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EXCLUSIV! INTERVIU THE CAT EMPIRE: “Legatura dintre publicul nostru si trupa, pe scena, nu va muri niciodata”

Versatila trupa de jazz The Cat Empire va sustine un nou super concert in Romania in data de 31 octombrie, la Arenele Romane din Bucuresti.
De peste un deceniu The Cat Empire sunt cunoscuti drept una dintre cele mai tari trupe din lume cand vine vorba de distractie si voie buna. Muzica lor colorata a facut inconjurul lumii si este dificil de descris si foarte greu de categorisit. Reputatia trupei s-a construit pe un show live haotic si puternic, show vazut in recentul turneu de peste jumatate de milion de fani care si-au cumparat bilete la concertele trupei.

Star Gossip Magazine a realizat un nou super interviu in exclusivitate cu Felix Riebl, solistul The Cat Empire, prin care va invitam sa ii cunoasteti mai bine pe entuziastii artisti.

Hey, guys! First of all let us tell you that is a pleasure to do this interview with you. Second time in Romania, at Arenele Romane, sharing your music and good energy. What surprises should the Romanian audience expect this time from such an unique event? / Buna, baieti! Intai de toate, permiteti-ne sa va spunem ca este o placere sa realizam acest interviu cu voi. A doua oara in Romania, la Arenele Romane, impartasindu-ne muzica si energia buna. La ce surprize ar trebui sa se astepte publicul romanesc de aceasta data de la un astfel de eveniment unic?

Well, we’re coming to Romania with a lot of new songs. We’re still going to play the ‘Lost Song’ and many of the old ones that people already know, but there’s new music and that’s good for this band. I think some of the recent songs we’ve recorded are some of our strongest yet. We’re excited about that, and we’re going to bring the festival to that beautiful venue. / Venim in Romania cu multe melodii noi. Vom continua sa cantam “Lost song” si multe dintre piesele vechi pe care oamenii deja le stiu, dar exista si muzica noua si asta e bine pentru aceasta trupa. Cred ca unele dintre melodiile recente pe care le-am inregistrat sunt unele dintre cele mai puternice melodii ale noastre. Suntem incantati de asta si vom aduce festivalul in acest loc frumos.

You have passed through a long history with your band. Which can you tell by far that never to forget moments? / Ati parcurs o lunga istorie a trupei. Care puteti sa spuneti ca au fost de departe cele mai memorabile momente?

There are a few moments I’ll never forget. Playing our first show in an underground basement and realising that there was something special happening. It must have only been 50 people, but it was magic. Playing to 100,000 people in Montreal, that was amazing – Just a sea of faces on the street. Playing The Royal Albert Hall in London. That theatre is one of the most beautiful in the world, and seeing it packed full of people and singing the encore with my little brother was a moment I won’t forget. And of course, playing Romania for the first time, and realising that a song (The Lost Song) that wasn’t even a single had become a hit amongst the crowd. / Sunt cateva momente pe care nu le vom uita niciodata. Primul nostru spectacol intr-un subsol subteran si realizarea faptului ca am avut parte de ceva special. Trebuie sa fi fost doar 50 de persoane, dar a fost magic. Sa canti pentru 100.000 de persoane in Montreal, a fost uimitor – o multime de chipuri pe strada. Sa cantam in cadrul Royal Albert Hall din Londra. Acel teatru este unul dintre cele mai frumoase din lume, si vazand ca era plin de oameni care cantau encore-ul cu fratele meu mic, a fost un moment pe care nu il voi uita. Si, bineinteles, sa cantam pentru prima data in Romania si sa realizam c? o melodie (The lost song), care nu era nici macar single, a devenit hit la public

You have changed together with the musical industry. In a fast moving industry nowadays, what is the secret of remaining an always on the wave artist? How do you perceive the music industry now compared to how it was when you formed and released the band? / V-ati schimbat o data cu industria muzicala. Intr-o industrie in continua miscare rapida in zilele noastre, care este secretul in a ramane un artist mereu pe val? Cum percepeti acum industria muzicala in comparatie cu momentul in care fost formata si lansata formatia?

One thing that has always remained constant for us, is that we’re a live band. People got to know by word of mouth from our shows. When we started it was all about cd’s and album released with record companies, and now it’s all about digital presence and social media, but the one thing that remains the same is that people love seeing the real thing live on stage. That’s how we’ve managed to remain current, being a great live band. / Un lucru care a ramas mereu constant pentru noi este ca suntem o trupa live. Oamenii au stiut asta din spectacolele noastre. Cand am inceput, vorbeam despre cd-uri si albume lansate cu companii de discuri, iar acum totul este despre prezenta digitala si social media, dar singurul lucru care ramane acelasi este faptul ca oamenii iubesc sa ne vada cu adevarat pe scena. Asa am reusit sa ramanem actuali, fiind un band live de renume.

Tell us more about your latest album, “Rising with the sun”. Has it had the success you expected? / Spuneti-ne mai multe despre ultimul vostru album, “Rising with the sun”. A avut succesul pe care l-ati asteptat?

Rising with the sun is an old album now! It was a good album for us, it was number 1 in Australia and charted well all over the world, and we toured everywhere with those songs, but now we’ve finished making a new album and we’re currently releasing one song a month until it comes out. I think the new songs are some of the most exciting we’ve ever created. / Rising with the sun este un album vechi de acum! A fost un album bun pentru noi, a fost numarul 1 in Australia, a fost foarte bine vandut peste tot in lume si am facut turnee peste tot cu aceste melodii, dar acum am terminat lucrul la un nou album si in prezent lansam o melodie pe luna pana la momentul lansarii albumul. Cred ca noile cantece sunt unele dintre cele mai interesante pe care le-am creat vreodata.

Is jazz still has its place in the current music industry / Jazz-ul isi are inca locul in industria muzicala

I think improvising still has a place in the current industry. We’re not a ‘jazz’ band, we’re something different, but we can make things up as we go along, and I think that people in the crowd react to that ‘live’ energy. That connection between audience and band on stage will never die. / Cred ca improvizatia inca mai are un loc in industria actuala. Nu suntem o trupa “jazz”, suntem ceva diferit, dar putem face lucrurile sa mearga in timp si cred ca oamenii din public reactioneaza la acea “energie vie”. Aceast? legatura intre public si trupa, pe scena, nu va muri niciodata.

What has been the main lesson that you feel that you have learnt and can share to the actual generations of artists? / Care a fost principala lectie pe care simtiti ca ati invatat si o puteti impartasi generatiilor actuale de artisti?

I don’t like giving advice to other musicians, I prefer to listen and learn from them. All I’d say, is that artists should try and be original, do the thing that only they can do. / Nu-mi place sa dau sfaturi altor muzicieni, prefer sa ascult si sa invat de la ei. Tot ce as putea spune este ca artistii ar trebui sa incerce sa fie originali, sa fac? ceea ce pot face doar ei.

Looking back now on your entire music career, would you go back and change anything if you had the chance? / Privind inapoi la intreaga voastra cariera muzicala, ati dori sa schimbati ceva dac? ati avea aceasta sansa?

That’s a difficult question. Of course there are regrets. But hindsight is always objective, and life when it’s happening is always subjective. I’d choose subjective life any day of the week in terms of an experience. So no, much as I’d like to, I wouldn’t change a thing. / Asta este o intrebare dificila. Desigur, exista regrete. Dar retrospectiva este intotdeauna obiectiva, iar viata atunci cand se intampla este intotdeauna subiectiva. As alege o viata subiectiva in orice zi a saptamanii, in termeni de experienta. Deci nu, oricat mi-as dori, nu as schimba nimic.

Have you ever felt with all the experiences lived that success always comes with a price and with a huge responsibility? / Ati simtit vreodata cu toate experientele traite ca succesul vine intotdeauna cu un pret si cu o mare responsabilitate?

There is pressure and expectation, yes. That is hard to deal with. But there is also joy and freedom as well. The great thing about music is that when the drummer counts you in – 1, 2, 3, 4 – after that you can lose yourself, and that is a beautiful thing. / Exista presiuni si asteptari, da. Acest lucru este greu de rezolvat. Dar exista si bucurie si libertate. Ce este cel mai important cand vine vorba despre muzica este atunci cand bateristul numara – 1, 2, 3, 4 – dupa care te poti pierde in ritmul muzicii si asta e un lucru minunat.

How do you see your fans changing from the beginning of your carreer until now? / Cum considerati ca s-au schimbat pana acum fanii de la inceputul carierei voastre?

Our original fans are still there, and many of them have had children, so now it has grown! / Fanii nostri de la inceput sunt inca acolo si multi dintre ei au avut copii, deci acum publicul a crescut!

Share a message for all your Romanian fans! / Transmiteti un mesaj tuturor fanilor vostri din Romania!

You’re a beautiful people to play to. Full of life, sadness, joy and energy. Thank you! / Sunteti oanmeni frumosi si ne bucuram sa cantam pentru voi. Plin de viata, tristete, bucurie si energie. Multumim!

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