Temperatures are rising and the first festival of the summer is around the corner. So it’s time for me to give you all the deets of this year’s festival season.
First up we got the
Caribana Festival 5-9 June
Motto: Can you feel the rhythm? Deets: Caribana Festival was established in 1990 and is based on the shoreline of Lake Geneva. As the name suggests it is all about Caribbean music but the range of artists and genres variies. This year will be my first time there and I am super excited to see/feel the atmosphere of a festival near a lake and in the French part of Switzerland. Highlight: This year will be my first time at the Caribana Festival because my highlight The Script are playing there. After cancelling their show this is one of two performances left in Switzerland. From busking at a London station to playing the big stages Passenger is always worth to listen to. For the lovers of DJ music we got the French duo Ofenbach. Follow @Kekoaskorner on Instagram to check out the festival via her stories. Dress code: Colourful big patterns with a little bit of leather. Continue reading “Kekoas Korner's lowdown on all the Summer festivals”→
Many of my international readers probably won’t know Seven. He’s a Swiss musician and he’s been around for quite some time. I’ve seen him last summer at the Gurtenfestival and Seven and his band shared a very special moment with us. He asked us to close our eyes and listen to “Help”.
With “Help” Seven and his 7 musicians started their set at the sold out Kaufleuten last night. A very brave move to start with a slow song. Unfortunately in this venue most of the people are not there to actually listen to the lyrics. They are there because it’s the place to be so they are chatting throughout the gig. So disrespectful! Now let me introduce you to Seven’s show concept. His newest album is called 4 colours and it supports the various songs on the album and gives a bit of structure to it.
First he started with blue and after “Help” we got hear “Thank you Pain” and “Lisa”. The colour changed to yellow and the tempo of the songs got faster. A little summer thunderstorm started to break out in Kaufleuten and they performed “I can’t wait for the rain”. Another warm song “City of Gold” got us dancing and singing. Then Seven spoke about his incredible year he had last year after he was invited to join the programme “Sing meinen Song” (Sing my song). It’s a German programme where around 7 musicians participate. They meet up and sing each others songs and the outcome are beautiful new songs of classics.
So Seven sings Xavier Naidoo‘s version of his song “Go Slow” which like he said is sing sing my song song. Absolutely hilarious! Seven is an entertainer and shared private stories as well as jokes which I really really loved. And of course this concept goes both ways so he sang one of Xavier’s song and my favourite “Das hat die Welt noch nicht gesehen”. So different but so cool! 🙂 It was time to change the colours again…
Time for Red. During “Trick” I stood up again and danced away. Luckily I had enough space and I really enjoyed this moment. This next song “Black Pearl” he sang for his wife. They are sharing two kids and Seven said how humbling it is to come back to a normal life after a gig like this. His son won’t ask him how the gig was but he will ask
Again the whole Kaufleuten was laughing. Finally he sang his first single and my favourite. But of course Seven being Seven he didn’t perform it the way it was. Him and his super talented band mates turned it into a complete new song. A song that I even like more than the old version! Again you have to be really brave to do that or maybe as talented as they are to pull that off.
Another interlude and a colour change followed. Time for Purple. Time to dance. Time for funk. “Africa”, “1978”, “Brave” and “Partytown” turned Kaufleuten into a disco party. More and more people stood up and the people downstairs were already dancing. A quick walk through the crowd and high five’s to everyone on the way to the stage was also part of the set. Seven knows how to feel everyone welcome and to entertain big or small crowds. He is a an incredible musician and so talented. I am repeating myself but it’s true. He deserves all the praise he gets and I wish that he and his band can continue to do what they love. The passion, the love for music is palpable and this transfers onto the audience. Concerts like these are the best!
After a quick party set Seven did something I have never seen at Kaufleuten. He was able to shut up the chit chatters with “What if”. A beautiful moment. With “High” the band finished a brilliant two hour set. It was time to go home and play lego. 🙂 Have you seen Seven live? Please share your experience with us and leave a reply below.
This is most difficult task I’ve ever had to do for this blog. I cannot choose my highlights! I loved each and every gig I attended this year. So many special moments I witnessed thanks to incredible artists who gave 100% to their audience. So I will try to name a few gigs and I will let you know why they were special to me. I apologize already since this blog post will probably the longest I’ve ever done.
My gig highlight of the year: Marteria
I saw him twice – at Gurtenfestival and at his headline show in Zurich. Both times he completely took over the whole venue and the people were at his command. The atmosphere was incredible and the energy blew the roof of the building. But my fondest memory is actually the morning after the Gurten gig. We literally stayed awake until the clouds were purple again which is one of Marteria’s songs “Lila Wolken”. It was the perfect ending to a very special four days at the Gurtenfestival.
The most special venue: P!nk
When it was announced that P!nk would only play 5 odd shows this summer I knew I had to go to Berlin to see her. I’ve never been to Berlin so it was even more special. I love the city and I loved the two gigs at the Waldbühne. A stage set into midst of a very green forrest just outside the city. It was raining a lot but that didn’t matter. Finally after years I saw my P!nk again. I grew up with her and her gigs and it will forever remind me of my childhood. It was just perfect.
My first interview: Naturally 7
I’ve always been a huge fan of the 7 lads from America but this summer they actually made a huge accomplishment possible. They agreed to give me my first interview for Kekoas Korner after their wonderful gig at the Live at Sunset the day before. I will always be very grateful for that and will support them forever. Their shows are brilliant and I would suggest if you haven’t seen them – go see them!!! It’s well worth your money plus they really make an effort to meet the fans after the show. Go say hello.
My first time as a Merch Seller: Welshly Arms
The guys from Welshly Arms were looking for a volunteer to sell their merchandising. Obviously I took that opportunity 🙂 Let me just say each and everyone of them were super nice and very grateful that I helped them. I was happy to help plus I got to witness an amazing gig! Being a Merch girl is great and I loved to talk to all the fans about the band. I also got to interview the guys from Welshly Arms before their show.
The best entertainer EVER: Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams is hands down the best entertainer and knows how to put up a good show. He rocked the Letzigrund for around two hours and blew fireworks and confetti and fire into the air like there was no tomorrow. He also brought out his dad which gave the show a very cute touch. Only recently it was brought to our attention that Robbie Williams actually was quite sick during that performance after which he flew directly to London into the intensive care unit for a week. It was actually a miracle that he performed that night! Thank you for that but please next time listen to your body Mr. Williams and cancel the show.
The longest show with the most stars: Capital’s Summertime Ball
We spent 7 hours at the Wembley stadium in London and got to see so many stars. Bruno Mars opened the show. JP Cooper, Niall Horan, Charlie Puth, Dua Lipa, Clean bandit and this is just the beginning. My highlight was that I finally got to see Sean Paul live. He did an amazing job and since he was quite close to the end he took my last energy so that I was seriously knackered and couldn’t enjoy Little Mix who closed the show.
The hottest gig: Pegasus
It was July and it was boiling hot. The Pegasus gig was at 8 IN THE MORNING on a ferry on lake Zurich. It was the perfect weather and the perfect gig. Pegasus are a super talented band from Switzerland and everyone just had a good time and by the time it finished we were already sweating.
The most colourful gig: Coldplay
It took me years to like Coldplay and to make me want to see them. This summer I suddenly felt the urge so within two weeks I organised a little trip to go to Frankfurt and see them. The weather was awful but the gig was great! Tove Lo and Femme Schmidt supported them. But what I liked the most were the colours. I have never seen such a colourful concert and what I also loved was how appreciative the band was.
The best rock gig: Stone Sour
That’s a hard one. I really loved Guns ‘N Roses and you know they are just legendary! Mando Diao were incredible to see live and I want to see them soon again! But I think I will give this one to Stone Sour because they seriously f*****g rocked and Corey Taylor has an amazing voice aaaand he looks gorgeous! 😀
The most special voices: Tom Grennan
This one was also very close. Jacob Banks and Tom Grennan went head-to-head. Both have super special voices which give me goosebumps and both are very very talented. But Tom Grennan got the call because he seemed more open to his fans and made the effort to meet each and everyone. This is what I want to see in an aspiring artist.
Best Newcomer 2017: KARAVANN
I got to meet the two lovely lads from KARAVANN for an interview before I even seen them live. They seem really serious about their venture and I have a good feeling about their journey. In August I finally got to see them live and believe me they didn’t disappoint. They have an incredibly international sound and they make sure that you have a good time at the gig. Please check them out and go say hi after the gig 🙂
The worst gig EVER: Kings of Leon
I didn’t think I would ever say this but unfortunately I had to witness the worst show ever from Kings of Leon. They didn’t want to be on stage, they didn’t know where they were and they played songs no-one wanted to hear. For an hour you could hear a pin drop in the Hallenstadion and everyone was quite baffled at how bad they were. Since I paid a lot of money to see them it was even worse. So two big thumbs down for you guys!
The most relaxing gig: Anastacia and Baschi at Bossard Arena
The people were super relaxed and to be honest the arena was quite empty. Nonetheless did we have a brilliant time! Anastacia was amazing and she is just a force on stage. Baschi is our Swiss Robbie Williams and entertained the sh*t out of the Arena. So I had space to dance, I knew the songs, I had an amazing time! 🙂
The Scandinavian gigs: Lukas Graham & Mans Zelmerlöw
I got to see the sound check of Lukas Graham and we spoke a little afterwards. Super lovely lads and just very talented and grateful to travel the world with their music. I’ve seen them twice already and they’ve done a brill job both times. Mans Zelmerlöw won the ESC and came to Switzerland twice already. Always very special gigs!
Kekoas Korner’s soft spot: Gavin DeGraw
I literally grew up with his music. His song “I don’t want to be” is my hymn for anything. When I listen to the song I always have to sing out loud. He is an incredible musician and I am so glad that I was always able to meet him after the show. He is so nice. If you have the chance please listen to this guy.
The Irish frenzy: Walking on Cars, The Coronas, Tom Walker
As you might know I go a little crazy for Irish bands.. 😉 The lovely Walking on Cars came to Switzerland 4 times this year and I saw 3 of them. Zurich, Lausanne and Lucerne. Each gig was different and I just love their music! They were supported by Tom Walker. Another Irish lad who’s very talented and is coming to Switzerland on 20th April 18. Go check him out! Lastly I got to interviewthe Coronas in October and the lovely Danny gave me some tips for my trip to Dublin.
The good times with Bastille
Bastille always make sure that everyone has an amazing time. We jump, we kinda dance, we sing. They are an incredible live band and unfortunately I won’t be seeing them next year on April, 20th 18. But please go and let me know how it was. The very talented brits are coming back with their newest record and I’m very much looking forward to see them some other time…. maybe at a festival again.
Best Merchandising Top 5:
1. Welshly Arms – This has to be number 1 since I sold their merch and I proudly did so because they really were amazing. I love the designs of the T-Shirts and the Jackets. They also had Vinyls and hats too. I still wear their stuff every other day.
2. Guns N’Roses – The designs of the shirts are amazing and I nearly got two shirts.
3. Ed Sheeran – He had a various range of Merch. I really loved the Army Jacket and the lumber jack shirt. The jacket was one of my favourite this summer.
4. Stone Sour – Lots of nice designs on T-Shirts plus signed Vinyls.
5. Amber Run – I loved the lion on their shirt and I still regret that I didn’t buy that shirt. Jacob Banks came really close to making it into the Top 5. He was selling a shirt where it said in this is merchandising and below Jacob Banks. I thought this was hilarious and I was this close to buying it.
All those gigs wouldn’t have been possible without the help of ARTNOIR magazine, Just Because, Mainland Music, ABC production and Goodnews. Thank you for supporting Kekoas Korner!
Lastly I want to thank all my concert buddies for joining me at various gig and for having as much fun as I did! <3
I cannot wait for all the gigs in 2018! So bring on the new year 🙂
I’d love to know what your concert highlights 2017 are. Please leave a comment below or on Kekoas Korner social media channels Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
I go to concerts a lot – even more now since I started this blog. I knew that this concert would be special and just f****** amazing so I was excited since July after the Gurtenfestival gig. The review of his new record Roswell was one of my first blog posts because let’s face it he is one of my favourite artists.
I went to the venue early and luckily I made it to front row! This is the only place at the Marteria gig for me 🙂 The support act Kid Simius is Marteria’s buddy and bass player but it was just not for me.
Finally at 8.50 the familiar sound of “Roswell” rang around Samsung Hall! The concert started and my excitement levels went through the roof. Everyone was already all in and many concerts don’t even reach that kind of atmosphere during the last songs. On it went with “Aliens”. We are all Aliens! And obviously Marteria addressed the seats on the balcony.
This is a Marteria concert. Nobody is sitting down. Everybody is standing up! All Hands!
His favourite sentence is: “Alle Hände!” and everyone complies. With “Endboss” he performed one of his earlier tracks which I only got to really love during this tour. My bad I know 🙂 When I say he performed it’s not quite accurate. Marteria has 3 background singers (one of which is pregnant and still gives her all on stage), 1 rap buddy Pete Boateng and four musicians playing various instruments on stage. With two new Roswell tracks “Scotty beam mich hoch” and “El Presidente” the show continued.
During “Bengalische Tiger” someone smuggled in a red pyro and lit it up in the back of the hall. It looked amazing however I understand that it is very dangerous! And another two of Marteria’s Roswell “Tauchstation” and “Blue Marlin” were next. They are slower but still full of energy and obviously ALLE HÄNDE were up high. Next we had to do the peace sign and the old “Skyline” of New York was shown on the screen.
For “Neue Nikes” Marteria always asks: “What shoes are you wearing tonight?!” and yes, of course there a few guys wearing Nikes and had to show them up high. During the whole song lots of Nikes were bouncing in the air. When the first chords of this next song started I knew that this concert is going by much to fast and I really really don’t want it to end. One of my favs “Marteria Girl” came on and if you wondered No I didn’t find a big dude to carry me for this song. I know I failed but thankfully I was front row and had still good views. 😉 So yes people: Ich bin ein Marteria Girl / I am obviously a Marteria Girl but who wouldn’t be? Have you looked at him?! 🙂
The three background singers each got a solo part. The girl from Brazil Solange did an amazing job rapping during “El Presidente”, the blonde newbie Madeleine Rauch during this song “Verstrahlt” and the pregnant lady Hanife will be doing hers later. After “Grosse Brüder” the band turned it down and Marteria sat down to sing a song for his son “Louis”.
It was a really lovely quiet moment but now the beat came back and we splashed some virtual money around for “Das Geld muss weg”. “Links” followed” with the words spread across the huge LED screen in the back. Marteria left the stage only to come back as his Alter Ego Marsimoto.
Marsi is a green alien coming from space with lots of smoke… which made it quite hard to breathe for the security and the first few rows. He was allowed 4 songs “Grüner Samt”, “Kleine Bühne”, “Nazi” and the last song of Marsimoto “Döner”. Marsi went back to space and Marteria came back with the three hits which made him known to the mainstream. First up “OMG” and everyone went crazy for it. If you thought this was loud and crazy then you were wrong. With “Kids” the crowd went bonkers and literally EVERYBODY was singing along. The atmosphere was just full of energy and of people who were there to have a good time.
Alle haben ‘nen Job — ich hab Langeweile!
Keiner hat mehr Bock auf Kiffen, Saufen, Feiern
So ist das hier im Block, Tag ein Tag aus
Halt mir zwei Finger an den Kopf und mach:
Peng! Peng! Peng! Peng!
“Lila Wolken” is still one of my favourite songs ever and the pregnant singer Hanife straight from Hamburg city sang the part of Miss Platnum. Pete Boateng did the male singing part and Marteria his rap part. Just a beautiful song which will always remind me of the set at Gurtenfestival when we stayed up until the clouds really were purple again from the morning sun. I guess it was just a special night back then and it couldn’t be topped by this one. However I am not saying that last night wasn’t great because it was f***** awesome! The sound was amazing, the audience were brilliant, the band was incredible so this will deffo make my top 10 of the best concerts this year.
The band left the stage for the encore only to come back to sing “Welt Der Wunder”. Everyone in the audience lit up their phone or the lighter and a beautiful sea of lights made a wonderful background to this amazing song. Marteria raps:
Denn wir leben auf einem Blauen Planeten
Der sich um einen Feuerball dreht
Mit ‘nem Mond der die Meere bewegt
Und du glaubst nicht an Wunder
We live on a blue planet
Which is turning around a fireball
With a moon that moves the seas
And you don’t believe in wonders?!
If you haven’t looked at Marteria’s lyrics you should definitely do so now. He always has very smart lyrics and each time I listen to a song carefully I discover new little rhymes which I love. During “Feuer” everyone has to jump and this song is just full of party and energy and after two hours Marteria still got everyone under control. Everyone’s hands are up and singing/rapping along. Okay and now:
Welcome to the last 20 seconds of this song
Those 20 seconds last about 7 mins and it really is the last song of the night. Everyone should take of their shirts and wave them in the air during the 20 seconds of the song. Me as a pro Marteria girl I always take a scarf with me 😉 During the next 20 seconds the boys who took off their shirt will throw them through the air and this is done repeatedly. And again welcome to the last 20 seconds of this song Marteria walked through the crowd into the mosh pit in the middle. And again it’s jumping and waving and pushing time with Marteria right there in the midst of his crowd. Yesterday he wasn’t even able to get back so he just crowd surfed back during another last 20 seconds of the song. And finally the concert has ended. Marteria walks through the first row and high fives everyone. Back on stage he says thank you for coming out and always supporting us since the early days in Abart, Komplex 457 and now tonight 5000 people!
In his Instagram stories you saw that he was struggling with a flu and he still went on stage and you didn’t see a thing. He and his band gave us 200% of energy and we did our best to give it back to them. Again I have to say those kinds of artists are well worth supporting! Thank you to Mainland Music for bringing me to this awesome gig! Lastly I want to say thank you Marteria and Ich bin ein Marterial Girl forever! 🙂
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Again I am at the wonderful Baloise Session listening to the amazing Kaleo and in our regions Newcomer Asgeir – Iceland Calling. As soon as I stepped into the venue they showed the old Session of the Kaiser Chiefs. What a show it was, you gotta love them. I really love this concept of showing past concerts especially if they are that good!
First up is Asgeir. I meant to see him at Gurtenfestival but you know how it is at festivals.. So when I read that he will play the Baloise Session I knew I had to go. Let me tell you he didn’t disappoint! Asgeir’s got a beautiful – high pitched at times – voice which is just incredible live. During the first three songs “Hold”, “Fennir Yfir”, “Higher” I was able to take pictures and the songs were very psychedelic and so different to what I expected. I did like it though and the beautiful red lights for “Here comes the wave in” were great. After “Underneath it” one of my highlights came on: “New day” is a beautiful ballade and I listened to it with my eyes closed. Beatrice Stirnimann – the organiser – said at the beginning we should turn on our “Kopfkino” which doesn’t translate literally into English. It means to turn on our imagination and enjoy our own movie in our head.
She was very right. “Head in the Snow” and “Dreaming” were next after which Asgeir said his first words: Thank you! We wouldn’t hear any more words out of him which is a bit of a pity. I would have loved to know more about his songs but I get it – it’s the Scandinavian Coolness…
“In Harmony” is another one of my favourites. Just an absolutely wonderful song to dream to. His incredible voice came out perfectly in this song and made this song another highlight. During the next song “Afterglow” Asgeir brought out the Icelandic fires. It looked amazing! We stayed in the warm regions of the colours and for “I know you know” we were transported into the jungle. For me the instruments created jungle noises and the lighting was in warm colours. This is quite special from a musician born in the cold regions of the world 🙂
“King and Kross” was the first song that came up when I YouTubed him and I quite liked the song. “Unbound” and “Going Home” went by really quickly and I was completely lost in my thoughts until “Stardust” happened. Jesus! The whole earth was shaking from the bass and the lights were supporting it. So people started to go to the dance floor just before the encore and what an encore it was. “Torrent” is the only up-tempo song Asgeir had in his repertoire. This song was my highlight of his set but he had to make way for his fellow countrymen Kaleo.
I knew Kaleo from their hit “Way Down” which is a slow rock ballade so I was utterly surprised when I realised they are basically a rock/ blues/ country band! I love this style and I adored their show! I am so so happy that Baloise Session made this happen. But first things first. Lots of fans were already waiting to hit the dance floor even before the band came on stage. For the first three songs the photographers took up the dance floor but I already noticed a few singing along to “Broken Bones”. Jokull – the lead singer – started to whistle beautifully for “I Can’t Go On Without You”.
When the third song “Save Yourself” started I had to stop photographing because I liked the music so much that I couldn’t focus and didn’t want to anymore. Plus I had some great shots of this beautiful man and his fellow musicians! Yes, you heard me – Jokull is gorgeous! That’s why half of the fans were young women and the other half were older men rocking out. I loved this mix! It made for a great crowd who were dancing, jumping and clapping. David on drums and Daniel on bass made sure of that. They were animating the crowd and Daniel was running around and jumping up and down himself. You could fell that they were enjoying themselves a lot!
I joined the crowd in front of the stage when they played “Alter Ego” and “Pour Sugar on Me”. Rubin Pollock on guitar did an amazing job and Thorleifur normally on keys showed off his harmonica skills in a few songs and that was just incredible to witness. It is such an underrated instrument but it creates an amazing sound. “Automobile” is a country song and I couldn’t stop dancing! “Hot blood” and “No Good” followed just before Kaleo introduced us to their language. The beautiful ballade “Vor i Vaglasogi” was enchanting. Jokulls voice in perfect harmony with David’s accompanied by just a guitar was just pure bliss.
They covered Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” and wow it was really really good. It’s so special and interesting to me that a band from Iceland is doing so well in this country music genre that they could as well be born and raised in Nashville. Jokull did dress his part at yesterday’s Baloise Session however if you would see him you wouldn’t put him into this genre which makes this band even more appealing. “Back Door” and “Texas” made sure that I would definitely see them again. I also think that quite a few people at that event would go see them again. Us fans made sure that Kaleo knows that we love them and that they have to come back.
You could see that they didn’t expect us to be this good. A few times they said thank you and you were a wonderful crowd tonight and to be honest I have to agree. It was wonderful to be part of this evening. With “Way Down” they finally played their – so far – biggest hit. It sounded completely different live – for me it was even better. You know that I am a fan of live music and usually prefer the live versions over the record one. Way too fast Kaleo went off stage before the encore.
After a little over an hour Kaleo finished their set with “Rock N Roller” and the crowd went mental. Maybe not the people sitting but definitely the people in front of the stage. I have to thank the Baloise Session again for inviting these two artists and for letting me cover such amazing talent from a little island called Iceland.
I am very much looking forward to see Kool and the Gang/Dabu Fantastic and Tim Bendzko/Max Giesinger at this brilliant festival. So keep following me here on WordPress or via my social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Have a look at my past review of Clean Bandit/Goldfrapp. Have you been at this amazing concert? Please share your opinion in the comments below.
KARAVANN are two Swiss musicians Tobias and Fabian who found the perfect voice in Ryan Sanders from Australia. They’ve released their first album Desert Tunes in 2016. I’ve listened to it quite a bit and it is incredible how diverse the songs are. You’ve got the classic ballad but also funky and up-tempo ones. I want to highlight a few songs which impressed me a lot. First of all the first single I listened to and how I got to know KARAVANN „Gimme Love“. It is a beautiful soulful ballad which will be stuck in your head all day (in a good way :-)) „Funk with you“ and „Feel Free“ are the perfect car songs. They make you happy and they are super catchy so you will be drumming your fingers against the steering wheel. The last song I want to point out is „Carry Your Universe“. It is a huge song – to me it is a so-called stadium anthem where the song echoes through the whole venue and people can sing a long to. I can only imagine how this will give people goosebumps! I won’t be telling you more about the album so you have to go and listen to it yourself. Believe me it’s well worth it! Click here to get the record from all major music stores.
As you might have noticed I unfortunately haven’t been able to see them live at Gurtenfestival because I had to work. Luckily they made a superb video of their performance which they shared on YouTube.
On a Sunday afternoon they took the time to meet me and answer a few questions which you can read right here. (There is a German translation at the end of this article). You’ve played the Waldbühne at Gurtenfestival and you’re just back from a gig in Schmerikon. So what would be your favourite or most special venue you want to play in? Fabian: I would say we both have different views on this or actually no, probably the same. I attended a lot of concerts at Hallenstadion and I always said: One day I want to play on this stage. It’s funny when you get to a place where you watch concerts e.g. Rockfest Schmerikon or the Gurtenfestival and then you are actually standing on that stage. That is a highlight each time, when you reach that certain step. There is not a biggest but just another step in the right direction. I always say that you shouldn’t dream small that’s why no venue is too big for us. I can be here or abroad. Tobias: So we go for Central Park, Madison Square Garden and Rock am Ring. I read a bit about your founding story but it doesn’t say how you two met and came up with the idea of KARAVANN? Tobias: Fabian and I went to school together and in High School we were in the same class which is now a long time ago – 14 years. Back then his Mom had the idea that he should start a band which he did. First they had 4 people who were in the same class and they were looking for a singer. So basically I just invited myself to be their singer and that’s how we started to write our own songs together. At the beginning they were probably mediocre but we knew at some point that they had potential and so we stuck to our dream until today when over 10 years later it finally pays off. Fabian remembers me as someone who always forgot his gym bag. Fabian: Yeah, that’s my first memory of him and when we went to high school together I recognized him because of that. From then on it got better. (Both are laughing) Tobias: My first memory of him was when we had to do a project and he put a lot of effort into it and then someone threw it onto the floor where I stepped on it but it wasn’t my fault at all. You got super angry. Fabian ironically: And with this guy I am making music! Tobias ironically: Yes and me even more so! I didn’t do anything wrong! Fabian: So we do have childhood memories which go way back and by chance it grew to an intense and ambitious working relationship with music. Tobi found his love to music very late when he joined our band. I grew up with music and got my first keyboard when I was 3 years old. It’s quite funny how certain decisions or ideas change your whole life. Who knows what would have happened if we didn’t had the idea of KARAVANN back then. With time the idea grew. We met knew people. People came and went but him and me we are the core of the band. We created songs which had potential and then went looking for studios like Hitmill and then we met Ryan. Through pure chance and some luck and hard work everything fell into place.
Speaking of which: You’ve travelled the world quite a bit to find a singer like Ryan Sanders. What made you pick him? Tobias: We pre-produced the songs in the studio and sang ourselves on our demos. We thought that the songs had potential but an exceptional voice was missing. So we went looking mainly through the internet and asked people and we were negotiating and we got a lot of different versions of our songs where people from LA, UK or Sweden recorded them. And Australia too. One of our producers was down there at the time and invited Ryan into the studio and he sang our first single „Carry your Universe“. The next morning we listened to it and just thought: „Holy Cow! What is that?!“ Fabian: I remember it quite well. I was driving home from the airport and listened to the song. I had to pull over because it was so awesome. Your own song with such a voice! The word „international“ immediately came up in my head. It’s a native speaker who sings your song that brilliantly. I played the song to my room mate who was always critical of our voices and I told him listen to this. He said is that Onerepublic or who is it? That was the moment when I knew that we had to try this with that idea. Tobias: That exact recording from Australia actually made it onto the album. That’s how I discovered you. His voice impressed me a lot. Fabian: A lot of people who listen to us on the radio don’t know that we are Swiss. The attention is immediately bigger if you know that. We have to get people with that because here it is very rare that you find a singer who speaks proper English and can sing like that. This is what sets us apart from others in my opinion. You’ve released an album and you’ve been touring a few festival this summer. What comes next? Fabian: We haven’t finished the whole tour. We’re playing in Rapperswil at the Stadtfest (19th August, 11.30pm, stage 3), Stars in Town in Schaffhausen (8th & 9th August, 9.15pm, New Talent Stage) and we finish in Uster at SLM Musik & Sport Festival (2nd September ,6.45 pm). There will be something coming in autumn but we cannot tell you this right now since it is still top secret. There will be a few shows where we can play in late fall and we are very much looking forward to it! Tobias: New songs will be coming your way too! We’ve been working on them for a while. I noticed that one of your favourite bands The Script liked your post. Who are your musical influences? Tobias: Of course The Script. Funny enough we just played a song „I’m Yours“ together the other days which is off their debut record. They were a part of our journey for a while. Linkin Park made us turn to play music at the start. Coldplay and Onerepublic are stylistically very close to us. We have both different preferences. I like Singer/Songwriters like Matt Corby, Andreas Moe and Nick Drake. Fabian like Daft Punk and some others. Fabian: I like listening to soundtracks. Hans Zimmer and John Williams. They inspire me a lot and I get new ideas because of them. But yes of course the usual suspects who are stylistically close to our music as well and they inspire me too like Imagine Dragons who I’ve just seen at the Gurtenfestival. They flash me every time. We gather influences everywhere – Like The Script. They were one of the first bands who I’ve seen live. That concert at Volkshaus touched me a lot and is still one of my highlights with Gary Go as a support. The Script always got superb supporting acts! Fabian: Actually they shouldn’t just like us but also ask us. Tobias: Maybe that’s how they wanted to ask us. You should ask them! I keep my fingers crossed for you. Last Question: What needs to happen that you would say „Yup I made it with my music!“? Tobias: I already live off our music and for a lot of people that’s already the point where they can say I made it. But it depends on how much you need to live. When we made it to the point where also Fabian can say I live off our music then we have made it. (Laughing) Fabian: This is where we differentiate a little. He’s more the All-in guy. I’m more of the „Bünzli-Schwiizer“ (Babbitt) type and he is a Dane, and Nordish people are usually more open and risk more. Both has its advantages and disadvantages. I appreciate the way he is. But I appreciate my way too and that’s how we complement each other. Music means everything to me and you see that when I’m on stage – we give everything. My boss always says if worked the way I make music I’d be the boss of the company. So you are still working. Yes, I am working. I personally have to. I think it would be possible but I don’t want to be under that pressure. Tobi is correct when that moment comes where we both can say we live off music then we have made it and that’s the goal we are working on. Of course there is a bit of a risk but that’s part of it. For that we make music and we are not at the end of our journey. Our caravan goes on. I am sure that we will make it because we are doing it for way too long to give up now. Thank you for this brilliant interview!
Sounds good? Get more info about KARAVANN on their homepage or on their social media accounts.
Or see them live:
8. & 9. August 2017 Stars in Town
19. August 2017 Stadtfest Rapperswil
2. September 2017 SLM Musik & Sport Festival More shows to be announced!
Interview in German / Interview in Deutsch:
Ihr habt auf der Waldbühne am Gurtenfestival gespielt und gestern in Schmerikon. Was wäre für euch die speziellste Bühne, auf der ihr spielen wollt? Fabian: Ich würde sagen, da haben wir beide verschiedene Vorstellungen oder nein, wahrscheinlich die gleichen. Ich war schon oft im Hallenstadion und habe natürlich immer gesagt: Eines Tages darf ich auf dieser Bühne stehen. Es ist auch immer lustig, man kommt an einen Ort an dem man selber gerne Konzerte schaut wie z.B. das Rockfest oder das Gurtenfestival, und dann steht man plötzlich auf dieser Bühne. Das ist jedes Mal ein Highlight, wenn man so einen Step erreicht hat. Es gibt nicht das Grösste sondern einfach ein nächster Schritt. Ich sage immer, sich erwünschen oder träumen sollte man nie zu klein, deshalb gibt es für mich kein zu grosses Venue. Es kann hier oder auch im Ausland sein. Tobias: In dem Fall Central Park, Madison Square Garden und Rock am Ring. Ich habe ein bisschen über eure Gründung gelesen. Nirgends wird genau beschrieben, wie ihr euch getroffen habt und wie ihr auf die Idee für KARAVANN gekommen seid? Tobias: Fabian und ich sind zusammen in die Schule, ab der Oberstufe sogar in die gleiche Klasse, und das ist inzwischen schon sehr lange her – 14 Jahre. Seine Mutter hatte damals die Idee, dass er eine Band gründen solle und dies hat er auch gemacht. Zuerst waren es 4 Personen, die alle in der gleichen Klasse waren, und sie suchten noch einen Sänger. Dazu habe ich mich mehr oder weniger selber eingeladen, das zu übernehmen, und so haben wir zusammen angefangen und starteten früh mit eigenen Songs. Am Anfang vielleicht mittelmässig, aber irgendwann wussten wir, es hat Potenzial und hielten an dem Traum fest bis heute, wo es über 10 Jahre später langsam anfängt Früchte zu tragen. Fabian hat mich in Erinnerung als jemand der gerne das Sportzeug vergisst. Fabian: Ja, das ist meine erste Erinnerung an ihn, und als wir zusammen in die Oberstufe kamen, erkannte ich ihn durch das wieder. Da wurde es dann aber besser. (Beide lachen) Tobias: Das erste, an das ich mich erinnern kann, war, als wir eine Arbeit machen mussten und du dir besonders viel Mühe gegeben hast. Jemand schmiss deine Arbeit auf den Boden und ich konnte überhaupt nichts dafür, als ich darauf stand. Du bist total wütend geworden. Fabian ironisch: Mit dem mache ich noch Musik! Tobias ironisch: Ja und ich erst! Ich habe überhaupt nichts gemacht! Fabian: Wir haben also durchaus Kindheitserinnerungen, die weit zurückgehen und durch einen Zufall entwickelte sich die intensive und ehrgeizige Zusammenarbeit mit Musik. Tobi hat erst spät die Liebe zur Musik erkannt, als er bei uns in die Band einstieg. Ich bin schon früh mit Musik aufgewachsen und bekam mit 3 mein erstes Keyboard. Es ist eigentlich sehr lustig, dass gewisse Entscheidungen bzw. Ideen dein ganzes Leben verändern können. Ich finde dies schon philosophisch. Jetzt ist er hier und lebt von der Musik. Wer weiss, was passiert wäre, wenn wir die Idee von KARAVANN nicht gehabt hätten. Mit der Zeit hat sich diese Idee weiterentwickelt. Wir lernten neue Leute kennen. Leute sind gekommen und gegangen, aber er und ich sind der harte Kern. Wir schufen Songs, die Potenzial hatten und suchten dann Studios wie die Hitmill. Dann lernten wir Ryan kennen. Durch Zufälle und Glück und harter Arbeit hat sich dies dann ergeben. Da wir gerade davon reden, ihr habt die Welt bereist, um einen Sänger wie Ryan Sander zu finden. Was hat euch bewogen, ihn auszuwählen? Tobias: Wir produzierten die Songs im Studio vor und sangen auf den Demos selber. Wir fanden, dass die Songs Potenzial hatten, aber es fehlte noch eine aussergewöhnliche Stimme. Wir gingen auf die Suche vor allem im Internet, fragten Leute an, führten Verhandlungen und bekamen viele verschiedene Versionen unserer Songs, die Leute in LA, UK oder Schweden aufgenommen haben. Eben auch in Australien. Einer unserer Produzenten war gerade in Australien und lud Ryan ins Studio ein. Er sang unsere erste Single „Carry Your Universe“ ein. Am nächsten Morgen haben wir dies angehört und dachten nur: „Holy Cow! Was ist denn das?“ Fabian: Ich weiss es noch ganze genau. Ich fuhr vom Flughafen nach Hause und hörte mir den Song an. Ich musste anhalten, es war einfach so krass. Dein eigener Song mit so einer Stimme! Das Wort „International“ hat sich mir im Kopf gleich festgesetzt. Es war ein Native-Speaker, der deinen Song fantastisch sang. Ich spielte das Lied meinem Mitbewohner vor, der immer kritisch war und unsere Stimmen nicht so perfekt fand, und ich sagte ihm, hör dir jetzt das an. Er meinte, ist das jetzt Onerepublic oder wer ist das? Das war der Moment als ich wusste, dass wir es mit dieser Idee probieren müssen. Tobias: Die Aufnahme von Australien ist jetzt auch auf dem Album drauf. So habe ich euch auch entdeckt. Seine Stimme hat mich total beeindruckt. Fabian: Viele Leute wissen gar nicht, wenn sie uns im Radio hören, dass wir Schweizer sind. Die Aufmerksamkeit ist sofort grösser, wenn man dies weiss. Damit müssen wir die Leute abholen, weil es hier sehr selten ist, dass man einen Sänger mit gutem Englisch hat, der zudem noch toll singen kann. Dies unterscheidet uns von anderen meiner Meinung nach. Ihr habt ein Album rausgebracht und ihr seid auf Sommer-Tournee. Was kommt als nächstes? Fabian: Ein Teil der Sommertour ist ja noch offen. Wir spielen in Rapperswil am Stadtfest (19. August, 23.30 Uhr, Bühne 3) und am Stars in Town in Schaffhausen (8.&9. August, 21.15 Uhr, New Talent Stage). In Uster am SLM Musik & Sport Festival (2. September, 18.45 Uhr) ist der Abschluss der Sommertour. Im Herbst gibt es auch noch etwas, das aber noch nicht publiziert werden darf. Es gibt noch ein paar Shows, die wir spielen dürfen im Spätherbst und wir freuen uns enorm! Tobias: Neue Songs sind auch unterwegs! Seit einer Weile sind wir bereits wieder am Arbeiten an neuen Songs. Mir ist aufgefallen, dass The Script eine eurer Lieblingsbands euren Post geliked hat. Welches sind eure Einflüsse in eurer Musik? Tobias: Sicher auch The Script. Lustigerweise haben wir gerade kürzlich ein Lied „I’m Yours“ zusammen gespielt, das von ihrem Debutalbum ist. Sie haben uns schon seit längerem begleitet. Linkin Park bewog uns am Anfang, Musik zu spielen. Coldplay und Onerepublic sind stilistisch gesehen bei uns. Wir haben auch beide unterschiedliche Vorlieben. Ich mag Singer/Songwriters wie Matt Corby, Andreas Moe und Nick Drake. Fabian mag Daft Punk und einige Andere. Fabian: Ich höre gerne Filmmusik. Hans Zimmer und John Williams. Sie inspirieren mich sehr und bringen mich auf neue Ideen. Aber ja, natürlich auch die üblichen Verdächtigen, die unserem Stil nahe sind und uns inspirieren, wie z.B. Imagine Dragons, die wir auf dem Gurten gesehen haben. Sie flashen mich jedesmal extrem. Wir sammeln überall Einflüsse. Eben auch bei The Script. Sie waren eine meiner ersten Bands, die ich live gesehen habe. Das Konzert im Volkshaus hat mich extrem berührt und gehört zu meinen absoluten Highlights mit Gary Go als Vorgruppe. The Script haben immer tolle Vorgruppen! Fabian: Eigentlich sollten sie uns nicht nur liken, sondern auch fragen. Tobias: Vielleicht wollten sie uns das damit sagen. Fragt sie doch an! Ich drücke euch die Daumen. Nun die letzte Frage: Was muss passieren, dass ihr sagt: „Wir haben es geschafft mit unserer Musik!“? Tobias: Ich lebe ja schon von der Musik, und das ist für viele schon der Moment, bei dem sie sagen, sie haben es geschafft. Es kommt halt immer darauf an, wie viel man braucht zum Leben. Wenn wir soweit sind, dass auch Fabian sagen kann, ich lebe von der Musik, dann haben wirs geschafft. (Lacht) Fabian: Da unterscheiden wir uns ein bisschen. Er ist mehr All-in. Ich bin mehr der „Bünzli-Schwiizer“ und er ist Däne. Nordländer sind offener und gehen Risiken ein. Es hat beides Vor- und Nachteile. Ich schätze es sehr, dass er so ist. Ich schätze aber auch meine Art und so ergänzen wir uns super. Musik bedeutet mir alles und man sieht dies auch, wenn wir auf der Bühne stehen, dass wir alles geben. Mein Arbeitsgeber sagt, wenn ich so arbeiten würde wie ich Musik mache, wäre ich schon längstens Chef der Firma. Du arbeitest in dem Fall noch nebenbei. Ja, ich arbeite noch nebenbei. Ich persönlich muss auch. Ich denke, es wäre schon möglich, aber ich kann diesen Stress noch nicht mit mir vereinbaren. Tobi sagt es schon richtig, wenn der Moment eintritt, dass wir beide mit gutem Gewissen von der Musik leben können, dann haben wir es geschafft und das ist das Ziel, an dem wir arbeiten. Natürlich gehört ein gewisses Risiko dazu. Für das machen wir Musik, und wir sind noch nicht am Ende unserer Reise. Es geht mit der Karawane noch weiter. Ich bin mir sicher, dass wir es schaffen, weil wir machen schon zu lange zusammen Musik, als dass wir jetzt noch aufgeben werden. Danke euch für dieses tolle Interview!
I approached Jessie through Instagram and she was very open to my interview request. She invited me to her show in the Kontiki bar in Zurich. She is a super nice woman who knows what she wants when it comes to music.
I thought I was there for just the interview but then I was able to stay throughout her show. Believe me you have to see it. It’s incredible! I didn’t know what I was in for because I missed her set at the Gurtenfestival. So when she started it blew me away. It is so asian and so special I cannot describe it. I stood next to an asian guy who danced to it and I’ve never seen an asian guy move like that. It was a brilliant experience.
Jessiquoi transforms into this energetic figure who produces unique songs with her loop pedal and her laptop and this special guitar with lights. It is the perfect club music and people there loved it.
Before her a little over an hour set we sat down for the interview you can read below: You’ve played the Waldbühne at Gurtenfestival and you’re playing Zurich Openair on Wednesday, 23rd August. So what would be your favourite or most special venue you want to play in? It’s my big dream to go on tour in Asia. There is a club, which I discovered when I was in Shanghai once so I think my favourite venue would be a shanghainese late night club. Your music is super special. How did you come up with the idea to use a loop pedal and have some Asian influences as well? The looping came to me through an artist that I follow. Her name is Kawehi. She is a completely DIY looping artist and she lives in Kansas, US. Se is completely unsigned and lives with her husband and dogs in a farmhouse and she completely built her career on posting looping videos on YouTube. A lot of the set up that I have today came from her. She’s really cool and she gives advice to people. She posted a photo of her set up and that’s how I figured out how I wanted to make my own set up. The asian stuff comes from a friend in China when I first moved to Switzerland I was learning German and she introduced me to Chinese pop music. It’s totally kitschy and it’s close to K-pop (Korean Popular Music). For some reason I really liked it and we started singing chinese pop songs. Later, she invited me to China and I went there and was totally captivated by the sounds in Chinese pop music. They also use traditional instruments. That’s where the influence came from. Do you speak Chinese? I speak a little bit of Chinese but not as well as I’d like to. But I can do the basics. Wow, that’s really good! As you just said you basically moved halfway across the earth when you were 15. How did that happen? I’m actually half Swiss. I grew up in Australia, my Mother is Austrialian and my father is Swiss from Bern. I grew up speaking English at home and my parents decided to move to Switzerland when I was 15 for financial reasons. My parents both got great jobs here and that was it. The funny thing is that they live back in Australia now and I’m still here. I didn’t like it at first but I didn’t start making music until I moved to Switzerland so lot’s of good things came out of it. You’ve toured quite a few festivals this summer but you haven’t released an album yet. Is that something you have on the agenda as the next step? I am working on my album. The thing is that I’m unsigned – still – I have had a meeting with a couple of Bern based labels but I decided not to sign yet because I prefer to be with an international label. So I’m just going to keep working on my album and start sending it out. I’m looking to secure a release date for 2018. So there will definitely be another single by the end of this year. I always release my music on all the major platforms and also band camp. I’ve heard of band camp before but never checked it out. You’ve never heard of band camp? It’s really great! There are artists who put their music on band camp exclusively and build a following. I’ve heard of a guy who funded his kids’ entire college education by selling his music on band camp. Band camp is a lot fairer to the artists. The artists get most of the revenue so it’s a really good thing. I personally put my music on everything but there are artists who just put their music on band camp and they do quite well with it. So it’s definitely worth looking at. Last Question.What needs to happen that you would say „Yup I made it with my music!“? Oh, that is a good question. Right now I can’t live from my music. I’m still working in bars etc. I don’t like the idea of being super super famous and not be able to sit in a restaurant just like that without being approached by people. That would be a horrible way to live. I would really love to have a steady following who are the exchange that I have with the public. That is like a growing and on-going exchange which also becomes a part of the music and then I would also like to pay my bills. That would be pretty much „made it“ for me. That’s a good answer. Thank you very much for the interview.
Later she reveiled to me that she would also like to produce the soundtrack of a Zelda game since she is a huge fan of that game series.
I think she is a great artists with a bright future ahead of her and I wish her all the best and I hope one day she can say “Yup I made it”! 🙂
Have I made you curious about her? Then please check her out and click on the links below.
20.08.2017 Les Digitales Festival, La Chaux-de-Fonds
23.08.2017 Zurich Openair
02.09.2017 Les Digitales Festival, Bern
18.11.2017 Queen Kong Club, Neuchâtel
Gurtenfestival is placed in the capital city of Switzerland in Berne on the hill called Gurten. A proper citizen of Berne would call it „Güsche“. Now thanks to the advent calendar of Ticketcorner I’m able to go to the festival for 4 days and have some VIP amenities available too. I didn’t know beforehand how grateful I would be for that special treatment.
This year the festival started on Wednesday instead of Thursday. But still so many people queued up to get their ticket changed into a wristband. After that they had to wait another 1 ½ hrs to get to the Gurtenbähnli to bring them up the hill. Lucky me I could jump the queue and walk straight in. The VIP area is really nice and on Day 1 there weren’t too many people there either.
First main act was Rag’N’Bone Man who sang again very well. Although I couldn’t really hear that much because of the chatter of the people around me. I really don’t understand how people can spend that much money and waste it on chit chat. We went on to see Nothing but Thieves who were good but I cannot put my finger on what was missing in their performance so that I cannot say: „Ohh I would see them again“.
Royal Blood was the next act on the mainstage but they weren’t my favourite either so we chilled in the lounge area. Unfortunately it was really cold and windy and very uncomfortable. So we were glad when we could walk over to the tent stage where we saw an amazing Jack Garratt. He looks like a kid who didn’t get what he wanted but God he’s good and he is really funny too! He started to play very famous songs by Justin Timberlake or Michael Jackson and then stopped. It was kinda frustrating but also very funny. At the same time Dabu Fantastic a Swiss band was playing the forest stage. Since I knew how good they were I preferred to see someone I haven’t seen before. We only heard the last bit when we had to leave the tent to be early for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
As always the two American lads put on a great show and the audience loved them. However I liked them better the last time I saw them at Hallenstadion when they had the full show going. At the end they held their traditional dance off with two random people from the crowd and wow they were really really good. Macklemore said it was one of the best dance off’s they’d ever seen and I have to agree. To finish the night we watched a bit of From Kid who were okay but couldn’t really catch my attention and so we headed home soon after.
I was very looking forward to see Pegasus after I’ve seen them a week before on the ferry on lake Zurich. Again they didn’t disappoint. At 3.30 they had a lot of people in front of the mainstage and had them dancing and singing and waving and jumping. They are just an incredible live band! We then headed to a band from Zurich called Faber. They are Swiss but sing in German which is quite special. Next act on the mainstage was Lo & Leduc. I was really excited to see them in their home city at this brilliant festival. They were blown away by how many people turned up. They told us that they played one of the bars, then the Waldbühne, then the Zeltbühne and now the mainstage. It was an awesome 1 ½ hrs set until they finally had to make way for the next act.
We heard the last bit of Nemo who is a very young Swiss German Rapper but I really like his upbeat feel-good sound. It was finally time for Imagine Dragons. I’ve also already seen them at Hallenstadion like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis the day before and I also liked that concert better than this Gurtenfestival appearance. Maybe it was because I stood in the VIP area and not very close to the stage where I think the people had good fun. Funny enough after what felt like 20mins they turned off the lights completely on stage and for a very long time too. People thought it was already the usual walk off-walk on-encore part but I was like this is way too early. It turned out that it was some kind of power cut as the singer Dan Reynolds couldn’t hear anything in his in-ears. Few minutes later the show went on and like Coldplay’s bell I heard the drum sound in “Radioactive” really clearly for the first time.
To round off Day 2 we decided to see Trust. This band has already very famous band members such as Stress and Gabriel Spahni from Pegasus. Stress was actually singing which is quite different to what he usually does. In the end the tired eyes won and we headed down.
Unfortunately I had to work on day 3 so I only got up the hill for the 2nd main act Züri West. I thought the crowd would react similar to Lo & Leduc and create an incredible atmosphere but that wasn’t the case. The band didn’t interact with the audience and didn’t sing all their famous hits. Overall everyone was very disappointed. My concert buddy had the joy to see Lucky Chops before this main act. And she really liked them. They’re an instrumental band and good fun!
We also caught a bit of the performance of LP but we still don’t fancy her live voice a lot. Casper’s set must have been very good because when we reached the main stage the whole crowd did the usual rap/hip hop moves by moving one arm up and down. From my experience Hip Hop concerts have the best atmosphere. We headed to the tent stage next where we saw a German band called SDP. They had a punk rock feel and some very racy lyrics. I quite liked their performance and at one point they had huge beach balls bouncing off the audiences’ hands.
To finish this evening Fritz Kalkbrenner sang behind his turn tables. He started with: “Hallo ich bin Fritz und ich fang dann jetzt mal an!”. I’ve never heard a funnier start. He continued being funny throughout the set and he seemed very down to earth to me. I realized that his music is not my kinda cup of tea but I did enjoy his set and many other late night party dancers would agree.
The day I was anticipating the most and it turned out to be my favourite day! Somehow there weren’t a lot of people anymore even though it was a Saturday or maybe we caught the best time to get food and found good spots at concerts. Anyway it was a very chilled fun day.
We started front row with Saint Motel on the main stage. What an awesome band! They have good up-tempo music to dance to. The saxophone was great but my highlight was when the lead singer walked through the crowd to the sound tower on the other side and climbed up. It looked very funny. Another highlight and a speciality of this festival is the dancing security. You won’t find any grim unfriendly looking security here. They help you in any way they can and even start dance moves.
Since Kate Tempest was late we decided to see Veronica Fusaro also a Swiss singer on the Waldbühne. What a wonderful setting. The stage is facing a steep part of the Gurten hill so people can sit down or even stand and everyone can see the artists down there. Veronica has a beautiful voice and good songs – perfect for the occasion, a hot sunny summer day. Close to the end we headed for Kate Tempest on the Zeltbühne – big mistake. We didn’t like her at all. She has a weird way of rapping and her songs seemed to me like she was trying to convince me to join a cult or something similar.
Seven was absolutely brilliant. He made everyone dancing, singing and clapping. It was an amazing show by awesome musicians giving their all to us. They visibly enjoyed playing and this is automatically transferred onto the audience. 1 1/2hrs of pure joy! Thank you for that.
Unfortunately we couldn’t see Asgeir an Islandic musician but he is supposed to be very good. Next up were Beginner a hip hop combo from Hamburg who have been successful for years. They created a beautiful colourful set on stage and also gave a 110% on stage. What I personally liked was that they were actually promoting the next act Marteria as well. There was no visible competition between them. My favourite words from Jan Delay was: “We need all your energy – oh wait no – you need energy for Marteria too. This is what you’re going to do. Give us all your energy, then load it up again with all those energy stations around this place and be ready to give all your energy to Marteria again.” Loved it J Death by Chocolate was too rocky for us so we went to see Walk off the Earth. Brilliant decision. They are an incredible live band. We loved their own songs and the covers they did. Awesome musicians who I would like to see again.
Finally, the act I was waiting for, took the stage at 12.30pm. Marteria absolutely rocked the 20’000 people at Gurtenfestival. I have no words to describe this. Before every song he said “Alle Hände” and all hands went up. We danced, we sang, we rapped, we jumped, we enjoyed every minute of this 1 1/2hrs set. During his song “Marteria Girl” he asked the guys to take all the Marteria Girls on their shoulders. At that exact moment I knew I needed to find a tall, big strong guy who will join me for Marteria’s concert in Zurich on Dec, 9th 17! J During the last song it was total “Abriss” which you can translate to “Go totally mental”. Marteria took off his shirt and asked everyone to do so as well and swing it above their heads. (Me being a pro I took a scarf with me… Hello I’m still a girl ;-)) During the final final 20 secs he created a mosh pit and on his commando everyone jumped into it.
The party went on all night until the sun greeted us with an amazing sunrise which looked like painted by Bob Ross. The clouds turned purple and Marteria’s biggest hit so far “Wir bleiben wach bis die Wolken wieder lila sind” came true. Just a brilliant finish to a wonderful 4 day Gurtenfestival in Berne with amazing weather. I have to say thank you to Ticketcorner for this incredible prize and to Gurtenfestival for these many special moments with great artists and to my lovely concert buddy.
Marteria is a German rap artist I have been following since his biggest success “Lila Wolken” in 2012. I’ve attached the youtube video below. At first you think what a funny title “purple clouds” sounds like unicorns and storybrooke world but it’s a feel good song about partying with friends. And then this baritone voice comes on and you think holy smokes who is this?! Does he look like he sounds? To all my female readers: Yes, he does!
But he is not only easy on the eye, he is an incredible songwriter and live artist! If you speak German and closely listen to his lyrics you will find that they are very sophisticated sometimes even philosophical!
His newest LP “Roswell” was released on 26th March 2017 and holds 12 unique songs. He named the album after an UFO incident in a town called Roswell in New Mexico. In 1947 it was reported that unknown object fell out of the sky. This title suits Marteria since his Alter Ego is an alien called Marsimoto.
His current single of the album is called “Das Geld muss weg”, the money has to go. It critizes our society and how we handle money in an ironic way. His rhymes are incredible and very well thought-out. If you want to have a listen, watch the youtube video below.
“Cadillac”, “Aliens”, “Scotty beam mich hoch”, “El Presidente” will be incredible to see live. They’ve got catchy tunes and are great for a singalong. “Elfenbein” with Yasha and Ms. Platinum is a powerful song about our world that we have to live in. I recommend to anyone to have a close listen what this artist has to say.
Finally, I personally cannot wait to see him live. He will be performing at festivals this summer and will start his head-lining tour in December 2017. He is amazing live and puts on a show like you’ve never seen before. At my first gig I was in for quite a few surprises which I won’t tell you now because I don’t want to ruin the surprise for all the first time listeners.
Marteria Live: 09.12.17 Samsung Hall
02. – 05.06.17 Rock in Vienna
24. – 25.06.17 Wireless Festival Germany
06.07.17 Openair Frauenfeld
15.07.17 Gurtenfestival Bern
09. – 16.08.17 Sziget Festival Budapest
09. – 10.09.17 Lollapalooza Berlin