Following a stint as an audio professional in the gaming industry, I have now turned my focus on music production. After extensive experience working with other artists, arranging, co-writing, and mixing, I have decided to tell a very personal story in the medium of a concept album.
After 1989: A Trip To Freedom is my debut solo album. A thoroughly crafted concept, it’s the result of a personal journey through a painful family legacy during World War II and the tumultuous decades that followed.
The Past: Escaping Berlin
Summer, mid-eighties. During a family dinner, after a glass too many, my grandfather let a story slip from his past. Fascists captured and sent him to Germany. He spent four years in Sachsenhausen concentration camp, on the outskirts of Berlin.
The Nazis spared his life because of his craftsmanship as a shoemaker. In April 1945, shortly before the Allies stormed into the city, he managed to escape with a fellow Russian inmate. They crossed Europe and came back home.
I grew up during the Cold War, obsessed by a shared feeling of impending doom. My very first trip was to Prague and Berlin, a few months after the collapse of the Wall. I watched a divided city as it still was, but didn’t dare to visit the camp. Many years later, I was able to put my resolve to the test.
The Present: Back To Berlin
Present day. Once again, I’m back in Berlin, this time to finally see the Konzentrationslager. I’m on the S-Bahn train to Oranienburg. At each station, my mind goes back in time, to the tumultuous decades that preceded the 9th of November 1989. The day when people were able to cross the Wall. I’m thinking about the connection between my grandfather’s story and the convoluted menacing world order that came out of it.
When I finally cross the steel gate of Sachsenhausen, I realise how this whole story is about being a prisoner. Whether in a concentration camp, behind a wall, caught within propaganda or fearing a nuclear holocaust.
‘After 1989’ Video Teaser
First Single: “Skinny Kid”
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