Stephan Weber – Short Trip to Kashmir Song Review

Today we are featuring an inspiring traditional acoustic rock artist; STEPHAN WEBER, from Heidelberg, Germany. We have reviewed their groundbreaking KASHMIR cover, along with its character, style, story, potential, influences, importance and more.

Stephan Weber – Short Trip to Kashmir Song Review

Led Zeppelin is one of the key actors in the history of rock and metal music, influenced and guided millions of people with their innovative minds. They are one of the very few bands who started a movement which planted seeds for the leader bands and artists in today’s rock and metal music industry, shaped our lives, understanding of music, in other words, today’s world. This is why Led Zeppelin has lived and will live on forever. When I think of this, for me there is no greater satisfaction in life or a higher step on the ladder of a musical career for anyone. This, my friends, is what Led Zeppelin have briefly achieved.

Stephan Weber is a respected musician/artist/composer/instrumentalist that I have discovered about a month ago with their inspiring Led Zeppelin cover; “Kashmir”. Those who know Led Zeppelin, know the song Kashmir as well. It is one of their legendary songs which doesn’t have an expiration date. Stephan Weber took this song, filtered it with his own taste, added his own passion into and simply taken it to another dimension.

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Stephan Weber – Short Trip to Kashmir Song Review

Acoustic guitar and clean guitars have always been an undeniable part of our most favorite music style. Almost all rock metal music fans love the sound of this marvelous instrument including me. Hearing your favorite tune with acoustic instrumentation has always been so refreshing. And as you also know, playing acoustic versions of legendary tracks from the ’80s and the ’90s has become so trendy and popular lately. Even the mighty bands such as Metallica and Megadeth have started playing acoustic versions of their own songs, making releases and playing acoustic shows time to time.

I can sense that Stephan Weber is a passionate artist who is doing music for only love without having any expectation but appreciation. I personally have big respect for artists like him. For me, making original sounding cover songs has always been a challenge. It certainly is not that easy as it looks. Stephan Weber’s version of Kashmir is one of the very few that immediately caught me with its energy as I started listening to the song for the first time. The energy is brilliant. It sounds modern, delicious, easy going, relaxing, original, atmospheric and quite catchy. You might remember from some of my previous articles that I am a guy who is into the energy in any music. If it makes you feel something quite uncommon or even extraordinary, then it’s good music for me just like in this example. Firstly, this Kashmir version has the vibe of those beautiful days. It certainly will attract many die-hard Led Zeppelin fans along with new generations who love classical rock and acoustic music.

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Stephan Weber – Short Trip to Kashmir Song Review

Technically, the album has advanced standards in every way. I can easily say that this is a top class job. Everything sounds very well balanced, clean, clear, in good harmony, atmospheric, delicious and impressive. I am not sure who was producing the track for Stephan Weber, but I can say that he was the right guy for this kind of job. He certainly understood the artist, their expectations, and felt the song all the way through, which I believe is the most important thing. In other words, he has succeeded in creating irresistible energy which makes it so beautiful. When I listen to music from an artist like Stephan, I unconsciously want to listen to more from his with the same energy. This is happening naturally because of the pleasure you get by the music. Stephan Weber is blessed to have this feeling in his music and I am sure the amount of positive feedback he will receive in time for this song will make him continue making more. He has a specific taste for it that nobody can resist. When I take all these into account, I can say that I am delighted with my discovery. Metalhead Community Team has become a fan, and looking forward to hearing more from Stephan Weber in the future. Strongly Recommended!

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Stephan Weber – Short Trip to Kashmir Song Review

In conclusion, we, as Metalhead Community Team, congratulate STEPHAN WEBER for their successful song; SHORT TRIP TO KASHMIR, and wish them the very best in their future. Thanks for reading.

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EXCLUSIVE BAND INTERVIEW

Q – Hello Stephan, tell us a bit about what music means to you? What would you like to achieve as an artist?

A –  I started with a heavy metal band during school in the eighties. We had 5 school bands at that time. “Tea For Two” was another one of them. After some smaller projects I joined Tea For Two and a really good time started: Over the years we played a lot of gigs, recorded 4 CDs. Oliver Soerup, Michael Schumpelt and me still stick together every now and then. In the nineties, I founded the Label/Publisher QuiXote-Music together with Philipp Jaehne. Our motto is “You are the artist”. We’re not big, but we still live – which is kind of art, too. Sometimes I produce other bands’ stuff and I am working on my next album.

Q  – How did you guys come up with making a cover song idea? And how did you end up with Kashmir?

A – At least for me, it is the first cover song which I recorded AND published. Let’s be honest. When you try to sound like the original – you’re somehow lost. You maybe succeed with the instruments, but at least the vocals will prove: It’s hard to achieve the original ‘magic’. With Tea For Two, we played Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” with just acoustic guitar, recorder and voice. Michael Schumpelt enchanted the audience with his very own of playing the recorder a little like you know it from Jethro Tull. This together with my own way of singing the song was pure fun. And at least totally different from the original which was a major point for me.
I got to know Led Zeppelin in the eighties with their movie and live album “The Song Remains The Same”. So far, I spent my time with Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, etc. but Led Zeppelin immediately captured me. I am still very impressed by Robert Plant – his voice itself and the amazing way he sings, screams, the gentle vibrations, whatever. Oliver knew that I love Kashmir and at some day he came up with the idea of making an acoustic cover. It was clear, if we’d go for Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir we had to find our own way, too. In ‘Short Trip To Kashmir’ we mainly stick to an acoustic sound and cautious use of effects. More, we are not playing the whole song. I guess we are the first ones who present that song with a bag-pipe sound.
I think the video perfectly expresses what Robert Plant said about Kashmir: “.. it’s about the whole idea of life being an adventure and being a series of illuminated moments.” It still leaves a lot of room for your own interpretation. I love the animation. Daniel Rühl and his team did a great job here. Watch the video. After that, lay back for a moment and try to imagine you’d have a similar adventure in a minute or two and what would happen with you..

Q – What is the best thing about writing a new song? or releasing a new album?

A – Well, if I write a new song completely on my own it is very special: I work on drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals, mixing, mastering .. everything. After all, I know every note personally and why it’s there. That takes a lot of time, is very intense. I love it. I spend many hours alone in my studio with such. BUT creating music with other people can be a lot of fun and a major step forward, too – if the chemistry is right. On the one hand, you surely have to make compromises, on the other hand, they can help to bring your song to a level which you would never achieve on your own. Listen to Carsten Eggers incredible guitars in ‘Dream On’. I cannot provide a guitar play like that.
Releasing means you’re done with the recording and now want to collect feedback. The more you fell in love with what you have done in the studio for the last weeks the harder it is to find that there are a lot of people who don’t like it or don’t care at all. Let’s face it: Most likely you don’t get a famous radio star, but over time you can find the audience who really listens to your songs and gives the nice feedback you deserve.

Q – What motivates you the most in writing? Tell us about the right atmosphere.

A – I want to tell stories and I want to tell them with my music in many ways. Sometimes it starts with a good rhythm or melody – sometimes it starts with the lyrics. I guess there is no typical pattern or kind of ‘right atmosphere’ for me.

Q – Which feeling can/should describe Stephan Weber’s music?

A – A change of scenery is what makes life worth living. This is even true for my songs and music: Different songs – different feelings.

Q – Which records do you listen to lately? Why do you find them special?

A – My favourite CDs are “Peter Gabriel – Secret World Live”, “Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”, “Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same”. Over the years I collected my personal ‘all time favourites’. So, I have an USB stick for my car that contains about 2500 single songs from about 800 different artists covering almost every musical genre. Random play gives me a wonderful alternative to the sometimes very boring radio program.

Q –  What would you recommend to do, or not to do, for young ambitious musicians who are looking for a start in rock music scene?

A – Make sure that others can rely on you – your band mates, your promoters, event organizers… Take your time and get masters of your instruments and your voices. A two hours show is a hard job …

Q –  What makes a music artist/band “Great”, in your opinion?

A – I once talked to the manager of a TV show that advertised itself with having top 10 live music only. He stated that only about 3 out of 10 chart music stars are really able to present their stuff live, the rest comes well prepared from tape… So being well known or even having songs in the charts doesn’t mean much to me. I would say great musicians are able to touch their audience deeply with the music they play – even if the audience is small.

Q – Tell us about your non-music interests, what do you do besides music?

A – I work as a software architect and coder in the area of cloud computing.

Q – What are your Top 5 most favourite albums? and why?

A – In addition to the three I mentioned above .. difficult. “Pink Floyd – The Wall”, “Aha – East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon”. Hard to tell why. At least I am always returning to them every now and then. Remember I mostly stick to single songs not albums or certain artists.

Q – What’s the best concert you’ve ever attended that you did not play?

A – It’s hard to choose between the Peter Gabriel ‘So’ shows in the eighties or his ‘Secret World tour’ later in the nineties.

Q – Tell us about Stephan Weber’s future plans.

A – I am actually writing and recording my next album. ‘Dream On’ will be one of the songs on it. Then, in five years I’ll hopefully write and record a lot of new songs after my last tour.

Q – Lastly, what would you like to say to our readers?

A – Modern times make the communication much easier: If you have any questions – write me, ask me! You’re always welcome! The year has just begun. I wish that 2019 will bring you a lot of fun and joy!

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