He spends the summer caring for animals on the alpine pastures, milking cows and making cheese, and when it gets colder, he goes on tour with his guitar and his songs packed away – dominik plangger is a musician who has lost none of his down-to-earthness, despite his ever greater fame and growing success.
He is not afraid to strike a harsh tone and to express his opinion on political and social issues. For his lyrics, plangger has been confronted with threats and hostility, which does not prevent him from continuing to travel from city to city as a songwriter. Saturday, 28. October, he plays on his "transalplant" tour-tour in the culture floor in hallstadt.
With their songs they take a clear political position against nationalism and for tolerance and openness. To whom is your message addressed?
Dominik plangger: the songs "my friend the afghan" and "homeland i wrote this partly out of a certain anger, because it often seems to me that we are moving backwards and are falling into nationalism. In many people the "we are we" makes itself felt-and we can read about it in history, we've been through all this before and we know how it turned out.
Can you make a difference with your songwriting??
I don't know if I can make a difference with my songs, you can't say that. I know that some people sitting in the audience are very touched by some of the songs, either by the lyrics or by the melodies. Whether a song can make a difference? Who knows, maybe the world would look different if we hadn't had a bob dylan or that protest song movement in the 60s.
Your texts seem mercilessly honest and provocative. How does that fit with the upbeat melodies you compose?
It's not that all my lyrics are provocative, I have a lot of ballads and love songs, but a serious text can be sung with a gentle melody, there's nothing wrong with that. Tragedy doesn't always have to be in a minor key.
There is no trumpeting at their concerts: they are known for pushing their audience along. How do you manage the balancing act between seriousness and cheerfulness??
What is really planned at my concerts is the sequence of songs. Everything that happens between the songs is always spontaneous. I know colleagues who have their punch lines, which they also recite consistently at every concert. I can't do it and I don't want to do it. I like the fact that people who come to my concerts twice in a row don't laugh at the same joke as the night before. When I have a funny audience, I'm funny, when I have a sad audience, I'm funny too. After a serious song, you have to loosen up the audience a bit and lighten the mood a bit, and that works quite well. I can only do it on the spur of the moment and I don't have a formula for how to do it.
The questions asked anna bornschlegel.