Friday, July 4, 2014

Interview with The Common Linnets by Christian Lamitschka

Interview with The Common Linnets by Christian Lamitschka

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Ilse DeLange:  Heartfelt songs and humor. Come see us!

Lamitschka:  How was the ESC for you? What were your highlights?

Ilse DeLange:  To see the Dutch flag next to the song title was a goosebump moment, that you really feel proud to represent your country. The moment we went to the finals was great and every time we got points during the finals.



Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Ilse DeLange:  “The Common Linnets” is the name of our record. It’s doing extremely well in our country, number 1 for 3 weeks now, double platinum. All across Europe the record is doing very well.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Ilse DeLange:  A “Linnet” is a songbird in the eastern part of the Netherlands where I am from so I thought that would be a nice reference.

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Ilse DeLange:  I think it describes a situation everyone knows and can relate to. The question mark about if the relationship you are in should stay intact or if it is better to part.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Ilse DeLange:  Don’t know yet.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Ilse DeLange:  Sad songs mostly.

 Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Ilse DeLange:  A lot of people. Dolly Parton, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris.
  
Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Ilse DeLange:  I think you are born that way.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Ilse DeLange:  Other great songwriters.

Lamitschka:  What drives you?

Ilse DeLange:  That I can express my emotions through music.


Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Ilse DeLange:  I think everyone is unique. You just have to stay true to who you are.
  
Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Ilse DeLange:  Series! Food.

Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Ilse DeLange: No. I’m right where I want to be.

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Ilse DeLange:  To stay healthy. Be loved and love. Smile a lot! And musically I hope we can have sustainable success so we can tour and play the record live.

 Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Ilse DeLange:  A very dynamic concert, from very serene intimate songs to very rocking stuff. And humor. That’s important as well.
  
Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Ilse DeLange:  Yes, that is: www.thecommonlinnets.com
  
Lamitschka:  How do you feel about being winning the 2. place of the ESC?  What has it done for your career?

Ilse DeLange:  It gave us a chance to get international success. I’m so thankful for that opportunity. Coming in 2nd is fantastic, perfect.

Lamitschka:  Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?

Ilse DeLange:  Ow. I lost my golden shoes that day before the finals of Eurovision! We had shoes delivered from Amsterdam on the day of the final.


Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine




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