Memory Lane is the debut album from artiste Piano Prince, who uses they/she pronouns, they draw inspiration from the ambiguity of the universe, and has set themself the task of transcending as many artistic, as well as social boundaries as possible.
They hope to give voice to these people’s desires for a more liberal society with the release of her new album, “Memory Lane.” In order to contribute to a new, more welcoming, and less classifying way of living, they let the memories of the struggles they had on a daily basis as a queer person living in Switzerland pour into their music.
The music of Piano Prince is extremely emotive and honest. Often depressed. Pop, Jazz, Minimalism, Neoclassicism, Film Music, and classical Romantic music are all inspirations.
during an interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, artiste Piano Prince shared with the world what was going through his head during the creative process. This is what they had to say;
In “Memory Lane” all tracks are based on memories in my life. With their debut album, I want to walk that lane together with all the listeners.
Not only do they want to make music, but want to make long-lasting songs that each individual can connect with.
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What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
When I think back to my childhood, one of the things I enjoyed the most was imagining whatever i wanted to be. It has so much power and freedom in it. Children are so powerful with this and we start to loose it gradually when we become adults.
With Piano Prince i want to embody exactly this feeling and share it with the rest of the world! We can be whatever we want! It’s ok how we feel and what we wish, what we want to become, what gender we are, how we want to dress and to whom we are attracted to.
Where do you find inspiration?
Life, Nature and my friends give me so much – sometimes so much that i wanna burst.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Oh i was surrounded by music when i was very young. Already when i was still in the belly of my mother, she would go to concerts – deep down I remember this.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
In my family nobody is in the music profession, but i would say both of my parents are very musical and play themselves several instruments. And i would even say that they understand and feel music better than some professionals out there.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I had so many good teachers who were great examples to me and inspired me a lot to go down that path.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
My older sister started to play piano when she was four. And soon after, i also wanted to play. So i could have lessons early on. And i really liked it.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Well I would say my mother saw and heard the great pianist Arthur Rubinstein when i was still in her belly. I’m sure that this impacted my development a lot.
How could you describe your music?
I think Piano Prince’s music is very direct and emotional. Often melancholic. It has influences from Pop, Jazz, Minimal, Neoclassic, Film Music and classical Romantic music.
Describe your creative process.
With Prince Prince I try to put my feelings, thoughts and memories into music. A lot of it is created in the moment. Sometimes I just feel that i have to express something and the only way I can do that is by playing piano.
Some ideas stay and i’m working on it. But sometimes the magic just happens and a full piece of music just flows out of me. These are the true moments of bliss.
What is your main inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from past memories and experiences. Often the language of music is my main way of processing and transforming emotions and thoughts.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Oh there are so many. But definitely Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock had a big impact in my life. Miles Davis with his search for new paths inspired me from early on and in the last years Henry Corey gave me goosebumps.
Then not to mention J Dilla with his inspiring lively beats who made me discover a totally new world to me. And in the electronic music genre I admire Jan Jelinek from early on.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
This is my first album, so let me answer this question in some years.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t like seeing other great musicians and artists as competitors. Aren’t we all together in this world and share our greatest passion?
What are your interests outside of music?
Oh well, I have so many! I love to make videos. I love to record any kind of sounds in nature. I do graphic work. I love cooking, collecting mushrooms, meditating, meeting friends, partying all night in clubs.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Probably something in the visual domains.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
The music industry is so fast changing in the last 10-15 years. Many people are overwhelmed with the information they get everyday. It’s difficult to filter all that information and to take time to understand something deeper.
So most people tend to spend only some seconds on a new reel or post on social media. The same tendencies we can see by the track length of new published music: it’s getting shorter every year!
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
Quality over quantity!
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
In “Memory Lane” all tracks are based on memories in my life. With this album I want to walk that lane together with all the listeners.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I’m working currently on the sheet music of the released tracks. A lot of people are asking about it. Once they’re ready you can get it on my patreon page.
Further I’m already working on my next singles. The release of the first album gives me so much energy now and i can’t stop creating.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
Yeah several. With some inspiring musician friends, we are working on some ideas for a future album. But when the time comes, I will talk more about it.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Never stop dreaming. You can be whatever you want and you are good the way you are!