25 March 2021 “Blue Mary” is arranged and ready to get mixed.
11 February 2021 “Let you down” made it to Hawaii! Honolulu’s college radio station KTUH FM put the single on rotation.
23 January 2021 Youbi and I start working on our next single called “Blue Mary”.
22 January 2021 German Radio station Okerwelle 104.6 in Braunschweig gives “Let you down” some airplay.
18 January 2021 “Let you down” becomes song of the day in German music blog Sounds & Books!
15 January 2021 It’s a big day! I have a live Skype interview for Tide TV Hamburg on André Itjes’ show Urbanissimo, introducing my music video for “Let you down” to his TV audience AND a radio interview per Skype with Jason and Adam from CHBN, Truro, where the single gets airplay.
12 January 2021 “Let you down” gets a review in German blog Musicampus.
11 January 2021 The second station from the USA plays “Let you down” – it’s 91.3, The Summit in Akron!
10 January 2021 “Let you down” gets released on Spotify.
9 January 2021 “Let you down” gets airplay on German radio station Maschseewelle in Hannover including a radio interview!
7 January 2021 German radio station Wattwerker (Aurich) puts “Let you down” on rotation. Plus the DJ asked for my other songs: “He’s savage like an animal”, “Queen of the Western jungle”, “Candy girl”, Save me from myself” and “Gimme some fun!” – and put them all on rotation, too.
6 January 2021 “Let you down” starts its On Air journey on the American radio station WFAQ-LP FM in Mukwonago, Wisconsin!
2020 started very, very well. The people of the town started to talk about our music school and I was hopeful to have more time for the recording studio. And then – BAM! – Corona was here!
It was a very hard time for everyone. And as in all rough life phases, creativity gets stimulated and the need to express oneself is bigger. So, the good thing of 2020 was that it also inspired the songwriting. One day Youbi played a beat he had made to distract himself from the Corona stress.
The moment he played it, my mind started talking. It sounded like a string voice from the outside and it said things like: learn your lesson now, I let you down, so you can! If not now, then when? I guessed that it might have been the ghost of Corona talking. I thought it was interesting and I wrote it all down. The monologue became the lyrics for “Let you down” (the work title was “2020”).
Youbi and I felt it was on time to re-activate Tygapuss. We went into the studio, built an acoustic element that we could live with and worked on the demo of “Let you down”. We started in August and the song changed naturally. It needed time to develop. The music was ready in December. Then we made a music video in our recording studio and released it on 30 January 2020.
2019 was a tough year filled with work that had nothing to do with writing songs: day jobs plus working as a freelancer in music education plus growing a local business. It was a stressful year and I missed making music very much. When you work 60+ hours a week, all you want to do in your free time is sleep or go to a party and forget about work.
Focus, concentration and time for the studio was a rare good this year. But I did it all for my music. I knew, if I could grow the music school, I would have more time for recording in the future. This aim motivated me to be patient and to not give up.
In 2018 Youbi and I moved to the South of Germany and looked for a room, where we could keep recording music. On our first day here we found it – luckily our new landlord liked musicians and loved music!
We founded a music school and had to learn lots of things about running a local business. In our free time, which wasn’t much, we kept writing songs, but the acoustic in the room wasn’t great for recording and we needed to solve some room sound problems first. That year was a little unproductive regarding music.
2017 After waiting too long for record labels to “discover” me, some music business people finally approached me this year. They were interested in the songs, but they always suggested the same thing: to sing in German language and add EDM elements to my sound.
But then, in the summer of 2017, I sat in the office of a well-known and respected music publisher in Berlin, who liked my songs as they were. When he and his colleague talked to me, they taught me a very important lesson: newcomers don’t get signed anymore. Music labels these days jump on the train when it’s already running at full speed.
Although I was disappointed, because I had expected this meeting to be my “breakthrough”, I was also very grateful for their information. It opened my eyes and I realized that signing a contract is not an option for me. If I wanted to keep my sound and style, I needed to do it all by myself. And so I started the independent musician journey. (If the labels ever will knock on my door – they will have to sell me their services. Because, if we independent musicians have to build ourselves up, then what do we need labels for?)
I jumped into all the stuff that has not much to do with music: marketing, branding, social media, ads, finances and one thousand things more. It left very little time for songwriting and recording. I realized that the road to music success will be longer, but I saw the benefits of keeping all control and that’s why I kept going.
In 2016 we made and released our first music video “He’s savage like an animal” in January. Simon Schnaeckel shot it at his photo studio in Bremen.
We sent the single to radio stations and the DJs liked it! It was played on about 60 radio stations in the USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Many thanks to all the radio stations that played “He’s savage like an animal”! (I tried my best to list you all, sorry, if I forgot some.)
Radio Hertz 87,9, Bielefeld
Guericke FM, Magdeburg
Radio Z, Nürnberg
Campus Radio, Oldenburg
Campus FM, Essen
Radio Fritz, Berlin
Bayern 3, München
1071 The Peak, Briarcliff Manor
WBGU FM, Toledo
WFAQ LP FM, Mukwonago
AWESOME AM WABG 960, Greenwood
WXKW, Key West
The Summit FM, Akron/Canton
1061 The Corner, Charlottesville
94 Rock WOTT, Watertown
Valley Free Radio, Florence
90.7FM WCLH, Wilkes Barre
K-UTE Radio, Utah
KCR, San Diego
Crescent City Radio, New Orleans
UTA Radio, Arlington
WWUH 91.3, West Hartford
Radio Hud, Huddersfield
Redroad FM, Sheffield
Radio Hullfire, Hull
Kube Radio, Keele
Sine FM, Doncaster
Zetland FM, Redcar
Uckfield FM, Uckfield
Bolton FM, Bolton
RSAB, St. Austell
Endeavour 107 FM, Boston
Hub radio, Bristol
Choq FM, Toronto
CKMS 102.7 FM/Radio Waterloo, Kitchener
Hills Radio, Mount Barker
During the rest of 2016 Youbi and I wrote 7 more tracks for our first album “FUN!”, made a demo and recorded it in December 2016 at the studio Nord in Bremen. We stayed there for one week and it was a very focused and successful recording experience.
2015 was the year when Youbi and I found our Tygapuss sound in a studio in Scheeßel, beginning with “He’s savage like an animal”. It was also the year when I was called “a puss, who’s making tiger music” by famous author John C. Parkin, when I was in Italy. He said it to me after he listened to the demo of “He’s savage like an animal”. My artist name Tygapuss was born.