Interview with Ursula Reicher

 
Photo ©Claudia Magas

Photo ©Claudia Magas

 

1. Ursula, it is a pleasure for us to have you here. We would like to find out more about you. Why did you choose music? Is anyone else in your family an artistic type of person?

Music is the most beautiful thing I could possibly do. It allows me to express feelings, emotions, life events the way they could never be presented in any other form. Music is my passion and my way of life.

My whole family is into music and ever since I was a child we have always sung together. All of  my sisters and brothers learned how to play instruments, however, I’m the only one who continued working with music.

2. Do you have an idol?

Yes, I do and they are all from different music styles. Some of them are Sarah Vaughan, Joni Mitchell, Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse, Lauren Hill, Jeff Buckley, Jimi Hendrix and many more.  As of my composing and creative work my idols are Radiohead, Alexander N. Skrjabin, F. Chopin, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Bob Brookmeyer, Death cab for cutie, Feist, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and the list could go on.
Progressive music like Punk or Metal has also influenced me a lot.  As you can see I don’t like only one particular style so this itself  has helped me create my own unique way of music expression.

3. If you could collaborate with any artist who would you choose?

First and foremost I would choose people with whom it is possible to communicate in a special way and connect on an emotional level. Apart from that - if I could choose any artist, it would be great to work with Radiohead, Brad Mehldau or Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).

4. If you had to describe what music means to you in just 3 words what would you say?

Honesty – Revelation - Emotion

 
Photo © Claudia Magas

Photo © Claudia Magas

 

5. You are not only a singer but a songwriter, as well. Would you like to share with us more about the writing process, how do you decide what the song will be about?

Often I wonder about the meaning of life and my music is mostly influenced by day dreaming, incidents or some other events that could significantly change our lives. Music is the medium that allows me to present and express my own reflections on life. The “Sequence of Scenes”, the name of my album, can be perceived as a collection of experiences that have the power to re-shape the course of our lives.

What are my origins? Where am I heading? What will the future bring?

These are some of the central questions most of us have asked themselves. Questions that are present at the back of our minds and reveal our continuous search for the meaning of life. Each question represents a life scene and bringing them all together helps us create a whole sequence.

6. Do you have some pre-show rituals that you normally do?

Usually I drink a lot of water before every concert.  It depends on how I feel that day, my mood but every time the most important thing is to be calm. I find conscious breathing very helpful and I try to put myself into the right mental state before getting on stage.

7. You perform in a band but you make solo concerts, as well. What is the difference between performing solo and in a band? How do you feel about being alone on stage?

When I have a concert as a soloist, the main challenge is to be focused. For me it means to build an imaginary room, where I’m able to express all my emotions. Creating such place requires a lot of energy and discipline. And at some point, when I manage to create the right atmosphere, there’s this great feeling of letting myself go and in this very moment there is nothing else except music.

In a band it is more about giving and taking. Here it is important  for me to engage with band’s energy and the things we create as a group. It is wonderful, if the connection between the musicians is special. With a band you have the opportunity to create the right atmosphere together and every musician is responsible for contributing to the process. One of the greatest moments in a group is when the band members encourage each other in order to improve themselves.

8. Can you name one thing you are most proud of so far and what is your biggest dream in terms of your music career?

I’m thankful for everything that has brought me to the place I’m now and everyone who has inspired and helped me. I hope to never lose faith in my own potential  of writing music, to stay curious and to keep being motivated and passionate, which gives my life a meaning. I want to be able to touch people’s hearts and I hope that they can learn something about themselves through my music. 

9. We all face challenges on our way so what was the most difficult one you had to overcome in order to get to the place you are now?

I have definitely learned through my experience so far to do my own thing, to believe in myself and in my vision for the future.  “The higher the input, the higher the outcome”, - that’s my aspiration in life. I think everyone faces challenges at some point in their lives and sometimes being defeated is part of  the whole process of growing and moving forward.

10. What are your future plans? Are you working on any other projects right now?

I am planning on concentrating more on composing and arranging, especially for Big Band. I’m starting to write new music for Recursion and I’m planning on releasing a new CD.  As of the singing, I want to face challenges so I could expand my own limits and experience more. And, of course, performing as often as possible with my current bands.

 
Photo © Claudia Magas

Photo © Claudia Magas

 

11. What else are you passionate about and love doing in your spare time?

I really love writing poems, lyrics, writing down my thoughts, reading books and performing on stage.  I love being out in the nature and I definitely love doing sports, especially diving.

12. You are part of Solidarity evening. How do you feel about this initiative?

Solidarity Evening is a really great and meaningful initiative.  Being able to work together and to help each other is one of the best things we could possible do. I believe we should all support projects that aim to bring value and spread positivity. We should appreciate more the people behind initiatives like Solev, who are willing to spend a lot of time and effort on making a positive impact on the society.

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