• The German football club DSC Arminia Bielefeld celebrated the 75th anniversary of their stadium, and Ladage Media had the idea to compose a new hymn for the club, sung by as many fans as possible. The expected four-figure attendance number would be too big for any existing recording studio, so we hired Bielefeld's Town Hall and transformed it into a giant studio and registered with Guinness World Records to attempt to assemble the biggest recording studio choir in the world.

    The day was extremely successful, and we provided an entertaining 4-hour show that culminated in the appearance of celebrity comedian Ingolf Lück. While Guinness World Records ultimately did not accept the new record category, the event created a huge media buzz: Local newspapers printed extra colour pages, still a rarity in these days, and five regional and national TV stations plus a few radio stations covered the event.

    My role in this event was two-fold:
    • As Head of Recording, I planned the complete production and oversaw a team of sound engineers on the day.
    • As Choirmaster, I conducted 1,400 football fans and taught them the new song, liaising closely with the composer Mathias Mersch.
    Ultimately, my role as choirmaster turned out to be a performance of 2x 30 minutes, which was broadcast on national television in Germany. I was interviewed by regional TV and radio stations and sat on the panel of the event's press conference.

    A few weeks later, the song was presented at the stadium festival, where the band, the producer and myself performed in front of 12,000 fans.

    My fondest memory of the recording event is the moment when star comedian Ingolf Lück called me on stage and the audience erupted into a massive cheerful applause.
  • The strapline of extra 3 is: "The only satire show." It is an established political satire TV show produced by major north German public broadcaster NDR.

    Despite being confined to a late slot on regional stations, the long-running show has built a loyal following since its inception in 1976 and constantly manages to re-invent itself.

    Overall, I submitted three items to the show, and two of them were broadcast, whereas the third, a song about Innovation and Justice in mock support of the government party, was released on CD only, because I was in Ireland at the time of the scheduled video shoot.

    Trostlied - a consolation song

    On 10 February 2001, I appeared in a video performing a comforting song for the opposition, who at that time was dealing with the aftermath of a major Kohl-era party funding scandal.

    The song itself addresses two CDU party members directly, both at the time of writing (December 2012) prominent members of the current German government - Merkel and Schäuble.

    The lyrics are full of puns and references to the political situation in 2001, and while the climax seems to instil hope in the two figures, the song ends with an expression of mistrust in the credibility of politicians.

    As the production had a very short turnaround time, I could not work on my vocals as much as I would have liked, but the song was still good enough to be selected out of hundreds of submissions.

    The music was produced in my home studio in Frankfurt with additional vocal recordings in a proper recording studio, and the video was shot in Hamburg.

    Listen to Trostlied below!

    NDR Press Release:
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