10 Questions with… SUZAN KÖCHER

1. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?

This is an easy one – since my EP is called Blood Red Wine and my debut album will be named Moon Bordeaux I would most likely say my music is red. It is a beautiful colour – it unites good and bad things. There’s something so dangerous and yet so loving about this colour. It is bittersweet, just like my music.

2. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?

I get distracted easily. When I’m in a flow, everything works fine, but when there’s something that gets a little trickier it is really hard for me to keep on working. For example when I have a song idea I just let it flow out of my mind – but when it comes to a C-part and I don’t have an idea right away I really need to motivate myself to finish it.

3. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?

I’m probably supposed to name some big festival or something like that but if I could choose anything, I’d love to do a show in a beautiful place surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Maybe the closest I got to that was at the Sound Of The Forest Festival where we played in front of a beautiful lake.

4. What do you consider your biggest musical success?

Writing and producing my debut album. It was my dream since I was a little girl. I dreamt of being on a stage singing my own songs and having my very own album. I still can’t believe that it will be released in October.

5. What inspired you to start making music?

There was no event or person that inspired me to start. It just happened naturally. I’ve been interested in music and art since I was a little kid and that never ended – it just got stronger. I realised the importance to express your feelings at a really young age and this helped me through many situations in life.

6. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?

This is a tough question because there are many artists I could name here. One of the most amazing voices belongs to Francoise Hardy. I could listen to her for hours. But John Lennon, Little Richard or Joni Mitchell wouldn’t be too bad, either.

7. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?

Another difficult question because there are so many great people that inspire me. One influence concerning style and looks (not politics I must add here!) is french actress and model Brigitte Bardot. Her fashion style was breathtaking and always creative. She really has little singing talent but that’s exactly why her voice is so unique.

8. What do you like to do other than music?

I’m a fanatic vintage collector. I love to go to fleemarkets and find treasures from a long time ago. They could be anything: Clothes, vinyl, furniture, drawings or any weird thing that looks interesting to me.

9. What is the most misjudged album in the world?

If we take misjudged as underrated and not as controversial or something, I think the Hollies have made some great records in the mid ’60s that never appear on any bestlists. Records like For Certain Because, Evolution or Butterfly are full of inventive, creative and catchy songs which too few people have heard. Especially nowadays noone knows them anymore because they were never as cool or tough as some other acts and probably just fell through the radar.

10. What’s in your fridge?

I enjoy baking and cooking very much. At this very moment there’s some apple crumble that’s left from yesterday. Tonight I will make mushroom pasta, so I have the Ingredients for that in there: fresh mushrooms, cream and parmesan. I like to make as much as I can by myself. It’s so much tastier and healthier.

Suzan Köcher just released her debut album Moon Bordeaux TODAY.
Catch her live at Bassy: Facebook event!

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