WITH ANGELZOOM (italian version)
by Giancarlo Bolther
Claudia. Would you introduce yourself with your biography, please
(if you like both personal and musical one)?
Something about myself at first, I grew up in a family, which
likes to play music. Already as a child I was educated in music. Besides
this I sang in many choirs i. e. in the choir of the Berlin State
Opera. When I was 8 years I was told to play the piano and later in
addition to play the organ as well. I play often the organ in different
churches and serve as the substitute of the organist. I was educated
to be a classical singer and also to be a pop singer. I finished the
secondary school, which was a kind of music school.
Angelzoom is my solo project. I am normally the singer of the pop
band X-Perience. We released 3 Albums. We started the band in 1994
together with my brother and a friend of him Alex. You can label the
music as mainstream electro pop. Our first release was 1995 the Single
“Circles Of Love”, produced by Axel Henninger ( Camouflage,
Chandeen, De/Vision). It came into the charts. Then, 1996, we released
our 2. Single “Neverending Dream”, produced by Bernd Wendlandt/Ingo
Politz. This song was very successful. This song was on position 4
in the charts. We sold more than 250000 singles. In November of 1996
we released our first album “Magic Fields”. It was very
successful, also in Finland, where we`ve got platinum. 1997 came out
the second album “Take me home”. It was also successful.
Then we changed the label from WEA to Polydor. The 3. album “Journey
Of Live” was released in 2000 including the Hitsingle “Island
So you didn't leave the band X-Perience?
Yes, I did not left the Band. X-Perience is at the moment
in a creative break, therefore I have the possibility to do something
different. I have developed further and I think I have something to
say by telling content and stories. Now I write lyrics by myself.
Angelzoom permits an insight in my world of dreams and therefore is
much more personal. The difference to X-Perience is also the less
rhythmical structure of the songs. Sound is not more typical pop song
but more a crossover from different fields, electronic and classic,
dark ambiences and atmospheres. This will be shown by live concerts
which will have a more multimedia character, more atmosphere and will
drag less people on the floor. It is more like cinema.
Why did you choose the name Angelzoom, which reminds a song
from your previous band, is this project the continuation of what
have you done with X-Perience?
The name Angelzoom was first used for a song on the first
X-Perience-album “Magic Fields”. This song was produced
and written by Bernd Wendlandt, who is the same producer of my solo
album and this song has the same atmospheric style like my new music.
The name Angelzoom also fits to my voice and to the content of my
music. Many people say, that I have an angelic voice, very clear and
high. With my music I try to look deeper into things, what means that
I zoom things nearer to me.
But Angelzoom is not the continuation from X-Perience. Angelzoom and
X-Perience differ a great deal.
Can you tell us about the songs of Magic Field?
It is 8 years ago. We produced this album with Bernd Wendlandt
and Ingo Politz. The sound of this music was electonic pop.My brother
Matthias Uhle has written the music and Alex Kaiser the lyrics. One
song was written by Bernd Wendlandt called "Angel Zoom".
This song is very slow and atmospheric and without a rhythmical structure.
The second single "Neverending Dream" was a big hit in Germany
and in some other countries. This album was the beginning of starting
my carreer as a singer.
And about the making of the new album?
I have produced the album in the VALICON – Studio in
Berlin with Bernd Wendlandt, who is the producer as well as songwriter.
It is a good work with him. We intented to create something, what
you use when you are in a special mood, when you like to dream or
Mostly Bernd has a musical idea. He plays it on the piano. Then we
try the melody and if it fits to me and my voice I write my lyrics.
Very often, when Bernd plays a new theme, I see pictures in my head,
so I get new ideas for my texts. At the end we record and produce
it in the studio.
How much time did you spend composing and recording it?
It was a long process. We started the work for the album
two and a half years ago.
Bernd Wendlandt helped you to make the album, can you tell me more
about your collaboration, please?
I know Bernd since many years. We worked together for the first and
second X-perience album. He was one of the producers. I like his work.
Together we had the idea to produce an album, which sounds like a
soundtrack to a film. It is a beautiful work with him. He is able
to translate my feelings and my thoughts. Especially I like his harmonic
understanding and his moodladen songs as well as the manner how he
embeds my voice.
Listening to your album we can find some referencies to Enya,
were you inspired by her?
There are certainly some similarities with Enya, but I think
Angelzoom has it´s own character. It seems to me that its more
I like her music, but I think there are many different influences
in my music. My music reflects my insight.
What kind of music you are shooting for?
Since a long time I prefer a type of music wich is mystical
and a bit gloomy. I like Depeche mode, Deine Lakaien, Wolfsheim and
Chandeen. There a some things wich you can not relate directly with
the scene, wich have influenced me a lot i. e. Björk, Emiliana
Torrini, Garbage and some soundtracks. I am not committed so much.
When I like a song I buy the CD.
music is very fairy, it will be called gothic, but it isn't dark at
all, only a bit of melancholy and a lot of light and poetry?
I would say that the music is full of emotions, and dreams
and partially very slowly and gloomy but besides this very intensive.
You could label the music as Electro/ Ambient/ Dark with classical
elements. It`s like a soundtrack to a film about a landscape with
a sorrowful action. Environment, feelings and travel to different
worlds, a little bit gloomy but not vicious rather conciliatory. It
is a electronic sound with string musicians and unusual arrangements,
sounds of my childhood and youth.I try to wrap my feelings into music
in order to make pleasure to other people. Film- music with a content,
wich makes people to listen to themselves, to relax or to feel free
or simply good. I can see a landscape or the sun or I feel the silence,
sometimes the sadness or the pleasure. I can see by “Bouncing
shadows” a dancing little girl in front of a merry go round.
Although we finally did not use the text, since the effect of the
music was enough. I always can see the picture in front of my eyes.
The most important thing in a song is the content and the emotion
How did you get in touch with Apocalyptica, can you tell
me more about their contribution to the album?
Since the music of Angelzoom is like a soundtrack, very mystical
and full of sentiments, we would like to use additional to the sounds
of orchester and synthies string musicians. We contact the management
of Apocalyptica. We send them our album and they liked my music. After
the Apocalypticas had listen to the song "Turn The Sky“
they signaled their eagerness and so we send the song per mp3 to Finnland,
where they completed the song with their string instruments and send
it back to us. We produced by phone. That was another kind of work,
but funny. I like the sound of their string instruments very much.
And about Joachim Witt, what can you tell us about?
I know Joachim since a long time and to work with him is
a pleasure and wihout complications. I have sang a duet with Joachim
Witt on the last album of X- Perience. He took me for his live tour
where we presented the duet with his band. That gave me a lot of pleasure.
I thought, that the song "Back In The Moment would be a good
duet. He heard the song and liked it very much. Joachim Witt sang
his text in his studio in Hamburg and brought it to me during the
handing over of the Echo and gave it to me in the wardrobe. I hold
that through the guests the album got more shape and is more interesting.
I think it is good that because of the different character of the
guests different feelings come about wich I like very much.
I was surprised to ear "Blasphemous Rumors" which
is one of my fave songs from the eighties and in my opinion one of
the best made by Depeche Mode, why did you choose this particular
I like this song very much. I hold it for good when songs
looked at from a different angle get a new idea. I hold cover versions
for especially good, when even changed, everything is preserved what
was in it from the beginning. We tried for the album some different
titles and finally decided for 3 songs , since they harmonize with
my voice and fit with the character of the album. Should anybody not
know the originals the songs would not stand out of it. And the secound
most important thing is the content and the emotions.
There is an hidden song at the end, what does it mean?
This song is called "Hidden reminder". All sounds
from the album are compressed to a new track and remind you to all
pieces of the album.
What kind of response are you experiencing from the audience
to your music?
Music belongs to these things of life, which are able to
make human beings think, to make them happy and to change them. I
would be happy if my music could contribute a bit to it.
You create a very particular album, did you look for an aesthetic
result or for a spiritual one?
My intention was to create something lasting, something what
you are use when you are in a special mood. You can hear the music
after a hard workday to relax or when you drive your car in the night
on the highway. I like this atmospheric sound. I think Angelzoom reflects
my feelings. I like it so as it is.
Which artists have inspired you most?
I hear different kinds of music. I like dark electronic music
like Depeche Mode or Wolfseim. I like to hear soundtracks alla Forest
Gump, Once Upon a Time ( Morricone) or baroque music ( Bach). I like
also Sting, Björk and Emiliana Torri. Maybe they have influenced
Do you have a philosophy? Your vision of the world is...
Nothing is infinite. The soul remains.
What are your projects for the future?
We have 2 shows in December on the 28. / 29. on the Dark
Winter´s Night Festival with Nightwish, Oomph and others. We
also plan a tour in February together with Nik Page and Joachim Witt.
My intention is to release every 2 years an Angelzoom album. I have
so much to say. Together with my producer Bernd Wendlandt we hope
to find some good ideas.
Next year is the 10. anniversary of X-perience. We plan to release
an album for the fans with new mixes from the hits, some new songs
and videostuff. But I myself am very anxious to see how all the things
will develop and look very optimistic in the future.
Reviews (in italian): Angelzoom