IS THAT A GRAMMY?

studio with a viewToday I hung out with Jon Ingoldsby, an amazing composer and engineer, who has recorded artists such as Lana Del Rey, Madonna and Elton John.

We talked about music and life. Especially this week, which has been an emotional roller coaster, it feels so good to meet people you instantly connect with.

The view from the studio made my heart skip not one, but a few beats.

COACHELLA

The atmosphere was beyond words. I felt as if somebody had wrapped me up in cotton candy and dropped me off at dreamland, where the grass feels soft as a carpet and people are beautiful.
Music, balloons and desert sunsets –what more could a heart desire?* Thank you Arno & Walter of Booka Shade for the orange wristband and an unforgettable weekend.

Coachella

*Of course, my collage is only a poor attempt to capture the beauty of this year’s Coachella festival.

FUN

These days I am having a great time with the crew of PureMix. They are shooting new tutorials for their website and I get to visit the set. I feel like in a candy shop, checking out some mouth-watering gear and learning from the most knowledgeable audio engineers.

audio heaven

Where The Magic Happens

Mara Kim at Flux Studios NYCI remember the first time I set foot into a professional recording studio. I was 13 and my uncle, a trumpet player from New York had brought me along to record one of my original songs. I was super intrigued by all the equipment and a little intimidated by people talking in a language I would not understand yet. But I also felt that this was where I belonged.

Countless recording sessions later, I still feel the excitement and an instant happiness when I get into the studio. You close the door of the vocal booth and leave the world outside. It’s just you and the song.

Glitterati

11 PM in one of Berlin’s hippest night clubs. Asphalt Club. Poetry slam meets live music. We call it Glitterati. Produced and directed by Rainer Meifert and Marco J. Schuler. Actors and writers get together for a performance that is rebellious, different and creating buzz in Berlin’s arts scene. Ben Becker, Dirk BernemannFranziska Weisz, Mia Ming –and me.

The first time I perform, I’m quite nervous. Accompanying myself at the piano, I sing a bunch of Pop and Rock tunes, translated from English to German with Google Translator. Hilarious results. Turns out, it’s quite fun to leave the comfort zone: Mara meets Gaga.

For our Glitterati Summer Edition we picked an open air location: Café am Neuen See