The children's song star Detlev Jöcker and the hard rock band Mad Max release the joint single “Ladies & Gentlemen”. It will be released on April 09, 2020.
As is well known, dramatic times require special measures: On the German/English language single “Ladies & Gentlemen” the German children's song star Detlev Jöcker, whose Menschenkinder Verlag is administered by MELODIE DER WELT, cooperates with the Münster hard rock band Mad Max as well as students of a North Rhine-Westphalian music school. Detlev Jöcker is one of the most successful and most sung German-language artists with approximately 1300 published songs and over 17 million sold records/songbooks. The musician, who has received several gold and platinum awards, has been committed for decades to the preservation of the environment as well as to humanity and solidarity. Jöcker: "'Ladies & Gentlemen' is the emotional description of this time with its increasing man-made problems. But it is also an appeal to humanity and solidarity to stand up and face negative change with confidence, courage and hope. The bilingualism of the song also reflects the global dimension of the current situation, which not only concerns the Corona virus, but also the environment and refugee problems.
Jürgen Breforth, composer/guitarist of Mad Max, also emphasizes the great importance of the song: "This song is almost predestined for a collaboration between Detlev and our band", he explains. "Already during the creation of 'Ladies & Gentlemen' on the guitar, I had the complete picture in my head: melody, verse, chorus, German/English lyrics, plus Detlev and a children's choir that transports and symbolizes the central message. Because only all generations together, only old and young together can solve the problems of our time. In order to set an example, we have decided, in cooperation with our record company SPV, to release 'Ladies & Gentlemen' today and thus earlier than originally planned. We want to encourage now, we want to stand together now - as the lyrics of the song make clear - together."
For Detlev Jöcker, this song continues his decades of work as a globally active ambassador for charitable, social and socially relevant projects. One of the most remarkable merits of the German musician is his commitment to a peaceful coexistence of religions and cultures in the Middle East, initiated by Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres. Jöcker recorded the song 'Alle Kinder dieser Erde' in German, Hebrew, English and Arabic with pop singer Liel Kolet and Israeli and Palestinian children and musicians. As early as the 1990s, the man from Münster was commissioned by the Goethe Institute to travel through England, Scotland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and other countries as the official "ambassador of the German children's song" to introduce children to the German language and culture. He was also invited to an audience with Pope Francis in Rome for his many years of work as an author of Christian music. Jöcker also supported the international "Climate Action Project" and with a climate flashmob and the environmental song 'Alle wollen leben' (All want to live) he was able to gather more than 400 pupils in front of Münster's town hall.
For Jöcker and Mad Max, this is their first collaboration together, and also with a musically unusual approach: "Actually, with such an emotional message, you would expect a big ballad, but that's exactly what we didn't want," explains Breforth. "Inspired by bands like Def Leppard, for example, the song should have a lot of power and rock out. The atmospheric video clip, directed by Sebastian Stumpe (AffenAufRuhr) and shot in a music school in Havixbeck near Münster, for which the participating children painted their T-shirts with messages about the situation in the world, is also fitting. Breforth: "What the children have to say in concrete terms can be seen very clearly in the video.
The video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/hrsQ_P9QP2k
As Detlev Jöcker so aptly put it: "'Ladies & Gentlemen' fits for me exactly into this time. People need a lot of light now, because they are becoming increasingly scared. This song and also the video is a message with a lot of light."