Getting To Know... Waldeck

After an extremely explorative career that has already spanned a number of decades, renowned artist and composer Waldeck recently returned to the fold once again to deliver his vibrant new album 'The Moon And The Orient'.

Featuring the previously shared efforts 'Bring On The Thrill...', 'After You Have Gone' and 'Dating Line', this new twelve-track collection makes for a brilliantly broad and alluring listen. Filled with sprawling textures and a vibrant atmosphere from start to finish, 'The Moon And The Orient' continues his innovative streak once again.

So with the new album available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origin and what has been inspiring him most lately.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

I always wanted to play the violin, but as you might gather - unless you really play the violin well (which probably takes ages) - its sound is probably closer to the sound of meowing cats than a musical instrument. So my mother insisted that I should first learn to play the piano and later if I still would want to take violin lessons. That of course never happened.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

I listened to my parent's collection of classical music and imagined to become one day a famous music conductor. However, I became a composer/musician which is close enough.

What was the first album you remember owning?

It was by the British band: Sweet and it was called „Give us a wink".

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Dean Martin - Sway (Quien Sera)

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

I usually sit down at my grand piano in the evening in my living room and hit some notes, play some chords and try something out. I might enjoy a sip of wine in between and lately, I also started to make some audio notes on my iPhone, so I won´t forget what crossed my mind.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

I recently discovered the Canadian band Timber Timbre, but to be honest I more often listen to old records.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Just in terms of the size of audience, I would think that Taylor Swift would be a good choice.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

To be self employed.

And what is the most frustrating part?

To be self employed… no just kidding. Dealing with all the algorithms and data analysis in connection with the streaming platforms makes the job not different to selling any other kind of consumer products.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

I have never received any advice myself, but I can give some advice to other musicians: You need to be patient and work steady.


Waldeck's new album 'The Moon And The Orient' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.