The singer Lotte in Canada "On both legs"
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the PASCH initiative "Schools: Partners for the Future", young German artist Lotte accepted the Goethe-Institute’s invitation to complete a three-city high-school tour of Canada.
Wonderful melodies and emotional lyrics characterize the music of the 23-year-old German pop singer LOTTE. The young songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be coming to Oakville, Edmonton and Montreal this fall on a short tour. LOTTE's songs thematize the authentic experiences of young adults: from heartfelt longing to break-out self-assertion, from ballads to power pop anthems. On the occasion of her concert in Montreal, we took the opportunity to ask the 23-year-old Ravensburgerin a few questions.
© Kai Marks Your first tour on the North American continent will be supported by the Pasch Initiative ("Schools: Partners for the Future"). How did the collaboration come about?
In the last couple of years, I’d heard a lot about the Goethe-Institut and the Pasch Initiative. Many of my artist friends have had great experiences with the Goethe-Institut and they would often talk about the intercultural exchange in a real passionate way. When I found the request in my mailbox, I did not really have to think long about it.
Is this your first tour in non-German speaking countries? Is there something that you are particularly looking forward to?
Yes, exactly! I am really excited not only to discover a new country with its people, stories and culture, but what I am looking forward to the most is to share my music. This is going to be thrilling because it is the first time I am giving a concert in front of non-German native speakers who could react differently to the lyrics, I suppose.
You initially wrote in English. Why the change to German?
Songwriting is like writing a diary for me. I put all my feelings and thoughts in it. One day, I became aware of the fact that I can share my thoughts a lot better in my own language – which is German.
It's your first time on a North American tour. Is that why you opted for an acoustic set?
For over two years now, we toured with the whole band in Germany, we were given the opportunity to play at different concerts and big festivals. For North America, I figured it should be a much more intimate concept. Having the possibility to discuss and work on the songs with the students – the acoustic set fits perfectly for this.
You will play here in North America in front of an audience of German language students. Does this circumstance influence the way you will perform?
Definitely, I want to touch a lot upon the songs, the lyrics and the stories related to them.
You are a representative of a new generation of German singer / songwriters. Do you see yourself as a counterbalance to the currently omnipresent German hip-hop, or are there any points of contact?
Music cannot be divided into two camps, in my opinion. There are in any case many points of contact, which is the great thing about music – getting inspired from all sides.
What are your next plans after this North American tour?
After the North America tour I will continue working on my second album. So, going in to the studio, travelling, writing…
Lotte Live in Canada
- September 21: Oakville: Appleby College 2:50 pm - 3:20 pm
- September 24: Edmonton: Strathcona High School 12 pm - 12:30 pm
- September 27: Montréal: Collège de Rosement (Caféteria) 12 pm - 12:30 pm
- September 29: Montréal: Goethe-Institut 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm