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Parov Stelar: From pop music to art shooting star

As the king of electro swing, he performs to sold-out crowds from New York to Milan. More than a million fans follow him on Facebook, and his videos have been watched more than 500 million times on YouTube. Parov Stelar is Austria's most successful popstar – and right now, he is in the process of reinventing himself. His newest tracks sound like hits, but there is a perceptible shift away from his signature mix of swing and electro-beats. Most recently, Parov Stelar, a former designer, has started to successfully present his work as a pictorial artist as well. OOOM visited him on Mallorca – and shows his newest work for the first time.

Georg Kindel13. Mai 2019 No Comments
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They have names like Go Wake Up, or Kinsky—they are large canvases propped up against the wall of his recording studio in Valldemossa on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca. Whenever he needs a break from the monotonous repetition of beats during the music-production process, he moves to his painting studio and reaches for colors. There are artists like Mimmo Paladino, who chooses an aesthetic approach and applies paint with force and clinical precision to the canvas. Others, like Hermann Nitsch, make color splatter and splash through the room, drenching canvases in deep hues of yellow or red.

It gets messy. Parov Stelar, 44, is probably closer aligned with the Hermann Nitsch faction: “The process of painting has an earthy quality for me. It gets messy. In the recording studio, everything is clean, and once you finished a piece of work, you switch off the computer, without anything tangible in your handjust an mp3 file of music that you send yourself via mail. Sometimes, the lack of a concrete object makes me feel something is missing.” The story is entirely different when the artist leaves his painting studio: “You leave the space, your muscles ache from heavy use of the spatula, everything is dirty, and you turn the whole flat into a mess. But you end up with something concrete, tangible, and that is very important to me.”

Everything is clean in the recording studio, and once the work is done, you‘re left empty-handed. Painting is a mess, your muscles hurt from using the spatula, and you end the day with a concrete work. And that is very important to me.

13. Mai 2019