Matthäus Bär makes music for “young and old” and has just released his first solo album Matthäus Bär singt seine großen Kinderlieder (Matthäus Bär sings his big kid songs) and will be going on a mini-tour to celebrate this starting with the Fluc in Vienna on the 1st of December. We like the idea and the music, but decided we needed to know a little bit more about the man behind the project. We caught up with him to ask him more about the album, the concept and his plans for the future.
You sing childrens songs on your new album. How would you define your music? Is it music aimed at adults or children, or both?
The idea behind the whole thing was to produce an album, that can be equally listened/liked by children and grown-ups. That’s why it’s called Große Kinderlieder.
What was the motivation behind making these songs and how did you come across the idea?
I have been into writing songs for adults (or at least some youngsters) for a couple of years now and when I noticed my daughter (she was about 2 years old then) getting interested in singing and language in general, I asked myself: Why does the musical grown-up world have to be so completely separated from the musical child-hemisphere? And then my girlfriend pushed me a little bit, I gave it a try and it surprisingly worked out……
How would you sum up your music in 10 words or less?
Eisbär, Rock’n’Roll, Oma, Electro-Pop, Bike riding, Singer-Songwriter, Ice and Räuberstyle.
Tell us a bit about your background. How long have you been making music and what inspired you to start making music?
When I was a child, I was really into German Hip-Hop, mostly Fanta4 and Fettes Brot. Later on I was totally infected with the great guitar revival around 2001, following the common hype of bands like Libertines, Strokes, etc and completely lost sight of german lyrics. So maybe it all comes togehter in the Kinderlieder right now….
You are playing in Fluc on the 1st of December with a kids choir, tell us a bit about that. What can we expect from it?
Usually I perform the Kinderlieder on my own as a mere playback-dandy, but on this special occasion I’ll be backed up by the Little Hipster Band and the kids choir, which are all of my little brothers and sisters, who also sang on the album. So, it’s gonna be fun, I hope there will be some people coming, it starts an 15:30, perfectly suitable for children.
You are also involved in the label Zita Records. What have ZITA Records got planned for the future?
I originally founded ZITA Records just to release my own bands debut-LP (which is The End Band’s Babysounds), but now we’ve already had 4 releases to celebrate within the first year. I don’t do this for a living, but at the moment I’m definately enjoying supporting other artists and bands. And I’m really looking forward to the upcoming album of Polkov, it’s gonna be a blast.
4 albums you couldn’t live without?
MGMT: Congratulations (really don’t care about time to pretend and that kids-stuff, but this album is great)
The Libertines: Up The Bracket
The Decemberists: Picaresque
Kate Bush: Kites
How would you sum up the current situation in the Austrian music industry? Is enough being done to help local artists? What is your favourite venue to watch live bands?
There really is a lot going on right now, there are a couple of people operating on a high international level in terms of quality and that makes me glad. On the other hand Austrian people often tend to underrate their own artists, it’s often like: “Ah, a band from Vienna? Mmh, 5 Euros is a bit too much”. The amount of people valuing pop-culture coming from here is increasing, I’m confident about that…..And I really like the Fluc above all, it’s cosy but not too much, very likeable.
Are there any bands or artists (apart from yourself) that we should be looking out for in the near future?
As said, you should definitely be prepared for Polkov, and watch out for gigs of MARTA, they are an incredible live band. And the Bilderbuch-Machine of course….
Your album has just been released, what have you got planned for the rest of 2013 and early 2014?
I’m just taking it as it comes. Doing some shows as an adult-orientated late-night programme as well as kindergarten gigs or at the Spielzeugmuseum Salzburg for example. Very surprisingly, the Kinderlieder-thing seems to work out in all kinds of settings and locations.
You can buy the debut album Matthäus Bär singt seine großen Kinderlieder here or check out his website http://www.kinderhits.at for more information.
You can catch Matthäus Bär live at the following gigs in the next few weeks
28.11., Parkhouse Graz, 21h
01.12., fluc, Wien, 16h, Release-Show
23.12., Spielzeugmuseum Salzburg, 11h