How would you describe yourself and your work to an alien?
I am a person full of stories and I want to tell them, but I don't only use words. I am someone who tries to touch all the senses of people emotionally, through my sounds, through my images, through my stories. I allow whatever arises in me flow through my musical tools and want to bring people together.
What drives you to create art?
I would burst otherwise. I have so many ideas inside me that want to get out. Art is very therapeutic for me, I process my experiences this way and share them with others. A lot of things that would otherwise just cause chaos inside me find a place this way, can be channeled and find expression. But I also have a political drive, I want to name the circumstances that I criticize and perhaps also make them more visible. But even before I actively made art myself, it was always something that brought people together and created community. That's also what I see my own art doing.
What do you love most about the Ruhr region in general?
The diversity and different lives that come together here. The Ruhr region is so colorful and so rich in perspectives. Also the honesty and directness of the people here.
Three places in the Ruhr region that you definitely show visitors:
Hof Bergmann, the Hardenstein castle ruins with the Muttental around it and the Kortländer district in Bochum.