In the swing of CD production

Hello dear one,

the past weeks have been filled with final adjustments to the songs, getting new input on how to master them to help them sound the way I want. After all I´m an autodidact in the matter of mixing and always excited to learn something new to improve the listening experience.

I´ve also been working on the lay-out, cutting booklets to size, printing the CDs and also delaying the process of finishing this CD´s tracklist … as much as I look forward to sharing the songs, there seem to be so many more I´d like to work on and add. But I realise, this CD, these songs, have played a certain part on my journey so far – and the next songs will be part of my following season.

cutting booklets to size

printing CDs

 

the CD case from the inside – the outside is yet to be finished

I´m super happy to share the progress with you. The CD will soon be released – there´s a newsletter going out soon to let you know the date. If you´re keen to have a CD, feel free to pre-order in the „store“ or just reply to this e-mail.

Each CD will be made by me, will have my fingerprints & soul all over and I love the idea that I can give you something so personal.

On a more personal note: We are doing very fine. The little belly dweller is making sure that we know about his existence by kicking and moving around. In about 10 weeks he´ll have his big entrance into this world and we are super excited. We´re having a few major shifts and changes coming up in the next weeks and months – enough material to ponder and write about, I reckon.

Feel free to mail me, if you´re up for more info.

Sending much love

Belleiever

x

PS: International pre-orders are welcome. Just check the „store“ section for prices & shipping fee.

Story „behind the song“ #2

Hello dear music friend,

it´s time for a new live video from my last concert.

As with every upcoming song, I´m sharing my story with this song.

As this is no original song of mine I´m sharing a few memories of why I feel connected to the song and why I added this song to the setlist of my concert.

„The Rose“ became famous by Bette Middler singing it.

I stumbled across it in my teenage years. I can´t say how exactly, I just know that it stuck with me for years, it would come up in intervals and I´d find myself humming or singing it to a friend, who also loved the song.

In hindsight I wonder if it had to do with the topic of „love“ and me digging to find out what it is about – what is „love“, this complex phenomenon that everyone would talk and sing about but was so difficult to grasp with my mind.

I´ve always been drawn to songs that try to find answers, songs that question and then rejoice in uplifting resolutions.

The song contains a lot of „what is love“-questions, hear-say knowledge and that one, not „some“, has the courage to speak a tender force into the phenomenon. Yes, love can drown, it can hurt, it can feel insatiable and only leave you wanting for more. But that´s not all there is. There is a tender pushing, slowly growing, self-determined side to it – and it is not on you to only accept it and let it happen to you but it is actually in seed-form inside of you and you can nurture it to grow.

„Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower, and you, its only seed.“

There´s the theme of „fear“ – fear of failure, fear of rejection, the fear to not live up to others or own expectations, the fear of thinking „my dream is not important enough“ and playing it safe instead of stepping out, be vulnerable, fail and eventually rise & shine. Fear in all its shapes and forms will shrink the capacity of your soul to go out and go for it. It´ll slowly kill you. Unless you break free.

„It’s the heart afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance
It’s the dream afraid of waking, that never takes the chance
It’s the one who won’t be taking, who cannot seem to give
And the soul afraid of dying, that never learns to live.“

Hearing about the brutal force of love (like in verse 1), the discouragment that comes by fear (verse 2) will make one feel abandoned, lacking trust in other people, some people withdraw because they´re afraid to get hurt others superficially connect up to a certain point where they feel safe but leave layers of themselves hidden from even their closest friends. For some people this is a season they will walk through. For some people this is the story of their life. There´s an emotional winter.

And I love that at the end of the song – amongst all „some say“ and pointing out your fears – there is ONE person speaking truth. „Yes, this might be a hard time right now but there is something strong within you, that will come to bloom. Just stay on your path, keep walking, hold on. It´ll be alright.“

„When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose.“

Now this turned out to be more of an analysis of this song. Maybe you agree, maybe you disagree. The power of a song lies within the possibilities to interpret it under different lights. What is your light? Would you agree to my point of view?

Well, I´d love to read from you.

To connect it to the concert though:
I can´t fully explain though, why this specific song came up during my preparation for the concert. Especially as this is a particularly bright season of my life. Maybe I´ll see more clearly in hindsight or maybe what I can see from where I stand now is, that it is like a closure. I was afraid in the past to live up to my dreams and the past years I´ve dared myself times and times but especially this year has held some crucial steps in following my dream, including the concert. The song has wrapped up the process that I couldn´t put into words before. The concert was the right framework to work it into.

ow I didn´t expect that this would come out when I started this letter – but it´s quite a story, hey.

What´s your story? I´m eager to read from you.

Stay blessed
Belleiever

Behind the EP-making-scenes

Hello dear one!

I´m so super excited to share my progress in the EP making that I need to make this a stand-alone info- aka excitement-mail 🙂

Just this week I am about to finish my aimed-for 5 songs for my latest EP only to find out that I can´t stop so I will add one or two more songs. And I decided to add a bit of live material from my concert, which turns this EP into a proper album. Who would have thought?!

The artwork by a friend is confirmed. I like sketches and things that don´t look too polished as I see music and this life as something „in the making“. I decided to not outsource too many tasks…but I´m already getting ahead of myself.

 

There are new features all over the place! I aim to personalise the latest „EP“ as much as possible.

  • The artwork is done by a friend
  • I´ll have a booklet with lyrics for the first time and I´ll make it myself (talking about hands-on!)
  • The songs will be published on Spotify (and other platforms) but I always like to hold a CD in my hands, so this is a two-way-option for you
  • You´ll find songs like „Run Free“ and „Hole in my head“ on the EP, as some of the most favourite songs, just like „Ripples“ and „Fliegen“ who´ve been highly demanded after the concert plus a few more 😉
  • I wanted to keep the songs‘ soul and therefore added a few instruments in the recording process but kept the sound of an acoustic/living room setting.

I´ll keep you in the loop about the release date (which should be latest by the end of november this year), the final tracklist and look of the new disc.

Make sure to follow me on instagram for more images of the progress.

See you there

Belleiever

x

Story „behind the song“ #1

 

Hey dear ones,

with every new live video I´ll give you a little background to the original songs I´ve uploaded to YouTube (and will continue) in and during those next months.

If you like to put your own interpretation to songs, don´t read this.

If you like to know the interpretation/story of my songs, keep on reading.

How does a song come to life?

Some songs have become an analysis of myself in hindsight,

others were written because of a certain topic I had in mind

and others have been triggered by a conversation.

Which makes them all kind of biographical.

Let´s start off with one of my personal favorites

due to the memories it evokes:

RUN FREE

This is an aussie-inspired tune. I´ve done quite some traveling in Oz in 2013/2014 but not every journey has been marked by a song. My trip to the Outback was. It was one of those trips where you hop on a van with like-minded people and take the invitation of the driver to sit on the passenger seat.

Feet up on the glove department and my writing pad on my thighs I let the atmosphere of what I´ve learned about the aboriginal people, the vast horizon with all the red sand, walking around Uluru, letting the atmosphere of the place sink in, climbing Kata Tjuta, crossing dry riverbeds, see the scarce flora, red rocks, sleeping in a swag under a clear sky (checking it for snakes before climbing in) and sitting at bonfires roll over me.

I´ve never felt lighter than in those days cut off from civilisation. See the sun rise. Taking my shoes of at the salt lake and letting my naked feet sink in the red grains of sand while overlooking the “white” dried out horizon…

I had to process it and so I did while sitting in the passenger seat of the van, that was rattling along on the bitumen road, writing…

Back in Berlin I made friends with Elli and we worked together on some songs.

I´m happy to have her play the „heartbeat of the earth“ during the song.

I hope you enjoyed the story.

Stay tuned for the next video & story

 

Much Love

Belleiever

x

 

Concert impressions

As promised in my newsletter here are a few more impressions of the concert – and even more to come later on.

Through Colours warmed the audience up musically with guitar and harmonies.

I brought a bunch of yet unplayed songs – many, many had their premiere in front of an audience or were just finished& polished for that very evening. It was the first time I added an electronic kick bass to my set, a ukulele was strummed and I introduced you to some songs played on the piano. It was a wonderful evening in so many new ways for the audience and for me. An absolute blast.

Thank you for all the great feedback!

I do like magnets – so why not share with you what I like. They came in 4 different colors – red, yellow, green and blue 🙂

I premiered in playing the keys on stage.




Yea, well, my favourite picture to catch my overall emotions of the evening – all smiles 🙂

The music crew from right to left: Lea&Frances (Through Colours) – me – Elli who accompanied me on keys and cajon and is a musical companion of mine for a while already. Precious souls.

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Countdown – 7, 6, 5, …

Hello friend,

oh how exciting it is to count down the last 7 days to my first full concert.

I´m in the process of finishing and polishing songs as I´ll bring a couple

of new songs, that have waited for their chance to be played for a

long time and I am eager to sing them to you and hope you´ll like them.

On another note:

Just one week ago I was „Through Colours´“- Support at their concert in

Werder – click here for a throwback.

One week from now Through Colours will support me at Friedenskirche in

Charlottenburg.

I´m very much looking forward to seeing you there.

Spread the word,

bring a friend,

have fun!

Belleiever

x

 

Songs of May

Hello dear ones,

I hope you had a fabulous month of may so far.

I hope it has welcomed you with open arms, new song and hope.

A little update from my side:

I played my first songslam ever! A very short-notice opportunity I took a hold on and it was so worth it! 

I got into the finale with some other great musicians and won second place. I´m still stoked about it.

In combination to hitting the stage I got a free photoshooting – after all, I´m behind the camera more often than in front, this was another unexpected gift.

So where else to take photos than in the woods – my second favourite place to venture (ocean being first).

Upcoming concert in June

The idea was to get a hand full of great photos to use as material for flyer and poster. Oh and they turned out to be better than I expected. Since last week some friends and I started putting them up on the streets…taking „poster walks“ and using every (appropriate) opportunity to put my face on display, which took a little get used to.

 

But for now the streets of Berlin will be my stage. I officially started my busking season at the brink of may and played unplugged at an underground station for the first time. Trying new things to keep up the excitement. Stay tuned to my Instagram and Facebook so we might get a chance to see each other out there.

There are some gigs coming up where I´d love to see you:

May 29th  – @ Schaunwama Künstlerbühne (Click here to get more info)

June 15th – Support Act for Through Colours at „Kulturgarage Werder“

June 21st – Féte de la musique

June 29th – BELLEIEVER in concert (support: Through Colours) (Click here to let me know you´re coming)

 

Full of excitement and hoping to see you at one or the other event.

Much love

x

Easter is around the corner

Hello there!

Easter is around the corner…although it´s been quite frosty the bushes near my home can´t stop sprouting and I always get lost at looking at those green buds coming from a seemingly lifeless branch…the same one that looked grey and pale just a few weeks ago.

I guess that´s me somehow…a couple of weeks ago I was pale and my need for sleep was tremendous and equal to the hours the sun was shining a day…less sun = more sleep.

Now, fortunately, the clouds are bidding their farewell and the sun shows her face more often – YAY! less sleep, more time to craft and be creative.

Okay, okay..I wasn´t hibernating, I was just calmly working away on things.

Like this upcoming event right on Easter Sunday!

April 1! (not the Fool´s Day kind of joke)

I was invited to lead the service musically for the first time

AND will sprinkle it with a couple of my own songs.

 

Come by, celebrate Easter and let´s have a chai afterwards 🙂

See you there!

Love

Belleiever

x

Upcoming events:

14/4   Living Room Concert #2

21/06 Féte de la musique

29/06 FULL CONCERT – Belleiever

11/08 Wortklänge Open Air

Hello, hello


Hello, hello!

2 months in to 2018 and still fired up.

Although I literally lost my voice over night in january and had five days of prescribed muteness it couldn´t break my enthusiasm.

I´m looking out for places and opportunities to play, like open stages/mics. Also do I try to figure out a way to transport my wireless amp to get my busking started once days get warmer around here.

Still the concert premiere in June is the HIGHLIGHT I´m heading towards to. Warming up with living room concerts 😉

Here are some pictures of my very first hosted living room concert two weeks ago which left me with a strong urge to host more of them – mark your calendars. There´s a new one coming up on 14/04! 🙂

Some personal words to begin with…

For those who want to reminisce – check out those pics. For those who wonder, if it´s something they should Click here to watch a video of the evening and come by next time.

Through Colours (Lea&Frances) + Elli supporting me w/ shaker&cajon

 

 

Singing solo

You can always get in touch with me via mail (info@belleiever.com) for more info or other questions and remarks 🙂

About the “Living Room Concert”:

The rules are quite simple:

  • It is for free!
  • There are 15 seats +/- (depending on the venue)
  • First come, first serve – send me a pm on facebook or mail.  > You NEED to register in order to get the venue´s address.
  • Everyone brings a drink&snack.

Please bring some coins for the artists (the amount gets equally shared) to show some love.

The upcoming concert can turn into an open air concert (weather permitting), so get registered swiftly. There will be a waiting list which potentially turns into the guest list, if the concert goes open-air. By registering you´ll get the venue´s address, so don´t hesitate to shot me a message 🙂

See you around!

Yours,

Belleiever

x

Next gig at Luisenkirche

Hey dears,

I hope life is well for you.
Mine is just great!
Besides of a tiny cold that keeps me from extended singing I am very excited
to get songs together for my musical guest appearance in the service of
„Luisenkirche“ in Berlin – Charlottenburg.

A little bit of background for you:
Most of you know that I always loved to sing but it was in church where I could
play with my talent, where I was put in situations to grow. Many of them were positive
challenges and I can confirm a wise saying that „without challenge there is no growth“.
I grew a lot back then.
I played the drums in the music team and before I went to travel Australia and NZ I lead
people in singing songs to God and His glory.
So I know that part of the stage.

Singing my own songs is somewhat different, they are another route of my heart.
I wrote them, they tell some of my or other people´s stories or
display the thoughts I weighed at one time or another in my life.
Both approaches of music show a huge piece of my heart and to connect them is
just mind-blowing for me. I feel really thankful to have that opportunity.

The title of the service is:

„But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.“

(Matt 10:39, MSG)

I believe in this because I´ve experienced it.

I wouldn´t be here, singing in public, if I looked at my own limitations, fears, failures – but when I looked at the promise for my life, a love shown by Jesus that He has the best in mind for me I found life in abundance and the courage to live up to what He has put in my heart to pursue.

He is the reason I sing.

Much Love

x