Silbermond is a German rock band from Bautzen, Saxony. The band consists of Stefanie Kloß, Andreas Nowak, and brothers Johannes and Thomas Stolle. The band members originally met when they participated in the music project Ten Sing in 1998. Two years later, they decided to form their own group, and as a result they began performing locally under the name JAST (composed by the initial letters of band members). They changed their name to Silbermond, in 2001, simultaneously concentrating on songs in German language for the first time.
The group performed as opening act for singer Jeanette Biedermann in January 2004. Later they released their first single “Mach’s dir selbst”, followed-up by Verschwende deine Zeit, their debut album which became a major success and was eventually certified 7× gold and platinum in Germany and Austria. It spawned three further singles, including their first top five hit “Symphonie”. The band at the end of 2004 went on tour, and in April 2005 they published their first concert DVD Verschwende deine Zeit – Live, which reached gold status. In 2005, Silbermond participated in the Berlin installment of Live 8, where they performed “Zeit für Optimisten” after Green Day’s set and before Chris De Burgh in the concert lineup.
Silbermond released their second album Laut gedacht,in April 2006. The album debuted at number one on the German and Austrian album charts and spawned another top ten hit with its lead single “Unendlich”. While the album’s second single, “Meer sein” failed to enter the top 30, its third single “Das Beste”, released in October 2006, became the group’s first number one single. Silbemond performed at the German leg of Live Earth in Hamburg in July 2007.
Nichts passiert released their third album in March 2009,which became Silbermond’s first album to debut atop the Austrian, German, and Swiss Albums Charts. It produced three singles, including “Irgendwas bleibt,” Silbermond’s second number-one hit, and third single “Krieger des Lichts,” which reached the top ten in Germany. Also in 2009, Silbermond won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best German Act. In 2012, fourth studio album Himmel auf was released. A top three success, it was reached gold status in Austria and 3× gold status in Germany. Its same-titled debut single peaked within the top five in Germany.
Silbermond’s first compilation was released in the year 2014, Alles auf Anfang 2014–04 . It reached the top ten in Austria and Switzerland and was certified gold by the BVMI. The same year, the band collaborated with Band Aid 30 Germany on a remake of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” which became another number-one hit in Germany. Also in 2014, lead singer Stefanie Kloß debuted as a coach on the reality competition television series The Voice of Germany. Leichtes Gepäck, the group’s fifth album, was released in November 2015. Recorded in Nashville, it reached the top five in Germany and Switzerland. In 2017, Kloß appeared on the fourth season of Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert, the German adaption of The Best Singers series.Silbermond Photo
- Das Beste
- Irgendwas bleibt
- Leichtes Gepäck
- Das Leichteste der Welt
- Durch die Nacht
- Krieger des Lichts
- Ich bereue nichts
- Weiße Fahnen
- B 96
- Meer sein
- Zeit für Optimisten
- Für dich schlägt mein Herz
- Heut hab ich Zeit
- Das Ende vom Kreis
- Mach’s dir selbst
- Himmel auf
- Allzu menschlich
- Die Liebe lässt mich nicht
- Nichts passiert
- Wissen was wird
- Letzte Bahn
- 1000 Fragen
- Es geht weiter
- Sehn wir uns wieder
- Nicht mein Problem
- Keine Angst
- An Dich
- Ich wünsch dir was
- New Faces Award
- Eins Live Krone – National Act
- ECHO – “National Newcomer”
- Bravo Otto – “Superband”
- Comet – “Best Live Act”
- Eins Live Krone – “Best Band”
- ECHO – Song of the year “Das Beste”
- ECHO – Best Live Act
- Comet – Best Live Act
- Comet – Best Download Song
- MTV Europe Music Award – Best German Act
- Bambi – Category Pop National
- ECHO – Best National Act
- ECHO – Best Live Act
- Comet – Best National Act
- Comet – Best Video (Krieger des Lichts)
- ECHO – Radio-ECHO (Krieger des Lichts)
- ECHO – Ehren-Preis (For their charity work)
- de Musik-Fach-Award – Best Music Act 2011
- Verschwende deine Zeit (2004)
- Laut gedacht (2006)
- Nichts passiert (2009)
- Himmel auf (2012)
- Leichtes Gepäck (2015)
Silvermond in an interview
Updated On: 20th December 2017
The four musicians of Silbermond have been making music together since teenage years. As in real life, in addition to many successes, there were also some low blows and band crises. The coming year will be particularly exciting: Silbermond frontwoman Stefanie Kloß and bandmate Thomas Stolle are expecting new blood. In an interview with Eva-Maria Peter, Stefanie Kloß and drummer Andreas Nowak talk about band life, cohesion and how things will continue in the coming year.
Interviewer: Your fifth album “Leichtes Gepäck” you recorded live in Dresden . What was special about this concert?
Andreas: At home it’s just beautiful. We are happy there, but in principle we have not scheduled the live recording at a specific location. It just so happened. In Dresden we played two wonderful concerts. There were also people from Austria, Switzerland, Italy or Luxembourg. Dresden is like a place of pilgrimage for our music.
Stefanie: We also recorded in other places, but nowhere was the atmosphere as magical as in Dresden.
Interviewer: What does homeland mean to you?
Andreas: Home is the place where you feel very comfortable. Home is where your favorite people are, your family, your friends. It describes a place where the heart jumps the most.
Interviewer: On the live CD, you, Stefanie, also philosophize about being perfect. Where does this delusion of perfection come from?
Stefanie: If you are in public, everything that you do is documented. We can not just erase bad photos, and when we write a song, it’s always part of us. You automatically become perfectionist over time because you do not want to allow mistakes. Too much perfectionism makes you sick. If we have learned something, then we have to enjoy life sometimes. It does not always have to go on straight away. We really had a fat summer, which was so pleasant and fleet-footed and beautiful. We need to take our time, sit back, eat pizza together and have a glass of wine.
Interviewer: Contrary to perfection, your own label carries the name “wasting your time” …
Stefanie: We wrote a song with this title back then. The first songs on the record were 16.17 years old. Since we are still carefree gone through life. Sometimes I wish this time back and I’m equally happy not to make many mistakes anymore. Nevertheless, we will never lose the child in us.
Interviewer: Your songs are a hymn to life. How do you manage to get complex life situations in song lines to the point again and again?
Stefanie: Being able to convey emotions in 3 minutes 30 is not easy. When listening to songs, we listen to our own gut feeling and turn our innermost outward. We write down what each of us feels and feels. For us it is the biggest compliment, if at the end of the day also a feeling with the fans arrives.
Interviewer: Do you all sit together in the same songwriting room and philosophize?
Andreas: We talk a lot about life in everyday life. Whenever possible. How the others go about certain phases and experiences, how we feel and what moves us. There were moments in our band history, so we missed that. We discuss a lot and even if we do not always agree, we are a band and always want to find a common solution.
Interviewer: You’ve been together as a band since teenage age. What gave you cohesion?
Andreas: It’s like being in a relationship: happiness makes us strong, successes, the music and the common appearances on stage bind us together. When we play in front of 5,000 people, we feel a bit like someone taking a parachute jump with their partner.
Stefanie: Most of us may even think that we always get up together after difficult times.
Interviewer: What was your biggest band crisis?
Stefanie: There were always stones that were put in our way. At the very beginning, before our first album hit the market, it was questionable whether the record company would even release our first album. Our first single is flopped. Then, as a band, we made a strong commitment to bring out just one more song, and when it does not work out, they’d like to kick us out. The song “Through the Night” became a success. It was the first time we learned how to get together and put everything on a map.
Andreas: Before our last album we also had a crisis, which was about the future of the band. The climate around us was not very good and there was a lot of dammed up.
Interviewer: What helped you to overcome this crisis?
Stefanie: We have learned that we must not forget each other in everyday life and need more time for profound discussions. Honest conversations always help. No matter in which situation. Honesty creates trust. Only in this way could we again create a basis for our band.
Andreas: We had to get rid of all the ballast, so we can refill our imaginary backpack again. Maybe the album “Lightweight Luggage” we wrote after that was a synonym for thinking less and talking together what’s important. It’s the little things that count in life.
Interviewer: And how will things be going on next year with Silbermond? It is expected soon band newcomers.
Stefanie: We take our time and let the last two years first sink. Let’s see how it goes with the band newcomers then on. Whether the baby is on the tour bus or not, we just wait.
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