"She has something that people do not understand"
Sophie hunger musical career reads like a modern fairy tale. Two years ago, the Swiss born in 1983 was a completely unknown quantity even in their homeland. Then she released her in-house-produced debut album "Sketches On Sea" and sold it without the promotional machine of a large record company, a few thousand copies and is loud Journalie "the best kept secret of the Swiss music scene." But not only the Swiss public aroused the Unruly with their music interests: soon she received from well-known colleagues such as the jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz, the industrial band The Young Gods and the chansonnier Stephan Eicher to share referrals international stages with them. Finally her 2008 festival will, for a stunning appearance on Eurovox accompanied by a standing ovation, even from the prestigious French daily Libération predicts that they "will not long remain the best kept secret in Switzerland".
Hunger itself remains in your home despite medial duration interest unbelievable, unpredictable especially with the media. Distanced unimpressed alternately by radio and television, and then literally emerge with strange precision in newspaper interviews: "Am I more myself when I get home a Ragusa eat than when I play an E on stage" your extraordinary concert presence is finally, that helps her without supporting the music industry breakthrough. So was the first studio album "Monday's Ghost", which appeared there in October 08, longed for with immense expectations. The expectations were fulfilled: "Monday's Ghost" catapulted himself at once to the first rank of the album charts and let this seasoned acts like Bushido
, are the sons of Mannheim and Metallica
in the slipstream.
But back to the beginnings. As the daughter of a diplomat Emilie Jeanne-Sophie Welti Hunger came on 31 March 1983 in Bern to the world, spent a good part of her childhood but in London and Bonn. At age nine she received piano lessons for a short time, but wore no particular fruit and were abandoned again soon. For music it was not until 19 years back, when she went as a singer in the rock band Fisher. "My respect for music, artistic expression was very large as a teenager, I was uptight and aloof. Only when I speak lost consciousness, these things began to unfold. I was 23, it was strange, but everything fell out of me. I had time to feel any properties, the more I could invent anything. " Already a few months later the songwriter had collected enough material to take in your own home within a few days her charmingly unpolished sounding first album, "Sketches On Sea". The album gave an insight into Sophie's musical world: a world without stylistic boundaries, to which they, accompanying on guitar or piano, playful and bluntly moves between jazz, folk and rock influences. Their subliminal irony is expressed, in which she and Parts Imitation several figures creates an entire track long a parody of your name hunger.
"I do not understand a lot of music," Sophie Hunger revealed recently coquettishly a journalist from the Swiss Tagblatt. This naivety it is probably also due to that "Monday's Ghost", although produced in a studio, still has some of the rawness and directness of "Sketches On Sea". The result is "Monday's Ghost" within two weeks in the Studio du Flon in Lausanne and in the Brussels ICP studio. Production was this time in the hands of Marcello Giuliani, who has already worked with the likes Étienne Daho, Jane Birkin, Henri Salvador and Erik Truffaz. Join Sophie was not by an ad hoc together diced studio band, but by the musicians who currently make their ensemble. "To make my music, I need people who trust me. The musicians who accompany me on this album, always contact me on: The flutist and allrounder Christian Prader and trombonist Michael Flury "drummer Julian Sartorius and bassist Balz Bachmann complete the band live now.. For the implementation of Sophie's musical performances these musicians are significant. Hunger itself plays on the album piano and guitar.
The songs from "Monday's Ghost" do not tell stories in the traditional sense, but reflect impressions. For instance, the song "Shape", "drain pipes" and "Teenage Spirit" revolve around the idea of form and content. "I am fascinated by the pulse. Whether one builds family houses or roads or forms with words phrases, it still amounts to the same thing: to fill a vacuum, or to organize the chaos. When one sets out to write a song, it goes as follows: you have an empty space or a shapeless mass of ideas, emotions and words. And it invents to have something to something. "
With the same ingenuity Sophie Hunger considers himself and everything surrounding it. In one piece with the controversial title "The Boat Is Full" Sophie also takes her home Switzerland critical look: "The phrase 'the boat is full' was a politician used to justify the closure of the borders for immigrants" explains Sophie hunger. "What to me as an absurd formulation appeared in the light of our prosperity. I regret our political bigotry, the associated lack of openness to the rest of the world and the missed opportunity to participate in it. At the same time, however, I feel responsible for my country and leave to which we decide the tracks us. Were it not so, I would not write such a song. "
What Sophie Hunger highlights from the swelling sea of contemporary songwriters, for example, the combination of integrity and maturity, she proves on "Monday's Ghost". Therefore comparisons engage with many other representatives of this genre heteromorphic also ineffective: Sophie Hunger is not a new Norah Jones and wants it not be. Sophie Hunger has found their own niche and meets with their music, as acclaimed concerts in England and France already showed clearly not only the spirit of the Swiss listeners / inside. Or how The magazine declared: "She has something that people do not understand".