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"Life is Much More Than Bratwurst:" A Chat With Rummelsnuff

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Rummelsnuff is awesome. If you don't know, he is Roger Baptist - a bodybuilding German singer who has toured abundantly in support of his music - an unusual composite of German industrial, drinking songs and electronica. Roger was nice enough to do an interview with me and took the time to answer in English, not his first language. Thanks so much, Roger!

First off, you have quite the physique? Can you tell us about your diet, your regimen, etc.?

Maybe I am lucky to like exactly the stuff, which is good for muscles... so I wouldn't call it diet.
Beginning the day mostly with a pot of oats, linseed grains and wheat germs in fresh milk.
Not everyday meat, but if, then it's mostly fish, chicken or beef. the fish should not to seldem
be fat. and those taste the best (like harengs, salmon, mackreel) - a great german dish is
potatoes with quark and lin oil... some persil or other herbs and finally add garlic and onions
as much as you like, Rummelsnuff like them a lot.

And short workout sessions. Short but intense! If the weather is not too German, lifting
outside. Sometimes even then.

  Your music is alot more upbeat and positive than alot of German music, especially stuff like
  Blutengel. What inspires you to stay upbeat?


Maybe it's the good food. And the lifting sets between making the music. And fresh air.
 It's the best combination: creative work, interrupted with strength work from time to time.
But- if you search, you also will find some hopelessness in the lyric and melancholy in the
melodies. Life is much more than bratwurst.


   

What inspired the "Salutare" video?

The Californian desert. With all its beautiful landscapes and wonderful people.

You've toured in Mexico and California. What is your impression and what did you like or dislike?

Maybe we been that lucky for both america voyages, to be only at the right places. The
concerts were much better than Käpt'n Rummelsnuff and Maat Asbach expected. In every
location people were well prepared, they knew the songs and not so little part wore
Rummelsnuff-t-shirts. Fantasic party in the club Dada X in México D.F., invited by Señor Blar
Airbenders EBM Comando, some days later in the Complex, Glendale, L.A., we were by the
way the birthday present for the host John Giovanazzi, and we celebrated with him and one
of the most crazy crowds ever - and finally in the last desert bar before the great wide
nothing, The Palms in 29 Palms. And besides that, Käpt'n and Maat, we spent the most
recovering time there. The silence of the desert is the best receipt for recovery.

If you could work with any musician, who would it be?

It's already decided. Maat Asbach is the one. This Maat is the best completion to Käpt'n
Rummelsnuff in any way! In "Salutare," which prominently contains his voice, it is
 determined: I'll never let you go.

Last record KRAFTGEWINN contained an additional CD with remixes from Rummelsnuff
songs. Käpt'n is very proud of this list of nominated musicians. Some of those an
international readership might know are: The Leaether Strip from Denmark, Pankow from
Italy. With the one and only King Khan and big Bela B. by The Ärzte, Käpt'n Rummelsnuff
wrote some songs, for one of them "Schiffbruch", look in the tube.

So, Käpt'n Rummelsnuff and his Maat Asbach are ready, in case it fits.

 


Can you talk a little bit about the cinematography in "Bruder" - what inspired this?

It's made by the fantastic young filmmakers crew called Hylas. They're from different
countries and are based in Berlin-Neukölln. The Screenplay was written by them, every
motion or pose of the Rummelsnuff was planned by the boys. Guess they
 were inspired by the totalitary appearance of Rummelsnuff, which had 23 times to learn what
it is like to live in an dictatorship. A lot, but not everything felt bad. Hylas are also responsible for the videos "Schiffbruch" and "Azzurro" - and Rummelsnuff is
working as voice actor for a puppet film series of the hylas bunch.

 What projects are you currently working on?

 
Currently catching some ideas for the next album, touring in Europe and from February 2016 Rummelsnuff is for the second period playing the
stuttering sailor Hans at the stage play "Der helle Wahnsinn" at Wintergarten Varity Theatre
Berlin. Within the next months we expect the publication of a very dark feature movie,
produced by Berlin Legend Miron Zownir, with Rummelsnuff in a double role, the next films
are in the planning. For example in one you will see Rummelsnuff as an right wing politician,
which doesn't seems like to bring big sympathies but it's a big challenge
.
And he will work on the improvement of his English. And his French. And his Russian.

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