Hope you all had a safe and happy transition into 2014! I’m writing from the beautiful and sunny town of Vancouver!
I flew in from Switzerland a couple of weeks ago, and I’m staying downtown in east Vancouver in a nice yellow painted house.
I am stoked to be here working with a man called Howard Redekopp for my new album. Howard is a Vancouver, British Columbia based Canadian music producer, mixer, engineer who has worked with
a large number of musicians such as Mother Mother, the New Pornographers or Tegan and Sara.
I will keep you posted for more news soon!
I thought I would throw out some words and let you know what I’ve been up to since there hasn’t been too much news from me lately. I am, as you might have guessed in the process of writing a new album.For this new record I actually set out wanting to write a whole album about stories that I started collecting over the past few years. True stories I would hear or read from around the world. But while I started writing the songs I had to partly let go of this idea and just follow my instinct.
It was like trying to shoot an arrow at a moving target. And the songs started coming along more easily after being more open to more options. I also changed my writing habits a little bit this time and switched from using my acoustic guitar as a main writing tool to using my computer. This change is sure enough bringing along some new tunes, different textures and styles to my songs which I really like.
I’m still chasing the seemingly magical moment of creation after all these years of songwriting and I’m still trying to understand the code of how the magic works. And sometimes I feel close to knowing the answer just to wake up the next day and feel I know absolutely nothing about it. It’s just something you can catch a glimpse of now and then but you can’t touch it or bottle it. That’s what makes it so attractive. In the words of Tom Petty: Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks.
But that’s the whole process of Songwriting, right?
So far about fifteen new songs have emerged. Right now I like to see the songs as famous movie stars because they have similar features to some. So I have a Ryan Gosling, an Audrey Hepburn and a Nathalie Portman Song, maybe also a James Dean one I like. And I’m still tempted to write a Zooey Dechanel and Javier Bardem Song. If you’re waiting for a Jim Carrey Song, it’s not going to happen. More news coming soon!
From my bedroom window I can see far over the lake of Zürich. This time the sky is really heavy with dark clouds hanging low over the lake. I’m snug and warm tough. Working on new songs. I guess I have at least 5 new songs I like and I’m hoping to record on my next album. In the meanwhile here is a nice video we did covering The Civil Wars. We wen’t poppin some tags and look pretty stylish…hope you like it!
Our Tour has been running for more then a week now.
Last Saturday I took the early morning train up to Leipzig to meet up with Rykka there. The same night we had a show at FraKu in Leipzig. It was nice to have a big stage for our first show together and we enjoyed it and got a cute apartment for the night in a trendy part of the town.
The next day we drove to Berlin to stay with our friend Peter Ray. We did an interview and a couple of songs at Fritz radio with Christoph Schrag who has a great radio show called Fritz Unsigned. On Tuesday we played at White Trash in Berlin. It’s a great venue. Dark and quirky with a rockstar attitude and the best burgers ever. We were happy to see some good friends that came out. We didn’t get very much sleep that night because of crazy loud construction workers right above our heads. The next day we just hang out in Berlin taking it chill and discovering some thrift stores in town.
At noon the next day we hit the road towards Poland. Arriving in Poznan we did a video clip for the Poznan Balcony TV at the Hill Hostel. We made friends right away with the balcony TV crew there. They where really cool people. Later we played our show at Scena Pod Minoga. The audience was incredible! Cheering and dancing like crazies! We played the last few songs offstage in the audience. Later that night we hung out with a bunch of people that invited us to an after party to drink Vodka and listen to Michael Jackson and get barked at from a crazy dog called Jazz who also loved to eat potato chips.The next day we where invited to breakfast and did another thrift store tour in Poznan. Driving back to Germany we got lost a couple of times due to the Navigation that kept sending us to some random snowy backyards instead of highways. We drove back through cold landscapes, scattered with modern windmills and arrived in Greifswald just to have the best show ever.
The venue, “Kulturbar”, was crowded, cozy, warm and decorated with candles. Christian the booker gave us the best drinks called flaming tiger and russian coke shots to help us fight the tiredness!
We were starting to feel really tired, especially Rykka because she has been driving all the way up to now! Also we really need to shower. Haha. The next day we hit the road again towards Lübeck to the island Fehrman up on the north sea.
We were happy to be welcomed by a really nice venue called “Cafe Liebevoll” where we had a nice show with a really appreciative audience. They loved our music and we sold lots of CD’s and Vinyl. We were also so happy to have a long sleeping night ahead of us in a lonely deserted hostel. It was so nice for us that we decided to stay one day longer in Fehrman. We drove to the ocean and made a visit to the lighthouse. Hoping to find the Jimi Hendrix monument that was built there after he apparently played a festival shortly before his death so we where told.
Tomorrow we are taking a Ferry to Denmark and driving to Copenhagen.
Our tour has started! I will be traveling through Germany, Denmark and Poland together with Rykka. For most of the shows I will be opening for her and then I’ll be rocking out on guitar for her set! It sounds great and I hope to see you people out and around! See you soon!
I’m proud to present my new live video! We filmed the clip in our old farmhouse and my awesome band that includes Nicolas Sciarrone (guitar), Manu Rindlisbacher (bass) and Simon Schwarzenbach (drums) all came out to hang out for the day. Thank you so much Urs Rusterholz from Getvisual.ch for filming and editing and photographer Howard Linton and Pascal for coming along and filming! WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!
We had a blast at the Songbird Festival last night! We arrived in Davos in the early afternoon and where delighted to find the beautiful mountain village covered in snow. The show was at the very cozy coffee place called Kaffee Klatsch! We met a lot of nice people that night and really enjoyed playing at the festival! Thank you again Songbird Festival!
I just thought I would let you know what’s been going on lately! Actually a lot has been happening. I’ve started playing electric guitar in Rykka’s band. We baptized her new album “Kodiak” last Friday at the Helsinki club in Zürich. It was a really great show! Now we are officially on tour with the Lovebugs for the next couple of months (11 shows in Switzerland). Mostly we’ll be opening for them with the whole band and occasionally it’ll just be me and Rykka doing a pretty cool duo thing together! We rock Besides that I have started writing new songs for my next album. I am currently gathering stories for new song ideas. I’m looking for interesting and true stories, so if you happen to know any, please drop me a line and who knows I might use it in a new song! Stay tuned…more news soon!
Hey everyone! Hope you are doing great!
If you happen to be in the town of Zürich tonight.
I will be playing a full show with my band at Seebad Enge
in Zürich around 20:00. It’s a beautiful spot by the lake!
See you there!