Sascha Reske: “I’m not sure if it’s the music industry that is such a big problem.”
Interview with Sascha Reske, recordJet Passenger of the Month in February 2016
Who and what are you?
Hi, my name is Sascha Reske. I am a Singer-Songwriter from Halle an der Saale, born in Uelzen in the German federal state of Niedersachen. I am 26 years old and married to the best wife in the world, for wich I’m very grateful.
How and why did you start making music?
My interest in playing music started quite late. I bought my first guitar when I was 20. The real reason for this was that my girlfriend had broken up with me and my best friend wanted to cheer me up by teaching me how to play the guitar. He also came to the music store with me to help me pick one and to teach me the first chords.
How and why did you end up at recordJet?
While I was looking for a way to sell my music on iTunes, Spotify etc., but at the same time stay independent, I came across recordJet.
I remembered that friends of mine, Denmantau from Hamburg, also distributed their music and had mentioned recordJet. If I remember correctly, they were „Passenger of the Month“ a few years back.
Which music do you like to listen to privately?
To be honest, I am one of those people who don’t constantly find new music or artists. I like listening to the same artists I can connect with. If I don’t like the person behind the music, his lifestyle or attitudes, I won’t like the music – no matter how good it might be.
But to answer your question, I listen to a lotof Coldplay, Damien Rice, John Mayer, James Morrison, Kids of Adelaide, Tom Klose and Macklemore. The latter in particular, simply because I can identify with him. I am huge fan of being independent and finding your own path. What Ryan Lewis and Macklemore have created is extremely stunning – far more than merely their amazing and intense music.
What do you do when you’re not doing music?
That is not an option for me. I love traveling, playing gigs, writing songs, creating music with friends… I tried to study at a university, but I couldn’t stand the competitive system. Maybe I’ll take a break from music some time in the future to start studying astronomy or physics just for fun. I find both very exciting.
You’re very active in the music industry. In your opinion, what is the biggest problem and what is the absolute coolest thing about today’s music industry?
Wow. That’s a good question! I’m not sure if it’s the music industry that is such a big problem. Besides everyone wanting everything immediately. In my opinion, the artists aren’t given enough room. But I’m hardly ever surrounded by people from the industry, so I’m the wrong person to judge or blame anyone.
Like I said before, we do everything ourselves. We book our own gigs, produce our music and manage it.
I think that there’s a problem within the society. I think there are many people especially in Germany who want everything for free. In my opinion, the appreciation for artists and music has decreased in the last five years. It started around the time when music streaming was made possible, from which the small and unknown artists couldn’t make any money, and ends with the media such as radio stations, that prefer being fed by meaningless musicians. There are of course a few exceptions.
The biggest chance nowadays is that there are hardly any barriers. Everyone has the same chance to send their music around the globe without having a big budget for marketing or distribution.
Who are your heroes and why?
Like I mentioned before. When it comes to self-reliance and integrity Macklemore and Ryan Lewis inspire me a lot. I find it very brave not to rely on or partnering up with the music industry in order to achieve success, but to produce and distribute everything on your own.
What was the first and what was the most recent album you bought?
The first album I bought was „American Idiot“ from Green Day, besides buying audio books and children’s music. I remember being totally hooked by the single „American Idiot“. But I still think that „Boulevard of Broken Dreams“ is their best song of the last 20 years.
The latest album was the new album of Macklemore, which I bought the day before yesterday. I can only recommend it, because it is hard to digest – but in a good way. After I heard the album for the first time, I needed a few minutes until I could listen to it again. That’s the feeling music should trigger and what I am also trying to achieve with my music.
If you had the real recordJet at your disposal for one day, where would you go, and why?
Iceland. No doubt. I love Iceland. I love being away from the hectic and stress of every day life. I don’t mind being a boring person, and I enjoy regularity. I like smaller cities and meeting people by coincidence or knowing the guy working at the counter of my grocery store and everything working at a slower pace. I’ve never experienced something like that anywhere else but in Iceland. My wife and I love the country side, the people and their way of life.
Tell us your favorite joke
Shame on me. I really can’t think of any joke right now. I’m someone who likes to laugh a lot, which is also noticeable at my gigs, but I prefer satire or sarcasm. Basically something that is only funny in that exact moment.
The only joke I can think of is: What is brown and always in a bad mood? A Schmollkornbrot (Schmoll(en): German for pouting / (Voll)kornbrot: whole grain bread).
Any last words? What do you want to say that you haven’t been able to express so far?
I am very grateful for having such a blessed life full of possibilities. I wish that everyone can use their God-given talents and have faith in themselves. I know that life isn’t always easy, but in my opinion it’s worth it.
I think having courage is the key to life.