Rumours About My Retirement — A Statement

Ingo Vogelmann
Not retired, yet.

There seems to be a rumour that I retired. Recently I also received messages from fans who asked me directly. I think it’s time to explain, and not just on this subject.

First of all: no. I haven’t retired, yet, nor do I plan so anytime soon. But I have either shut down or minimized certain activities that affect my work in the music industry, on the other hand, I draw my energy to other (and partially new) things.

About my management activities in the music industry

As you may know, I no longer work for FRISKY. I also removed my shows from the station, because I wanted it that way. I was not officially fired. At a certain point, FRISKY simply stopped communicating with me for reasons that to this day are incomprehensible to me, unless I suspected fraud. After all, I was the one who quit after nobody talked to me anymore. I got some sort of explanation (very much too late), but it wasn’t satisfactory at all. Despite the fact that it assumed completely false accusations that looked strongly like made up, for the sake of accusation. I can not spread the whole story publicly, it’s still a legal process that is far from over. I still have demands that I have to enforce in court.

With great pleasure I am Head of A&R for Pro B Tech Music. This job usually takes place in the background, which is why you do not notice much of it. But I am very busy. If you have demos, send them to me. 😉

Studio work

I direct my energy more and more to the work in the studio. That means I produce, mix, master and compose a lot, both for myself and for clients. That’s great fun. I couldn’t imagine quitting this, ever. I will probably do this until my very last breath. I just love music too much.

Radio shows

I do that. Still. As long as I enjoy it and my time allows it. I don’t know when the time has come when it stops being enough fun to continue, but you will notice.

Gigs

Quite clear: I’m picking out the really good ones. I’m tired of stupid discussions with promoters that do too much coke and have an incredibly inflated ego or want to fool me. I do not play for free drinks, travel expenses and hotel. BTW, I never did that.

To be honest: I have been involved in the music industry for about 25 years. I have experienced many beautiful things, seen many places and people and experienced unforgettable moments. But also many bitter disappointments. And I – 45 years old – do not feel like it anymore. Really not. I might be a bit stupid, but not that stupid.

And here is the most important thing…

Over the years, I have neglected far too many things. Friends and partnership, for example. Family. A normal life. I haven’t always given the really important people in my life the attention and energy they deserve. Although I always had the best intentions, I have been terrible on many subjects and fucked up opportunities.

At 45, I’m full of regrets that I need to process — believe it or not. Your own mistakes make you either go full retard (pardon the wording) or they make you humble and thoughtful. I want to be a better version of myself and live the life I could have lived earlier if I hadn’t clinged to stupid things and false perceptions. I also want to have more time and energy for private passions and hobbies, and I also want to really listen to the music I love more, not just skip through it, because I need to evaluate it.

I’m at an age where you do not have to get involved with everything or prove anything. I (almost) only do things that I enjoy doing. A few things I did before have only taken but not given back enough, or at all. Fuck this.

In a nutshell, I have no time or energy to waste. This life is short and will be over sooner or later, and I’m the only one responsible for my happiness until that day has come.

However, that’s the short explanation on the state of things. If necessary, I will explain more at some point. Thanks for your attention and for your support! I sincerely hope you understand what this is about, and what not.

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 — Actually surprising.

2 Hungary — 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 — 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 — 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. 🙂

5 United Kingdom — 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 — 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 — 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. 🙂

8 Mexico — 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 — 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. 😉

9 Bulgaria — I think it’s like Turkey, plus, I heard my fee is a general problem in Bulgaria, which — I heard as well — has the lowest average income in Europe. Pity. 🙁

10 Romania — 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! 😉

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). 😉

Thanks for the attention. <3

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