just the same day i returned from this amazing south america tour with shows in Buenos Aires, Santiago, Quito and la Paz the copies of my new album "highway to hello" arrived as well. i was more dead than alive when i returned home because i got sick of height in La Paz and then more sick from the pills against it, ate something weird in the plane and then had shivers all the way home, so i didn't even open the boxes to see how they look like. After i spent a few days in bed things are good again but i am kind of in a rush now - record release is in less than 2 weeks already and i haven't sent copies to any radio or magazine or done the poster for the party yet. looks like its last minute jim in full effect. here is a tiny little trailer to give you a small idea how it sounds like. i am still happy with it. if you want a copy send me a mail at the usual address.
from tomorrow on i will be gone to south america for the next 3 weeks to do shows and exhibitions in argentina, chile, equador and bolivia. if you have friends or family over there please invite them to one of my events. Big thanks to holger who helped setting up these events. i haven’t been in any of these countries and no idea what to expect, but i am sure its going to be a great experience.
in the meantime the new album finally gets produced as both CD and vinyl, thanks to over 60 people who answered my last newsletter and convinced me to not just release digital but physical as well. i tried to make a box with 7inches of neoangin - classic, but it never worked out. just when i paid the production the company ran out of business business and gave me the money back, so i finally decided to release the new album on vinyl as well for the first time in over 10 years.
There all be a recrelease party in good old Südblock over here in berlin on may 27 and i have manu louis from belgium and dj M.Bluse from the notorious tam-tam in Munich as guests. please join in
its done. after a mindblowing and crazy week in the MOKIKstudios in berlin 16 new songs are recorded. the new album is called HIGHWAY TO HELLO and it's going to be a concept album about the internet and how it is changing everybodies life. it start with the sound of a 56k modem and it ends with withe noise. inbetween there are songs about Twitter, Facebook and counting likes, about getting lost in the cloud and how everything looks better in the internet. Producer Chris Imler and Mixer Norman Nitzsche threw in their very own personalities , had plenty of unconventional ideas and turned the classical neoangin sound into something yet unheard. In a few more weeks it will be released and for the first time in NEOANGIN history also on vinyl. in the meantime there are a few shows here and there plus a 24 hour lifepainting with 12 DJs in my Gallery in Stuttgart- come by if you are near - we might use the setting for a videoshoot.
a few days ago i found myself on stage with only a mic and a friend playing the piano. no masks to hide behind, no playback to hum along, it was just jens friebe playing beautifully stripped down versions of my songs and me for the first time in my music history feeling a bit nervous before a show. people seemed to like it - applause was stronger and longer than usual and people told me later that without all the electoronic mumbo jumbo they could better enjoy my music and that instead of releasing another regular album i should do an unplugged album. but what can i say - to me all the cartoony random noises, the hyperactive beats and not beginning and endings is just what makes my sound . i put some of the songs we played on youtube for those of you who want to give the unplugged side of neoangin a listen. there is some additional percussion and background shalalas by chris miler on the last song. enjoy and don’t forget to vista the neoangin xmas extravaganza on dec 16 unless you live in berlin. i might have some surprises especially for you
2016 - what a strange year - we saw England leaving the EU, we saw Trump conquering the US and we saw some people dying, we thought they were kind of immortal. also my very own masterplan for 2016 - to have a year off, totally failed. already in january i sabotaged myself when i agreed to paint in a refugee camp in berlin and then decided to release a coloring-in book for refugee kids, wich is now in its 5ths edition. There will be a releaseparty in Nürnberg next friday and the week later the Goetheinstitute invited me to play a show in a " cool underground club( in their own words) " in Amman / jordania to celebrate the release of the arabian edition of this coloring-in book. And already next week i will have my first unplugged show with nobody else but jens friebe playing sophisticated pianoversions of some of my songs. and don't you miss the annual neoangin xmasparty at valentinsstüberl this year, together with wonderful Panxi on dec 16 and lets all hope 2017 will be better. It will a round birthday for neoangin and to celebrate this i decided to release a box with 7inches and silkscreen printed covers - so don't you scratch my records friends...
In 2017 the 1 man band Neoangin will have its 20 the birthday!!! while i am still considering myself as a young artist that is just about to arrive on the scene i guess i might have to face the fact that i am already around for 2 decades. sometimes i see young people at my show that tell me that their parents played my music to them when they were kids. i guess i have to continue and what better way than doing it with not only a new album but also for the first time in bandhistory a box with 7 inches, old songs beautifully rerecorded mixed with new ones. not that i have done it already, but studio is booked and even good old chris imler agreed to do the nasty producers job again. in the meantime theres a few more shows to keep me in the mood and alive. hope to see you guys
heres another full album on youtube from those neoangin childhood days, selfreleased with only a few hundred copies and a simple cardboardsleeve. As a bonus it had the computergame "mail strip show" on the Album wich started immadetialy as you put the Cd in your computer, and so made it rather difficult to download the songs. it made it also diffult to get the Cd out of your computer once it was in. Its also the first one that puts those characteristic elements together, that later would be discribed as the initial neoangin sound. bumpy breakbeats, sixties melodies, weird singalongs, obscure titles and short 1 minute tracks with almost no breaks inbetween. i still do play some of these songs, like "Tv made me do it" and "cellophan", come by to one of the next shows and see if they still sound as fresh as in 1999.
after being neoangin for almost 20 years it was kind of a surprise for me to meet these 5 ladies after my gig in gebäude9 in cologne who introduced themselves as a delegation from the "real" company Neoangin . mood was friendly and after i promised them that i have no ambitions to change my name they disappeared into the night. all in all times are not so bad , i moved house, only 1 km from where i lived before but still it brought a little chaos into my life. i do shows here and there and just recently i was very exited to have PC from warren suicide joining me on trumpet, electronics and tambourine for the complete gig at pictoplasma party in urban spree. and there are plenty of new songs including a jeffrey lewis cover version called „ street art is dead„ and a trilogy about the internet - i could fill a new album immediately with all of them but then again i see so many boxes with unsold cds at home that right now i am not sure if i really should do another one. lets just wait and see.
Did you check neoangin.info recently? Not too much happening, here but its going to change. 2016 will be the year of Neoangin! In the end of 2015 i was kind of exhausted with the monthly rythmn of having to do bigger solo exhibitions with the complete package of inventing a good title, flyer, press, concept and images. I would’t call it a burnout but I knew I wanted to stop with it for a while and so I came up with the new year resolution of doing no exhibitions in 2016, wich also meant not much money coming in this year. And that's why I called my next party in Südblock with the incredible Puppe’n mucke and amazing Panxi on feb 19 simply “living up the savings” because that's what I do right now. Please join me…
every year i have the masterplan to try out something new. this years plan was to finally learn to play the piano. after 20 years of being a 1 man band with almost full playback i wanted to do shows where i would just sit on stage with a piano and play everything live. my goal: i wanted to be able to play bohemian rhapsody till the end of the year. the rehearsal started surprisingly good and after a few months i already had a repertoire of 15 songs of my own that i could play just by myself but no bohemian rhapsody of course... and then in summer came the invitation to do a 1 hour liveshow for Zündfunk that would also get fully broadcasted. they told me that they also had a grand piano in the studio, immediately i was obsessed to do an all acoustic show for them and rehearsed like crazy, almost every free minute in july but after a few weeks i caught a bad carpal tunnel syndrome on my left hand and had to give up the project and return to the good old singalong to playback technique. as an revenge my ipod let me down during the live broadcast: there was a crucial moment when the broadcast started and my ipod suddenly was just dead and had to get rebooted ( top foto ).
still there was a wish to do shows in a different way: when i did a concert for dockville festival in hamburg in august i decided to sing a personal song to each guest. i thought it would be nice to have an intimate situation like in a small boat. to my own surprise i found a boat and brought it there( bottom foto ) and then i sat with 1 or most of the time a few guests and sang them right in the face. in the end that show went on for over 7 hours .
But still here is also the usual kind of shows. For my summershow in valentinsstüberl not only did i smash 3 microphones but also my beloved kaossilator just passed away. thanks to my nice audience member lo i have a new one now. i love my audience.