VÖ: 09 OCTOBER 2020
UNIVERSAL MUSIC - POLYDOR
The superstar of classical, rock & pop music takes us on his personal journey through the film soundtrack of his life.
Each of us has them and associates special moments and formative experiences with them: Favorite songs from very different genres that immediately bring images and emotions to mind, conjure up smiles on faces, comfort over heartbreak, or even spur you on to give it your all. With "Alive - My Soundtrack", star violinist David Garrett will release his latest crossover project on October 9, perhaps the most personal of his music career to date, precisely because it is about songs and pieces that have a very special meaning in Garrett's life: "My heart beats for all the songs on this album, because I have something intense in common with each of them. Perhaps the best way to describe it is that I also carry them all in my heart to some extent."
"Alive - My Soundtrack" is filled to the brim with classics and modern songs and pieces that David Garrett presents in new sound garb. "There are 23 songs on the album and it was crazy hard to make the final selection. We recorded almost twice as many songs - also because I always had new song ideas and could try them out immediately in the studio.", explains David Garrett and adds: "One of the last songs was "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, for example. At that point we had actually already recorded everything from the album, the orchestra, the drums, etc., so I had the idea: No, we won't bring everyone into the studio again for that now, I'll play it all myself on my instrument now. And I'm very happy about that." The result is unique and "Happy" has probably never been recorded in this way before!
The album recordings fell exactly on the Covid-19 conditional lockdown. David Garrett decided at short notice not to record in many time-limited sessions in different studios as usual, but to throw himself into the creative work with his long-time producer and guitarist Franck van der Heijden in his home studio: "The whole album was created under completely new conditions for me. I had time, could develop the arrangements in peace, spontaneously try out new songs, the clocks simply went slower. Since I couldn't tour, we simply had more time for each song, and that was a really extraordinary situation for me.", tells the award-winning musician. "I had the idea and the concept of a soundtrack album for a while. After releasing my best-of album 'Unlimited' in 2018 and thus closing a decade, I now wanted to open a whole new chapter."
The new album opens with a BeeGees classic: "Stayin' Alive" was the very first song David Garrett chose and recorded for the album. "The song was the initial spark for the whole soundtrack album, but I wanted to make it variable from the beginning and not just strictly with film music." The mix and balance of classical pieces such as by Beethoven, among others, and modern songs such as Metallica ("Enter Sandman") or Michael Jackson ("Thriller"), David Garrett creates entirely according to his gut feeling. In the second step, it is important for him to find the right "Story line" for the listening experience. "With all my crossover albums, I make it a point that the song order makes a perfect whole - with moody highs, but also quieter pieces." The fascination to create new interpretations of songs with his instrument again and again is unbroken even after so many musical career highlights: "Perhaps it is precisely the attraction, because this instrument has already created so much, to find a new way to make it resound."
On the album David Garrett presents his personal favorites and connects with them very different memories and moments: "Dance Of The Knights" reminds him of his childhood: "I was very small, 4 or 5 years old. Even before I started playing the violin, my mother's record collection and this ballet piece were absolutely fascinating to me." When it comes to energy and giving it free rein is "ConfutatisMozart's " a piece that grabs him directly. He is touched and emotional by Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" because it was "written in a difficult situation and yet is so timeless and hopeful." David Garrett has created a modern classic with "Shallow" from the film "A Star Is Born" interpreted: "I was very moved by the film." In moments when David Garrett needs athletic motivation, it's Metallica and the brute "Enter Sandman", which makes his adrenaline level soar. As soon as it will be possible again, he looks forward to the live performances of the not easy to play "Hoedown", but also from "Come Together", which is played only with the electric violin. When asked which of the songs on the album he would like to start the day with, the answer is clear: "Beauty and The Beast'! (Beauty and the Beast) I am a huge Disney fan and live by the motto: Start the day with a smile - and also please not too hectic, but rather relaxed. And this song creates that directly with me." With "Let It Go" from "The ice queen" is also another Disney song on the album. David Garrett attaches great importance to the balance of moods that each song triggers in him and the listeners. "After rain always comes sunshine, that's life and that's how I feel about music too", David Garrett explains the diversity on his new album.
The star violinist is looking forward to listener reaction to his new album Alive: "It's still very exciting and thrilling, no matter how many albums you've released, to see if the songs trigger exactly what I myself feel and want to share with people."
"Alive - My Soundtrack" is a bulging musical fireworks and an absolute crossover highlight in the music year 2020. The multiple Echo winner and Bambi award winner takes the listeners on a journey, picture-strong, emotional, touching and above all 100% David Garrett.