Star Apps: Jann Klose
As the first musician in a deeply conservative German family, Jann Klose quickly learned that his musical aspirations would not get support. “When I said I wanted to learn an instrument growing up, I was denied that. I had to go out and do it on my own.” Today Klose is a multiple Independent Music Awards winner, best known for his “Song to the Siren” cover and original gay anthem “Make It Better.” I chatted with Klose about his classic rock obsession, gaining the support of his family and Buckley collaborators, and his US tour.
(Credit: Yael Shulman)
You’ve covered Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren” and played with Renaissance, Pete Seger, and Les Paul. Where does your interest in classic rock come from? It’s what the radio was still playing when I was growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, and I’ve always been drawn to that kind of music. There’s no rhyme or reason for it. It just really affected me, and I connect to it. Everything from the late ’60s and early ’70s rock — Led Zeppelin; The Beatles; Joni Mitchell; Crosby, Stills & Nash — the music just spoke to me. It wasn’t something I really had around me. I discovered it on my own, because I was j… [Read more]
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