Vienna / Austria
ViennaCC studied Communication Engineering, but never worked in this field.
ViennaCC: “I learnt how to calculate an amplifier. But if an amp does not blast I put it to trash and get a new one. That’s my approach to communication engineering.”
He was working in IT, had jobs as programmer, IT-Projectmanager, journalist, online content manager, photographer, change manager, cost calculator, installation bookkeeper. 1996 he founded an internet company, what was squeezed down by financial crisis in 2009. In this catastrophy year his Russian-born wife was murdered by a robber in the streets of Vienna.
ViennaCC completely reorganized his life and started to focus on music and video production only.
The artist name came from the domain vienna.cc he already owned.
ViennaCC: “I was thinking of a good artist name. But great sounding names like Johann Strauss were already taken. And it should be something unique for internet. Enervated I simply took the domain I already owned.”
ViennaCC plays guitar, keyboard and vocals and has band experience as he played from punk, hard rock, rock’n’roll to dance hall music.
ViennaCC: “Dance hall band, OMG, we had 300 songs in stock and played the night until 4am. Nice money, but a donkey work.”
The Austria based POP/ROCK/EDM musician ViennaCC with his way of music production puts the listener into a recording room giving her/him the experience of being part of a performance, able to locate every single instrument. Producing music this way is different to today’s music production.
ViennaCC: “I like imagining a band performing for me personally. A clean studio sound is too sterile. I don’t like feeling in a diffuse cloud of sound. The strongest influence I think is britpop.”
ViennaCC has developed this music production style during years where he also offered bands to remix one recording for free. A win-win for both; ViennaCC learnt by doing and the band got an alternative mix of the song.
ViennaCC: “The goal always was to sound different to standard.”
In sound design ViennaCC’s goal is to create heavy sounds with emphasis to low frequencies.
ViennaCC: “I am nearly 2m (78inch) high. A tall man needs a heavy sound.”
Now his productions are airplayed in Europe and USA as well in the world via internet radio. He also was nominated for an award two times as music producer in Hollywood and was semifinalist in a songwriting competition in Nashville.
His goal as a songwriter is to create songs that, stripped from all effects, are also playable with acoustic guitar at camping.
The songs are positive, no explicit lyrics. The overall message is: “Enjoy life, enjoy arts and take it easy”.
ViennaCC’s music videos are dominated by glitch effects and often fast cuts. No two videos have the same concept.
ViennaCC: “With every video I want try new things.”
Years ago when ViennaCC became aware that he needs music videos he had no knowledge about video production. So he became member of University TV community. They also had a slot at a local TV station.
He offered bands to produce a music video and an interview for free. A win-win. ViennaCC learnt how to script, shoot, cut and produce while the bands got a music video and interview on TV. Meanwhile ViennaCC was nominated and awarded a few times on international film festivals as music video producer.
Indie / Pop / Rock Music Creator and Video Producer from Vienna / Austria
2 nominations for award as music producer in Hollywood
Vienna, 2019-08 – ViennaCC Drops Video For “Sunny Day” With Fans’ Help
Indie pop artist ViennaCC dropped his latest music video for “Sunny Day” off his 2019 release, Tie Break. What makes this video stand out from the rest is that it was made 100% possible thanks to fans who submitted their sunny-inspired moves from all over the world.
What could be better than a “Sunny Day” in right smack dab in the middle of the summer? An excellent pop song and video that celebrates such a thing, that’s what. ViennaCC has done just that with the latest single and video from his 2019 release, Tie Break. “Sunny Day” was penned just moments after the sun broke through after what seemed like an endless stream of rainy days.
ViennaCC notes that he swung open his window with a smile and proclaimed, “What a day! A sunny day” and within minutes had half the song ready to go. After his morning snack, he was off to the studio. Fast forward to the present and the video is just as jovial as that morning after the rain. Fans from Venezuela, Haiti, Ukraine, Canada, USA, France, Philippines and Austria all pitched in to make this clip possible and their happiness throughout only helps to drive the beautiful blend of the guitar, trumpet, and vocals utilized in this track.
Bringing a whimsical and positive tune to life, ViennaCC has created a perfect song for the summer months and even other seasons. When it starts to get gloomy come the end of September, one can just pop on “Sunny Day” and remember the better times.
“Sunny Day” is the latest single off ViennaCC’s Tie Break. Released in May 2019, Tie Break features 13 tracks overflowing with pop-infused, positive songs that utilize elements of garage and indie rock as well. Those interested in featuring “Sunny Day” on their playlist, the video on their site, or interviewing ViennaCC can reach out via the information provided below.
Listen to Tie Break here: https://viennacc.bandcamp.com/album/tie-break
ViennaCC is a Vienna-based producer and photographer who started out playing punk, hard rock, and ballroom music. Since 2008 ViennaCC has been producing his music and videos. To date, he has gotten nominated twice in Hollywood as a music producer and received awards and nominations at international film festivals in the music video category. Now he’s focusing on uplifting everyone this season and beyond with the latest single and music video from his 2019 release Tie Break, “Sunny Day.”
Music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KQ_ogF6_Ss
2019 MTV Rock:
When and why did you start playing?
At school I made poems about drunkeness and phantasy worlds. When I learnt guitar (autodidact) I recorded awful things. It was an escape from reality.
Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
I like very much classical music: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kinks, Beatles, Stones, Cream, Who,…My favourite genre is Britpop. Not only the up-to-date bands like Franz Ferdinand (as Austrian I have a special connection to that bandname), Hives or Mando Diao. I also like the 60s bands like Herman’s Hermits, Mersey Beats, Swinging Blue Jeans or Rattles.I think that music influences me.
Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes?
I received two nominations in Hollywood as music producer and a few nominations as well as awards on international film festivals in the category “music video”.Not so bad for I never studied music or film making. I studied Communication Engineering. But I never worked in this field. I learnt how to calculate an amplifier. But if an amp does not blast I throw it to trash. This is my approach to Communication Engineering.
What makes this kind of music “good” to you?
On my album ìTie Break,î a mix of pop and Britpop with a touch of R&B, electronically infected I am singing about the big subjects of life like love and positive feelings. On days where the pop music landscape is splintered, I am thinking big and making music the world can love. The recordings put the listener in the recording room being able to locate every instrument. This is a different way of mixing and producing music today.
Let’s Talk about your music and your last work…
With my song ìSunny Dayî, one of thirteen songs on album “Tie Break” I present an easy listening pop song for mainstream radio that makes people want to join in singing. The track simply describes the positive feeling and overall better outlook on life that you get on good summer days after enduring the often cold and rainy spring time. ìSunny Dayî with its reverb vocals, dreamlike guitar and roaring trumpet interludes which all blend together to create a whimsical, fun summer track where the sun is smiling and nothing can go wrong. I created this song one morning, when after days of rain the sun broke through and I opened the window saying ìWhat a day! A sunny day!î Within minutes I had 50% of the lyrics and an idea for the melody. After coffee and cake ñ he is loath to stress ñ I started recording.For the music video ìSunny Day,î he asked fans to dance for his music video. He received footage from Ukraine, France, Canada, USA, Haiti, Austria, Venezuela, Philippines. The result is a collage of people and places from around the world enjoying the summer rays, making the video and the song a celebration of summer with a global community feel. The ladies did a great job. I fear people could say: Forget the music, look at the girls.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
Music listeners have completely changed and unfortunately music industry is behind today’s demands. For example non-US labels exept the majors do not get paid for airplay in the USA. I think this industry is in steampunk age. Steampunk is a fashion style looking like Victorian’s time, the age of beginning industrialization. It’s time that music industry arrives in 21st century. Same for plays via smaller internet streaming platforms. Music is more than ever a global business.
What are the plans for the future?
I will produce music and music videos. I have already written a book with stories like the stroy in my song “Moments”. Creativity to the max. The world is full of inspirations, you only have to grab it.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music?
I started with bands playing from punk, hardrock and pop to dance hall music. OMG, dance hall, we had 300 songs in stock and played from 8pm to 4am. Quite good money, but a donkey job. In the morning you feel like dead.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Usually first I have the lyrics, then I think of the music. Sometimes I have a refrain in the ear, text and melody came at same time. The song “Caroline” was completely different. I had the lyrics and started to sing without chord progression or any instrument in the headphones. After recording the vocals I made the music. It was interesting to try a for me new music making process.
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