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On Air with Sophie Hunger

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It makes no difference if Swiss singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger sings in Swiss German, English or French; her warm voice, the sincerity of her stage presence but also the vivid and sensitively arranged songs will captivate her audience instantly. It is no surprise that her first studio album immediately went platinum. With her present album “1983” she played, amongst others, one of the most important British music festivals, the “Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts”.

Nowadays the 28-year old self-taught performer is the most successful Swiss musician. For our SWISS Magazine she has put together a programme for a music channel that will touch air travellers during their flight above the clouds.

Sophie, at present you are touring with your third album “1983”. What kind of music do you listen to when you are travelling?
I have to admit, when I am on the road, I usually don’t listen to music. On the rare occasions when I do, it is usually instrumental music, but rarely pop.

That’s interesting! And yet, you have put together a programme for this music channel. What tempted you to do this?
Luckily, most people in this world are not singers and it is precisely these people I was thinking of: what kind of tracks can take people from their seat on a plane to a different kind of existence or experience.

For this channel, have you also selected music that you would listen to in your own home?
Yes, but I primarily thought about what I would like to immerse myself in on a plane. These are pieces of music that I think of in terms of a kind of spaciousness, tracks that can carry you further. It is much better if you can dream at 10,000 m above sea level, if you can turn into someone or something else for the duration of the flight. Apart from that I was expected to add a few songs of my own, but I don’t know if they really meet these kinds of expectations.

Do you actually think that music has the potential to change people?
Yes, I am convinced of that. Music has the potential to help human beings feel that they can be far more than they are right now, that a given state is only one of many, one which may be based merely on a coincidence of the present moment.

You have been on tour in Europe and North America for weeks now. Do you occasionally miss being at home?
No, I never actually feel homesick. Perhaps there are certain minor comforts, some small things that I miss about Switzerland: the clean air, nature and the fact that at home I can drink water straight from the tap.

Where do you recover from the stressful life on tour? Do you go on holiday?
Yes, but only if there is something to do there. For instance, I like going to openings of exhibitions or to theatre festivals. Once I went to New York especially to see Pipi Lotti Rist’s installation in the atrium of the MOMA.

How do you feel about beach holidays where you just lounge around in a deck chair?
For me that would be a classic case of overestimating my abilities. I would turn pessimistic, paranoid and systematically unjust in the analysis of human history (laughs).

One of 10 CD’s “1983” signed by Sophie Hunger.
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