|Posted by eurovision on top on October 25, 2016 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
Jimmy Martin's new Album is probably one the most awaited comebacks of 2016, specially for the Rock Eurovision Fans! The last interview he gave us was 2 years ago when he released a Christmas song with Robin Beck. The new album is out now after Wild at Heart (2013) and it's not called Luxembourg but Berlin. Get to know why in this interview and find more about the career of this great artist and of course his thinkings about the Eurovision Song Contest!
"Today's new rock stars are the football players!"
Congratulations for the new Album and for having reached the number 1 in our Chart. Is My Sharona an important song for you? Why did you decide to cover it?
Thank you I really do appreciate it. My Sharona was a monster hit when I came to the US in 1980 and that guitar riff is history in music! When the original songwriter died a couple of years ago, I felt like re-recording it in his honour!
It's almost 30 years since you joined Fisc, and a lot of work after that, how do you describe yourself as an artist?
Wow, already 30 years ago...but I'm only 35 (lol), just joking!! I've always stayed true to my musical roots: I like rock music with guitars and great melodies; I've never tried to jump on a bandwagon just to do what's hip at that moment. For My Sharona I felt like combining rock with rap and had Tony Corleone a rap artist from San Diego contributing the rap parts and he did an amazing job, he really spiced it up! So I'm not opposed to try out new things as long as I like them and they work for me in my music!
Your biography "Die Jimmy Martin Story" written by author Frederick from 2011 showed an amazing career and life. What kind of frustrations has an artist like Jimmy Martin?
No frustrations, just a few wrong decisions that I wish I go back to, but hey, isn't that the same for all of us? I just deplore that the music biz has gone downhill and that artists today have to work much harder to have a little piece of the cake and that their careers usually only last for a very short period of time! Today's new rock stars are the football players!
The new album "Berlin" features the most popular singles from the past decade among other surprises. What can we expect from Berlin? Is there any Tour on the way?
"Berlin" features my most successful singles, and they were all recorded in Berlin and produced by my good friend Tommy Remm who is an outstanding producer and musician! When we were trying to find a name for the album we came up with all these names...finally I said, why don't we just call it "Berlin" as a hommage to the most successful period of my career! “Berlin” also features the duets with superstars Rick Springfield and Robin Beck.
There is no tour in the making as I'm fully booked with writing and production work, but never say never...!
Robin Beck or Rick Springfield are some of the artists with whom you made some collaborations. We are sure that a lot of new artists will be proud to do music with you but if you had the chance to work with a new artist, who will be? Why?
Hmm, I never thought about that... there are a lot of talented artists around, it would be hard to choose, Ellie Goulding comes straight to my mind, I think she's an Incredible artist. I love new american country where Taylor Swift comes from and I absolutely love Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts..! Great melodies and stories to their songs!
"Luxembourg will never take part again in Eurovision"
What would you say to the new Eurovision fans about what changed in Eurovision since 1993?
A lot more rules in those days: the songs had to be in the official country's language, you had to use the same symphony orchestra that were placed in front of the stage as everyone else did, everything that came from the stage had to be live...no backing tracks...yeah it was quite different! There were less countries, 25 in total if I remember well!
Do you have any particular memories from that time, any special story?
Not really, everything went so fast to realise...I only remember having huge fights with my then wife as she was so jealous of my hot looking female bass player Ruth...so I had to be careful not to be around Ruth, otherwise my then wife's explosive temper was to be heard..!
Every year, we see around 40 artists in Eurovision, some of them will be forgotten in 1 or 2 years; How did the contest change your career?
Well the Eurovision didn't affect my career at all because I already had a career before. Modern Times was only a project formed by my song writing partner and myself especially for the Eurovision, it wasn't due to last, only for a couple of shows afterwards, then call it quits...unless major success came which was not the case! The same year I started writing and recording my album "Kids of the rocking nation" in France and Los Angeles.
Is still Eurovision an opportunity in the actual musical globalization? What's the difference between Eurovision and the TV Shows like The voice or X factor?
I think all of these formats are opportunities for artists, Eurovision features many times stars in their own countries, compared to X factor, The voice...where there are mainly unknown artists. These shows give them tremendous feature via TV. Sadly most of them usually disappear as soon as next season's episode starts...they only have a quick shot at fame!
Two years ago you told us “I have offered them numerous times to write and produce a song”. Even if Luxembourg is not taking part in Eurovision and if you had that chance will you try it again? Why? Could you consider another country?
First of all Luxembourg will never take part again in the Eurovision! I don't think I would participate as an artist on stage, but producing and writing the song, of course! I am a member of the Valicon producer's forum in Berlin who has seen Lena and Elaiza recording their Eurovision songs with us!
Thanks so much and we wish you lots of success for Berlin!
|Posted by eurovision on top on February 24, 2016 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
Corinne Hermès is probably one of the most hidden winners of Eurovision. Trying a comeback, the french singer that won the last victory for Luxembourg has new projects.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Herbert Léonard in musique, a double album will be released next March 11th with the title "Mise a jour" and Corinne was invited for two duos : Amoreux fous and Les Instantes magiques.
While we expect her new album to be released "Paris New York" we can listen the single Apartment released last year.
|Posted by eurovision on top on December 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Vicky Leandros' new studio album ""Ich weiß, dass ich nichts weiß" is now commercially available.
Long have we waited for the return of the Greek-German singer and look forward to many self-composed and specially written by her lyrics.
It is probably the most personal album to date in her glorious career. The album appears as a standard version jewelcase and a limited Premium Edition in Digipack including 5 exclusive new bonus tracks.
"The songs of the new album "Ich weiss, dass ich nichts weiss" concern themselves with friends and family, love and life, with growing older, longing for your homeland and feeling at home. Vicky Leandros sings it all in such a heart warming way full of humor and the album is produced with such atmosphere reflecting what lies close to Vicky´s heart. The vocal recordings were mostly created in the familiar surroundings of Vicky´s home kitchen making the twelve songs more intimate and spontaneous. Vicky Leandros about her new work - "It is the most personal studio album I have ever recorded."
|Posted by eurovision on top on October 13, 2015 at 6:20 AM||comments (0)|
Following the cancellation of his tour to serious health problems, Lara Fabian is back with more projects. Besides a duet for the Turkish market, she will releas two albums in 2015, one in French, Ma vie dans la tienne, the other in English.
If his last French tour had to be cancelled because of his damaged inner ear, Lara Fabian is better now. In autumn, it will kick off a new series of concerts in Europe, between Germany, Romania, the Czech Republic and Finland. Some dates may even be wedged in North America.
Further to the album The Secret (2013), the interpreter is involved in two projects in parallel: an album in English with an Italian song and a French album with a song in Italian.
Ma vie dans la tienne is expected to be release the next November 6th.
The new single taken from the new album is the song with the same title.
|Posted by eurovision on top on April 23, 2015 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
Following her participation at the Sanremo Music Festival 2015, Lara Fabian released her third compilation, simply called "Essential", on February 24, 2015.
The most awaited songs were of course the songs that were performed at Sanremo: "Voce", which is the opening track, and "Sto Male" which is the Italian version of "Je suis Malade" (also included on the album in a new version).
For our readers, it will be good news to know that the duet with Mustafa Ceceli - "Make me yours tonight" - is also included. "Make me yours tonight" reached #6 on the weekly chart "EOT-TOP20" and #48 on the annual chart 2014. Besides that it was nominated for "Best duo/collaboration" at the "EOT-Awards 2015".