Allgemein, Concerts

A truly magical place: Caribana Festival with The Script

Early Saturday morning it was time to go on my last stop of my The Script tour. I was already tired but so excited to meet my girls of The Script family and to see our lads later that day. In addition to that I was looking forward to seeing the Caribana Festival for the first time.


Arriving waay to early at the venue turned out to be a brilliant idea. Because it was so warm we decided to have an ice cream and to go to the lake to put our feet in. This turned out to be a brilliant decision since we saw the lads boating. On our way back to the entrance of the festival we spotted Glen and Ben at the restaurant chillin so we made the decision to quickly wish them a nice show. Them being them they started speaking with us when Mark joined in. It was quite special to just have time to properly speak to these lovely Irish guys. They are so close to their The Script Family and I am sooo happy to be part of this. It is not just the lads that make it special it is the family members you meet. You wouldn’t believe how many good friends I’ve gained through this family 🙂
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Allgemein, New Music

Alina Amuri's Chasing Traces

Alina Amuri is a Swiss singer with Congolese roots who’s been known for her soulful voice. She finally released her 2nd album “Chasing Traces last week and I just had a listen to it.
“Won’t Cope with it” sounds like the perfect song for a rainy night in September. It starts very chilled and then the beat drops. I really really love the rhythm! And obviously the beautiful voice of Alina Amuri makes it to a perfect track to be No. 1 on the album. The very international sound continues with “Water” and “Pioneers”. The sound kinda reminds me of Erykah Badu who I adore. After three tracks there’s a short Interlude called “A long Time”. It kinda has a gospel sound and has a rich sound. What a contrast the next song is. “Giving up on you” has a rock feel and the electric guitar is very prominent.
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Allgemein, Concerts

Kekoas Korner's lowdown on all the Summer festivals

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.
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Allgemein

Christmas time with Mikki and her 15 angels / Advent mit Mikki und ihren 15 Engeln

For the German version please scroll down / FĂŒr die deutsche Version bitte hinunterscrollen. 
The wonderful Mikki from Mikki’s Blog had a brilliant idea this year and found 15 people who helped her put together an advent calendar for all of you readers. Yesterday Claudia from Hamerlike share her story which finished like this:
… And what are you going to do to stall the kids or in this case the bloggers before eating the yummy dinner and unwrapping the presents?
20th December – KEKOAS KORNER
Of course with singing songs! It increases the Christmassy vibe and makes you happy and de-stresses you from all the X-Mas preparations. Our make-up artist Stefanie already said Goodbye since she was expected at home. In her place we welcome Nina, our next guest. She actually took place at the piano and asked everyone to gather around her to sing the most beautiful songs. The piano sounds incredibly good but we can still work on our singing.
BTW some people don’t like to sing. What can they do about it? Our lovely Nina keeps you up to date with the most recent and best gigs in town. Maybe you let someone else sing next year and visit one of her suggested concerts. Have a look at the latest gigs Kekoas Korner reviewed: Tom Grennan, Stone Sour, Hoodie Allen, Jake Isaac, Marteria. I bet there is something in it for you 🙂
As Mikki mentioned in her story there are people who don’t like to sing so they let others sing. And yes that’s me so I will introduce you to the best Christmas songs.
Evergreens
1.
Last Christmas by Wham!
2. Wonderful Dream by Melanie Thornton
3.
All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey
4.
Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea
5.
White Christmas by Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye
6.
Santa Clause is coming to town by Michael Bublé
7.
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Frank Sinatra
8.
Happy X-mas (War is over) by John Lennon
9.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
10.
Do they know it’s Christmas time? by Band Aid
Best Christmas records
1.
Christmas by Michael Bublé
2.
Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas by Overtones
3.
Christmas with Boney M by Boney M
4.
RTL Christmas Megastars
5.
The very best of Nashville Christmas by Country Christmas
Every year singers release new covers or even new songs. This year Sia wrote a whole new record with Christmas songs. She’s a very famous and talented singer-songwriter. If a person can write new songs it is Sia. The new album is called Everyday is Christmas and is in stores now.
If you want to know how the story continues please have a look onto Evi’s blog Develi tomorrow.
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21st December – DEVELI
At some point you start to get out of breath even if Nina brought the most beautiful Christmas songs with her… 
Would you like to get to know the other 13 angels? Yes, then follow the below links:
Sarah from www.dressupjournal.com
Simi from www.kaffeepauseamsonntag.ch
Muriel from www.momof4.ch
Daniela from www.swissbeautylicious.ch
Rosy from www.momentswithrosy.com
Kathi from www.keinsteins-kiste.chÂ
Benni & Daria from www.pm-rentadress.ch
Lynn from www.lynns-kostuemverleih.ch
Rita from www.ritasschirmwelt.ch
Fabienne from www.hairtivitysiebnen.com
Steffi from www.visagistin-steffi.ch
Rene from www.artandactionstudio.lima-city.de
Peter from www.photo4emotions.com
 


 
Die wunderbare Mikki von Mikki’s Blog hatte dieses Jahr eine tolle Idee und trommelte 15 Leute zusammen, welche gemeinsam einen Adventskalender fĂŒr ihre Leser realisierten. Gestern teile Claudia von Hamerlike ihre Geschichte, welche so endete:

Und was tut man, um die Kinder, in diesem Fall die ungeduldigen Blogger, noch etwas hinzuhalten, bevor sie das feine Essen geniessen und die Geschenke auspacken dĂŒrfen?
20. Dezember – KEKOAS KORNER
Klar natĂŒrlich, mit dem Singen von Liedern! Dies erhöht nĂ€mlich nicht nur die Weihnachtsstimmung, sondern gibt gute Laune und etwas Luft zu dem teilweise stressigen Weihnachtstag, an dem so viele Vorbereitungen getroffen werden mĂŒssen. Unsere Visagistin Stefanie hat sich von uns leider auch schon wieder verabschiedet, da auch sie Zuhause von ihren liebsten erwartet wird, dafĂŒr hat jetzt Nina, unser nĂ€chster Gast, ihren Platz eingenommen. Genauer gesagt hat sie den Platz am Klavier eingenommen und alle dazu aufgefordert, rum um sie herum zustehen, um die schönsten Töne von sich zu geben. Zugegeben, das Klavierspiel tönt wirklich herrlich, an dem Gesang kann noch etwas gearbeitet werden.
Übrigens, manche Leute mögen es ja nicht sonderlich, wenn sie singen mĂŒssen. Was also kann man dagegen tun? Unsere liebe Nina hĂ€lt dich stehts auf dem Laufenden ĂŒber die neusten und besten Konzerte, vielleicht lĂ€sst du dieses Jahr fĂŒr dich singen und besuchst eines dieser musikalischen ZusammenkĂŒnfte. Schaut mal bei den letzten Konzerten nach, die Kekoas Korner reviewed hat: Tom Grennan, Stone Sour, Hoodie Allen, Jake Isaac, Marteria. Ich wette, da ist auch etwas fĂŒr dich dabei 🙂 
Wie Mikki bereits in ihrer Geschichte erwĂ€hnt hat, es gibt Menschen, die nicht gerne singen und lassen dafĂŒr andere singen. Dazu gehöre auch ich und stelle dir deshalb die besten und schönsten Weihnachtslieder vor.
Evergreens
1.
Last Christmas by Wham!
2. Wonderful Dream by Melanie Thornton
3.
All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey
4.
Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea
5.
White Christmas by Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye
6.
Santa Clause is coming to town by Michael Bublé
7.
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Frank Sinatra
8.
Happy X-mas (War is over) by John Lennon
9.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
10.
Do they know it’s Christmas time? by Band Aid
Best Christmas records
1.
Christmas by Michael Bublé
2.
Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas by Overtones
3.
Christmas with Boney M by Boney M
4.
RTL Christmas Megastars
5.
The very best of Nashville Christmas by Country Christmas
Jedes Jahr werden auch Covers oder sogar neue Lieder ausgekoppelt. Dieses Jahr wurde sogar ein ganzes Album mit neuen eigenen Weihnachtsliedern released von Sia. Sie ist eine sehr bekannte und talentierte Songwriterin. Wenn eine neue Lieder schreiben kann, dann ist es Sia. Das Weihnachtsalbum heisst “Everyday is Christmas” und ist im Handel erhĂ€ltlich.
Wenn ihr nun wissen möchtet wie die Geschichte weitergeht, dann schaut doch morgen bei Evi und ihrem blog Develi vorbei.
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21. Dezember – DEVELI
Irgendwann aber geht einem ja die Luft zum Singen aus, auch wenn Nina die schönsten Weihnachtslieder ĂŒberhaupt mitgebracht hat

Möchtet ihr die anderen 12 Engel kennen lernen? Ja, dann klickt doch mal auf die folgenden Links:
Sarah von www.dressupjournal.com
Simi von www.kaffeepauseamsonntag.ch
Muriel von www.momof4.ch
Daniela von www.swissbeautylicious.ch
Rosy von www.momentswithrosy.com
Kathi von www.keinsteins-kiste.chÂ
Benni & Daria von www.pm-rentadress.ch
Lynn von www.lynns-kostuemverleih.ch
Rita von www.ritasschirmwelt.ch
Fabienne von www.hairtivitysiebnen.com
Steffi von www.visagistin-steffi.ch
Rene von www.artandactionstudio.lima-city.de
Peter von www.photo4emotions.com

Allgemein, Interviews

Dabu Fantastic's TrÀume und offene Geheimnisse / Dabu Fantastic's dreams and open secrets

Vor dem tollen Konzert an der Baloise Session traf ich Dabu und DJ Arts von Dabu Fanstastic fĂŒr ein kurzes Interview. Wie das Konzert war erfĂ€hrt ihr hier.
Please scroll down for the English translation.
Ihr habt ein Konzert im Seebad Enge 2015 gegeben und ich war dort.
DJ Arts: Ja?! Warst du dort?
Ja, es war sehr cool!
Dabu: Er hatte einen guten Abend.
DJ Arts: Ja, da hatte ich ein All-time-high an diesem Abend. Ich weiss nicht warum.
Dies war ja ein sehr spezieller Ort und heute an der Baloise Session auch. In welchem Venue habt ihr sonst noch gespielt, das sehr speziell ist oder in dem ihr mal spielen möchtet?
Dabu: In der Schweiz gibt es unfassbar viele kleine Festivals, fĂŒr die wir jetzt fast schon zu gross sind, um da zu spielen. Die Leute geben sich dort immer sehr viel MĂŒhe. Solche Gigs waren immer toll. Es gibt auch grosse Venues, in denen ich noch spielen möchte, z.B. das Volkshaus in ZĂŒrich.
DJ Arts: Ich fĂ€nde es toll, wenn wir in die Westschweiz gehen wĂŒrden. Das PalĂ©o Festival z.B. oder auch ins Tessin wĂ€re super. Sie verstehen es dann nicht oder nur ein wenig. Wir wĂŒrden dann versuchen, etwas zu sagen und das leider eher schlecht als recht. Das fĂ€nde ich cool, weil im Moment ist dies noch ein schwarzer Fleck. Wenn du auf Mundart Musik machst, ist es sehr schwierig.
Dabu: FĂŒr uns ist es auch ein Traum, nach Deutschland und Österreich zu gehen. Einfach mal zum Ausprobieren und schauen was passiert, wenn wir ins Ausland gehen wĂŒrden. Patent Ochsner hat es probiert, aber sonst macht es fast niemand.
Man muss es ja nicht immer verstehen. Tokio Hotel und die Toten Hosen spielen auch Konzerte auf der ganzen Welt.
DJ Arts: Ja genau. Wenn wir ehrlich sind, 90 % der Leute die Musik, vor allem auch Rap, auf Englisch konsumieren, verstehen den Text auch nicht und es funktioniert trotzdem.
Eure Live-Shows sind speziell und immer voller Energie. Bemerkt ihr Unterschiede des Publikums zwischen den Kantonen?
Dabu: Es gibt tatsĂ€chlich Unterschiede, die man spĂŒrt. Es ist aber heikel, wenn wir gleich mit dem Klischee anfangen. Wir hatten lange das GefĂŒhl, dass die BĂŒndner ein anstrengendes Publikum sind, weil sie viel reden. Aber das ist doch nicht ĂŒberall der Fall. Wir haben auch immer gehört, dass es eine Weile braucht bis die Walliser mitmachen, aber bei uns waren sie schon nach 2 Minuten dabei. 
DJ Arts: Volltrunken von der Bar heruntergefallen!
Es ist halt auch je nach Band unterschiedlich.
DJ Arts: Ja schon. Aber es ist schon lustig, wenn wir immer Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag in meistens gleich grossen Venues auftreten, das gleiche Programm spielen, die gleiche Band dabei haben, dann ist es zweimal komplett anders. Das ist schon extrem spannend. Es sind z.T. nur so kleine Mikrosachen wie man einen Gig empfindet, und ohne das wĂ€re es glaube ich sehr langweilig! Wenn du nur noch so riesig spielst – stadionmĂ€ssig – dann bekommst du nichts mehr mit vom Publikum und das stelle ich mir komisch vor. Weil so spielst du 2 Jahre lang und es ist jedesmal das gleiche. Da bin ich froh, ist das bei uns nicht so.
Dabu: Letzten Freitag haben wir im BierhĂŒbeli gespielt und da war viel Liebe. Das habe ich gespĂŒrt auf der BĂŒhne. Es war so warm und irgendwie ein umarmendes GefĂŒhl. Lustigerweise haben wir dies öfters in Bern, z.B. in der MĂŒhle oder auf dem Gurten. Irgendwie ist im Moment ein guter Vibe da.
Ihr habt verschiedene EinflĂŒsse in eurer Musik. Wer sind eure Vorbilder, die euch inspirieren?
Dabu: Das Ă€ndert natĂŒrlich im Monatetakt. Man hört dies den Alben auch an. Beim Drinks-Album war die österreichische Band Bilderbuch sehr wichtig. Wenn man genau hinhört, merkt man den Einfluss. Insgesamt ist mein Musikgeschmack sehr breit gefĂ€chert, auch viel Black Music.
DJ Arts: Alles soulige, funkige und wenn es nicht gerade eine plumpe Melodie hat, dann finden wir das geil – ob es jetzt Hip Hop, Rock oder Pop ist.
2016 habt ihr ein Konzert gegeben mit nur Übersetzungen der Fanta 4 Songs. Hat die Band euch ein Feedback dazu gegeben?
DJ Arts: So halb.  
Dabu: Es war eine sehr erfreuliche Geschichte, weil uns dies viel Spass gemacht hat. Wir haben sie auch vorher getroffen und sie haben uns gesagt, wir seien eine gute Live-Band. Der Wermutstropfen an dieser ganzen Geschichte ist, dass wir von Ihnen eigentlich nie ein richtiges, ernsthaftes Feedback bekommen haben. Via Seven haben sie ausrichten lassen, wir haben es gehört und dass sie es cool finden. Wenn eine Band unsere Lieder auf Maori interpretiert, dann wĂŒrde ich schon genau hinhören und ihnen schreiben: „Ey, ist geil!“ oder auch wenn es uns nicht gefĂ€llt.  
DJ Arts: Andererseits hat Thomas D eine Videobotschaft geschickt, die wir auch gezeigt haben. Sie waren schon committed, aber sie haben glaube ich einfach viel zu tun.
Ich war vor kurzem auf Korfu und habe einen eurer Drinks-Kleber gesehen.
DJ Arts: Hmmm…
Dabu lacht.
Also habt ihr Fans auf der ganzen Welt oder war es sogar einer von euch?
DJ Arts: Ja, vielleicht.
Dabu: Meine Challenge ist immer, ob irgendein Mensch die Kleber sieht, die ich auf der ganzen Welt verteile. In Korfu war es tatsÀchlich ich. Das finde ich jetzt sehr geil. Ich war in Tel Aviv, habe ca. 5 Kleber verteilt und jemand hat dies auch gesehen. Ich bin fast durchgedreht und jetzt hat es jemand auch in Korfu gesehen. Da waren es auch nicht mehr wie 5!
Ja, ich fand es auch lustig. Ich bin vom Markt Richtung Hauptshoppingmeile geschlendert und plötzlich habe ich den Kleber gesehen. NatĂŒrlich habe ich ein Foto gemacht. Ich musste wirklich schmunzeln.
sdr
Die nĂ€chste Frage habt ihr eigentlich schon beantwortet. Ihr wĂŒrdet gerne nach Deutschland und Österreich expandieren.
DJ Arts: Ja, sowieso! Das wÀre geil.
Dabu: Wir sind sowieso eine Band, die immer Neues ausprobieren möchte und sich möglichst nicht wiederholen will. Das war schon immer so. Wir haben noch nie gesagt: „Komm wir gehen ins Ausland und spielen wieder die kleinen Festivals!“
Oder nach Korfu 🙂
Dabu: Ja, oder nach Korfu. Wobei, da hat es sicher viele Deutsche und Schweizer, die uns verstehen wĂŒrden. Wir wĂŒrden gerne irgendwohin, wo wir noch nie waren und ausprobieren, was dort passiert. Vielleicht zerstört uns dies, weil wir nach 10 Shows merken, es interessiert sich niemand fĂŒr uns oder vielleicht ist es auch so, dass sie doch etwas verstehen und sie es lustig finden. Wir mĂŒssen das mal ausprobieren.
Die letzte Frage: Was muss passieren, dass ihr sagen könnt, ihr habt es mit der Musik geschafft, oder ist dies schon passiert und was war dieser Zeitpunkt?
DJ Arts: Ich glaube, das darfst du im Leben nie sagen. Klar haben wir mittlerweile einen Erfolg, den nicht viele Bands haben und das ist geil. Ich habe es geschafft heisst fĂŒr mich immer es geht bis hier und nicht weiter. Unser Ziel ist es einfach, dass es immer weitergeht, und dass es, wenn möglich, nicht wieder abwĂ€rts geht. Ob du es dann wirklich geschafft hast mit deiner Musik zeigt sich, wenn du nicht mehr auf dieser Welt bist.  
Dabu: Bei mir sind es kleine Sachen: Letztes Wochenende der Platinaward fĂŒr „Angelina“, und zu hören, in welchen exklusiven Kreis wir aufgenommen worden sind, dann haben wir es schon irgendwie geschafft.
DJ Arts: Ja, das ist schon mega geil!
Dabu: Aber gleichzeitig denke ich morgens, wenn ich aufstehe: „Yes, wir haben es geschafft“. Aber am Mittag, denke ich schon: „Shit, ich muss etwas Neues machen!“. Es geht bei uns immer weiter.
Als allerletztes habe ich noch eine Leserfrage von meiner treuen Leserin Anna. Was ist euer Lieblingsdessert?
Beide lachen.
Dabu: Wie geil, ĂŒber Essen reden wir gerne. Lieblingsdessert, hmm? Ich bin recht ein SĂŒsser. Ich finde, fast alles geil. Ich esse sehr viel „Schoggi“ oder so ein richtiges frisches gut gemachtes Panna cotta.
DJ Arts: Ein geiler „Schoggi“-Kuchen mit flĂŒssigem Kern und Rahm und Krokant oben drauf.
 Super! Danke vielmals. Das wĂ€rs.
Dabu: Danke dir!
 


 
Before the brilliant concert at the Baloise Session on Friday night I’ve met Dabu and DJ Arts from Dabu Fanstastic for a short interview. Please click here to read the review of the gig.
You’ve played a gig at Seebad Enge in 2015 and I was there.
DJ Arts: Oh yeah, you were there?!
Yes, it was really cool!
Dabu: He had a good night.
DJ Arts: Yeah, I had a all-time-high that night and I don’t know why.
It was a very special location and tonight at the Baloise Session as well. So what’s your most special venue you’ve played in or you want to play in? 
Dabu: There are so many little festivals in Switzerland for which we are almost too big now. But the people there always make a huge effort. Those gigs are always great. There are also bigger venues we’d like to play in such as the Volkshaus in Zurich. 
DJ Arts: I would love to play in the west of Switzerland, e.g. PalĂ©o Festival. Or we’d love to go to the Italian Part of Switzerland (Ticino). They wouldn’t understand much but we would try to say something which would be a challenge for us too. I’d really like that because at the moment it’s still a black area for us. If you sing in Swiss German it is quite difficult. 
Dabu: It is a dream for us to go to Germany or Austria. Just to try and see what happens if we’d go abroad. Patent Ochsner tried it but no-one else does it. 
You don’t always have to understand it. Tokio Hotel or die Toten Hosen play concerts all over the world. 
DJ Arts: Exactly. To be honest 90% of the people who listen to English music, especially rap, don’t understand the lyrics and it still works out great. 
Your live shows are always special and full of energy. Do you see differences between the cantons (regions) of Switzerland? 
Dabu: In fact there are differences you can feel on stage. It’s a bit tricky if we start with the clichĂ©. For a long time we felt like the people from GraubĂŒnden are exhausting because they talk a lot. But then we found out that it wasn’t always the case. We also heard that the people from Wallis are taking their time to go crazy but for us it has only taken us 2 mins. 
DJ Arts: Drunk and falling off the bar!
Every band is different.
DJ Arts: Yeah. But it’s really funny to see that even if we play the exact same on Thursday, Friday, Saturday with the same band in similar type of venues it is still not the same. That is extremely interesting. It’s the little things that make a gig different to the one before but without it, it would be incredibly boring. If you only play the big venues – stadiums – then you don’t get to feel the audience and that I think it’s very weird. Because then you play 2 years and every time it feels exactly the same. That’s why I am glad it is different for us. 
Dabu: Last Friday we played the BierhĂŒbeli (in Berne) and there was a lot of love. I felt it on stage. It was very hot and just an embracing feeling. Funny enough we always have this at our gigs in Berne, e.g. in the MĂŒhle oder the Gurten. There is a very good vibe there. 
You have different influences in your music. Who is your idol which is inspires you? 
Dabu: That changes on a monthly basis. You will hear that in each record. The Austrian band Bilderbuch was super important for the Drinks record. If you listen carefully you can hear their influence. Generally our range is quite big but we also love black music.  
DJ Arts: We dig the soul funky stuff and all songs that have a good melody. It doesn’t matter if it’s hip hop, rock or pop. 
In 2016 you’ve played a gig with only Fanta 4 songs translated into Swiss German. Did the band give you any feedback? 
DJ Arts: More or less. 
Dabu: It was generally speaking a good thing because we had a lot of fun. We met them beforehand and they told us that we are a good live band. The only fly in the ointment was that we never really got a serious feedback from them. Through Seven (Swiss musician) they told us that they’ve heard it and that they liked it. But when a band translates our songs into Maori then I would listen carefully and write them: “Hey, awesome!” or we didn’t like it. 
DJ Arts: On the other hand Thomas D sent us a video message which we were showing at the gig. They were committed so I just think they have a lot on their plates. 
I went to corfu recently and I saw one of your Drinks stickers. 
DJ Arts: Hmmm…
Dabu laughs.
So you have fans all over the world or was it one of you two? 
DJ Arts: Yes, maybe. 
Dabu: My challenge is if anyone sees the stickers which I scattered around the world. The Corfu sticker was in fact me. That is so cool right now. I was in Tel Aviv and put up around 5 stickers and someone saw them and went nuts! And now you saw the one in Corfu! I didn’t put up more than 5 there either! 
It was also funny for me. I walked down from the market to the shopping main street and then suddenly I saw your sticker. Obviously I took a picture. I had to laugh.
sdr
The next question you actually already answered. You would like to go to Germany and Austria. 
DJ Arts: Yes! That’d be great!
Dabu: We’re a band who wants to try new things and we don’t want to repeat ourselves. It was always like that. We’ve never said: “Let’s go abroad and play all the small Festivals!” 
Or you could go to Corfu! 🙂
Dabu: Yeah, to Corfu. I bet there are a lot of Swiss or Germans who could understand us. We would love to go somewhere where we have never been and see what happens there. Maybe it will destroy us because we realise after 10 shows that they don’t care about us or we see that they understand us and love us. We just have to try. 
Last question: What needs to happen that you would say “Yup I made it with my music!” or has it already happened and what was that point? 
DJ Arts: I think that you can’t say that ever in life. Of course we are quite successfull and a lot of bands will never be and that’s quite cool. But making it means to me that you can go that far and no further. Our goal is to always go further and hopefully never down hill. And if you really made it is for the people to decide when we are not on this earth anymore. 
Dabu: For me it’s more the little things: Last weekend we got a platinum record for “Angelina” and to hear in what an exclusive circle we got in is a little bit like saying we made it. 
DJ Arts: Yeah, that was awesome! 
Dabu: But at the same time when I wake up in the morning I’m like “Yes, we made it!” and then at lunch time I go “Shit I have to do something new!”. It always goes on and on.  
Last but not least I have a question from a loyal reader Anna. What’s your favourite dessert? 
Both laugh. 
Dabu: How cool to talk about food! Favourite dessert, hmm? I’ve got a sweet tooth. I love almost anything sweet. I eat a lot of chocolate or a really well made fresh Panna cotta. 
DJ Arts: An awesome chocolate cake with a melted core and whipped cream and brittle on top. 
Brilliant! Thank you. That’s it.
Dabu: Thank you!
 

Allgemein, Concerts

Party Night at Baloise Session with Kool & the Gang and Dabu Fantastic

It’s Friday night and it’s party time! That’s why tonight’s motto “Let’s celebrate” fits perfectly and is a perfect match for these two artists: Kool & the Gang and Dabu Fantastic. Please click here to read more of my interview with the latter. Again I’d like to mention that the staff at Baloise Session is incredibly friendly and helpful! Plus the concerts shown on the screen is a treat. They chose Parov Stelar again who will be coming to Samsung Hall on 9th March!
Dabu Fantastic
First up was Dabu Fantastic. They are a band from Zurich singing in Swiss German. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics you gotta see them live. Their energy is off the chain and they are super entertaining. Unfortunately it’s only been the 2nd time I’ve seen them live. The first time was at a free concert on a float at Badi Enge. It was an magical gig and a lot of fun. They started with “Autobahn” and “Grosse MC” which was mixed with one of my favourites “Vo Vorn”. This song is perfect for a gig! “Vo Vorn” means to start again so it makes perfect sense to say let’s start again.


The 3rd song was “MsG” – Mir seget GrĂŒezi which is a translation of the German Fanta 4 song “MfG”. They did a whole set with those kinda song and in my interview you’ll hear about Fanta 4’s reaction. Next up was “Schön” and “Fredi” before they got a bit quieter and mellowed down a bit for “Min Ort”/ “My place”. It is a beautiful ballade about Dabu’s hometown. You don’t expect these guys to be able to do slow but they really can do slow! Just before they suddenly vanished they played a song called “Maybach”.
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Suddenly Dabu and DJ Arts showed up on a B-stage in the middle of the room. They had a short old school break where just the two of them were doing their thing 🙂 On the way back they were dancing with the audience. Another favourite moment of mine was when they remixed Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of you” and KRS-One “Sound of da Police” and replaced it with Jeans and made it to their own song. Such a funny song! Before the next song “HĂ€sslich”/”Ugly” they announced that either we have to dance really bad or really good and the best people get a shirt for free! 🙂 And yes, people were dancing or the posh people sitting where trying their best. One lady won and she put the shirt right on and stood on a chair. How great is that??!!
Dabu Fantastic
Just before the encore we enjoyed “Paradiis and Het Sie Xeh”. They came back just to say “Gang Jetz” which means “Off you go” and they remixed it with another Swiss artists “BrĂŒtigam” by Dodo. And lastly the song a lot of people have been waiting for – their “Angelina”. It basically is about a relationship where it’s working on top of each other but not next to each other if you know what I mean 😉

Will mir hÀnd so viel Liebi zge
Als wÀr das öppis wos LÀbe lang hebt
Aber morn bisch wider weg
Will ufenand gats aber nÀbenand nöd

I was ready to take pictures of Kool & the Gang but I wasn’t really ready for this! The 11 musicians took the stage and their energy just blew me away! But I wasn’t the only one within seconds they’ve managed to get the people standing and the security had problems keeping them back for the first 3 songs. They started with “Fresh” and I took pictures but I was also singing. I guess that looked quite funny so the lads on stage smiled at me a few times. A singing photographer must be new to them too 😉
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Shawn McQuiller and Lavell Evans and Walter Anderson switched the lead vocals between each other. Plus the latter took to play the keys a few times. It is incredible how versatile all these musicians are. I expected old men on stage but they managed to bring on the new generation too! In “Tonight” and “Too Hot” the guys showed off their dancing skills and the people in the audience were too. As soon as the security released them onto the dancing floor I had to flee! I’ve never experienced anything like it and thankfully there was a tiny space left out for the camera which I fled into. I really didn’t envy the camera guys’ job that night! 🙂


 
The crowd was on fire that night. We were dancing, singing and just having a good time. These incredible musicians were giving it their best and you could sense it. “Joanna” and “Open Sesame” was next and during “Jungle Boogie” I found myself way back onto the dance floor. The boys were dancing in sync to Hollywood Swinging and it just looked incredible and by then I knew that it was going to be a very good gig. For all the lovers in the house Kool & the Gang played their huge hit “Cherish” and the lights of the phone and lighters went up.

What followed can only be described as a huge party and everyone joined in to celebrate this wonderful evening. With “Let’s Go Dancing” we were turned into a big backing choir to sing the “Oh la la la’s”. Now the next song they sang for all the beautiful ladies in the house:

Oh, yes, it’s Ladies’ Night
And the feeling’s right
Oh, yes, it’s Ladies’ Night
Oh, what a night (oh, what a night)

And the feeling was really right! I think by then everyone at Baloise Session was standing or should I say dancing. “Get Down on it” was so so cool and it was amazing to see these Legends on stage. All those songs were written in the 80’s and I still know them and they can travel the world singing it. This must be the dream of every musician. The final song of the night was of course “Celebration”. What impressed me the most was that the band stayed on stage and shook a lot of hands and said thank you. They do not need to this anymore. They are huge stars and still they thank every person who came out that night.


 
Those are real musicians and are well worth supporting and seeing. I adore artists who show their appreciation and I tend to see those kinda artists more than once. For example Naturally 7 are like that too and they are coming to Zurich next week! After the 3rd night at the Baloise Session I can tell that I am in love with this festival. If you want to read about my first two nights check out Clean Bandit/Goldfrapp and Asgeir/Kaleo.
 
Have you been to the Baloise Session? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂