VUT Indie Days Köln: Ewig jung: Gibt es eine Erfolgsformel für Musiker*innen? (Talk)
Wir gehen der Frage nach, wie Künstler*innen ein Leben lang kreativ, fit und relevant bleiben. Die meisten Künstler*innen beginnen ihre Karriere in der Regel als Teenager oder in ihren Zwanzigern und verschwenden wenig Zeit damit, über das Älterwerden nachzudenken. Nach ein paar Veröffentlichungen und Tourneen kommt fast jeder Künstler an den Punkt, an dem er kämpfen muss, an dem er ungesunde Gewohnheiten hat, an dem er einen gewissen Mangel an Ideen hat, der oft als Schreibblockade bezeichnet wird, oder an dem er anfängt zu hinterfragen, wie er sich weiterentwickeln und als Musiker*in relevant bleiben kann.
Fr 23.10 15:45
In the mid-1980s, Frank Spilker founds the German-language indie pop label “Fast Weltweit”. He joins the “Hamburger Schule” in the early 1990s and then enters the charts with his band "Die Sterne". Ten years later the singer and guitarist of the band has left all majors behind and his solo releases are out on Staatsakt or the band's own label Materie Records, which he organizes himself. As if that wasn't enough, he writes novels, publishes journalistic texts, is a DJ at ByteFm and a member of the VUT e.V. board.
Ronny's passion and curiosity for art and creativity has always been the driving force in his life. First, as an artist and later as part of the music and tech industry. In the past 25 years, Ronny has worked with EFA distribution, Beatport, Modeselektor/Moderat, Shutterstock, LANDR, Native Instruments and others. He is now acting as General Manager Europe for Patreon in Berlin. Ronny is a board member of vut and part of the "Digitalisation and AI" committee at the German Cultural Council.
After receiving a classical ballet education, Suzie Kerstgens started making German-language pop music professionally while studying philosophy and German language and literature. She released two albums with her former band RALLEY. The band re-formed under the name KLEE and has released six albums and various singles, celebrated numerous chart successes, released an album in the USA and toured at home and abroad since 2002. In 2020 the band's seventh regular album "Trotzallem" will be released. Suzie is involved in numerous social projects.
During the Berlin boom of the 90s and early 2000s, Patrick Wagner achieved questionable fame as head of the band Surrogate and co-founder of the flagship indie label "Kitty-yo". After a brief intermezzo at Universal Music, he and his then wife founded Louisville Records and single-mindedly led it into bankruptcy in 2010. This was followed by years of seclusion and isolation. In 2015, he founded the Berlin Fuckup Night, an event where entrepreneurs talk about their failure, and shortly after that he formed the German Anger Wave Band "Gewalt" and since then he has been as happy as a destructive spirit like him can be. On the subject of ageing we find the following passage in one of his Gewalt lyrics: "...Our gaze goes back, our beauty on the run and injury haunts us like an addiction..." (Gewalt, Pandora).