“Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe,
wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.“ (Plato)
What could I add to such words of wisdom? Music means everything to me, so it accompanies many situations in my life: singing along songs in my car or while taking a shower, freaking out to certain songs during a concert or in a club or also being sad and lying on the bed crying, while listening to even more sad songs. The most wonderful and most sad moments in my life wouldn’t be as important as they are without music. Because I don’t want to bore you with the musical aspects of my studies, I’d love to tell you more about the band of which I’m a part of instead.
When I was in my teens I was a big fan of the band Apocalyptica, that’s why I badly wanted to play cello by myself. So I started taking lessons. Fortunately I learned fast, what made it possible for me to perform with bands. This was the time, when I found my way to Other Day, the band I’m still a part of.
(Pic by Crescentia Moon)
Other Day was already founded in 1995, so it’s exisiting for more than 20 years, what’s a truly impressive amount of time. We played countless shows (also with well known bands like Alien Sex Fiend, Clan of Xymox or L´âme Immortelle) in different European countries and also released many different albums. The music itself is hard to describe, ‘cause it combines poetic lyrics (mostly in German), electronic sounds and classical elements. Maybe you should make up your own mind about it with this video:
At the beginning I was just planned as some kind of fancy guest musician for one or two shows in 2007, but we recognized that my acoustic instrument adds a special atmosphere to the electronic sounds of the band. So I became a part of them, we developed together and a whole new world opened for me. During all the years I also was able to defeat my fear of singing in front of an audience. I ever felt really uncomfortable with this, ‘cause while you’re singing you open your soul to the audience and become vulnerable. This is why I always preferred “hiding” and being on my own behind my cello.
(Pic by S. Langkowski)
Although I’m still really nervous before every show, I love every aspect that goes along with being a musician: the hard work in the recording studio, when you play certain parts again and again, always trying to make them more emotional and more perfect, traveling around, meeting new people and leading them to another world, far away from their everyday problems and thoughts, at least for the duration of our performance. There are also really awkward situations almost every time… technicians that don’t like your music and take a break of their work during your show, other bands that aren’t always kind and easy to handle backstage or promoter that “forgot” to book a room for you, so you have nowhere to sleep (“Bands should always bring their sleeping back with them, shouldn’t they?”). I experienced all and more of this and don’t want to complain. Although some of these things make you feel uncomfortable when they happen, it’s funny as hell telling these stories on parties and laughing about what happened.
(Pic by Sio Motion)
All in all becoming a musician helped me to push myself further again and again and I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be who I am today, if I hadn’t been a part of this artistic project. So I want to close this blog entry by encouraging you to follow your dreams, and to never ever deny your passions. But doing so, please, never make the mistake to compare yourself to others. Yes, sometimes it might seem like other people have greater success with less effort or it feels like everybody is creating great art and you are just creating crap but never forget: you always see just certain parts of people’s live in the internet and of course people share just the best pictures and greatest news. Also it’s less self-destructive if you check what you admire on their work and think about how you can use this for improving on your own (without copying them).
If you want to share your passion with me – whether it’s drawing, taking pictures, making music, modeling or anything else – feel free to contact me. I’m always curious about what’s going on in the minds and hearts of my followers.
That wasn’t enough? Feel also free to visit my band’s page for more stories, music and beautiful pictures. We appreciate every sweet comment or message.
By the way, the fabulous photo on top of this post was made by Sio Motion.