..quick update! hellO! you dears! time is so rare at the mOment that I just had nO TIME to write on here and to talk to you!!! Oh nO! Oh nO! Oh NOO!
but: I'm alive! so, Schnelldurchlauf: we recorded for one month. we mixed for another month (and a half). finally finished Messiah, had a quick Vodka Shot on an early friday afternoon. felt weird. really really did.
packed our stuff (for 3 hours). got on the plane (for 9 hours). got out of the plane, got a ride to our new appartment. hOme! and this is it. we finally arrived. hellO!
it's exciting and exciting and lovely and huge and inspiring. and weird
to be here. hello you lovely city!!! (although i don't really know if
lovely doesn't rather apply for, let's see, maybe Florence, or Nice..,
but i can't think of a better word right now and: it is lovely!!).
we tried to figure out the simplest stuff (i.e. where to buy food) and a little more complicated stuff (how do you explain to a 2 year old that it just will take some time to understand these people talking so strangely..?).
we went to Central Park Zoo (twice), to the Children's mUseum of Art (more than that), to Kindergarten, we walked through Central Park from North to South and East to West.
Mini Me figured out that waving back to people is nice so he does it all the time, tries new words like "ewuaibadi" (everybody..not so easy!!) and likes french fries.
and: I worked on the ALBUM-COVER last night, and I'm thinking of doing it myself. did I ever tell you the story of taking the cover-pictures with the incredible Elfie Semotan? 9 months pregnant? naked? this will be a post of its own. has to be!!!
OH! and we started shooting Our first video just a few days before I took off. sO excited about it!!!
hOpe that I will have more time for all this stuff soon. sO SOOOON! but i'm O-ptimisitc about that ;-)
sO. it's spring! and live is GOOD!
and: my dad is now major of the little village he lives in. COngrats, pop! ;-)
so to explain what i did with my time instead of writing on here (in here?). here. : i finished an album. (almost). celebrated christmas (exhausting: visiting parents living hundreds of kilometers apart from each other. made about 1000km in one week. hooray. did i mention that we don't own a car..??) celebrated new years eve: with friends who mostly hate new years eve. so it was a very nice and quiet dinner- everybody pretended that it wasn't new years eve. then we still were a little excited when the new year arrived. happy 2014!!! and went to bed. yes yes yes. and: finished an album (almost): that means: weeks of recording: choir, bass, slide-guitar, e-bass, pauken, glockenspiel, keyboards, synths, orgeln, vocals, drums...to mention a few. and not to mention the guitar- stuff wolfgang möstl provided.
then: mixing. really easy with some tracks. really hard with others. this is how it goes. we tried to do one track a day, and almost got through with it. until the last track. that's one i wrote just a couple of weeks ago which means that we didn't play it live yet- which means that i still don't know him (the track) that well. so we couldn't finish off - i have to re-write the lyrics. from: there you go and i am here, you wanted what? i did not.) to something different. i don't know yet. working in the studio with patrick pulsinger was exciting (and exciting and exciting.) and very relaxed. and very concentrated. and very enthusiastic. and inspiring. sometimes frightening. but then the "musik mit dem erhobenen zeigefinger" (P.P.) striked back. hell yeah. ha.ha.
so, ladies and gentlemen: we're almost done. i know i shouldn't say that too often because it wears out. still: almost.
and: i can't wait to play this little baby to you and you and you. but before that: we're moving to new york in about 3 weeks (actually it's less than that). feels good. and exciting (i use that word a lot when i try to describe my feelings. that's good, though..better than boring i guess). and scary. mini me tells everybody that they will cry when he leaves, i try to not freak out my parents (it's so cold there right now. it's too loud. it's too crowded. it's too far away). and besides that i try to prepare myself, try to find quiet moments so i can focus. pretty hard. but as it always was in my live so far: i'll think about it on my way there, and when i'm there it will be ok (this not only works for physical situations..).
so: hello solo-debut. hello new york. sweet. SWEET!!!
lovliest yours, (sure!)
O! we'll be playing at POSTHOF LINZ on 24/01/2014 (this upcoming friday- togehter with CAGED ANIMALS from BROOKLYN/NY). and because i am a nice person and because we are an awesome band we will give away 2 guestlist "tickets": write why you want to come. firstname.lastname@example.org
i've been thinking about this a lot, lately. i don't know why it's bothering me so much right now, but i guess it's just a time in my life where so much is in progress, changeing, transforming that it is just something i need to think of. right now.
this would be: the topic of the month. or even year. or even our lives?
how to make the right decisions.
somehow i am a complete laissez-faire, everything will turn out fine, what's meant to be will be, don't force it, it will come to you person. mostly. and then again: i'm not. my drive, my expectations on myself, my life-plan (i never knew i had one until now. sounds like i'm working for an insurance company..!) doesn't allow me to leave everything up to..whom anyways?
sometimes i also think that i have to make the right decision right now, i have to work hard (now, all the time, every time, always), otherwise nothing will happen (i don't know exactly what's supposed to happen. but still). also i am scared of getting stuck or being stuck (and maybe not even recognizing this). does that make sense?
when i look at my parents (my mom especially) i know where all this is coming from. but that doesn't help me right now.
well, right now it's all about going to the studio, finishing our album. so: is this it? are the lyrics ok? is there anything else i would like to sing/write/do? these are things i have to decide right now. not an easy one for me.
are the tracks finished? do we need any more instruments?
somehow- even when i read this right now it scares me. everything seems so final. now or never.
well then, on the other hand i was seeing that i am loosing my lightness and fun because of the pressure i put in myself (i can work very well with pressure put on me from outside. but not with pressure i put on myself..). so: this is hopefully not the last album i'll ever make. so if there are mistakes i can do it better next time. and: it's not about making the perfect album anyhow. and: it still is fun. and: pressure doesn't make it any better. and: i've been working on this for the last 3 years or so. so i can finish it and move on and let it go. haha. not so easy but i'll try.
so. and after reading this to myself again: man, i'm just scared about finally finishing the album. that's ok. it just means a lot (a LOT!) to me.
then: it's all about moving. we're moving to new york in february. hooray. not forever. maybe yes. but this is also not a decision i can make right now nor can i make it myself (yes, there's a family involved..;-)). also scary, but way more exciting.
and then: i am a real Rotschopf now. thought blonde was a bit boring after so many years. why not go red(ish). it was really Chris Lohner (in case you know her) right after the friseur.
my boyfriend kept asking me when the train was going to leave. or what will be on TV tomorrow.
but now it's more strwaberry/vanilla. makes me feel more comfortable. and not regretting this decision. as i did when i saw myself in the mirror for the first time after coloring my hair. that was a shock.
and then again: it's only hair. well yes.
so this is it for now.
picture 1: day one.
picture 2: now.
sincerly yours. bye bye.
ps: maybe making the wrong decision also works? maybe wrong decisions are not wrong anyways? maybe one is lucky anyways because making a decision means that you at least can D E C I D E?? S T O P.
what i found out: working helps. just do it and don't think about it too much. go, go, go!
sO! what is this? i have been sick for the last two weeks, feeling better inbetween, playing concerts, feeling much better, getting sicker. i don't like that at all. i also tried alcohol as mothers little helper- usually works. didn't do it for me this time. so i guess i'll just have to stay in bed. which i can't since the opening of the exhibition from my husband to be at the Secession is on friday. and i really don't want to miss that. really.
what else? we played a really nice Zimmerkonzert in linz. took place in a private appartment, so we could say hello to every guest, take special encore wishes (we still don't have any new songs. so we play something out of the set twice. it wOrks!). here is a picture my mom took (yes, she's quite a fan- but not a good photographer, also a backstage picture of me showing my strategy to get rid of the cold: tea and wine (and aspirin) felt great that night. and not that great at all the next day:
then, this is upcoming and exciting: everybody:COME!
also i did this: www.tobiaspils.com. looks simple. was a lot of work. (well at least quite). also since i am not really a pro.
and then: everybody around me is pregnant. makes me kind of jealous since i LOOOOVE being pregnant (at least i loved being pregnant with mini me. really really did). but in a way i am pregnant, too. and the baby is called- if i don't change my mind- messiah. yepp, that sounds funny to me too. but it's the truth. so finally and very soon we will go to the studio and give birth. it's the ALBUM the ALBUM! My ALBUM! Our ALBUM! i'm excited and nervous and so eager to finally finish it and can't wait to see and hear how it all will turn out. this will also be a lot of work. but: i looOOve tO wOrk. and it doesn't feel like work in a bad way. really does NOT.
i'm back. although i tend to stumble into smaller or bigger holes after concerts (can't keep that up once we will play more often and regularly..!) my little and quick trip to NYC kept me out of the after STADTSAAL hole.
sO: what a sweet sweet night. i am happy happy O. quite and yes so. we keep working on our live setup, martin took over the technical computer stuff this time so i could really concentrate on everything else (also inbetween songs) and i didn't have to fummel around with the computer. sweet. also we spontaneously involved Flo Klinger and his happy pauken again, and i have to admit that i'm getting used to it. still and again: pauken and slide-guitar sound pretty hot HOT together. sO. then we had first time ever merchandising (THANK YOU: Milica Balubdzic, Tobias Pils and Bernhard Rappold) O-Shirts and O-Totes (a few of them are still for sale, if you want one contact me). we're working on it. we're getting there. EXCITING!
so then: New York.
a sweet little hang over on an early morning airport. with breakfast:
and a beautiful sunrise ( i like sunrises. and sundowners. and sun.):
then it was all about meetings (O mettings, private meetings, meeting friends), making my way through the city (self-test: no taxis, only subway. it kind of worked) riding the bus to the MEXICAN SUMMER Label Night. saw Ariel Pink, Tamaryn (!), The Fresh&Onlys and others there. oh, and Michelle Williams. wohoo.
the next day was China National Day. since i was staying in Chinatown, it was quite exciting, although i am not Chinese and i am not very excited about Austrian National Day either.
i also had a quite spontaneous photoshoot with Tina Schula.
then i walked the (high) line for the first time. pretty neat. and crowded (it was sunday. and sunny). then it was about time to go home because: i missed my family. this is how it works when you have kids or at least one kid: you miss them pretty quickly. and this is what happened to me, too. so i couldn't wait to go home. insane. but: sweet sweet sweet hellO at the airport. so: i'm back. and quite settled for what's about to come.