CYANIDE & CREAM

Bonn, June 22nd 2020

Ahoi!

Our brand-new live acoustic session is out now and it is called „Cyanide & Cream“! You can stream it anywhere online or buy it at your local CD shop or order it via the Disentertainment Online Shop: Shop
We have also released a bunch of videos along with the album and made a playlist of them on YouTube. You can watch it right here: „Cyanide & Cream“ on YouTube
And lastly, if you want to know more about how C&C came to be and what I deem necessary when going on tour, here’s a short interview with Soundchecker Köln (in German): Interview

UPDATE:
We will be playing a live stream show from the Blue Shell in Cologne this coming Monday, June 29th, at 8.30 pm (UTC+01). We, as in „the band“.
We will be playing a mixed set of acoustic and electric versions of our songs, new and old ones, fast and sad ones, originals and a cover!
We look at this as the release show for „Cyanide & Cream“ that we were unable to play due to Corona. If you feel like joining us, just follow this link: Live Stream

Sending you lots of love!

– Clara

The picture for this post was taken by Mark Schmitz.

Bonn, June 4th 2020

Ahoi!

There are a bunch of announcements I was going to make today. But I feel like there’s no appropriate or not-tone-deaf way to do that, so I won’t.

Anything non-political seems incredibly insignificant compared to the global state of things. People are fighting for their lives, be it due to the ongoing pandemic or to systemic racism and police brutality. The latter are currently shaking especially white people’s perspectives on society to their core, not just in the US. A lot of us suddenly realize that we have failed to listen and failed to acknowledge the black experience and the struggle of BIPoC adequately. There’s endless need for solidarity right now, for allies with the #blacklivesmatter movement and for lasting change in the way we think, talk and act, for reforms and for unlearning of the inherently racist structures we have grown-up with. Silence feels like complicity and enabling.
And yet. And yet I am a white woman and it is not my place to take up space in the debates that are happening at the moment. I am aware that I can’t possibly understand what it is like to be a person of color in the US, in Germany, or anywhere in the world. That solidarity means listening to, believing and supporting those who have been sharing their stories all this time and to act on what they ask us to do.
There are a number of ressources on the internet about how we can do exactly that. A good start is to educate/re-educate ourselves on the matter:

www.blacklivesmatter.com

„Why I am No Longer Talking to White People about Race“ by Reni Eddo-Lodge

In German:

„Exit Racism“ by Tupoka Ogette

„Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen aber wissen sollten“ by Alice Hasters

(I inserted the links to the audiobooks on Spotify, but you can also buy those in book form)

Obviously, there are many more sources on the subject. The internet is a really helpful place that way.
Other ways of support are donations, signing petitions, taking to the streets or showing our support online with our communities (as safely as possible in times of Corona – there are ways to protest without risking anyone’s health), having difficult conversations with our friends and family members about racism. Calling people out. Activism works. Checking ourselves constantly. We can’t distance ourselves from the institutional, structural, interpersonal and interalized racism in and around us and pretend it doesn’t affect the way we think. Of course it does. That doesn’t make us „bad people“, but it means we have to own up to that fact and reflect and question and check and check and check and react and change.

– Clara

Skin

Bonn, May 8th 2020

Ahoi!

Sometimes I feel like I am working on so many projects at once, big and small, urgent and long-term, important and maybe not-so-important but just for fun, that when they time comes to finish an individual one it feels like just one more thing to cross off the list.
Sometimes it seems stupid to then take a moment to appreciate that this thing actually got done, maybe done well even, and that this could be something to be proud of.
Today is a day like this.
We will be releasing our brand-new single „Skin“ today at 4 pm (UTC + 01) on YouTube. The recording of this song didn’t exist until three weeks ago, when my band and I decided it would be a good thing to put out something new in these weird times, as a sign of life, as some new entertainment for everyone stuck at home. I had written it a while ago, but all I had to show for was a wonky demo version.
They ended up liking it. So we recorded all the individual tracks separately in our homes, sent them to Tobi to be mixed and then to Julian to be mastered.
Julian and I also went ahead and shot a little music video in the Brotfabrik in Bonn. That was one and a half weeks ago. He directed, shot and edited the whole thing. If you like what you see, be sure to follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

So, if you want to see what we came up with, here’s a link: „Skin“ Music Video

This is uncomfortably close to my heart and I want you to like it more than I would like to admit.

I hope you are staying healthy and safe and I hope to see you again as soon as possible! ❤

– Clara

It’s getting Streamy!

Bonn, March 26th 2020

Ahoi!

So, as you might have noticed, due to the Corona situation it’s the age of the live streams. Most of us are slowly figuring out how to work the technology and try to provide entertainment for people to consume from the comfort (and safety) of their homes.
Which is why I will start listing the live-streamed concerts I am playing in the future here on this website in the „Gigs“-category with a corresponding link to the streaming plattform.

Conveniently, the next one is coming up tomorrow (Friday, March 27th) at 8pm (UTC+01).
I will be playing a little acoustic show from my bedroom to raise funds for the KUNSTraum, a wonderful, intimate venue in Bonn which, like many, has been hit hard by the current situation.

Here’s the link to the stream: https://www.twitch.tv/itsameclario (no profile or registration necessary, just click on the link and watch)
And here’s where you can donate to support the KUNSTraum: Donations

I would love to „see“ you there. ❤
Nothing but love!

– Clara

Ok then. Time to rethink a few things.

Bonn, March 17th 2020

Ahoi!

So things have been bizarre in the past week. Last friday most of my upcoming shows were cancelled in a matter of hours. Saturday I went busking, kind of as a panicky reaction to the fact that  an important source of my income would fall through for an unforeseeable period of time. On sunday my shift at a local bar was cut short, because nobody came in. Yesterday was my last shift in that bar for a while, because we might be forced to close down or at least reduce the service shifts for a bit.
And yes, that is a selfish way of looking at things. I know these are difficult times for all of us. I hope you and your loved ones are ok and the rules currently in place help to protect those most vulnerable to the Corona threat. Here’s also to not panicking about what’s going on and being kind to each other and rational about what to do.
That being said, especially for people working in the arts and anyone self-employed, this situation feels increasingly ominous. In our field of work there is little to no job security and we heavily rely on people gathering together and sharing experiences.
So if you don’t mind, I would like to say a few things about what is going on in the life of anyone in the creative sector right now, just to explain why some of the people around you might be struggling and what you might be able to do to help.

The musicians in your life for example will not be able to play shows at the moment. For most of us that (and selling merchandise) is our most important source of income though, since nowadays you do not really make money from music sales and streams as a musician (for every stream on Spotify the artist earns between 0,006 and 0,0084 $). Not being able to perform live and not knowing when to be able to resume the gigs will result in them getting creative about how they can distribute their art. That is where they rely on your support. There is also a good opportunity to profit from that for you. Musicians might be streaming live shows on the internet, set up a patreon or crowdfunding page, a shop, work for commission, busk, you name it.

So, if you want to help, here’s what you can do:
– check out your favourite artist’s/place-of-culture’s/etc. social media to see what they come up with and how they would like to be supported
– look them up on Patreon or similar websites
– sign petitions for state-funded relief efforts
– be kind and supportive – emotional support means the world at the moment and kindness is a very valuable currency in general

For me personally, that means that I will try to do a lot more online. I will be writing songs on commission fo example. For 50€ I will write and record a song for you about (almost) any topic you choose. Hit me up.

I also have a patreon page that features fun behind-the-scenes content as a reward. If you would like to check that out, here’s a link: www.patreon.com/claraclasen

Feeling overwhelmed and helpless, I also wrote a song about it yesterday. Here it is:
#loveyourlocalartscene in Times of Corona

Sending all the love and strength I can muster to you, wherever you are and however this situation affects you. ❤

Let’s make this work somehow.

– Clara

The picture accompanying this post was taken by Fabian Siepen.

It’s a deal, Baby!

Bonn, February 13th 2020

Ahoi!

So, here’s one of the things I can now finally shout at you:

I SIGNED A LABEL DEAL WITH DISENTERTAINMENT.

Then there was cake. Both equally exciting!
What does that mean?
First of all – music! A new release is in the near future (another thing I still need to be painfully quiet about, but I promise more details will follow soon)!
Secondly – connections, exposure, gigs. Hoping for a few productive next steps. 🙂

More info soon, just needed to yell this into the internet void real quick!

Nothing but love.

– Clara

The picture for this post was taken by Fabian Siepen.

Let’s roll, 2020!

Bonn, January 6th 2020

Ahoi!

My friends, a wild year has recently come to a close and an even wilder one is about to ensue – so I would like to take a moment to reflect and dare a look ahead:

In 2019, we directed and shot our first music video for the „Clara-Clasen“-project, I went on a small tour with another band (The current state of claustrophobia) for the first time, we were on TV (twice!) and on the radio (regularly!), the first 300 copies of „Sugar & Morphine“ sold out and we had to order a second pressing, I moved into my own small studio space, I proposed to Hozier several times via Instagram (still awaiting a response) and I played more than 52 live shows this year, which is more than I ever performed in a twelve month period. Many of those gigs were in places I had never played before and I am incredibly grateful that I got to travel so much for my music.
Personally, this year has been a wild ride for me and I have struggled quite a bit throughout the past months. But in hindsight I honestly think it has still made me the happiest I have ever been.
Which is why I would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support. It really means the world and makes all of this possible. We have some awesome stuff planned for 2020 and I cannot wait to share it with you.

While there are a few things that I cannot really talk about just yet, here are some appetizing bites of what could be expected this year:
– gigs, gigs and more gigs: I am currently working on this year’s (and next year’s) booking and there are many fun, mostly transregional concerts on the horizon; I’m even working on a certain interdisciplinary artsy event that I am so excited about I’m going to burst!
– New music! We will release new music! That’s all I can say, but GODDAMMIT WE WILL RELEASE NEW MUSIC
– There will be at least seven new videos this year! Two of them being actual music videos, the others being part of an awesome series… 🙂
– new songs are being written weekly at the moment; that may or may not result in certain consequences…

So much for my (very vaguely phrased) plans for the new year!
I hope 2020 has treated you kindly so far and you are being kind to yourselves in light of everything that is to come.

Nothing but love!

– Clara

The picture accompanying this post was taken by Ronny Bittner.

Sugar & Morphine 2.0 and some end-of-year fun

Bonn, November 7th 2019

Ahoi!

So, here’s something cool: As of this past October, 300 physical copies of my album Sugar & Morphine have been sold. That seems absurd, but it’s true and I am SO EXCITED.
I received the second pressing a few days ago and while I am busy working on new material for the next record, this is a little highlight that I wanted to share with you real quick.

Also, if you want to celebrate with us, here’s a hot and absolutely unbiased event tip:

December 20th, 8 pm @ Brotfabrik Bonn
End-of-year concert with Get Jealous, COLORWAVE and Clara Clasen & Band

I kid you not, I have been planning this gig since the beginning of the year and I am so happy that COLORWAVE and Get Jealous agreed to join us on stage. They are so talented and so much fun live, so be there or be square, people! This is going to be FIRE. ❤
You can get your tickets directly at the Brotfabrik or online via Bonnticket.

See you then?
Cool.

Nothing but love.

– Clara

The picture was taken by Viola Bender.

Quick Sign of Life

Bonn, September 10th 2019

Ahoi!

Friends, life is so wild right now.
In the past month I was on tour with the current state of claustrophobia, travelled to London for a (very) short trip, played a few shows with my band and by myself, wrote new songs and worked on the latest video projects, that are still in the pipeline around here.

So, sorry I didn’t call. I’ll try to be better about that.
But if you’d like to check out a more detailed tour diary and some other behind-the-scenes footage, you can head on over to my patreon page: Patreon.

I’m also part of the New.Heimat.Sounds-community now. They are a network of artists from the rhineland and support emerging bands and songwriters. If you want to take a look, this is their website: New. Heimat. Sounds.

Also also I am playing a bunch of shows in september. I’d love to see you live, so if you feel like coming over, check this out: Gigs

That’s it from me. For now.

Lots of love to you!

– Clara

P.S.: The picture was taken by the lovely Viola Bender.