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The Peace & Freedom Magazine Harald "Sack" Ziegler Interview

(Originally appeared in Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 1989)

1989 interview with German underground music artist, Harald "Sack" Ziegler by Gypsy.

Well, Harald, the obvious question... How did you come by the name, "Sack"?

"Sack" is my nickname - I used this "abusive name" very often, nearly ten years ago. It became a pseudonym for my musical activities.

What do you hope to achieve with your music?

I hope to be respected for my ideas and activities.

Do you prefer to play live, or are you more at home recording your work in a studio?

I've always done a lot of things; composing, recording, performing... It depends on the idea I want to realise. It could be a film or a book, too. But my main interest is to set my ideas, my surroundings, my life to music.

How does your audience take to your music?

The more I spread my music, the more people will come to my concerts, and there are always people who become fans of what I'm doing. You can win an audience over with all kinds of music - if you are ambitious enough.

Have you any plans to appear in England?

When I was in England, my opinion was confirmed - that it is possible to confront English people with German lyrics. Many people are interested in foreign languages or music styles.

Have you got any ambitions to become known to the industry, or are you happy selling and trading your tapes at gigs and through fanzines?

Yes, I'm happy to sell and trade a lot of my cassettes by small independent distributors, shops and fanzines. I don't produce music like other people produce washing powder.

How long have you been playing music for?

The first instrument lessons (mandolin) I had at the age of seven. Other instruments followed: drum, horn, piano, guitar.

When you're at home, what type of music do you listen to and what are/who is your favourite artist(s)?

I listen to nearly all kinds of music. Some of my favourites are Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, The Beatles, Benjamin Britten, Sting, Satie, Meredith Monk, Luciano Berio.

How would you describe your music - it's hard to pin down your style sometimes?

Yes, I create my own individual style. Someone had described my music as self-willed. That's it.

Is there anybody you admire, musically, or otherwise?

I admire creative people. Painters like Mire or Paul Klee. Musicians like the "Canadian Brass" or "The Mothers". Composers like Glass, Britten, Zappa.

Where do you stand, politically?

I prefer a collaboration of many small parties with different ideas, and I try to live my own way.

Of all your tapes, and there are a few, which are you fondest of?

They are part of my life, and I like them all in their special way - altogether, they make up my style.

What do you think of the music industry?

I don't believe in music as an industrial product.

Is there a lot of home-taping going on in Germany and do you think it's widespread?

Yes, there are a lot of musicians in Germany. Many want to produce some commercial music, too. But, nearly all of them couldn't live off their music, and many give up to produce. I think you have to be very ambitious, and busy, to hold your ground in the music business.



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