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ALEX WELLKERS

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW ALEX WELLKERS WHAT HAPPENED?

Hi Alex, thanks for joining us today. What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I pretty early started making music. At age 6, I started playing the accordion. Also listened to a lot of different music since my childhood. At around age 11, when I listened to all the Toten Hosen albums, I started writing my first songs in German. Also, amongst others, the song The Drugs Don’t Work inspired me a lot. But in the 90s, producing music on the quality level you can produce music nowadays, was difficult and expensive.

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

Already back then, I was not fixed to a certain kind of musical genre. I listened to everything, from Matthias Reim to Whitney Houston to Primitive Lyrics. The Zürislang EP and the two albums by Primitive Lyrics were central for us. So I also did some freestyle Rap in Swiss-German in my youth.  However, there was a band called Nowhere in our town and I was hanging around with those people a lot.

One day, the singer introduced the music by QOTSA to me. At the beginning, I was sceptical. I did not like the music at the first listen. But I kept on listening and liked it a lot later. After the release of Songs for the Deaf, I saw them live twice. Also, Alice in Chains, with Layne Staley, and Brian Warner influenced me. Thus, I started singing and began to write most of my songs in English.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in music?

A while before the first EP by Alex Wellkers was released, I produced an EP in the studios with Dani Wirth and he taught me a lot then. He somehow taught me the recording basics. However, I wasn’t sure whether I would use these skills anytime. But in 2014, I continued playing some of the songs I wrote with my acoustic guitar, just unplugged. So I decided to record an EP with 5 songs, all acoustic without doubled tracks. I called that EP pre. It worked so I added some drums, bass guitars etc., the result was see.

I realised times really had changed since the 90s. So I kept on producing EPs from time to time, replaced some programmed strings here and there.

What are the next steps you plan?

I will finish recording the follower of the album that will be released on April 6.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Instrumentation of that follower album I am about to finish is similar to fly away. Maybe a bit more experimental. In some songs, there is a harp. In some, there is a flute. But on fly away already, nearly all instruments are real, no programmed drum is used anymore and it really makes a difference. I even replaced the programmed upright bass with a real one. On famous then, the last album, the drums are programmed and you can hear it. That’s not the case anymore on fly away. And, especially the hihat, sounds a lot better if it is a real one.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

That’s always the case. You can always record things better or at least differently. I just try to record it in a way such that I am pretty satisfied. I think I learnt a lot during the last years. And people can hear that. The music I produced 5 years ago is different to fly away. Thought about taking down some old EPs from time to time. In some old songs, you clearly hear that there was progress since then. But who cares, let people hear the progress if they want.

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