Here’s the cast of extraordinary characters that are contributing to my album. I’m lucky to know so many talented people. Thank you.
Frankie– went for a walk in the woods and accidentally stepped on a fairy. She got mad and put a curse on him, which made his fingers crooked. Luckily, now those fingers help him play banjo really well!
Johnny– is really really really smart. Go ahead, ask him anything. He’ll tell you the answer and the square root of it. So the fact that he can play guitar and ukulele is simply unfair. (He’s also lending me his expensive microphone and soundcard, so I have to be extra nice to him.)
Liam– Since he was born, Liam wouldn’t shut up. He blabbered on for years until, one day, he ran out of things to say and started beat-boxing instead.
Mambo– is my mom. When I was born, the stork asked her if she wanted me to inherit her beautiful singing voice. She said no, so now she has to sing on my album.
Marianne-was part of a team who directed a Shakespeare play I was in this summer in Berlin. One night, she dreamed she wrote me a song. When she woke up, the lyrics were beautifully written on a scroll by her bed. She sent the scroll to me via carrier pigeon.
Mel– is my neighbour who lives downstairs. One day, I pressed my ear against the floor and listened to her singing in the shower. It was the most beautiful sound I ever heard. So I pushed a microphone down my drainpipe and recorded her.
Pierre– The day I met Pierre is the same day he lent me his enormous midi keyboard. What a trusting guy! (Sorry Pierre, I sold it for lots of money.)
Nicolas-draws. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t eat. He doesn’t sleep. One day, I put some paper under his perpetually moving pen and he designed my album cover.
Robert- is a bubble made of air and soap. He’s so light and quiet that he can engineer any album with perfect ease. He turns dials and adjusts levels quickly and leaves a trail of cleanliness wherever he goes.
Robin Sukroso– Spent 40 years in the jungle creating a magical instrument that’s a drum machine, bass, synth and guitar all in one. One night, we played a show together and it got stolen. The next day, he made another one that’s even better.
Teppei Ozawa (beats)- One night, at a festival in Hamburg, I was woken up by the most annoying song I ever heard. I crawled out of bed to see where it was coming from and saw Teppei behind the dj booth. I was instantly hypnotized and became his biggest fan.