Gentleman released his new album “Mad World”. In an interview, he explains why the work was created in Mallorca, what message he wants to convey with the album and how he feels, as a football fan, in the face of the boycott of the World Cup.
Gentleman (48) is back: the German reggae musician will release his new album “Mad World” on December 2. The title of the album describes the increasingly chaotic state of our society. Gentleman performed the Tears for Fears classic “Mad World” for the title track. “I never did a cover. I had an animal respect for her and a lot of doubts”, explains the musician in an interview with the spot on news on the work of reinterpreting the popular song, for which Michael Andrews and Gary Jules previously published a cover version in 2003. “But I’ve always loved the song and it’s been with me for a long time,” Gentleman continues. “I found the idea appealing of being able to just take a certain element and make it your own song. Like, I added two verses and put a reggae in one drop on it.” When he recorded the song, “I immediately had goosebumps”, says the musician. “That’s always a good sign.”
After his work “Blue Hour” (2020), he returns this time to the English language. “It was already clear during the German album process that I wouldn’t start singing in German now,” says Tilmann Otto, whose real name is. “I wanted to fulfill a heart’s desire and I love this album. But I also have fans in Costa Rica or the Caribbean, who could feel the vibe of the German songs, but didn’t really understand them. After everything, the lyrics are an essential part.”
Collect your impressions of Mallorca
The album “Blue Hour” was created in Tenerife, “Mad World” now in Mallorca. “With all the albums, I looked for a place where I could collect my first thoughts and not be distracted. The speed of the city is not suitable for that”, explains Gentleman. “In Mallorca we found this finca in the mountains, where we built a studio and locked ourselves away for a few weeks. There were only sheep and goats around us and a crazy starry sky above of us every night.” A healthy lifestyle and reduced media consumption also helped him during this phase. “Especially right now, when you feel like you’re slipping from one crisis to another, I had to sort it out in my head. Giving yourself space to think is the sine qua non for being creative. The desire, mine Manifesting feelings and thoughts in music then came automatically.”
With the album, Gentleman conveys the message: “No matter how incoherent everything seems, believe in yourself, in the good and go on your way”. Optimistic, he believes “in a balance and that there is a counterweight to a certain current. We live in cycles, go through changes and are variable beings”, explains the musician. “My generation was used to growing up almost carefree, never having been in war and never having experienced extreme crises. Now, for the first time, we have this feeling that we have not experienced in such concentration. But I still think that there is also an opportunity and that we recognize that we can no longer live as we have lived and that a change is happening. There are definitely more questions than answers. .
Gentleman is ‘not in World Cup fever’
Gentleman does not want to be neutral or apolitical as an artist. He sees it as his job to identify problems and offer solutions. “I think the moment you’re not singing about a tree or showing your love for your wife, but a certain attitude or opinion, that’s political,” the singer says. At the same time, the word could have “incredible power”. “I am aware of it. Today, you think about it four times before saying anything. I also notice it in my surroundings. I have the impression that people are becoming more cautious.”
But you have a responsibility, especially right now, “when a lot of people are watching, like at a World Cup, and you can reach them, you have the opportunity to spread an important message. Why not .” For me, it’s a must”, explains the musician. “Even if it has to be done in the right dose and chosen and not at random. Sport still has to come first.”
As an avowed football fan, Gentleman is still undecided about the pros and cons of a boycott of the FIFA World Cup currently taking place in Qatar and “hasn’t yet been able to make up his mind. correct. But for me, this World Cup definitely has no spirit. I’m not now, I’m in World Cup fever as usual. It didn’t grab me this time, just the fact that it’s winter and how the award went And how will he fill the time ahead if he’s not watching football Gentleman reveals he’ll finish the rest of the year quietly, but also in music. “There is another concert in Cologne on December 19 and then I will celebrate Christmas with my family.”