COTE Genève n°25 avr/mai 2009
COTE Genève n°25 avr/mai 2009
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SO SWEET ZERLAND 54 SO SWEET IDOL -/Stephan, what were your favourite Swiss brands as a child ? Tiki, Himbo, Ragusa, Tam Tam, Mach1, Sugus…. Did you collect anything ? Like all children, I followed playground fads, collecting stickers, figures of cowboys & Indians, yoyos, marbles… What did you buy with your first pocket money ? My first pair of denims ! (Levi 501s). Did you have the same interests as your brothers ? We all shared the same passion for music. And what was your first instrument ? An accordion ! Do you take any special objects with you on tour ? A well-tuned guitar Do you have a favourite instrument that you can’t live without ? A harmonica (I can’t play it but it’s easier to transport than a piano !) You have often used traditional Swissinstruments on your albums – why is that ? Firstly it was because I wanted to be rebellious, later through curiosity, today through necessity. Tellus about the stamp that you created for the Swiss postal service. I first suggested a stamp called ‘Warning - this is a DNA test’which featured an image of the bearded Saddam Hussein after his capture and showing an American soldier taking saliva samples. Strangely, the project managers weren’t really taken by this idea... but my second proposal was accepted. It was based on a picture of the Matterhorn that, when turnedupside down, looks like Africa. One day, when I was sending postcards of the mountain to friends in Mali I realised that when turnedupside down, the mountain resembled the African continent. Strangely, a passer-by stopped me when I was re-drawing Africa on the postcards and started to congratulate me on my understanding that this piece of the Alps was formerly a part of the African continental plate ! I was pleasantly surprised by this discovery and I think it is fun to leave itup to the sender to decide whether to use the ‘Matterhorn’or ‘Africa’side of the stamp. You travel a lot – what is the image of Switzerland abroad ? There’s an impression that Switzerland is like the goody-two shoes who’s always at the top of the class, but it then becomes clear that it would cheat in exams just like everyone else… ! Is Switzerland a confident country ? Not too much so I hope – I believeself doubt is useful for moving things forward. Confidence in a nation can mark the start of jingoism, can it not ? Do you feel more Swiss when you are abroad ? Sometimes I feel like a foreigner in Switzerland… How about the musicians you play with that are not from Switzerland – what image do they have of this country ? Quite a good one, I think. I try to be a good ambassador. What are Swiss audiences like ? With experience, I find it hard to tell the difference between a Swiss, German or French audience. First and foremost, it is the setting that influences a concert, followed by the musicians’desire to communicate with the audience. Only later does the nationality of those listening come into play. And even then I would say that it is differences between towns that become most noticeable. Have you introduced Philippe Djian to Switzerland ? What did he think of it ? Yes I took him to Lausanne and he stayed there six years ! Klee, Botta, Tinguely, Pipilotti Rist, Giacometti, Max Frish, Godard: one gets the impression that Swiss artists can only create through ‘suffering’– is it difficult to be an artist in Switzerland ? Being an artist is a wonderful job ! Even in Switzerland ! avril-mai 2009 www.cotemagazine.com Does your early musical career - when you appeared alone on stage with your equipment and were the writer, composer and responsible for all special effects and staging - reflect a feeling of isolation that is unique to this country ? Or do you feel isolated in your own country ? Good question, good analysis – maybe you’re right. Have you ever thought about what a different sort of Swiss flag could look like ? It works as it is with the two paths crossing in all that red. Or a hymn ? That, on the other hand… What is the difference between a Swiss person and a European ? One isn’t, whilst the other is. You speak French, German, Swiss-German and English: is that by chance or is it representative of a strong desire to communicate with others ? From an early age I would mimic the multi-lingual train departure announcements at the railway station in Münchenbuchsee, as they made me dream of faraway places… For you, what are the differences between someone from Swiss-Romande (Frenchspeaking Switzerland) and the Swiss-German part of the country ? One talks a lot in French and rarely in German. The other talks a lot in German and tries to speak French. But both have more or less the same outlook. What about their faults or qualities ? (Laughs) It would take all day to explain that ! What do you take from Switzerland to other countries ? My ‘hard drugs’such as Ovomaltine, saveloys, Buendnerfleisch (air-dried beef) and a special Fondue mix from the Broie valley. And what do you like to bring back ? The view. Do you like to create your own personal world in your dressing room or hotel room ? No, I stopped doing that the day I became content with my inner world. Do you know how to cook a dish from your region ? I specialize in ‘moitié/moitié’fondue ! In August you replace the white wine with champagne and people will beg for more ! What is your favourite Swiss town ? It is hard to choose between Geneva and Romanshorn, Basel and Lugano… I think that would mean endingup in Olten (a city right in the heart of Switzerland) wouldn’t it ? A favourite object ? I’d be happy with a view of Lake Leman, painted by Ferdinand Hodler ! A favourite place ? Anything painted by Alexandre Calame or Jean- Fréderic Schnyder or photographed by Loan Nguyen or Daniel Infanger ; go and look themup ! When did Switzerland experience its ‘Hauts et Des Bas’(title of a song by Stephan that translates as ‘ups and downs’) ? It began when a certain Corsican, working for France (Napoleon) threatened our neutrality… Has Switzerland ever been an ‘Eldorado’ ? If I look at the rest of the world, I think it is. What about ‘Ni remords, ni regrets’(referring to Stephan’s song ‘no remorse, no regrets’) in relation to your country ? ‘ll ne m’écoute jamais, il fait ce qu’il lui plaît…’(He never listens to me, he does as he pleases) Where do you like to ‘Déjeuner en paix’ ? (In reference to a song title that translates as ‘lunching in peace’) Congratulations on the question: you have won a dinner for two at the ‘Alpenroesli’in the Engelberg valley !
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