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A Few Questions for Sonnenkind

Sonnenkind is a German neofolk artist who has put together some really incredible music. I listen to it regularly, along with artists such as Spiritual Front, Sol Invictus, Mantus, Infamis and others that I think fit in that genre like Smashing Pumpkins or Loreena McKennit. This was my first time interviewing anyone in the genre and some parts of the interview went well whereas some areas need improvement.


RST: I only found your music on Youtube and not Spotify or Tidido or any of the streaming services. Do you have plans for an official release?

SK: I really have no clue about streaming services and I‘m also not interested in it. I personally almost never download music. I highly prefer physical albums, and I actually released two physical albums, "Völkerfrühling“ in 2005 and "Eulenspiegels Wiederkehr“ in 2013. Both are available via Discogs. There are also contributions from me on a few compilations, and I collaborated with artists as Porta Vittoria, Uwe Nolte, Qvercvs and Thulesehnsucht in der Maschinenzeit (TSIDMZ). At the moment a new album is not possible due to financial reasons, but maybe I will release a compilation of home recordings next year.



RST: I really liked your song "Ulaanbaatariin Udesh." My roommates did too and we listened to a whole bunch of Asian musicians doing different renditions of it. It was very hard to find an English translation or any translation for that matter. How did you learn this song well enough to play it? What about the history of the song appealed to you?

SK: I listened to far eastern folk music for many years now, and I was also interested in Mongolian throat singing. A Mongolian friend taught me some Mongolian phrases just for fun, and by looking for Mongolian music on YouTube, I found a version of "Ulaanbaatariin Udesh“, which I loved a lot. I showed this to my friend and said I wanted to make a version of this, and she gave me a rough translation, and then I learned it and sung it to her a few times and when she eventually said that it was all clearly understandable, I recorded that version in spring or summer 2015. I tried to find Mongolian guest musicians and a female singer, but the results were not satisfying, so I finally asked a friend to release that version on YouTube. Unfortunately until now it has not become famous in Mongolia, but who knows, maybe one day they‘ll discover it over there, hehe…

Btw, I also did two cover version of a Vietnamese song by singer/songwriter Trinh Cong Son, but I wrote German lyrics for it. Now it‘s named „Die Brücke“. Both versions, of which one is a collaboration with the fantastic Italian Avantgarde Pop band Porta Vittoria, can be found on YouTube. I also have the idea of recording some songs in Vietnamese language, together with a Vietnamese friend, who is a quite talented singer. Let‘s see.


RST: I have noticed much of the political content of your music and postings. Do you consider yourself part of the Alt Right?

SK: No, as I consider the Alt Right is very much a genuinely US-American movement, naturally trying to give an answer on American questions. Germany‘s political situation is different, and we have very different political and philosophical traditions. Then we have the question, what Alt Right actually means. It seems to be a very broad term for many various groups and ideas.


Somehow, if we assume, it just means "alternative right“, I could somehow agree, as I am probably a person with right wing views, and alternative, if we say that this means an alternative to the cliché of the right wing person, as portrayed by the mass media (and, of course, as every decent right wing person will admit, unfortunately corroborated by those who are mislead enough to identify with that hilarious image).

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