Last week was all about Adele on Radio 7. I produced and presented a multi-part special on her. Check it out here:
Things I like:
- • Sundays with friends and fresh fruit smoothies
- • Sitting on the beach, toes in the sand
- • Men in hoodies. Yes, seriously.
- • That moment when you are too happy to fall asleep
Things I don’t like:
- • Milk-skin!! Hate it.
- • Bread crumbs in bed
- • Wet feet when it’s cold
- • Diets. I love food too much.
Music is wild. It has gotten me into all sorts of situations. Some of them were… let’s say: interesting. Like that one time in Compton. Yeah, that was actually a little scary. But no, this week was the good kind of wild!
I told you I went to NAMM to meet friends. Well, one of these friends is the fabulous Fab Dupont. He works with Jay Stolar, a warm hearted, extremely gifted singer and songwriter from New York. Jay and I had an instant music connection and ended up writing a killer song together. My Berklee friend Sam PK joined us later in the week to produce and write another one with us at the BMG studios. It was as great as it was unexpected. Jay has laid down the vocals for two tracks already and I am looking forward to the moment we can share them with you. In the meantime, make sure you show him some Facebook love and follow him on Instagram.
No matter where I live on this planet, I always miss someone. Be it my family, a childhood friend, college roommates or my music colleagues. It’s because we’re all spread out across the world, doing what we love and staying in touch with FaceTime and Skype.
And in the meantime… I miss them.
That’s why I love NAMM: It gives us a good reason to pilgrimage to Anaheim. Yes, we’re here to check out gear, too, but mostly to get together and catch up.
My first day back in LA and I am loving every second of it. Very much in contrast to the German stereotype, I haven’t made plans up until this morning. I feel ‘going with the flow’ always holds fun little surprises. Like today’s, when the one and only Bryan Adams showed me this vegan Mexican restaurant on Melrose Ave, Gracias Madre. If you find yourself in Beverly Hills some time, get their green smoothie. Super delicious!
There are definitely parallels between writing a song and producing a radio show. The technical aspects aside, you do sit down and think about what topics people could be interested in, where they will be listening to you and how you want the whole thing to sound like. For instance, when I composed the Ultra Music Festival hymn World in your Hands, I knew I was writing for people partying and dancing to the track.
Then, of course, you want to bring yourself to the table, as well, say what you want to say. So this is where it gets interesting.
To me, creating a concept and producing a show feels very similar to writing the melody, lyrics and arrangement for a song. Whereas radio hosting is very much like singing. It’s about you getting on the mic and hopefully making a connection with people.
On my six-hour Radio 7 NYE-special I got to do it all: from creating the idea, writing, selecting music beds to producing and presenting. I loved every part of it.
Thank you for tuning in ♡ Happy New Year!
As part of the charity campaign ‘Radio 7 Spendenmarathon’ my friend and guitarist Siggi Schwarz and I teamed up to do a street concert tour.
We performed my charity song ‘Uns gehört die Welt’ just about anywhere –on market squares, in cafes, bars and in shopping malls. And as unglamorous this sounds, it actually was a lot of fun!
Best feeling: all donations go straight to the ‘Radio 7 Drachenkinder’ charity, supporting terminally ill children and their families.
You can make donations throughout the year!
My friend Patrik owns a studio in Berlin that puts a high pass filter on my mood any time: Freudenhaus. You should go ahead and google-translate its name.
On that note– my bestie Franzi and I recorded a song together ♡ We harmonize indeed.