Lucie Kogelheide and Amrei Plaga

Lucie & Amrei have been taking music classes since their early childhood, Lucie has been playing the harp for more than 20 years.  Amrei first started with the violin but rather early discovered that her real passion is singing.  So there never was an age at which they did not make music. However, they shied away from studying music as they’re fearing that they would not be able to pursue their second passion, science, and technology, being full-time musicians. This is why they instead studied computer science and physics, now working part-time in IT and making music the other half of the week.

 

WHAT OBSTACLES HAVE BOTH OF YOU OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

We have been shy and afraid to share our own compositions – first even with each other and then even more with a wider audience. However, the responses that we receive from people listening to our music are so heart-warming that our courage and our trust in our capabilities have definitely increased a lot.

We learned that it is important to take a rest from time to time, especially when it comes to social media. Unfortunately, we had a project during the last year which we in principle loved and were very proud of, but when the time to release had come it felt more like a burden to promote the song. So, we are now trying to do smaller chunks at a time and include days without deadlines in our schedules.

 

AS A DUO, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF TO SOMEONE THAT HAS NEVER HEARD OR SEEN YOU BEFORE?

We like to call our genre “melancholic harp-pop”. We are heavily influenced especially by composers from the romantic era, e.g., Schubert and Mahler, and love to play the most melancholic pieces written by them. When we compose ourselves, we also incorporate influences from contemporary music, so calling it “pop” is definitely suitable, but still our songs often have a sad and ancient vibe that might more resemble these classical pieces.

 

WHAT CAREER SUCCESSES ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF HAVING ACCOMPLISHED?

We are extremely proud that we already have released several songs on Spotify in 2021, this was not something that we expected to achieve anytime soon when we recorded our first song in lockdown.

Currently, we are planning a song cycle that can hopefully be released in the summer and also wants to record our first album for Christmas time.

Our family is incredibly supportive and helps us with filming our videos, designing the cover artwork for our songs, or transporting the harp. Especially for Lucie, playing the harp would not have been possible without our parents – as this instrument is both expensive and difficult to carry around.  Thanks to them we can play the music that we love today.

 

IN WHAT WAYS ARE YOU MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES THROUGH YOUR MUSIC CAREER?

As we are collaborating and communicating with many different people (in person and through our socials) we got the impression that making music together is a powerful tool to inspire people to also find new ways to express themselves. This might lead to someone practicing harder to finish a project on time, a photographer trying to film a music video for the first time, and so on.

Of course, this is not a one-way street: We are as inspired by people that we get to know as they hopefully are by meeting us.

 

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