Lyric: Hi Christian!! You have no idea, I'm so stoked to have
you with us, just back from your tour. This may sound like I'm
blowing smoke up your arse, but have you any idea that I cannot
get my day started without listening to your cd's? They are my
inspiration for carrying on when I'm struggling, and set a positive
tone for my day
.lets jump into the past for now
first reached into your soul and enticed you to pick up an instrument
and develop into such an accomplished musician?
Christian: As long as I remember when I was a child I played my
parents 45's on an old record player. When I was a teenager I
bought my first K7's , or as more commonly known, cassettes. (I
have used them to record in a 4 track portable... some of the
basic tracks on the Extinction album are recorded with it, later
copied and overdubbed in the 1/2" reel to reel 8 track tape
.) and vinyl records and used to record tapes singing
along over Pet Shop Boys, A-Ha and 80's music, then I wanted to
play bass! There wasn't any guitar in the 80's pop music
day whilst waiting on a friend at the tube, who ran late, I bought
a magazine because there was an article about Madonna but there
was a man on the cover that I didn't know
it was Tom Waits!!!
Lyric: Tom Waits has that kind of affect on musicians-and writers~!
Christian: Yeah, that magazine opened my eyes and ears to new
music, I was very curious and bought three records: REM's "Dead
Letter Office" (that was reviewed by that magazine), Tom
Waits' "Blue Valentine" and "The Velvet Underground"
with 'Nico'. 'Sonic Youth' was the next step and then I decided
to play guitar rather than bass! I must say I still love some
of the 80's records I bought when I was a teenager, in fact there's
an A-Ha cover song "The Swing Of Things" on our second
Lyric: I mentioned this in the introduction, and I have restate
it, your voice reminds me in a fashion of an early Jim Reid, (Jesus
and Mary Chain) with an far more ethereal feel and your own signature
sound, naturally~! Then there's your songwriting, your extreme
talent on the guitar
..Who on earth taught you to play that
instrument, and if you tell me you are self-taught I will faint
Christian: I love Jim Reid voice and The Jesus & Mary Chain
(thanks for the compliment) because I was too young to get punk
music, 'The Jesus & Mary Chain' showed me a similar attitude
in the 80's. About my guitar playing I must say I'm self-taught,
some artist friends showed me the basic chords and then I started
to play guitar listening to a 'Yo La Tengo' acoustic show on a
Spanish radio station I had recorded on tape. I spent a lot of
hours and a whole summer holiday in Hamburg, Germany, listening
to it and trying to get the chords and the lyrics by myself. On
the radio show they played Gene Clark, Ramones, Cat Stevens and
many other covers, some of them were recorded and released on
their Fakebook album and I had the opportunity to see them 'live'
that summer in Hamburg!!! I couldn't have had a better 'inadvertent'
teacher than Ira Kaplan! (from the band 'Yo La Tengo') He wasn't
an actual instructor of mine, it was more of a metaphore, because
I did learn to play the guitar listening to a show on 'Yo La Tengo'
from a Spanish radio station that I had recorded on cassette...
I did learn from him, and of course he is one of my guitar heroes!
That's how it started, playing in bands was the next step...
Lyric: Damn....talk about learning brilliance by ear??? I mean,
my father had over 6,000 standards in his head that he learned
by ear, so I do hope that other artists reading this grasp the
gravity of your talent, all by ear.....How would you say that
audiences have received your solo act, are chicks swooning, dropping
to the floor, and are they handing out fans and spirits of menthol
to revive your fans??
Christian: Ja, ja. I wish it could been that way but it isn't!
Lyric: I find that difficult to believe.
Christian: I usually play in small clubs and it's more like having
a relaxed and sweet time listening to pop songs.
Lyric: Your sound is so versatile, suitable for an intimate cozy
setting as much as for a larger venue or a festival. That's rather
Christian: In the older line-up of Songstore, we did a lot of
noise playing with the band before, and after we quit summer 2006
I didn't really play the guitar seriously over a year, I was only
strumming. But now that I'm playing solo, I'm digging playing
guitar again ! Listening to rumba, boss nova and soul music helped
me to improve my guitar playing and my singing
I never wanted
to be a "virtuoso", I'm more emotional and passionate
than effective, and now I play the acoustic guitar thru my amp
without stomp boxes.
.now its all making sense to me. Anytime you expose
yourself to Boss nova, you're giving yourself an extreme advantage.
I wish more artists realized this. The very mention of emotion
and passion, its evident in all of your remarkably poignant material!
You've had this amazingly talented band for some time, there's
always more inside that anyone with your flair and genius can
do in their lifetime, now that you've gone solo what's the plan
for you next?
Christian: I don't know what the future's gonna be, I'm looking
forward to trying different things from now on, perhaps more into
the groove than pop
Now I really enjoy performing solo ,
playing the songs of "Songstore's" last album "Permanent
Victim Syndrome" (produced in the decade of 1996-2006)"
because some of them were recorded long ago , however, they were
never performed 'live' and I'm at this point, I'm really having
a lot of fun with the tunes, they are fresh and new for me as
I restyle them a bit playing to an audience, and that's a great
sensation! 'Songstore' has always had a transient line-up with
various members coming/going. However, some of my musician pals
are joining to play some shows. I wish you could see 'Songstore'
Lyric: Are you serious? I would flip out totally if I knew that
I could fly over and attend one of your gigs. I have a Euro trip
planned for later this year or early next, and Spain is my second
stop, I am a freak for the culture and Portuguese is my fave language,
been studying it for five years!
Christian: Hopefully you come to Barcelona! And be sure I will
play one of my fave tunes , dedicate it to you! It is entitled,
"How Insensitive" , but naturally that does not apply
to you, just the melody!
Lyric: (Swooning now) I'm dying now.....thanks for dedicating
one of your fave tunes to me!!! Then the trip is set, so long
as I can stay with you, or at least, up the avenue, so do check
with your loved ones first, see if they mind having a rock journalist
crashing at the hacienda? I would at the very least expect to
be serenaded for hours every day if I am to travel all those miles,
right?! (Lol) Christian, what's the most fave venue you've played
as a solo act, and what made it a great night for you?
Christian: Yesterday I've played in Newcastle at the 'Ouseburn
Boat Club' on the Tyne river shore (I'm answering your questions
on the fly before returning to Barcelona). This has been touring,
a great experience, I've had a wonderful time and I must thank
'Pale Man Made' who hosted the gig and turn the 'Boat Club' into
a really nice "fiesta", made me feel at home- they are
an amazing band as well ! There were more great bands playing:
'Shin Jin Rui', 'The Bubble Project' and 'Ghost Fleet' But my
favourite place is the 'Heliogabal' in my hometown, I've played
a few times solo and with band and I can always find "amigos"
Lyric: That would be in the Gràcia neighbourhood of Barcelona
, I study my Spain!!! They feature small concerts, jazz sessions,
as well as fabulous exhibitions, 'live' poetry, spoken-word, etc.
I looked those bands up that you gigged with at the OuseBurn on
the Tyne shores, and could not locate a word on them, they must
be extremely obscure talent, if you say they were talented, then
we know that they were. !! With your band entitled, "Songstore",
how many tunes do you have in your repertoire?
Christian: The Songstore published stuff (including demo tapes
and excluding covers) would be about 35 songs. There are also
a lot of songs I composed that are only on demo tapes and could
be easy over 30 real songs, also ideas, instrumental passages,
I don't really know...near one hundred I suppose
. I have
a lot of cassettes recorded on 4tracks and perhaps some day I'll
have the time to listen them and do some recycling!!!
Lyric: Yeah, I think you better do that, my dear, who knows what
greatness awaits us on those tapes. Don't make us wait long, will
you? And we love you and we thank you for taking time with us,
Christian. We're always honoured to interview humble and brilliant
artists at UK Artists "LIVE" ! For future gigs, contact
Christian A. Korn at www.myspace.com/songstore
. You can treat yourself, and I do mean TREAT, to a purchase of
most of his brilliant and extensive material from his project,
"SONGSTORE" now available on CD Baby, and I not only
encourage you to do so, I highly recommend it !