Of The Valley Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Of The Valley Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:
Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the
first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone
who has never seen or heard you?

Answer:
I would introduce my music as a dance with daily beauty. It seems rather to
hard to see until something kicks you into finding some clarity.  The music is nodding to that kick and that
beauty. 

Lamitschka:
How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:
Last year was a really special year.  I
toured Europe opening for my friends Bahamas (CAN), played my first string of
headliners with my band, and most importantly of all, released my debut album.  It was a whirlwind at times and each
whirlwind is something unique.

Lamitschka:
Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:
The songs on this record come out of the air, through my body and onto a page
and back again through my fingers and mouth. I took the lion’s share of the
performances on the record and so the sounds are crafted through my own
hands.  The writing is inspired by life
as it flows past, attempts at grasping moments of beauty that play upon the
brain. The final product, which you can hear everywhere music can be found
nowadays, blends these efforts together.

Lamitschka:
What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer:
Ones that I have had a hand in writing.

Lamitschka:
What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what’s the
story behind it?

Answer:
I don’t have favourites but some speak louder at different moments.  I am working on the frame for my next record
now so these songs are the most potent and emotionally jarring right now. From
music that you can hear, I think Quiet and Curious turned out nice – I listened
to it the other day and felt that it had something to it. I wrote something
about Quiet and Curious a while back:

On Quiet
and Curious

As we
dance (forward, backward, side-to-side),

Sometimes
we dance together.

Sometimes
with someone who know the dance.

Sometimes
they show us a new step,

Dip us,
pour some light in our eyes

And
continue the shuffle.

Sometimes
our steps widen,

Contract,

The
rhythm cracks and we dance apart.

Cue up
‘Quiet & Curious.’

Here we
are.

Learning
again to dance.

Taking
steps toward that glorious rhythm.

  Dec. 13, 2017

Lamitschka:
Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer:
Many people inspire me musically and many of them aren’t musicians. People who
work hard, people who are honest, people who are funny. These people kick
something inside me and awaken the drive to write. 

Lamitschka:
As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do
you like best, what’s your favorite activity?

Answer:
I think the cycle is rather niec.
Writing-> recording->releasing->performing the work. Right now
I am recording so I like that best.

Lamitschka:
What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Answer:
I had played music for many years – since childhood – but wasn’t driven to
write until my early 20s.  Shane
MacGowan, an Irish songwriter, awoke that notion in me and I was drawn to his
writing and to a Canadian writer Gord Downie’s imagery. It was probably then
through Leonard Cohen’s voice in the records Songs of Leonard Cohen and Ten New
Songs that shot me forward into exploring my life with courage and honesty
through words and music.

Lamitschka:
Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?

Answer:
I don’t really think too much about it – though a healthy mix of reflection and
forward-motion keeps the eye on ball.

Lamitschka:
When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Answer:
Write, read, go to Italy or Sweden.

Lamitschka:
Is there any place you haven’t played that you would like to?

Answer:
Woah… almost everywhere.  I like little
towns and the world is a big place, so I would have say: everywhere.

Lamitschka:
What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Answer:
Someone who is bringing himself to the stage.

Lamitschka:
When you’re on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

Answer:
It depends but generally not.  When there
are moments to spare they are usually spent trying to bring some calm or
traction to the experience. Nevertheless, I am an easy tourist because most
things are interesting to me.

Lamitschka:
What’s your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Answer:
It’s a bit weird thinking about ownership on someone else’s work.  I do really like a lot of songs though.  I’d prefer to just tell someone that I like
their work instead.  It’s hard to know
where to begin on that.  I’ve started
listening to a lot of radio recently and I like that someone else,
geographically close-by, is choosing what I am listening to.  Start hearing songs I would never have put on
myself and appreciating them.  That’s not
really an answer to the question but at least its something!

Christian
Lamitschka (Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de) for Country Music News
International Magazine & Radio Show

Photo (c)  Gry Friis

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