Today on our Hot Seat we have a very skilled music composer Holger with us. Let’s have a chat with him.
Twist Online : First of all please introduce yourself to our readers.
Holger : Hi. I am Holger, originally from Germany, but I live in Switzerland. I was born in a small village in Germany near the woods. Very silent there. But you hear the deers, a little river or other animals a lot. Very natural.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Holger : Actually my friends. They heard me playing the piano. My compositions and so on. It was also my dream all the time. But I had never considered really doing it. Not because I did not want to. Was just too scared. For a long time. And now I am just going there. And give it a try. 🙂
Twist Online : It seems you fell in love with music composition?
Holger : Yes, I did. Since I was 9 years old I had already harmonies in my mind. Often very interesting ones. And a lot of times as well complex ones. Which is good for doing symphonic stuff or even film scores. For example: “Love & Joy” in slow motion is a very heroic type melody On soundcloud I played it only as a piano version yet. But there will be an orchestral version in the future as well.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent release?
Holger : There are actually several. One is
“Đừng hỏi em (vì sao)”
Which is a cover version of a MỸ TÂM’s original version. Where I layered several VSTs Piano to get a cinematic piano sound. I did this when I came back from Vietnam. To show that I fell in love with the country. I never announced the song really somewhere, though it gets a lot of play considering that fact. But Love & Joy in Slow Motion came into my mind when I woke up one day and someone had sent me a slow motion video. A Vietnamese girl running through a field. I went through the harmonies and created this song using a soundiron piano, that is layered with an original of the Korg Kronos and stacked them both on top of adding some effects. People sense the music as beautiful and pieceful. It’s got something slow to it. That’s why I called it “Love & Joy in Slow Motion”. I could not imagine something fast playing if there would be a video.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
Holger : People wrote E-Mails to me and facebook messages like:
“I keep listening to your calm music. It relaxes me.”
Especially women seem to love it. Because of what it makes them feel:
Silence. Joy. Calming down. Energizing.
Twist Online : What’s your favorite music instrument?
Holger : In terms of playing it’s definitely my Korg Kronos. If I would have to choose a mechanical instrument it would definitely be the piano. And if it should be an instrument without keys, then there are two: Strings and a special Asian flute:
Twist Online : What’s the best part of being a musician?
Holger : As a musician you can put your emotions into music. If someone is leaving and you’re sad, because of that, the listener will hear that. A musician can also use his songs as an emotional release. I often feel very light, when I did compose music. Detoxing heavy emotions.
And if I get further with this, definitely freedom. Because what could be more fulfilling than being paid for what you love? Besides giving people the gift of receiving a good feeling through your music. All this created by your hands and your mind, uniquely. Never existed before. And that moment when you’re releasing it, it’s like offering a new gift to the world. Seeing who waited for it. When I composed a rock song on a Yamaha organ 1996 I made people dance. Especially some girls in front of the organ were going crazy. What an event. I will never forget that. Especially just being around 18. Creating an instant connection without talking. By what you put out there.
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve?
Holger : My goal is to make my music available to much more people. Which I am starting right now.
Furthermore I hope to earn something creating music and putting it out there. But one of the most ambitious goals is: Seeing one of my orchestral compositions being played live by a real orchestra.
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
Holger : There are three things, that will be finished one after another:
1.) I am working on a first music video that will include a new composition as well.
2.) I am working on a rap/hiphop production, which I normally never would do.
It all started by an interesting coincidence with someone I don’t even know.
3.) There will be for sure another film score like title as well.