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Dusty

Chap­ter 1

Child­hood & dreams

Sask­ia Stäu­ble was born on 28th July in Basel, Switzer­land, and grew up in the cozy Frick­taler vil­lage Zeinin­gen on the countryside.

AS A LITTLE GIRL, SHE HAD ALWAYS BEEN SINGING AND DREW MUCH ATTENTION WITH HER STRONG VOICE ALREADY AT THE AGE OF SIX.

She used her strong voice when she sang the songs of Walt Dis­ney with her full body and soul. This ded­i­ca­tion let her always come under the best in the school’s music lessons. Accord­ing­ly, her grades were excellent.

She remem­bers her­self sit­ting in the stair­case when she heard from some­where in the neigh­bour­hood Beethoven’s “For Elise” being played on a piano. IT WAS A MILD SUMMER EVENING THAT SASKIA WOULD NEVER FORGET. LOOKING INTO THE DEEP YELLOW-ORANGED SUN RAYS, SHE TRULY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SOUNDS OF THE PIANO.

At the age of eleven she already began to write short poems and lyrics. This way she expressed her long­ing for the big world in a very own and per­son­al way.

Chap­ter 2

Singing, danc­ing & ballet

Her child­hood and youth was shaped by sev­en years of bal­let. Although she had the flair of always being late for bal­let lessons, she was taught per­se­ver­ance to stand up, stay flex­i­ble in life, and still be on the ground with both feet.

IN SCHOOL SMOKING BECAME TRENDY. SASKIA THOUGH WAS RESISTANT TO THE TEMPTATION WITH THE REASON OF BECOMING A WORLD-FAMOUS SINGER AND NOT WANTING TO RUIN HER VOICE.

Then at the age of 14, she start­ed her singing career: With her best friend, the pas­sion­ate singer and dancer found­ed a dance group. Under the name “Cat Eyes”, the new­ly formed girl group held a small cast­ing and found two oth­er mem­bers – class­mates from her school. The four sang songs by TLC, Aaliyah, Jen­nifer Lopez, Ashan­ti, Whit­ney Hous­ton and many oth­ers. Sask­ia and her best friend thought up chore­o­gra­phies, which they then rehearsed together.

SASKIA REGULARLY APPEARED IN SOLO PERFORMANCES AT WEDDINGS AND WAS DISCOVERED ONE DAY BY ONE OF THE GUESTS: A MUSIC MANAGER SEEING GREAT POTENTIAL IN SASKIA’S VOICE.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion reached its cli­max when the music man­ag­er of the girl group made a big appear­ance in a hall in Ger­many in addi­tion to sev­er­al small­er appear­ances in Switzerland.

Chap­ter 3

Cook­ing & gastronomy

A cru­cial expe­ri­ence in Saskia’s life was her appren­tice­ship, which she start­ed at the age of 16 at the renowned four-star hotel “Park­ho­tel” in Rhe­in­felden, Aar­gau. Today she still says, these were incred­i­bly pre­cious years of learn­ing: From dis­ci­pline to sta­mi­na and the love to detail, every­thing was there.

FOR SASKIA THERE WAS NO CHOICE WHEN HER FINAL EXAMS OF HER COOKING EDUCATION CAME CLOSER: A MEETING WAS CONVENED WITH THE TEACHER AND HER MOTHER. SASKIA HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO GOOD SENSE TO CONCENTRATE ON HER APPRENTICESHIP AND HAD TO AGREE NOT TO CONTINUE TO SING.

After grad­u­at­ing, Sask­ia worked for six years in var­i­ous cater­ing estab­lish­ments, includ­ing three years as head chef at the restau­rant “Eska­pad” in Olten. She found her way back to her voice and gained more and more expe­ri­ence as a singer in rock and soul bands. In between she was a soloist in a choir. In 2005, she took part at the Swiss cast­ing show “Music Star”, was lat­er a can­di­date for the Ger­man show “Das Super­tal­ent” and par­tic­i­pat­ed in “The Great­est Swiss tal­ent” on Swiss television.

JUROR DJ BOBO OF THE SHOW “THE GREATEST SWISS TALENTS” SAID THAT SASKIA’S VOICE WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH FOR THE SWISS STAGE. SO THE JURY KICKED HER OUT OF THE SHOW.

She pro­duced sev­er­al sound­tracks in DIFFERENT stu­dioS, includ­ing “The Rose” by Beth Midler, “Hit The Road, Jack!”, And “RIGHT TO BE WRONG” by JOSS STONE. BECAUSE SHE WAS NEVER SATISFIED WITH HER VOCAL RECORDING, THESE RECORDS WERE NEVER PUBLISHED.

At the age of 25, she start­ed a joB in a hip restau­rant Ein­stein in Aarau. A year lat­er, she moved pro­fes­sion­al­ly to Lucerne to work at the Cul­ture and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter KKL as deputy chef de service.
In order to step up pro­fes­sion­al­ly, Sask­ia attend­ed the busi­ness school and grad­u­at­ed with a busi­ness diplo­ma. She con­tin­ued her career with a train­ing as a nutri­tion­ist and moti­va­tion coach and worked in Zug for three years in a prac­tice. Dur­ing this time, she focused more and more on her own goals and so her per­for­mances as a singer at wed­dings and var­i­ous events were numer­ous. She learned Eng­lish from MTV (Music TV) and from Walt Dis­ney movies.

Chap­ter 4

Brain stroke & new beginning

A week before her 30th birth­day Sask­ia suf­fered from a brain stroke: the left side of her body was com­plete­ly paral­ysed. She was exam­ined by a neu­rol­o­gist in the Can­ton­al Hos­pi­tal of Lucerne who could not explain the cause.

FOR SASKIA, ON THE OTHER HAND, THE REASON FOR THE DIAGNOSIS AT HER YOUNG AGE OF 30 YEARS WAS CLEAR: SHE WAS NOT LIVING HER LIFE. THEREUPON SHE TOOK THE COURAGE AND WAS FINALLY DETERMINED TO BECOME A SINGER. Almost at the same time, she could move her hand again. AND the Idea of Dust of Soul was born.

She quit her job, can­celled the apart­ment and sold her belong­ings. Hav­ing left a suit­case, two box­es of her child­hood mem­o­ries, she trav­eled to New York City and start­ed look­ing for her own inner artist. On a park bench in Cen­tral Park, she start­ed out of nowhere to final­ly fin­ish her own lyrics with melodies.
A month lat­er, she met Michael Oder­matt at the main train sta­tion in Lucerne and Dust of Soul became a duo: The suc­cess­ful sto­ry began…

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