D. O.: “From where does your music come – more than 1800 songs and even symphonic creations?”
Michel: “I grew up in an environment of freedom and do-it-yourself ethics. My father played violin in Memphis, my mother was singing in a choir in Vienna. They met in Paris, and when I was born they joined a travelin’ artists group doin’ all kinds of performances in the States and on the way from France up to India and back: Acting, happenings, music – all kinds of shows.
As a child I was fascinated by electronical experimental soundstructures which were used by the group for dance and light-shows. I was about five when I created an electronical soundimage for an art-happening. As a teenager I made films and played guitar. Many ideas from that time grew into songs afterwards. A free-mind stand, saying and singing what one is doing is a natural thing to me. My story is in the music, my life is the message. … It’s the challenge of taking the responsibility for your life with courage, high spirit, dedication to music, commitment to those who listen.”
D.O.: ” ‘Eternal Circle’ is a rare production where you exclusively sing covers of Bob Dylan songs?”
Michel: “‘Mixed up confusion’ is one of the Bob Dylan songs I sing. There are borders around any corner and while you drive in a taxi you have enough time to remove them or rearrange them into bridges. ‘Mixed up confusion’ is something like that. Imagine Elvis Presley singin’ at folk-city.”