#TASTEMAKER OF THE WEEK
Last Tastemaker of the year, and we couldn’t be more excited to end it with the amazingly talented singer/songwriter Jaimi Faulkner! After touring with Tom Odell this fall he’s releasing his new album ”Turn Me Around” January 17th, and to introduce the album to the world he’s playing a highly anticipated show in Berlin January 23. I hope you enjoy our chat and go get your tickets to his show now, it’s gonna be a night to remember!
A short glimpse back to the past! You’re from Australia, where you also grew up before you decided to make the move to Berlin; what’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed when it comes to playing music in Australia and in Germany? Do you miss your home, or are you truly a real ‘Berliner’ now?
I love playing music wherever I am but the biggest difference I’ve noticed between Australian and German audiences is that Germany has the most respectful and most loyal fans that I’ve had the pleasure to play to. Germans have a pretty good grasp of concert etiquette; which is pretty simply: people come to a concert to listen to music, not to chat, so grab a beer and enjoy the show! As for being a Berliner, well, I think thats going to take some more time… I love living in Berlin, I love the cultural diversity, great food, cool bars and the ability to get a good coffee! For me Berlin has become home. It’s the place I head to at the end of a long tour to put the feet up or get creative in my little home studio.
You’ve been touring with British songwriter Tom Odell this fall, how has the tour been? Favorite city?
The tour has been amazing! Opening for Tom every night has really taught me to work really hard and do everything I can to capture an audiences attention and hopefully win them over in less than 30 minutes. It’s not always the easiest thing to accomplish when it’s just one guy with an acoustic guitar singing on stage. Sometimes it can feel pretty naked without the big wall of sound that the band provides. I think my favourite gig so far with Tom would have to be a tie between Luxembourg and Grongingen Netherlands… These were both really big crowds and from the first note the crowd was with me!
You’ve been supporting a lot of different bands and artists in your career, if you could choose one favorite moment from any of them, when everything just felt right with the music and the crowd, what would that be?
I think it would have to be from the most recent tour with Tom. There were a couple of concerts where 1800 people were singing along to one of my songs and it felt awesome!
And now our standard Tastemaker Of The Week questions!
First live music show of your life?
Ben Harper live at the Arts Center Melbourne Australia in 1997. I was 15 and I took my first girlfriend to the show with me. I was half concentrating on the concert and half nervous about my date…
What about the last one?
The last show I saw that blew me away was Trixey Whitley in Bi Nuu, Berlin. Trixey was amazing, and the energy from the band was electric! I was also happily surprised to see my friend Ray Rizzo (who I toured with with Julia Stone earlier in the year) behind the drums.
Best music event attended in Berlin?
The Best show I saw in Berlin also featured Trixey Whitley in her other project Black Dub with Daniel Lanois and Brian Blade. They played at the Passionskirche in Kreuzberg, which is a beautiful location and the show was amazing.
Track of the week? If it’s a live track, we’ll love it even more.
I just discovered Fleet Foxes (yeah I’m slow i know). This band is so beautiful and their harmonies are sublime. I’ve been checking out heaps of youtube stuff of them at Glastonbury and I’m surprised that the live stuff sounds just as good if not better than the record. Check out Fleet Foxes live at Glastonbury here!
What band would you recommend Berliners to go and see live if they get the chance?
Mine of course! January 23rd at Crystal Club!! Im playing with the band and I am releasing our new album Turn Me Around.
Thank you so much Jaimi for taking the time in your crazy schedule to talk with us, and make sure to check out his websites and most of all get tickets to his show at Crystal Club, January 23rd! It’s gonna be an amazing night. And of course, don’t miss his new album just a few days before the show (January 17th)!
Jaimi’s Official Website
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