A quiet, yet creative year. During the COVID lockdown, I started playing around with synthesizers and composing more songs. The result was L-WORD, my first published album. I also started meeting author, filmmaker and guitarist Micha Lewinsky on a regular basis to try and reinterpret famous, if dismal punk-, metal- and popsongs in a loungy, mellow fashion (think elevator music): The Syckamore project was born.
A busy year:
Producing an album without the support and know-how of a label is a hell of a lot of work... but also extremely educational. I applied for (and received) public funding to be able to produce L-WORD professionally. In the fall, the album was mixed and mastered, the cover art was created and I placed the order for the vinyl pressing.
I did background vocals for Zurich band Niece. Their wonderful new album was released in summer 2023.
As a pleasant surprise, I was invited by the Erna and Curt Burgauer Foundation to apply for an award totaling CHF 30'000, as one of four candidates. They chose someone else eventually, but I felt very honored to even be considered.
A difficult year. My father passed away in May and my partner was struggling with mental health problems. A war broke out in Europe and society was faced with new crises after three years of pandemic. After releasing L-WORD in November, I had to take a break that would last over a year. One major highlight, though: I started working for the Zurich label Intakt Records, arguably one of the most renowned jazz labels in the world.