6 Questions With Friede Merz
Welcome to “6 Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
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Next in the hot seat is Hamburg-based indie rock singer Friede Merz. We have not had the privilege of featuring Friede here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. Sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
Hey, I’m Friede Merz from Hamburg, Germany and I play Indie-Rock. I started out pretty young with piano and soon after added drums. It was a lot later when I decided to become a professional singer and even later when I first picked up a guitar.
I first studied classical music. Then jazz, which got me back into writing music. And then I learned how to play guitar and that made all the difference…
In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, backstage, on the street), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?
I like talking to people during or after a show and having drinks together at the bar afterward.
I love those hangs!
And I like to feed my Insta-monsta. I also do a lot on facebook, but I like Instagram better, because, well, the Facebook design is sooo boring. And it seems like it’s easier to reach out to people on Insta than it is on Facebook. And I like communicating in pictures.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Getting gigs and getting around is pretty difficult when you’re just starting out. If you don’t have a booker, the venues that pay won’t let you play. Yet if you don’t play live, there’s no way for a booker to get to see you. So you have to be ok with playing for the gas tank and find ways to make a living with something else without it getting in the way of your music. It’s tricky but possible.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
It would be “Mirror.” That song will be on the 2nd EP, which will be released in late summer. I wrote this song when I was struggling with the usual doubts and thoughts any artist is facing over and over again. Therefore I have a feeling that this song will keep shifting its design and reoccur in different versions – over and over again.
If I had to pick a song of the upcoming EP Denmark Street, it would be “Visitor.” Something happens to the audience during that song, it seems to speak to people more than the others. And then something happens to me as well.
We don’t have either of those, so enjoy “Soho”
What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?
That if you give it time and always stay true to yourself you will be successful. You might not get rich or famous, but that doesn’t have anything to do with being successful anyway.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I like taking pictures with my Minolta XD7. Waiting as long as it takes to pull the trigger and often enough deciding not to do it at all teaches you mindfulness on many levels.
Writing the screenplay and shot-list for the video for “Soho” also really taught me a lot about how I perceive my environment and how I perceive music.