Mike Singer 22.04.2017
Location: Kammgarn, Kaiserslautern
Favourite song of the artist: Karma
Least favourite song of the artist: Ohne dich
Favourite lyrics: –
Favourite song live: Karma
Favourite quote of the night: „Earplugs?“
Why this artist?
I got invited to the concert and thought ‚why not?‘. I didn’t know too much about him beforehand.
Kammgarn is an old factory building that is very well kept. It’s a small venue with pretty balustrades and old engines in the backstage area. In said you can also find pictures of the artists who played there, which is pretty interesting. If you ever get the opportunity: check it out!
The screams started when the support act went on stage and didn’t stop until it was all over. Support act that night was Vincent Gross and I can’t say that I knew him before that night. The performance was solid, even though I can’t say that the music he plays is what I listen to. The audience seemed to like it, so I guess it was a good fit as a support artist overall.
Another support act, Enya Dres, had been cancelled that day so I can’t say anything about her or her music, but she came out later during the meet and greet and talked to some fans and gave out hugs. I have to say the management has it down to make the fans feel like they are part of the actual team and not mere fans, even though that’s what they are, of course. You could see ‚teamsinger‘ sings everywhere, sometimes even drawn onto the faces of the fans.
Mike Singer is named the German Justin Bieber by the media over here and the hysteria his fans greet him with seems to be comparable. 17 year old, blonde, nice boy who writes his own music and can sing… girls there we go. The songs are German pop, some romantic, some with a heavy beat. He went on stage with a small band. A DJ showed up for a couple of songs. Personally I could have done without him – not because of his DJ-ing qualities, but because his incessant screaming into the mic and firing up the crowd at the most inopportune moments annoyed me after the second song. „Where aaaaaaare you? Loooouder!!“. It gets old really fast and him yelling over the voice of the actual singer didn’t help.
Mike sounds as young as he is, but he can sing, there’s no doubt about it. Why he chose to go full playback on one of the cover songs I can’t say, and I think he could have pulled it off live just like the rest of the songs. I had to laugh when he sang „Weinst du“ by „Echt“ a song that came out in 1999 when Mike’s fans weren’t even born yet.
I am curious to see how his career goes on and I hope he won’t face the same crisis as the real Justin Bieber. He will get older and so will his audience. Let’s see what he’ll sound like all grown up. Hopefully not like his DJ.
I’ve never been to a concert before where there was a ‚parking space‘ for parents. In this case it consisted of several steps at the back of the room, where the parents were seeking shelter, while their daughters were standing in front of the stage screeching as loud as they could.
My god, the screaming and screeching. You literally couldn’t hear the music at times because of the non-sensical screaming that just never seemed to stop. When he went off stage they didn’t clap their hands- there was just screaming. No rhythmic clapping either- screaming. No applause when it was over, instead: screaming. Thanks again to the house technician who equipped us with earplugs after the first song – not because the artist was bad, but because we feared to go deaf because of the hysterical screams.
Do it again?
I don’t think so. I am too old for this kind of concert. It has nothing to do with the artist. Nice kid.