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   Ad-Rian - Coming Home (2006)

Coming Home

  1. If love is your religion
  2. Henry
  3. Save me
  4. Light of love
  5. Coming home
  6. Since you're gone
  7. Thunder road
  8. For a rainy day
  9. Hypersonic
  10. Stand by you
  11. America
  12. Time is on your side
  13. Keep on
  14. Stay

Ad-Rian is primarily the talented Adrian Sturzenegger from Switzerland, playing with a band (with Markus Stefani, Goran Filic, Mitch Oliver and Reto Freitag) as and when required.
Ad-Rian gives us a touching Pop-Rock with a taste of California. After the release of the album "Adrenalin" in 2001, and "Coming Home" in 2006, Ad-rian is back in 2007 with an acoustic album : " La Maison Bleue " (which means in French : "The Blue House").

Interview with Ad-Rian:

S: Who are the persons behind the name of Ad-Rian ?

A: Ad-Rian - that's myself and a small team of 3 people behind me that helps to keep things going.
When I'm performing live, Ad-Rian is also the band behind me but many shows I just play by my self without a band - just with the acoustic guitar.

S: How and when did all begin with music?
A: When I was five years old. I was on ski-holiday with my parents and we were going to this hotel bar after dinner. There was a band playing and I thought: "man these guys are so cool, I want to be one of them..." After holiday I gave my parents such a hard time, till they got me a small drum set from the used instrument shop. So I started with playing drums - Jojo Mayer by the way was my drum-teacher, he grow up in the same town as we did.

S: What are the positive and negative sides of being a musician in Switzerland?
A: Uff - there are many negative sides - let me think of something positive first to start with...
Ok, I guess positive is that Switzerland is a good country to be creative, because there is a lot of rain. That helps to stay inside and focus on what your doing. Switzerland has also a lot to offer on the countryside, very good for inspiration and peace of mind.
The negative sides: Switzerland is a very small country, this is very hard when it comes to selling records. 

S: How many gigs have you ever done approximately ?
A: I don't know, that's very hard to say - many !
25 years of playing is a long time - what I do know is that in the
past 25 years there was not one year without a gig.

S: Do you feel anxious before a show ?
A: Sometimes - depends how big the show is and how my constitution on that day is.
Sometimes I feel more secure about my self and what I do and on someday less - I guess that's normal...

S: What musicians or artists had an influence in your life and in your work?
A: Jackson Brown, Bob Dylan, REM, John Mellencamp, Coldplay, Bono, Keith Urban, there are many...
But there are also producers I look up to.... Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, Traver Horn are just three of my favorite producers.

S: Do you remember what was the first Cd you bought ?
A: That was an Elvis Presley CD followed by a Beatles CD.
But Elvis was my hero - well I guess up to this day - I still love to listen to his voice.

S: Do you think the emotion is different between a song in English and in German ?
A: No, I don't think so. But I am sure, that there are much more people that understand English songs then German. If we look at music as a universal language to communicate, the languages should be English, Spanish or Arabian.

S: How could you define the music of Ad-Rian?
A: Oh my god - I hate that question - that is so hard to say when you write your own music. Let's say singer/songwriter rock - am I off the hook now? (lol)

S: Do you agree with Victor Hugo who said :“Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad” ?
A: Absolutely, at 100%.
Melancholy is a wonderful state of being. I think good songs always have a kind of melancholy within them. I mean there is nothing wrong with "happy” songs, happiness is an important part of life. But I think music is also the platform where people can feel understood and melancholy helps the people to bring out feelings, they can maybe not show in their everyday life...

S: When you write a song you follow your heart, your brain or your hand ?
A: My heart - If I would follow my brain, I would maybe not write a song and my hand is just doing the work.
Well, sometimes I have to say... There are moments when my
hand is not doing what I want it to do; I am not the best guitar player in the world but I am working on it...

S: "Is love your religion" or your "adrenalin"?
A: Love is what I would like to see as a religion - globally.
John Lennon said, "Imagine no religion", that would probably even be better but we couldn’t make it without religion so far, so my idea was to try it with love as a religion....

S: What is your favorite song of Ad-Rian and why?
A: That depends on the mood I'm in. Right now:
"Stay" and "10° Below" from my acoustic album "La maison bleue".
"Stay" has such nice "melancholy" feel to it and "10° below" is just simply a good song for my taste.
A good song means: Good melody, good lyrics, good to play with an acoustic guitar, good to sing along in the chorus, good feedbacks when I perform it live, a good moment when I wrote it and so on...

S: As a musician, what’s your feeling about Internet?
A: I personally think music and Internet don't really go together, but that is old fashion thinking.
Today Internet is a part of reality. The Internet is a platform that makes artist more independent then in the early days - but there are also some problems to the whole Internet thing, some aspects we did not think of.
But I guess there will also be solutions to these Internet download "bla bla bla" problems the music industries have to deal with today. They will find a way - Someday...  (Wow, that rhymes)

S: How many musical instruments can you play ?
A: I play guitar, bass, quite a bit of keyboards but my main instrument is my voice....

S: Can you describe what is a typical Ad-Rian’s day ?
A: Get in up in the morning, making coffee, walk the dog, go to the studio, work on songs and ideas, take a short break in between to eat a bite, go back to the studio to work, walk the dog again, back to the Studio, work into the night, going to sleep between 02 and 03 O'clock, sleep, geting up again and so on...

S: What are your hobbies aside music?
A: Traveling, I have an old 1926 tugboat in Holland - I try to spend as much time as possible there. And we have a great dog, witch is also like a hobby, I love dogs!

S: Are you venturesome person?

A: I guess so...

S: You prefer "walking on sunshine" or waiting "for a rainy day" ?
A: I prefer the rainy day since that is my own song.

S: Where would you like to play in the future, is there a place in the world you would love to visit ?

A: I would play anywhere.
I would like to visit....  maybe New-Zealand, I love nature.
But maybe also Norway or Sweden if it should be a destination a little closer.

S: Are there any things, which you are afraid of? Do you have any fears?
A: Yes I have global fears, for example fear of the political situation in the world, fear of the global warming and of the way we treat nature.
But I also have personal fears, fear of sickness, fear of my own weakness and so on....
S: Have you "a little secret" for us ?
A:Yes !
I am working on my new album. The release is planed for beginning of next year and I just finished a great song yesterday. I am very happy with the recording-progress. 

S: As my website is dedicated to Manic Street Preachers maybe can you say some words about them, if you know them ?
A: I just know them from your website. It's hard to say something about someone you don't really know.
What I did see left a good impression on me!

S: I know it’s a difficult question, but if you would have to keep just one album from your Cd collection what album would it be?
A: Maybe from Lyle Lovet (Step inside this house)
But that is in deed a hard question.... also a terrible thought imagine only one album... uff – I would also keep my "la maison bleue" album...

S: What was the last song you listened to before the interview? And, if you know, which one will be the next?

A: The new song I finished mixing yesterday. The next song will also be song from the new album I am working on.

S: Can you tell me the title of one French song, or the name of one French singer?
A: Francis Cabrel (Card Postal)
I love Francis Cabrel - He has such a great feel for music.

S: And say one word in French ?
A: Je suis René - ton cousin de Genève (lol)

S: What are your plans for the nearest future ?
A: Write more songs, produce good albums, travel a lot, meet new people, spend time with friends, spend time with my band playing. Many things I plan to do but these are the most important ones...

S: And finally, what’s the most important thing in life for you?
A: My Family, my friends and loved ones.

MANY thanks to Ad-Rian for the interview!

More informations about Ad-Rian:

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