Where my fans come from (2017), and how it reflects on gigs

As you might know, I do some analysis from time to time. Here’s the Top 10 of where my fans come from, and a few comments from myself to it:

1 Germany β€” Actually surprising.

2 Hungary β€” Not surprising at all, just played 5 gigs in 1 week there. Hungarians have and incredible connection to the music I love (and do).

3 United States of America β€” Very surprising, in a way. Getting gigs in the US is really difficult (for me). Promoters aren’t willing to take risks and pay decently. Probably the country is also just geographically too big to get folks attending a gig with a dude like me, although I had great gigs in L.A. and Philadelphia already.

4 Argentina β€” Comparable to the people in Hungary, just 18 hours more flight, and 1000 € more flight costs, so I get relatively many booking requests that unfortunately seldom work out. But, believe it or not, we’re working on a (realistic) mini tour right now, as we speak. If all goes well I’m touring Argentina in July 2017. πŸ™‚

5 United Kingdom β€” Been booked there once in my life. But hey: also in talks for a gig in London right now as well. If all goes well: July 2017!

6 Turkey β€” Oh my… I receive hundreds of booking requests from Turkey every year, and it NEVER worked out. Musically Turks have the same affection for my stuff as the Hungarians and Argentinians do, but for some reason we can’t work out gigs. I don’t get it. MANY requests, no outcome. What a pity. :-/ I hope this changes ASAP.

7 Greece β€” See above (Turkey). Many requests, not much outcome. And boy, do I LOVE Greece! In fact, I’m planning my vacation for this year in Greece right now. Love the people, the food, the culture…. everything. And I know Greeks party hard, as if there was no tomorrow. πŸ™‚

8 Mexico β€” A bit like Argentina. Far away, but people are absolutely crazy about my music. I remember having had a huge article in Mexico’s biggest newspaper back in 2003 when I released my first artist album, which was signed to EMI β€” a major label, imagine that! The big press was due to a Spanish journalist who spotted me because of the major label deal and interviewed me (for the German press, haha), but I was living in Spain back then. Anyway, I’d love to come to Mexico, of course. πŸ˜‰

9 Bulgaria β€” I think it’s like Turkey, plus, I heard my fee is a general problem in Bulgaria, which β€” I heard as well β€” has the lowest average income in Europe. Pity. πŸ™

10 Romania β€” Can’t say much about this, to be honest, just: I’d love to play in Romania! I have a good friend from Romania that happens to be a great promoter! In Malaysia, LOL. Hi Daniela! πŸ˜‰

Okay guys, that’s it for now. You see, it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s not me who doesn’t wanna play in your country or so. There are mostly obstacles I can’t do much about.

If you wanna see/hear me near you, talk to a local promoter, or if you’re a promoter yourself, here’s the way to book me: buff.ly/2s1K171

Right now, we’re looking for as many shows in Argentina for July as possible. The more we get booked the more feasible it becomes for every stakeholder (costs!). Also, 1 or 2 more UK gigs in July would be great, so I don’t have to do only one London gig (although I will love doing it, of course). πŸ˜‰

Thanks for the attention. <3

An Analysis of 80's Music

I recently did an analysis about 80’s music for a client (yes, I do stuff like that). It’s actually a very detailed and vast analysis that took me quite some time for research and putting the results together, but I decided to take out some of the things that I thought would be most interesting for you (and me).

Also, I limit this version of the analysis here to the US American Billboard charts, as the US has by far the biggest market for music on the planet, almost 10 times bigger than the #2 in the game, which would be China. That fact alone is stunning, if you ask me.

Here’s some results:

3 Most Charting Artists (in the Top 100)

1: Madonna (1.6%)

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Most successful song: “Like A Virgin” (Keynote: E-Flat minor / Tempo: 120 BPM / high energy)


2: Hall & Oates (1.5%)

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Most successful song: “Maneater” (Keynote: B minor / Tempo: 89 BPM / normal energy)


3: Michael Jackson (1.4%)

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Most successful song: “Billie Jean” (Keynote: F-Sharp minor / Tempo: 117 BPM / normal energy)

Personal note:

“Billie Jean” is one of the very few songs by Michael Jackson I really like. In fact, I love this one only. It has a perfect groove, perfect songwriting and arrangement. No surprise it was so successful.

I knew Madonna and Michael Jackson would be in the Top 3, but Hall & Oates?? And even higher than MJ, who had the most #1 hits in the Billboard charts in history, by the way? I must have been sleeping under a rock … really surprising.

Energy

Calm music (ballads, downtempo etc.): 20.8%
Typical/normal energy level music: 46.2%
High energy music (dense sound layers, uptempo): 33%

3 Most Used Keynotes

1: A major (8.3%)
2: G major (8%)
3: A minor (7.7%)

That didn’t surprise me really, although I saw G minor on top. Top selling rock acts like Pink Floyd or Dire Straits wrote most of their most successful songs in G major. In the basic Pop music field, it seems like A major dominated.

3 Most Used Words in Titles

1: you (18%)
2: love (14.7%)
3: me (13.7%)

Put that together and you have “You Love Me”. Nice. Yeah, the 80’s were β€” still β€” dominated by “love” in combination with “you” and (logically) “me”. I haven’t done research on that now, but I’m sure the most used words don’t look very much different today, apart from “love”. The 80’s were definitely pretty cheesy.

  • Average tempo: 116.5 BPM
  • Average track length 80’s: exactly 4:00 minutes
  • Average track length today: 3:58 minutes

There was a peak in duration in 1992 (4:15 minutes) and a low in 1959 (2:22 minutes). From 1969 on, the duration of songs was steadily rising, until 1992. From there it went down towards 4 minutes again.

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