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MiKey

Pianist MiKey’s  par­ents’ home pre­sent­ed many chal­lenges. His sis­ter had men­tal dif­fi­cul­ties which often led to argu­ments. To stop the fight­ing and calm every­body he start­ed play­ing intu­itive­ly from his heart and expe­ri­enced how neg­a­tive ener­gies trans­formed into pos­i­tiv­i­ty through the vibra­tion of his piano-play­ing. Ever since he has a deep con­nec­tion with the piano and it became his life’s pur­pose to help people.”

Chap­ter 1

Child­hood & dreams

Michael Oder­matt was born on March 23, 1989 in Lucerne, Switzer­land and grew up in the Emmen agglom­er­a­tion. There he found his way to music as a child.

WHEN HE DISCOVERED A LARGE BLACK GRAND PIANO AT AN EVENT OF THE MUSIC SCHOOL IN EMMEN AT THE YOUNG AGE OF SIX, HE WAS CAPTIVATED BY THIS INSTRUMENT AND ITS MASSIVE POWER AND PRESENCE.

At the age of six he com­plet­ed a year of gen­er­al basic music edu­ca­tion with a focus on melody, har­mo­ny, rhythm and com­po­si­tion, fol­lowed by a year of piano lessons for two.

MICHAEL COLLECTED MUSICAL EXPERIENCES IN GROUPS EARLY – THE FIRST YEAR OF PIANO LESSONS WAS LEARNING TO PLAY THE PIANO FOUR HANDED WITH ANOTHER PIANO STUDENT.

After that he con­cen­trat­ed eight years on a clas­si­cal piano edu­ca­tion indi­vid­u­al­ly with Ital­ian piano teacher Giuseppe Mure­na. At the annu­al con­cert he played in front of a large audience.

MICHAEL PLAYED CLASSICAL WORKS BY GREAT COMPOSERS WHO HE DEFINITELY WANTED TO GET TO KNOW PERSONALLY. HE HAD QUESTIONS HOW THEY FEEL THE MUSIC AND WHAT THEY WANTED TO EXPRESS. WHEN HE LEARNED THAT MOST OF THEM HAD ALREADY DIED, HE COULDN’T UNDERSTAND THAT HE SHOULD PLAY THEIR MUSIC.

Chap­ter 2

Break­through to music

In addi­tion to clas­si­cal music, which he found dif­fi­cult to access, Michael devel­oped a great inter­est in intu­itive piano play­ing and began express­ing his own melodies and com­po­si­tions at an ear­ly age. Nev­er­the­less, it was only lat­er that he real­ized how much music he real­ly had inside of him.

WHEN HE FINALLY MANAGED TO PLAY FELT AND HEARD MUSIC ON THE PIANO IN HIS EARLY TEENAGE YEARS, HE WAS UNSTOPPABLE AND LITERALLY BUBBLED WITH ENTHUSIASM. HE WANTED TO CREATE MORE DEPTH AND MULTIPLE FACETS WITH OTHER INSTRUMENTS. HE FOUNDED HIS FIRST BAND AT THE AGE OF 16 TO EXPERIMENT INTENSIVELY WITH IT.

At the same time he took over the cov­et­ed pianist posi­tion in the band of the nation­al­ly known gospel choir «Lord Singers» under the direc­tion of musi­cian and teacher Jörg Heeb for five years. With Jörg as con­duc­tor, who was a great musi­cal men­tor to Michael as a grad­u­ate of the Con­ser­va­to­ry, he per­formed week­ly in church­es, the­aters and con­cert halls. At the same time, he cul­ti­vat­ed more and more inten­sive exchanges with oth­er musi­cians. In the rehearsal rooms of estab­lished bands, he gained his first expe­ri­ences with fel­low musi­cians. From this arose their first own band with him as band leader. He was their pianist and became their lead gui­tarist. Because he learned to play the gui­tar inde­pen­dent­ly as a sec­ond instru­ment out of his own inter­est and began to work on larg­er com­po­si­tions and arrange­ments. As a young musi­cal direc­tor, he began work­ing inten­sive­ly with singers and instru­men­tal­ists, includ­ing the Zug singer “Shamin” and Natascha (today inter­na­tion­al­ly known as the singer of the reg­gae band “Base­ment Roots”), to devel­op a grow­ing reper­toire, which meant that he was on stage more and more often.

MICHAEL WROTE HIS OWN PIECES OF MUSIC AND PERFORMED LIVE WITH THEM FROM AN EARLY AGE. INITIALLY ON A SMALLER SCALE, LATER ON LARGER OCCASIONS SUCH AS THE EMMEN YOUNG CITIZENS’ CELEBRATION IN THE GERSAG HALL IN FRONT OF HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

Chap­ter 3

More music & more depth

One thing was clear to Michael: he want­ed more. He want­ed to change the world with his music. Trav­el. Com­pose more. Exper­i­ment a lot. Dis­cov­er music as a mouth­piece. To get to know peo­ple. Explore his own musi­cal back­ground. With his strong­ly devot­ed nature and as a deeply ground­ed per­son­al­i­ty, he did what moved him, what touched him. So Michael also looked for answers in his pro­fes­sion­al life: There he com­plet­ed his appren­tice­ship as a busi­ness­man at the Emmen munic­i­pal admin­is­tra­tion with intense busi­ness stud­ies at the Lucerne uni­ver­si­ty of coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion (KV Luzern Beruf­sakademie) and then gained fur­ther pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence in trustee­ship. He lived in two dif­fer­ent worlds and want­ed to hit the ground run­ning everywhere.

MICHAEL RECOGNIZED THAT THE PROJECT «BUILDING A SERIOUS BAND» IS NOT EASY, ESPECIALLY SINCE IT DEPENDS ON DIFFERENT YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ALL WANT TO HAVE THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES IN LIFE AND WHO DO NOT SEE MUSIC AS THEIR NUMBER ONE THING IN LIFE.

With his drum­mer at the time and close musi­cal ally, Mar­co Lingg, who placed 11th in the 15th Swiss drum­mer and per­cus­sion­ist com­pe­ti­tion, he nev­er­the­less man­aged to build his own image as an inde­pen­dent musi­cian with his first pro­fes­sion­al band «Crunchy Car­a­vans», a book­ing plat­form, web­site appear­ance, own rehearsal room, tour schedule—everything that goes with it. He set up a rehearsal room with a record­ing stu­dio and began his first music productions.

HOWEVER, THE LACK OF FOCUS OF YOUNG MUSICIANS MADE HIM SLOW DOWN. THEREFORE HE WAS LOOKING FOR NEW EXPERIENCES IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS AND WAS HIRED BY THE ESTABLISHED SWISS BAND «THE FATE» AS A PIANIST AND WENT ON TOUR WITH THEM.

There he came into con­tact with the then new type of synth-pop and the pop­u­lar EDM (Elec­tron­ic Dig­i­tal Music) music genre. Bassist and audio engi­neer­ing school grad­u­ate Samuel Leber became his men­tor. With him as an exper­i­men­tal stu­dio musi­cian and expe­ri­enced live musi­cian, he exam­ined a wide vari­ety of record­ing meth­ods and played with var­i­ous arrange­ments and com­po­si­tions. Samuel sup­port­ed Michael and Shamin as sound engi­neers in the stu­dio when they took part in the envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion con­test with their duet «Save The World».

Chap­ter 4

The «Amer­i­can Dream»

MICHAEL CONTINUOUSLY LOST THE CONNECTION TO BEING A MUSICIAN IN THE CLASSICAL SENSE. HE JUST DID NOT FEEL AT HOME. HE WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. JUST WHAT?

Michael want­ed to explore some­thing of his own, his own core and expe­ri­ence life more deeply. The three-month lan­guage stay in the USA, in San Fran­cis­co, Cal­i­for­nia, allowed the 21-year-old to keep dream­ing: dream­ing of the “Amer­i­can Dream”.

FOR HIS BIG VISION WITH MUSIC, HE WAS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE CRAZY AT HIS SIDE TO EXPLORE THIS PATH WITH HIM. IT WAS A MIRACLE THAT HE MET EXACTLY THIS PERSON IN LUCERNE ON JULY 15, 2012.

His ally and drum­mer at the time arranged to meet the two search­ing artists at Lucerne train sta­tion. Michael hit it off straight away with the Swiss singer Sask­ia Stäu­ble and shared the same views on life and musi­cal goals with her.

AFTER THIS ENCOUNTER MICHAEL CHANGED HIS LIFE. HE KNEW, THAT wAS IT! HE DECIDED TO LEAVE HIS EMPLOYMENT AT THE INTERNATIONAL FILM DISTRIBUTION COMPANY IN ZUG TO INVEST HIS ENTIRE FOCUS INTO MUSIC. AND THIS ALTHOUGH HE WENT A STEEP UP THE CAREER LADDER.

The Amer­i­can CEO let him go with a heavy heart. But noth­ing could break the will of the artist. His heart beats for music. That is how it was as a lit­tle boy, and that is how it will be forever…

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