By Vasco Dega
Felix Räuber is a German artist that blends indie music with cinematic, neo-classical sounds. His new video does exactly that. Kicking off with a string quartet in an expansive, grand hall, Felix delivers a special version of Scared to be Human within the video. We speak to him about the draw he feels towards putting everything into sound, orchestral sound design and authenticity in creativity.
I´ve been unwillingly entangled in various fights myself in my youth and liked the idea of imagining such a character in a sweet and vulnerable way.
How would you describe your musical sound?
I describe my music as Cinematic Pop, a mixture of score and alternative pop music.
What drew you to a combination of score and indie?
I think there is a certain knack for megalomania in me and what’s better to display that than orchestras?
Every time I see a movie and listen to the soundtrack, I’d love to write a pop song on it. Why is nobody doing that? So I’m looking for a balance between epic sound design, orchestral sound design, symphonic instrumentation and pop song-writing.
What have been the main inspirations in your life?
Most of my ideas are coming to me at night, briefly before falling asleep. In the moment between being awake and dreaming. I kind of perfected this moment for myself in the last decades. My subconsciousness is much more present and my creativity much more authentic too.
This method allows me to outline my ideas in quite a plastic way, seeing them precisely in front of my inner eye. Many of these ideas are precious for me, others may sound completely banal the next day.
Welcome to my mind Haha
What’s your new single based around?
My new single is – just like all the other songs on my upcoming EP AUTSIDER – dealing with the image of an outsider, a violet ruffian who wouldn´t dare to show his softer side and accepting love.
I´ve been unwillingly entangled in various fights myself in my youth and liked the idea of imagining such a character in a sweet and vulnerable way. It actually equalized my traumatic experiences in a way. I have written the lyrics together with the British-Norwegian songwriter Sarah Lake.
What are your plans for the coming year?
I´m currently working on an EP that´s going to show several collaborations with artists from the neoclassical scene.
It is an exciting challenge for me to adjust to new artists and to experiencing how they work. Also I have been preparing an interdisciplinary music film project for the last 2 years in which I am going to portray the musical culture of my home region in Germany, Saxony, as both the host and score composer. This will be leading into an album and a TV show.