What motivates you? What drives you on?
I actually have this incredible energy in me that hasn’t been exhausted yet. I really like to move around a lot, which is a need that probably not many people have. I like to put new ideas into practice. If I have a white sheet of paper in front of me, I can write a song or paint a picture on it. If something doesn’t work or things get too chaotic, I always ask myself the same question: What can I do with that now? And that’s exactly where something new comes from. I don’t have to do anything for that, it’s just there.
You’ve always wanted to be a musician, isn’t that right?
I decided that quite rationally when I was still very young. Not in the sense of: I want to be an artist, but: I want to be a singer! For a long time I maintained that music had nothing to do with art. Oddly enough, I later discovered that it’s not the music that drives me at all. It’s just one facet of my aspiration to be creative. For me, it’s all about having an idea and making it happen.
So what is the most important thing to you about music?
That’s just it: What comes out in the end isn’t that important to me. It’s the process of creating something that I love. It’s a bit like writing a song: I have a rough picture of the piece in my head, but how it will turn out is something I only see at the very end. I don’t plan the second line of the song; rather, the first line dictates what happens in the second. It’s the same with the tour I’m planning right now. I enjoy thinking about what the whole show will be like, what it will look like, what there will be on the LED screen, what the lights will do, who will be on stage when and where. I look forward to seeing how the whole show has taken shape in the end. That makes me happy, because the whole thing started out in my head – and soon other people will see it, too, and hopefully they will celebrate it as much as me. Maybe that’s it: I love turning ideas into reality.