RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW GERMAN ARTIST STELLAN PERRICK
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist? I’ve always loved music. Music is my creative outlet, I love creating and experimenting with sounds to make something entertaining. So my passion is what drew me towards continuing to make music.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
I started out playing drums and eventually started singing and producing all my own stuff because I wanted to create, more than being an instrumentalist. Its only recently that I’ve had opportunities to work with other producers. Apart from taking music in high school, I’ve not had any music classes as such. I’ve just been making music pretty much all the time, sharpening my skill, creating and experimenting as much as I can….
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
How did I get into music, lol. Not really sick per say but it sure does come up a lot haha.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Nah, I’ve never been interested. Or at least not yet…
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
No, Not really
What useless party trick do you have?
I can keep cracking my toe until you tell me to stop. Lol
What was the most fun you have had on stage? Playing with my band, we played some jazz and I was on the drums. It was pretty fun improvising and just going crazy on the drums. I usually have fun when the music is a little fast paced.
What was the worst experience on stage? When I was little, I was supposed to sing at a new year’s party and it didn’t go that well haha. I got hit with stage fright and pretty much froze on the spot. But, the good part is that I did somehow manage to stay there and finish my performance.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? I’m actually very dark on the inside, but it doesn’t seem like that when you meet me.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it? Dancy, chilling, nostalgic, dreamy, groovy, rich and unique.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I do everything on my own, from singing to producing to lyrics etc. And I am not afraid to experiment with stuff that people usually wouldn’t be up for.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
The war, pandemic, I mean there’s lots of things happening now that is just too much sometimes. I try my best to make sure I’m not indulging in it too much because more than being angry, it’s just upsetting.
What’s your favorite song to play live and why? There is no one in particular , I love all my songs.
I hear you have a new single/album/ep, what can you tell us about it? ”Golden Baby” is a very personal song for me, it was inspired by my own story which is a little dark. The idea was to take that darkness and make it somehow enjoyable. That’s why even though it has very dark and emotional lyrics, it sounds like a dance track. In a very low point in my life, I felt very worthless feeling like everyone is somehow better than me, cooler than me, how they got it all together better than me. I made the song after realizing I was the golden baby, and tried to connect to people who felt like how I did, making them realize they are golden babies too!!
Talk me through the thought process of the single/album/ep? I felt unlucky, pretty much my whole life. I was upset with the whole world seeing how things are just unfair, like good people having the most troubles, attractive people being nicely treated compared to others, people born in economically better places than where I was born, people born with healthy childhoods with all needs met, people who seem to connect with people so easily while I struggle so much to do so….. many things like this, although I don’t know why, I was upset, that it was unfair and that some people have it better off than others. Because as humans, we all feel the same things, but, why is it that someone who is born in a rich family gets to live well and someone who is born in a poor family has barely any money to meet his needs? I was very upset with that and many other things like this…..
I was jealous, and I can say that because that is exactly how I felt. I wanted to be good looking like all those other kids, I wanted to have all the money those rich kids get to enjoy, I wanted to have a big house that my friend gets to enjoy, because I don’t see any difference. Yes, I didn’t work for it, but neither did he! Or anyone for that matter. We just say that its luck, but I was upset because why isn’t it that I was given that luck? Why not me? Why wasn’t I born with blonde hair and blue eyes? Why wasn’t I born with my parents being filthy rich? Why can’t I connect to people just like others who seem to do it so easily? All of these questions I didn’t have answers to, which is why I became very upset.
I was disappointed because I thought the world was unfair. I thought if you are lucky, you are a ‘golden baby’ and that’s the only way you can be born into all those things you wish for. Whatever it is, like looks, where you are born, place, how happy you are, etc.… So all those people who I saw as ‘lucky’ I thought that they were chosen, like they are lucky because God chose them, and they are ‘golden babies’ and I’m not because I wasn’t lucky that I could enjoy all that, God chose them and not me.
But I spent time with myself and God, I learnt more about how Gold is formed. Natural Gold, Sun is not enough to synthesize gold. The enough energy to form gold only comes from star explosions in a supernova. These are extreme conditions, and it’s a lot of pressure and energy from which Gold gets formed. I started relating that to all the difficulties I had, and it made sense that they were all in a way, extreme conditions, lots of pressure and energy, which hurt a lot, but! I realized that real gold is formed exactly like that! So in other words, it’s not those other people who are golden babies, ITS ME! They are all gold plated, not real gold, I didn’t realize that God was giving me all those difficulties as energy to turn me into a real ‘Golden Baby’ !!!!!! So basically, I am the real golden baby!!!! And all the people who felt like me.
What was the recording process like?
The song’s lyrics, production, instrumentation etc.… was all happening simultaneously. It took about 2 months, and another month for the work from my producer (Xavi Blanch), the guitar players’ recordings and lastly, the mastering. The song was finished fairly quickly, it was the production which took quite some time. I had fun recording on this track but my equipment at the time was not of the best standard, so it was a little difficult in the production stage. But, the way I see it, it’s all part of the learning!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Learning is happening constantly, even if the singles are brand new. I learnt a lot about instrumentation, structuring, recording improvements (like I mentioned before..) team work with producers and audio engineers and much more. Like everyone, I am always learning something or the other in every step of the journey, sometimes without my knowledge which I only notice at the endow the project.
Would you change anything now it’s finished? Lol, actually to come to the final version of this song it took way too many changes to count in number. I am basically never satisfied with anything, there is always something you can do better. However, I am happy with how it has come out considering that it’s my debut.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I am working on my biggest project ’’MOON DANCE’’, if all goes well, it has the potential to be one of my best works yet. I am super excited to work on it! I’m planning to release an album after realizing few singles, the album title now is ‘’NAUGHTY 33’’, I’m not sure when it can be released but once finished, will definitely be out big, with videos and much more.
Brill thanks for joining us we look forward to seeing how you get on.