Interview: Fritz Kahn And The Miracles

I recently had the opportunity to listen to and review a song by Fritz Kahn And The Miracles, titled Believe. It’s quite a jazzy song, sounding very different from most of the stuff I normally hear. If you’re a fan of jazz music, then make sure you check it out at the end of this interview!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Believe, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

This is a song I wrote for the underdog and the broken, such as myself. I tried to stay at the top of my singing abilities while pursuing something I lack so much: confidence in myself. The result is something you can listen to, and feel it’s real: someone trying to overcome his fears and believing in something bigger than yourself. You can easily purchase my song on iTunes, by making a quick search under the band name.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

No. I actually wrote more songs than I normally do.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I try to make songs that last. Songs that are not conveying the everyday aesthetics, but rather are solid in harmony and melody. I try to make them simple, which is not always easy, I try to portray my own feelings as a kind of redemption. I used to make songs for fun. Now I try to make songs that last.

Are there any plans to release an album anytime soon?

It takes an absurd amount of money to launch an album, so it´s not on my plans for now.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes. During this year, we will be launching 2 new themes, one of which is called My Baby Star, which is kind of a lullaby for my unborn children. And the other one is called Falling in Grace, regarding a broken relationship. Both themes are very easy to listen to (as usual). I am very happy with the results.

Am I right in thinking you’re based in Portugal? What is the local music scene like?

Yes you´re absolutely right. I am based in Portugal, which is a little paradise near the sea. The local music scene here is too sweet, talking too much about how good life can be, like a tv commercial would. There are some good songs though. It’s very hard to sing in English, like I do, because people prefer Portuguese in general. I believe that music is universal, so I don´t bother too much rejection on this behalf.

Your music is rather jazzy. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I can´t state a particular songwriter who influences me most. Would you be surprised if I said Irving Berlin, Louis Armstrong, Ottis Redding, Marvin Gaye? They´re very old fashioned but I like them. I´ve been listening to the Rolling Stones lately. I really love those rhythm and blues.

Do you have any tour dates lined up in the UK?

No, unfortunately that isn’t possible yet.

What can people expect from a Fritz Kahn & the Miracles gig and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?

Well, we´re talking about 25 years of songwriting condensed into 2 hours. I am sure everyone will find something of interest to listen to. I will deliver whatever I think is true at the moment, whether it is sadness, happiness or loneliness. I don´t make up my feelings at my shows.

Any last words for the fans?

People talk too much about happiness these days. Especially on social networks. Everyone is supposed to be beautiful, rich and smart. The world is not like that. Not the real world, at least. If you want to live in the real world, and therefore have real feelings, you need to listen to the silence of those who don´t speak. Those who don´t even use social networking. I dare to say the world is an ugly place, with lots of ugly feelings. I dare to say happiness is not possible in this world, not for a very long time at least. But the quest for happiness, in itself, is the closest thing you have to an everlasting happiness. So, whatever your goals are, don´t worry too much about them. The fun thing about life is what happens in between. Thank you for listening to me.