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Nashenwing brings the Mountain Farmers Slap to Vienna

Nashenwing, 32, rocks out on stage with her band for two and a half hours an evening as part of her “Bergbauorn Tour” and without a break. “It’s good for me.” The Stadthalle date is another milestone in her career: “Because I’ve only performed on mixed nights in Vienna so far.” She laughs at her audience: “It’s colorful, just like my world.” This is also reflected in the show. It was “100 percent Melissa.” Postscript: “People must feel that everything is very honest.”

When planning, it was important to her not to give “any interchangeable concerts”: “I’m a woman who likes to change clothes, I have a mountain farmer’s joke with me and the world with glitz and glamour, but also thoughtful moments. I sing a song on a swing. There’s a little stage in In the midst of the crowd. After all, I have played with them a thousand times, and my grandfather told me along the way that I should not forget where I come from. That is why I bring a mixture with a Styrian accordion in the midst of the people.”

According to Wikipedia, Naschenweng can be categorized “a style between folk, ballad, pop and rock”. How does the artist see it herself? “Well,” she replied, “I still have Styrian music with me, although my songs no longer resemble folk music at all.” “You can’t label them anymore. I always say it’s the music I feel – and it doesn’t always sound the same. It has to be authentic, honest lyrics – whether it’s jarring or hate on the internet, that’s my mark.”

Schlager is cuddly, but also smiley. What does Nasnowing think of criticism when it’s directed at genre? She replied immediately: “There is nothing more beautiful than seeing happy faces on stage.” “Especially in times like these. Why criticize someone who is trying to please people? Obviously, anyone who does that has nothing to worry about!” With so much success, “It doesn’t really matter,” said the Villach native. “I also had to learn not to try to please everyone. You can’t. I don’t want to either.”

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Naschenweng asserts that it hasn’t necessarily been easier to show business with increasing success. “You realize that the higher you go, the more people try to say goodbye to you. I would never have imagined what weighs you down. From time to time, Naschenweng has to stick her elbows out.” The fact that she’s been around for a long time and gone through the ‘hard school’ is good for her: I’ve played every marquee and every discotheque, I’ve risen from the bottom and’ witnessed a great deal. So now nothing shakes me anymore.”

Schlager isn’t necessarily a critical social profession, so Nashenwing’s statement makes you sit up and take notice: “As an artist, you’re bound in some way to address things that might otherwise get no attention.” In her song “Amelie” are headlines of hate on the Internet, for example. “I am always affected by this myself,” she says. “On the internet it’s easy to hide behind profiles, put others down, and judge others. This sucks!”

“Glock” is the name of Melissa Nashing’s current album. What does happiness mean to the translator? “The sum of several small things,” she says. “Many people miss small happiness because they are waiting for big happiness in vain. For example, I am happy when I am healthy, I meet friends when the coffee machine works in the morning. I received a message from home that I should also be happy with small things, and not only About Amadeus or 5,000 people in the hall.

(Interview by Wolfgang Hauptmann/APA)

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