attitude” was another person’s favourite: Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. Alien Ant Farm dedicated “Attitude” to all the Moms and Chester Bennington. What a lovely unexpected touch.
“Courage”, “Lord Knows” and a cover by Bad Brains were next. Someone shouted “Smooth Criminal” and Dryden replied not yet first we do this cover is that OK? 🙂 I’m really glad that this person shouted it because it meant that I wasn’t the only one waiting for that song either. “Sticks and “Stones” came on before Alien Ant Farm had to say “Goodbye” already. The hour-long set was over sooo quickly. But then finally the lights went red and the telltale chords started. Everyone whooped and started singing:
Annie are you OK? Are you OK, Annie?
I loved it! 😀 And with that I knew I had to get an Alien Ant Farm shirt. I thought that a black shirt with a white logo would be amazing but unfortunately, they didn’t have it. However, they had a preeeetty sick shirt instead which was just as nice – reasonably priced as well. Happy camper over here!
P. O. D – Rockin’ with the Best
At around 9.30 the four guys from P.O.D took the stage and the atmosphere was amazing from the start. The energy was rad and the moshpits started to form already with “BOOM”, “Rock the Party” and “Will you”. When Sonny asked us to put our hands up and bounce everyone – seriously everyone – did it. What an atmosphere. I love those Nu Metal, Punk, Rock gigs. Honestly, their gigs usually have one of the best atmospheres. And with that Sonny already jumped into the crowd and said hi.
“Panic Attack”, “Rocking with the Best” and “Soundboy Killa” was next. After thanking both the 68’s and Alien Ant Farm for opening the show and warming up the crowd, P.O.D as well dedicated a song to Chester Bennington – their buddy who will be missed. Sometimes you forget that Linkin Park was actually a Metal band because their songs became so mainstream. I thought the dedication was a nice touch. One band that will forever be on my bucket list to watch – May he rest in peace.
So-Cali in my Head
I really loved the variety in P.O.D’s set as well. From the really hard metal to rap to reggae – they had everything! The new spring weather we experience already made my day and if you are looking for your next summer hit, don’t go too far: “Always Southern California” is the perfect song! Another new song “Circles” followed but the crowd was in full voice again! Big thumbs up for the Swiss crowd and even P.O.D saw that! They said:
You guys go crazy on a Sunday Night!
“Satellite”, “Southtown” and “Murdered Love” were up next. I felt like the crowd got even louder! The sold-out Dynamo definitely peaked when the next song started. The phones went up, the moshpits opened up and we were ready to sing “Youth of the Nation”. Check out my story highlights on IG to get a feel of what I mean. Another song I never expected to hear at a punk gig: A very beautiful ballad called “Beautiful”. I was swaying from side to side and enjoyed it very much.
“On the Radio” got us back on the expected track. With “Aliiiiiiiiiive” the audience was in full voice again and after 90mins we were “Listening for the Silence”. The lights came on and the music started but I think P.O.D had such a great time that they just decided to come back and play 3 more songs! They said we will play until they kick us out! 😀 They really did play until 11 o’clock when they had to stop because of the curfew. Everyone walked out with a smile on their face.
Alien Ant Farm and P.O.D rocked the sold-out Dynamo crowd and more than once we had a throwback feeling back to the good old days when MTV still played music videos. What a fantastic Metal, Punk, Rock evening and another very early highlight of 2019!
I got know Hunter Hayes in 2011 when he released “Storm Warning”. Little did I know that 8 years later I would be able to interview Hunter Hayes for my own blog and that I will be seeing twice this year!
Slowly Europe is getting its country on and finally we get to enjoy some real country music 🙂 So for all my readers who love good music from a talented musician you gotta check out Hunter Hayes at Plaza on March 3rd. Get your tix here: Ticketcorner.com And remember March 3rd is only 2 weeks away so get your hands on those tix or you might miss out on a really cool night! But before that I spoke with Hunter Hayes on the phone and here it is:
Interview with Hunter Hayes
Kekoas Korner: So are you ready?
Hunter: Yeah, absolutely.
On the Insta live last week you talked about your tour being named „Closer to you“. So you’re sharing lots of personal stuff in your new songs. Now my question: What’s your biggest fear?
I think the biggest fear is sharing too much! 🙂 Oversharing and feeling like okay we could have probably done it without that. But I’ve learned that this is the beautiful part about writing this album. Bringing one song to the show and introducing it slowly to the world taught me that the more you share the closer you are to the people around you. That’s friends, family or fans – that’s just music. My favourite music is so direct and so unfiltered. So I think the journey to get there in the process of writing music has been one of my favourite parts. The biggest area for growth for me is being more honest and putting more of myself in music.
Speaking of your new songs Heartbreak and One Shot. Will there be a new record coming soon?
There will be an album. I can’t say when. I’m glad you asked. They are all part of an album that we can talk about probably later this year!
Well that sounds good at least we got a little teaser. Who would you say is your musical influence for this album or the past ones?
It’s all over the map. It’s been everything from U2 to Punch Brothers. I like studying other artists and albums for long periods of time and really getting to know the albums. Not just the words but getting the heart and soul behind it. It’s a fun study for me. The more you start to pick the things that you love out of the music and internalize them versus I want to make a record that sounds like a twenty-one pilots record. Number one that’s not okay and number two and the most important part is that you have to be you. The process of music and finding out what I love about it and what that means to me and my writing process and how I can interpret that. If I hear more of their stories I will tell more of mine. Basically it’s trying and failing until finding out what’s right for me. The list of influences is long. There’s a lot of music that was coming my way the last 18 months that have totally changed the way I approach making music.
So can you tell me a few names off that list. You said Punch Brothers?
Yeah! That was a big one early on. I also went through a BIIIG U2 phase last year. Not phases in like “I’m over it” but a phase like I studied sections of their career for several months and really got to know the albums. Of course some albums more than others. The study of a four piece band with a very limited production making such a big impact that was something I wanted to get better at and know a bit more about. It’s all a lesson in restraint. It’s very intentional and very emotional. It’s hard to get those two things in the same place.
Sounds really interesting. You’ve got a busy year: Playing the Opry, going overseas with the C2C festival which I will be going to as well….
Oh that’s awesome. Have you been before?
No I haven’t. It’s the first time!
Ahh you are gonna love it!!
Yes and I am really much looking forward to it but before that I’ll be seeing you in Zurich on your European tour plus the tour through America. What can we expect from the „Closer to you“ tour? Can you tell me a little secret? 🙂
*laughs* Sure. The thing about the “Closer to you” tour is, it’s not like any other tour we’ve done even tough it shares a lot with tours that we’ve done before. It’s nothing like anything we’ve done before because of the fact that it comes from this new music. For a while we’ve been touring with kinda the same collection of songs adding one or two. With the release of new songs it injects new energy. This is like a fresh reboot almost like a renovation of a house. It’s not unrecognizable but for me it feels brand new. Some of the places are places we’ve played before and some aren’t. It all feels like I’ve just woken up from a dream and it’s a whole new chapter.
So we can expect a lot?
The fun thing about this tour is the new take on some of the older music. Everybody is new on this tour except for me. 🙂 The songs I’ve been playing for a long time will be now re-imagined as if they would have been recored for this album. That’s gonna be really fun to do.
That sounds exciting. In like 2 or 3 weeks I’ll be seeing what this show’s about.
God that’s three weeks away? Good Lord. I’m excited!
Me too! Now Europe is slowly starting to listen to country music too. What do you want to tell your European fans who are coming to the shows?
Country covers a lot of ground. There is so much in country. I don’t think you could sum up the genre. If you pick three names doing completely different things I think you still leave a lot out. I’m exited for people to get know country as I know country. It’s a very vast genre full of brilliant storytellers with musically brilliant ideas. There’s a lot of people bringing new ideas from other genres into country music in such a way that goes along what we were talking about: The studying and internalization of things they grew up listening to. There is so much to discover in country music. I think you couldn’t properly dive into country music and don’t find anything that feels like home.
At age 27 you’ve played so many amazing venues already. Do you still have a bucket list venues to go?
I’ve got a few for sure. Pick the arena in every city around the world and the theatres too. I love theatres. I’ve learned that it’s such a special place to experience music and play it. That’s history. That’s historically where people would go to listen to music. On that list would also be Red Rocks. I’ve never played Red Rocks in Colorado. I’d love to do that. I wanna play as many places as I possibly can put my name on the wall! 🙂
Red Rocks is also on my bucket list but to watch!
You know what I’ll let you know when we play it so we can both cross it off at the same time!
Sounds like we have a deal! 🙂 And what was your favourite venue you’ve already played in?
Can I pick 3? The Fox Theatre in Detroit was one of my all time favourite venues to play in. That leads into the Ryman will always have my heart. That will alway be my favourite venue – probably. Even though Nashville is not necessarily my home town it feels like home town the more that I live here. It embraces the people that come here to make music. The Ryman is just a spectacular place. I think I’m just gonna stick with that. The Ryman has my heart.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Ryman. And finally you are playing like a million instruments what would be the instrument you’d like to try to learn next? Maybe the Alphorn here in Switzerland?
Honestly I would just like to play the violin half decent. I’m not good at playing any instruments if I’m totally honest but I’d like to be decent enough in some sort of string instruments like the violin. I’d love to arrange string parts. I’ve never gotten along with that instrument for some reason but I’d like to.
Now I have some fan questions for you. I asked my followers to send in some questions.
Rachel who’s a huge fan from New Zealand was wondering if you do some more international gigs down under since the tour is called closer to you? 🙂
I would love that!
But nothing’s been planned yet?
Not officially. The good news for me – at least – once you start touring like we do this year hopefully the right people hear about it or you come in contact with right people and things happen. It’s momentum. Once you get back on the road… I’m hoping at least that that’s the result of it.
She also did a lyrics video to your song Heart break and it looks amazing. Do you check out fan-made videos and art?
Absolutely! Yes! 100%! In fact we had a really fun idea that I can’t say much about. Not too long ago I actually made a playlist of my favourite cover videos. That’s one of the biggest compliments you can get as an artist – just watch someone else cover your song. It makes me feel really cool. It’s a really good feeling! It’s awesome because they come up with these new versions of your songs. They give it a totally different live and that’s also the beauty of collaborations. Somebody else puts their creativity to work and really makes a song to their own. I love it and I love watching it. It’s awesome!! It’s so inspiring too. It gives you so many ideas and so much energy!
Taylor would like to know what’s your favourite part about meeting fans?
My favourite part is when they share their story. When I get to hear how they found a song or why a song means something to them – just getting to know them. I feel like music is such a great way to connect with people and that’s why we do what we do and we love what we do. It’s the best part the connection. That’s the destination for all music.
Nathan enjoyed your USO show in Wiesbaden. How much do shows like this mean to you?
That’s one of the most important parts about touring. I’ve always made it known to our team that that’s a big priority and that I feel very passionate about. We all have an appreciation for our men and women but to be there with them on base is a completely different experience. Being there in person and show them gratitude through music. The spirit in those rooms is incredible. They are incredible people. Hopefully our appreciation and gratitude comes across. It’s a privilege and a massive opportunity to bring home to them.
That’s sounds so lovely! Now we already have our last fan question from Sandra: What’s your favourite food?
I waver on this. It changes daily but I’m an Italian food fan.
So you’ll gonna be really close to Italy when you are over here.
Well you know I eat way better on the road than when I’m at home.
Funny! Well that was it. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me!
Thank you for your time as well 🙂
Hunter Hayes loves music and that’s what makes him such a talented musician. In addition to that he’s also super friendly. So make sure to check him out and go see him on his “Closer to you” tour.
JPson is a really cool dude but not only that he’s also a very talented musician from South Africa. On Wednesday Night we got to enjoy a summery set in the midst of winter including his new music.
But before the main act came on stage we got to enjoy a short set by the Scottish musician Argyle Singh. What I love about these intimate shows is that we get to see the artist up close. If he’s joking or really feeling the song either way the emotions are right there and that’s what music makes so special. So Argyle had both! Depressing songs sung by a wow voice and jokes in between… That’s how you do it. Are you watching Dermot Kennedy? So if you haven’t heard of Argyle Singh, go check him out!
Just a few minutes later JPson took the stage with his drums player and a little while later they were joined by a bass player. I was super happy sitting on a pillow on the floor, chillin’ with my good friend from Loads of Music and listening to a great musician play various songs. Want to see some videos? Go check out the highlights on my IG by clicking here.
I already mentioned I love when artists tell stories to their song and JP deffo did that. Dedicating songs to his Mom, to various people in the room and to his support act Argyle was just the beginning. He sang a song about boys not needing drinks to speak to a girl. Having lived here he put this girl/boy story in Gräbli bar. A bar that is literally open 24/7 and you can imagine…
As a South African musician he is of course supporting his fellow countryman Matthew Mole with a cover. Unfortunately I missed out on this guy’s gig last year so thank you JPson for giving me a little sneak peek into his music. I will deffo try to catch his next show.
JPson embraced his Swiss side with one of his last songs where he actually sang in German. It was really very cute and deffo a highlight of the evening. And of course he sang his newest song “Hope for change” and he dedicated it to all the people who are in need of a change because they’re stuck in rut. It totally resonated with us so it was even more special to me. The easy breezy vibe reached its peek when he mixed Jason Mraz’ “I’m yours” into his song. What a lovely way to finish a brilliant evening!
Last year in June at Amboss Rampe I got to see Declan Greene, Saarloos and Gavin James. Fast forward 8 months and Gavin James is back at Dynamo selling out an even bigger venue after playing at Energy Air and getting some major airplay time. What changed? He’s brought a whole band with him on stage.
Declan Greene is Gavin James’ first support act and what a start it was. Standing alone on stage without any music he sings a very powerful song. What a voice. He then grabs his guitar and we got to experience half a comedy show and half a very brill musical performance. Declan Greene also covered Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Coopers “Shallow” midway through his set and many of the people in the crowd sang along. “River” a song dedicated to his fellow mate and part of Saarloos was next. His unfortunately short set ended with “Stay”. The whole crowd helped him out singing along and we experienced already a great atmosphere! Declan Greene really warmed up the crowd.
From last year’s gig I knew I loved the harmonies Craig and Brian create together and I wasn’t disappointed this year. The three lads came on stage and now the stage was big enough for Andy not to be hiding in the back ground 😀 “Feisty” being a cool uptempo song which got the crowd going and I think many of us must have seen them before. The lads were overwhelmed by the crowd’s cheers and singalong support! I loved to see their surprised and happy faces when they earned themselves our support. Unfortunately it was time for a sad song although they weren’t feeling too sad right now.
For the next song “Trust in Me” the crowd again was their backing choir singing “Don’t loose faith” while they sang over it. Such a great atmosphere I have to say it again. No-one wanted the set to end but with “Changes” it did. However the song was another highlight from the Saarloos set. If you don’t know them you really should check out their music! They are freaking awesome! 🙂
At 9 pm it was time for the main act Gavin James to come on stage. I was expecting another one man show which I adored the last time but I got surprised. Gavin James brought a bass player, a drum player and Jeff his piano player along. I wasn’t sure what to make of that and when they started with “Til the sun comes up” I was still processing. “Coming home” and “Faces” followed quickly and I missed Gavin James short stories between songs. If I hadn’t been to his last gig I think I would have loved it! The songs are still great and Gavin James’ voice is still angelic but it kinda felt like it got commercialised.
“Tired”, “Glow” and “Start again” where next. Everyone around me seemed to be singing along and enjoying it while I spent the songs looking around processing. I remembered “The Middle” from last time and I slowly was getting used to this new Gavin James. For “22” it was just him and Jeff at keys playing and I was loving it! But my favourite song of the night and my highlight yesterday was “Nervous”. Gavin James with his guitar and his voice only. Such a beautiful song and I remembered closing my eyes during the last gig and swaying to the tunes.
After this highlight Gavin James was looking to come closer to his audience in the back. He stepped down and parted the crowds like Moses until he was in the middle of the room where he covered a Ray Charles song. Everyone was quiet! In general the people were very quiet tonight which is a stark contrast to last year’s gig. Either the music got louder which it deffo did but the audience got quieter and listened more as well. “Easy” and “Bitter Pill” were next and both songs I liked in the full band version. Am I getting used to the band? 😀
Gavin James’ uber hit “Always” was followed. He sat at the piano and performed the very beautiful ballade while the audience filmed it and sang along to it. I love the fact that he chose to sing this song somewhere in the middle of the set. It just proves that he thinks that this is not his biggest songs and all of his songs are equal. The set continued with “Cigarette Break” and “Two hearts”. And finally my absolute favourite song by Gavin James “Hearts on fire” came on. How different this version was with the full band. It still got the crowd going and of course we had to all kneel down in the middle of the song only to jump up for the chorus while confetti rained down on us! I love confetti and I loved that moment. You can check it out in my stories on Instagram.
Gavin James quickly left the stage only to come back out of his hiding for the encore. I remember it so vividly back at Amboss Rampe he hid behind the curtain 😀 “Book of Love” and “Only ticket home” finished the set. The latter is supposed to be played at 4 am in Dublin Pub because everyone can sing along to no matter how drunk they are. It goes “Hey La La La” 😀 and another set of confetti finished the night! 🙂
Gavin James evolved into an artist with a band. I am still not sure how I feel about this. However I do loved his show including the support acts Declan Greene and Saarloos.
Dean Lewis and Noah Kahan – Two incredible singer songwriters going on tour together! This is a must go to gig for everyone who loves a man and a guitar shows. In addition to that I think this will be your last chance to see them in a relatively small venue at Kaufleuten because both of them are rising stars and will soon fill much bigger venues.
Dean Lewis is an Aussie slowly making it all over the world. With his first single “Waves” gaining traffic in Australia while his 2nd single “Be Alright” is already getting airplay in Europe and he sold out his show last winter at Papiersaal. So it’s only fitting that he’s playing the next bigger venue now. Fast forward into 2019 where he released his 3rd single “7 Minutes” and his back for another show on Sunday, April 7th at Kaufleuten. You can get tix here.
In an article I read that he is a huge Oasis fan and that they basically thought him how to write songs. So we all know the legendary hits “Wonderwall” or “Don’t look back in Anger” and we can only hope that Dean Lewis will be writing hits just like that and you can say you’ve been there from the start! 🙂
Noah Kahan is an American singer who released his first song “Youngblood” in 2017. He is working with with Joel Little who is also responsible for the hits of Lorde and Khalid. But I’m sure you know this guy from his most recent single “Hurt Somebody” featuring Julia Michaels. The song has been playing on the radio non-stop over the last few months.
Like Dean Lewis I think that Noah Kahan will be making it big time since he is such a talented singer songwriter and he’s got great people backing him. I can only recommend you to come to the show on April 7th and see/ hear for yourself those two amazing individuals putting up a brill show which you’ll be remember as your “I see them first”-moment.
Rudimental has been one of my fav artists to dance to for years. All I needed to like a party is a song by Rudimental haha From UK fans I heard that their live show is freaking amazing so when Gadget finally announced a Rudimental gig I was over the moon!
I think Rudimental is one of the most underrated artists in Switzerland just like The Script. These guys fill stadiums and over here they struggle. I really don’t understand it but your loss is my gain. At a little after 8 I walked in and managed to score a 2nd row spot right in the middle. I was so much looking forward to this gig and the energy. I was super giddy and my expectations were super high.
At 9 pm the lights went out and everyone was ready to party! The stage filled with 9 musicians during a short intro and off it went with “Right Here”! The energy Locksmith & Co. brought on stage was incredible! The atmosphere was amazing and literally everyone was dancing! What I loved is that you actually had space to dance! And with Rudimental songs you really need space because you go mental without even knowing it haha
“Not Giving in”, “Summer Love” and the title track of their brand new album “Toast to our Differences” were next. With Rudimental it’s hit after hit after hit. No wonder Locksmith is drinking grey goose vodka on stage toasting to our differences 😀 At this point I really want to point out the amazing musicians Rudimental got on stage. The two female and 1 male singers replace BIG names such as Rita Ora, James Arthur, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and you actually do not miss them at all. They are incredible singers doing an amazing job! But of course their brass section is brilliant too! I still got the sound of the trumpet in my head!
Afronaut Zu literally blew me away with his voice. James Arthur you may or may not like him but his voice is super special and brilliant live. But Afronaut Zu made “Sun Comes Up” to his own song. I bet it would’ve become a hit even with him singing it. Then the stage turned red and with the first chords of “Bloodstream” I couldn’t stop moving! I remember it so vividly last summer when Ed Sheeran performed it. The energy of this song is sooo gripping. I think you just have to dance! 😀 And wow it really kicked in just have a look in my IG stories.
With “Walk Alone” we calmed down a little until Locksmith asked the guys on the balcony to stand up. I loved that haha I was like okay what song is next that we need to get prepared to get mental. It was “Let me Live” which I’ve also heard last summer performed by Anne-Marie. SURPRISE SURPRISE MAKE SOME NOISE FOR ANNE-MARIE!! YES, freaking Anne-Marie was there! She performed her song live for us and not only that. She stayed on as a 3rd backing singer. So now you got 10 musicians on stage for 50 francs?! Yes, this time I paid for my ticket and I would do it again. They all deserved my money. They worked hard, put on an amazing show and they love what they are doing plus they appreciate us coming to the show!
“Lay it all on me” from their 2nd record We The Generation was next. And again what A tune! “Run” and “They don’t care about us” followed. DJ Locksmith asked us then: “Do you want to feel free with Rudimental?” A roar he got as an answer! I Loooooove “Free” which Emeli Sande also sang at her last gig and again I wasn’t disappointed by the live vocals tonight. Just On Point!
During “Go Far” Rudimental recreated the famous Daft Punk video “Around the world” where they moved in a circle around the centre. I love the rhythm and the throwback moment. For “Rumour Mill” Anne-Marie sang her part again! 🙂 Usually those surprise performances only happen in the UK or the US. So thanks Rudimental for flying her in! The guys performed their only cover of the night “Human” by Rag’n’Bone man. The brill voice by Afronaut Zu took centre stage again.
As East-Londoners they love to rave so we all went on a little rave (That kinda rave I even love :D) with “Trouble” which turned into “Feel the Love”. Of course we felt the love and the energy in the room so when Rudimental left the stage the whole Halle 622 sang the chorus:
You know I said it’s true I can feel the love Can you feel it too I can feel it ah-ah I can feel it ah-ah
We were still singing when the Rudimental returned with “These Days” and finally my all-time favourite party hit “Waiting all Night”! And with those two Uber-Hits they let a very happy energetic crowd into the night. And we literally were in a party mood because when Earth, Wind & Fire’s hit “September” came through the speakers everyone continued dancing until we were ushered out by the party poopers 😉 While we got some water into our systems some people were still shouting “Oh oh oh” to the tunes of Seven Nation Army.
Rudimental just gave me one of my highlight gigs in 2019 and we are just 32 days into the new year. I am dying to see if anyone can beat their energy, their hits and their brilliant musical performance including a surprise guest!
I’ve been going to concerts for years now and at each gig I fear that we will miss out on good dancing songs because the people behind me are not standing up to dance as well. It’s the same old story every time so here’s my advice to you guys.
Stand up if you feel like it!
You paid to have a good time so you better make sure that you have the best time ever! These days concert ticket prizes are super high so if don’t have a good time because you worry about people around you it’s on you!
I’m usually super considerate but during gigs I don’t understand people who are ruining the fun of other people. When I was little during my 2nd P!nk concert a “Lady” probably more like tramp tipped my shoulders and said would you please sit down. I thought to myself seriously?! P!nk just asked everyone to stand up and dance and she asked me to sit down. Who do you think you are lady… that’s what I should have said but of course my shy me didn’t. And no I didn’t sit down either. That’s the story that stuck with me for years and I swore to myself I’d be never like that.
So each time I go to a gig and even if I don’t really feel the music at the exact moment but someone in front of me does I tell them to stand up. If you feel it, stand up and dance! Lots of times I see people half dancing on their chairs because they are too afraid to stand up from their seats and that’s when I know that I have to tell them to get up. Each time I get a super grateful smile and then they are having the best time.
So whenever I stand up I try to see if I can get out of people’s stage sight but if not possible it’s their choice to stand up as well or stay seated and look around me. It’s not like I’m 10 feet tall and you won’t be able to see anything at all. If I want to see the stage again properly I stand up if someone’s dancing in front of me. That’s the beauty of a seating ticket. You can actually see the stage and no-one is right in front of you. You have options to do something about it unless the peeps down in the standing area.
So is it okay to stand up during a concert? Heck yes!! Have the best time of your life! Enjoy the music, the show, the dancing and the moment because there is nothing better than a good gig and those moment you cannot buy with any money in the world 🙂
2018 was a year with lots of good concerts but also a few bad ones which usually doesn’t happen a lot! So unlike 2017 this year is pretty easy picking my highlights. Of course I can’t name just one but let me highlight a few for you.
The Script gigs:
Like I already warned you in 2017 this year would be a very scripty year. But it ended up to be quite different than expected. First up was 3rd Night in Dublin which obviously was a highlight. Seeing a band in their hometown is always special. Read more here.
A month later the lads should have played the Hallenstadion in Zurich…. the important word here is SHOULD. Unfortunately Danny got a chest infection and wasn’t able to sing at all plus Glen felt slightly under the weather as well. So in 10 years of The Script this was only the 2nd time they had to cancel a show. We were all gutted but read some more of my thoughts here.
With that I was travelling to Milano where I learned that the gig was cancelled too. But hey, we still had a great night out.
Luckily 10 days later Danny and Glen were back and Amsterdam gig could go ahead as well as the Paddy’s day gig in Brussels. Unfortunately I couldn’t get around to write down those memories yet but let me tell you not only The Script had a magical night but also Ella Eyre. She spent the whole gig with technical problems only to have a complete shutdown during her song “Answerphone”. We all got our phones out and lit up the stage. It was magical. I still get goosebumps thinking about it 🙂
Lastly I thought the Caribana gig was the last one on this tour. It really would have been a great end. Read more here.
But thanks to a lucky draw from my friends at Loads of Music we got to see the lads on their final gig of the Freedom Child tour at the Moon and Stars Festival.
The hottest gig: 2 nights of Ed Sheeran
The two nights with Ed Sheeran, Anne Marie and Jamie Lawson at Stadion Letzigrund were unforgettable. Not only because it was one of the hottest outside gigs I’ve ever witnessed but also because all of them are incredible musicians! But you can read some more right here.
If you want to reminisce in 2019 you can since Jamie Lawson and Anne Marie are back in Zurich! Get your tix via Starticket.ch.
Jamie Lawson 13.4.19 at Plaza
Anne Marie 2.5.19 at Halle 622
The woodiest gig: Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake transported us into the Woods and it was incredible – Just like I imagined. I had this vision of how he started and finished plus I had a few deja vu’s from the last time. It was perfect. Plus having my two friends from Loads of Music front row across the room was even more special! You were actually rooting for them to see the Man of the Woods very much up close and they did. Read more here.
The wow gig: Katy Perry
Katy Perry’s show was incredible! I remember her playing Volkshaus and even then the shows were great. Flying planets, huge mosquitos, a basketball court, a huge mouth, a flying clock…. I could go on and on. Try to top that! I had an amazing time. I was dancing and singing and being blown away by her show. But look at some more pics here.
The two biggest surprises:
I’ve seen a few of his gigs on TV and I always thought he was dancing more than singing or talking. I guess it must have been the TV’s cut. Jason Derulo is a great singer and entertainer but most importantly he appreciates his fans and the money they spend on him. He tries to give us more than 100% of his energy and that laid back super cool energy infected the Hallenstadion. People were dancing and singing and having a ball. Read more here.
Charlie Winston has been around for ages. 10 years ago he sang one of my fav songs of the year “Like a hobo”. For some reason I thought he’d be a singer songwriter who puts up a very thoughtful slow song show to enjoy to listen to but not dance to. I couldn’t have been any more wrong. His energy that came on stage with him infected the whole room. Within seconds people were dancing and clapping and having an amazing time. Shirley from Loads of Music described the gig exactly like I would have done so have a read here. I think this really has been on of my top highlights this year. I walked out with a huge smile and that’s always a success.
Crazy is good: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
I saw Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats before so I knew I had to go there and I wanted to be front row however I didn’t know how crazy it got being front row at Nathaniel Rateliff gig! If you want to know have a look at my review: click here.
The king/queen of ballades: Sam Smith
Sam Smith was actually another surprise. He’s hands down one of the best ballade singers but his gig wasn’t all sad gloomy at all. We were actually dancing a lot which I loved – even though I was a bit handicapped at the time. He might not be top of mind if I think of gigs 2018 but he sure deserved a mention in my highlights blog post! Read more about this surprising gig here.
The punkiest gig: Billy Talent
Like Charlie Winston Billy Talent have been around for a long time so when I finally got to see them at the Winterthurer Musikfestwochen my 15 year old self was very very happy. 😀 I was so surprised that I actually knew almost every song… I guess I really like them so please read more here.
Getting my rock on: Foo Fighters
Since I saw Dave Grohl hosting the EMA’s and after I watched the documentaries I knew I needed to see the Foo Fighters live. And they didn’t disappoint – over two hours of guitar riffs, drum solos and loud screams. It was amazing and well worth the money. I do hope I get to see them again sometime. But read more of this amazing legendary rock gig here.
Behind the Scenes with Saint City Orchestra
Seeing them at the Caribana as a warm up for The Script was perfect. As it happens sometimes I was able to shadow them for their gig at Rock the Ring in Hinwil. It was pretty cool being backstage with a band the first time. A new view of the tour life that I haven’t actually seen like that before. The lads of Saint City Orchestra were super welcoming and we had such a good time there. If you don’t know please check them out. They’re a great band from Switzerland and if you wan’t know more have a look at my review.
The tric-iest gig: Kate Voegele and Tyler Hilton
While I was about to fly back to Zurich from my trip to Wilmington I learned that Mia Catalano and Chris Keller aka Kate Voegele and Tyler Hilton are coming back to Zurich. I was over the moon and I couldn’t believe the coincidence! So of course I got home and bought myself a ticket. Nothing can beat the feeling of being in your favourite series whilst you’ve actually visited the set – or what’s left of it – a few months back. When they started “When the stars go blue” I could actually see myself in Tric rocking out to it 😀 #fangirling I know…. if you are ok with that read more here.
The Swiss love Aussies: Sons of the East
I haven’t heard of them before but thanks to Loads of Music I got to meet the three lads from Sons of the East before the interview. They were pretty laid back, nice and funny just how you imagine Aussie guys no? 😀 It was also a super hot summer day so it all fit together. Dynamo was like an oven and we got enjoy a summery show but read some more here.
Getting my Country on: Country Night Gstaad
I got very lucky this year I found someone actually two people who are as obsessed with country music as I am. So finally we were able to go to our first Country Night Gstaad. Midland, Maddie & Tae and Brett Young were the artists playing this year. Little did I know that we’d be screaming like crazy because apparently Brett Young is a huge Gavin DeGraw 😉 Yes, country and pop music go together! Read some more of our Country adventure here. Oh and stay tuned for our C2C weekend in London in March! 🙂
The cool Germans: Max Giesinger
Max Giesinger is cool dude. He’s super down to earth and sooo funny! His music is great and I love to listen to it live. His gigs are always a mix between enjoying good music and trying not to pee yourself because you have to laugh so much 😀 I don’t know why but each time I walk out of his gigs I’m a little bit in love with this guy. But I guess this is a very good thing and I bet I’m not the only one who feels like that. He’s back in March but unfortunately I just realized that I’ll be getting my country fix in London. So really bad timing Max! 😉
Read more of his last gig here.
I had the pleasure to interview Nico Santos who sang one of my fav songs of 2018 “Rooftop”. He’s such a cool down to earth guy. Read more of our interview here. I can’t wait to see him live on May 3rd at X-tra. Get your tix now: ticketcorner.ch
The funniest gig: Lewis Capaldi
Let’s face it Lewis Capaldi should be a Comedian but then again the music industry would love an amazing voice so why not combine those two features into one show. That’s what Lewis Capaldi did. Seeing him supporting Sam Smith was a joy especially since we discovered that we never ever do any exercise because it will kill us haha. I immediately knew this guy needs backing so when he announced his headlining show I was in – little did I know that he apparently reached some more couch potatoes. Lewis Capaldi’s show was sold out! But this guy doesn’t seem to tire because he’s supporting Bastille next year and tix are still available: starticket.ch
The gig from the future: Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas are back and celebrating their 20 year existence. They’ve evolved quite a bit from their first record. Taboo, Apl.de.ap and Will.i.am are three childhood friends making music. Even if they don’t fill the big stadiums anymore you can see and feel that they enjoy what they do. The guys are musicians through and through and that’s what I like to see. In addition to this they’ve not been bitter about people having phones at their gigs but actually thought about it and come up with an idea how to involve the phone in the gig. It was one hell of an experience actually sending big hearts to the stage! So much fun! Read some more here.
The good and now the bad ones…
Unfortunately this year we had a few very bad ones like I mentioned at the beginning. I’d like to name them quickly here. Nena, Billy Idol, Kim Wilde, Lily Allen and Hozier were all very disappointing. They didn’t spread good energy and I didn’t leave with a smile on my face. However in all of those gigs some people enjoyed it. It just wasn’t for me.
But I want to end my last blog post of 2018 on a good note. I am so grateful to have spend so many hours with lovely new and old concert buddies sharing what we love – Music. Being able to see my favourite artists is a blessing. Moments like we’ve had this year at gigs are unforgettable and will stay with you forever. So if you see an artist you like is coming to town go and support him – it’s worth it 🙂