Nico Santos released his debut record “Streets of Gold” on Oct, 12th. “Rooftop” immediately resonated with me and it became this spring’s favourite song of mine. But he was already working behind the scenes as a singer songwriter for years. We all know Mark Forster’s “Wir sind Gross” and yes he co-wrote the song. So when I was told that I could have a quick chat with Nico Santos I was really happy and I was super excited to get to know the person behind those songs.
So Nico, you’re not a newbie in the music biz. So why did you release your debut album only just now?
I wanted to have the album just right so that I won’t say in 10 years time „Ahh I should have spent more time on it“. I wanted to have it perfect. I can listen to the record in one go and think wow I love every song so that I don’t have to skip one. How long did it take for it to be just perfect?
Streets of Gold – the title track I wrote 4 years ago. Since then I wrote 200 or 300 songs. Those are the 14 best songs which transport the best emotions I had at that time. Streets of Gold – What does the the name mean?
It’s about the time before I started with music, before I found the right people to play music and the desire to play music. It’s about the desire to find the right path in life. Everyone knows that feeling. And for me it was music.
The cool thing was that when I moved to Berlin I find the right guys to build a team and create my new record. But what does it actually mean?
If you look up synonyms for lucky „Streets of Gold“ comes up so it’s the pursuit of happiness. (A little side note on that: The saying comes from the time where Europeans immigrated to the US because people would say the streets are paved with gold over there.) The record is so versatile. This morning you posted outtakes from your video shoot where you danced like Michael Jackson. So I assume his one of your idols but who else are your musical inspirations?
My parents, definitely. My Dad’s a Jazz musician and my Mom does rock. But other than them Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake. Did you see them live?
Yes, both. 🙂
Prince and Stevie Wonder are inspirations too. My parents gave me a lot of music to listen to. I think songwriting is so exciting. I saw John Legend on Saturday…
John Legend, really? That is so cool I was just googling Gigs John Legend 2019 and found nothing! Where did he play? At the Baloise Session. It’s a very cool venue with 10 gigs over 3 weeks and you are sitting at tables with candle’s on them. It has a Jazz club vibe.
Wow that sounds really cool! It is. Anyway John Legend mentioned that he starts with a melody and then finds words that fits the melody. What about you? How do you write your songs?
It’s different every time. I think if you had a recipe how to write good songs everyone would want it. There are certain tips or ways how it’s best to write songs. I usually sit at the piano and transport my feelings into chords. Quite often a little lyrics slice comes up and then I use my phone to write it down. I think I have like 1500 voice messages! 🙂 A lot of ideas…
But most of the time I sit at the piano like 40 / 50 % and see what happens. Sounds a lot like John Legend! 🙂 Your stage name is Spanish and you are German. So why did you choose English as your language of music?
I grew up with English music. Back then I wasn’t interested in Spanish music and I wasn’t familiar with German music because I grew up in Mallorca. My parents inspired me with English music and that’s why English is the language I felt most comfortable with when I write songs. Now I’d gotten used to it and I feel like I can get across my feelings better in English. When I’m at songwriting sessions I see that my German isn’t as good as others. They grew up in Germany and went to school there. That’s why I’m happy to be able to sing in English and there are not many German artists singing in English. That’s why my blog is in English too!
Your – I call it “spring hit” – was „Rooftop“. When I heard it the first time I knew I loved it immediately!
Very cool! Thank you that makes me happy 🙂 Sometimes you have those songs that you know that you love them immediately. Do you have this too and if yes, which one’s are yours?
From others or my own? From others.
At the moment I love the record by Khalid that just came out. I just loved every song… „Better“, „Saturday Nights“… I like R’n’B a lot. 6LACK is really cool. He’s got some cool features too. Amazing record! And now your songs?
With „Rooftop“ I had a good gut feeling. If you jump up in the studio and you’re really happy that you wrote the song then it’s a good sign. Sometimes you think it’s good and then it’s bad but if you get up… Oh yeah, I know that feeling! I googled and I found this Filipino actor Nico Santos. How often do you get mistaken for him?
When „Home“ came out a lot of people wrote and tagged him by mistake because I didn’t have Instagram and Twitter. So he wrote on Twitter: „I’m not Nico Santos the singer“. It started to annoy him so he tweeted: „Nico start your own IG and Twitter account!“ And I think OK, now I really have to. So you two are in contact?
No. He wrote it and others sent it to me and so I knew I had to something now. I’ve never met him but I think it’s funny how two complete different people have the same name. 3rd of May you’re back in Zurich at X-tra for the final gig of your tour. What do you expect from the Swiss audience?
I was in Berne at Energy Air and I had one of the coolest shows ever! The energy was unbelievable, it was a lot of fun. It’s weird because in Germany people say they’re a bit aloof and you Swiss say it too but in Berne I thought I was Justin Bieber! 😀 I pointed at something and everyone completely lost their minds. It’s not like that in Germany. I tried a few different spots and the energy was the same! Really? I had a very different experience the last few years? Maybe it’s the front rows I’m too old for that! 🙂
Ha, no! Maybe it’s that but you know during the „ohh ohh ohh“ part I thought the whole football stadium sang with me! Cool, so the same at X-tra in May! 😀
The same at X-tra in May, yes 🙂 Last question: What needs to happen that you say „Yup I made it“ with my music?
I don’t think this exists. I never want to have this thought. Music is ambitious as well as your whole life. I don’t think there’s ever a point where I say „Now I have 100 golden records“ I made it. I think my wish is that I can make music my whole life and be happy and then, yes, then I made it 😀 Fan questions: Daniela who’s joining us at the gig in May asked: What made you step in front of the mic and not only write music for others anymore?
It always was a bit of a wish for me. When „Home“ worked in Germany with my voice, a song that I wrote in my when I was little, I thought it be cool to do my own music. The song was a bit too deep house for me so I wanted to do my own and perform them. That was the first moment I thought OK now I gotta start doing it.
Then I wrote „Safe“ and after that „Rooftop“. Kellin asked: What’s your dream location where you want to perform?
Madison Square Garden. Every artist wants to play there 🙂 True. I heard it before in my previous interviews.
I heard that Stromae is the only French singing musician that sold out Madison Square Garden twice. If you managed to that, that’s not too bad!
And I’d love to play Plaça de toros de Palma in Mallorca. Oh wow, yes that’s a great location 🙂 I think that’s where the show „Wetten dass“ was filmed. Have you been in that location?
Yes, I actually watched “Wetten dass“ and another programme where Melanie C performed her hit „Never be the same again“. Last Fan Question from Anna: What’s you favourite dessert?
It changed recently! Now it’s cheesecake. What was it before cheesecake?
Everything with ice cream. It didn’t matter it just needed ice cream. I ate like 3 ice creams a day and now it’s cheesecake. Princess Cheesecake in Berlin is awesome. People might start saying „Nico stop it“. I totally get what you mean I don’t know how people can have summer bodies! I have the best ice cream guy around the corner called Gelati am See and I’m there every lunch time.
Yeah, everyone talks about summer bodies but I don’t know how they do it either. So that was it! Thank you so much Nico!
Cool, thank you!
Get your tix for Nico Santos’ show on May 3rd at X-tra via Ticketcorner. Check out “Streets of Gold” and leave a comment below which song is your favourite or head over to Instagram and let me know there 🙂
Thanks to Gadget I was able to attend my first Franz Ferdinand concert. They’ve worked together with Just Because to bring the legendary Scottish band to Zurich. What I love about Just Because concerts is that they publish the times late afternoon. This means you can actually plan your evening and know when to be there and how long you need to wait.
When it was announced that Crimer was the support of FF I was so looking forward to see him too. I’ve heard so much about him and I gotta say he didn’t disappoint. The three lads on stage put on a great show of a mixture between Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode and maybe David Bowie. I really liked their 30 mins performance and honestly he gave his best. The dance moves were crazy and people warmed up perfectly for the main act.
I am completely honest with you guys now. I knew Franz Ferdinand but I don’t think I have ever listened to a song… I thought they’d be rock – rock like Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs or The Killers. But they were so different to what I was expecting. They had this kind of 80’s vibe going. Yes, they were rock but not too hard core. At 9 o’clock the perfect party could start when the band took the stage. I was shocked I didn’t expect them to be this old haha But hey they were famous when I was little so what did I expect?! 😀
With the title track to their newest record „Always Ascending“ they opened the 90 mins show. I really couldn’t get my head around the fact that I was expecting something completely different. The people loved it and were already dancing and singing. „Walk Away“ and „Lucid Dreams“ were next and I really loved the atmosphere. Plus you could sense that the lead singer Alex Kapranos knew what he was doing. The kind of energy and presence he was presenting cannot be taught. You just have it or you don’t.
I really liked the song „Lazy Boy“ which was followed by „Glimpse of love“ and „No you girls“. I went to the venue Halle 622 without preparation and to be honest I started to like this. I used to listen to every song and get as much info on the band as possible beforehand but I learned that sometimes you need to surprise yourself. What I love is to check out the songs after the gig. Memories of the concert will flood in and you have an automatic connection to the song.
Franz Ferdinand continued with „The Dark of the Matinee“, „Lois Lane“ and „Do You Want to“. I felt like I knew the latter but I couldn’t singalong to so it must have been a distant memory 🙂 Before the crowd went wild for „Take me Out“ the band played „Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow“. Lots of hands and people jumping around and singing along which made for a great party and an amazing atmosphere. After witnessing two DJ gigs at this venue I was so glad to see a rock band play.
Their newest single „feel the love go“ (which you can also find on my Spotify playlist: Kekoas Korners Favourites) was another one that sounded familiar. This made for the perfect time to introduce the band members to everyone. Alex Kapranos asked the Zurich audience:
Do you feel the love?
And of course we felt the love. We felt the love for Boyb Hardy, Paul Thomson, Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot! „Love Illumination“ and „Ulysses“ completed their great 80’s rock set. A few mins after 10 Franz Ferdinand left the stage for their long encore. I was really tired but I enjoyed the whole concert so they deserved to come back to a huge applause/roar from the crowd. The people partied even more for „Paper Cages“, „Jacqueline“ and „Huck and Jim“. The cherry on top was „This Fire“. Eeeeveryone knew the song and was dancing like crazy. Almost at the end Franz Ferdinand asked us to kneel down and everyone did it only to jump up for the chorus! The atmosphere is hard to describe but you can have a look at the highlight in my instagram profile. Let me tell you this. If you weren’t there you missed out on a great party! Have you been to the Franz Ferdinand gig? Let me know your experience 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