I’ve always secretly thought I’d make a good pop star. I toyed with making my name sound cool by chopping off the last vowel (“And now, the new single by CHRISTIN’!”), but it never really worked out. Not until I started singing other people’s songs and making music with my friends.
Then, in 2009 (?), my friend Boris and I started recording songs together. He had an acoustic guitar, a tambourine and loop machine, and we sat around for days on end, recording covers of “Bad Romance”, “Across the Universe” and “Don’t Think Twice”. Pretty eclectic.
The following summer, we played a few small gigs, leading up to a real professional engagement at my university’s end-of-summer party (our payment was a drinks tab, which isn’t bad at all). A Christmas concert at the very fancy Cafe Kaiserfeld followed, and by this time we’d felt it was necessary to add another member to the band. Luckily, my sister Veronika is extremely super talented at playing the cello, so we were ecstatic when she decided to join us.
I started organising gigs for us at a local gallery, making posters with pens and paper and the university’s copying machine. The first “Night at the Gallery” took place in October 2012 at the freie galerie in Graz, and we invited two other bands to perform with us.
Fast-forward to when this picture was taken. Years of collecting and adapting pop songs and performing them with a guitar, cello, piano, electric bass, ukulele and two singers led up to this. I had years of growing used to standing on stage, I had never before felt this comfortable. My friends and family were there, watching, but a crowd of strangers had also gathered to see us play. And it was pretty cool.
In February 2013, at our biggest concert yet, we performed in front of 120 people at Die Kunsthure, an arts centre in Graz, and I made this face as I sang a song into a mic.
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