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What is music to you? What does it give you?

That depends strongly on my general wellbeing. Ideally, it gives me joy of life, inspiration, a challenge, a social life.

What is your music dream?

Owning a recording studio and getting to compose and produce for film, TV & other acts.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

The universal basic income so the pressure to make a living is off one's shoulders and all the energy and inspiration can go into music (or any other artform, including craftmanship of any kind e.g.)

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

The main theme in Klaus Doldinger's 1984 score to Michael Ende's "The Neverending Story" (www.imdb.com/title/tt0088323/fullcredits)

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

This has been subject to a lot of change over the years. It went from Psychedelic Rock through Prog Rock to Rock to Pop to R&B... now film score, Electronic/Dance/Chillout/Downbeat/Ambient ... the list goes on. I try to open myself up to all music of substance and authenticity, commercial or not.

What inspires you to make music?

Usually other artists' work.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

IDK. It is challenging enough to keep at it. ;-)

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Terrified, usually. I had to find out that I'm not a stage "hog" at all. I can perform with a band, but I prefer leaving the lead to others in the band.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Everything concerning the circumstances under which (young) artists are forced to work. The monetary appreciation for anything outside of mainstream Pop seems lost. It becomes very hard if not impossible to focus on music only in this light.

What do you think of Drooble?

Too early to say. I just joined.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

See above.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes. By supporting the bands in my area and letting others know about them through social media, e.g.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Business and marketing skills, a firm understanding of the legal aspects of the business, ideally some formal training in either of these fields.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

It's entirely possible that quite a number of people have heard of Anna Morsett of "The Still Tide" by now. Not too long ago they were probably an insiders tip. http://thestilltide.com