Interview Hörbar Rust – RadioEinsRBB – 29 April 2012
Here is the German video with the interview. If you don’t understand German, you can read the entire interview below.
BR: A very warm welcome.
BR: There isn’t a new album at the moment, but you have written a book and it is called “My life”. And I will start right away with a little quote.
“Like actors I play somebody else”.
Ok. Who is Patricia Kaas? Who is here at the moment?
PK: Oh. That is how the life of an artist is. You have to play some kind of role. You can’t be tired. You can’t be ill. You have to be perfect all the time. I don’t know if you have to be like that, but people think like that. And sometimes that is difficult. And at the same moment you live different lives.
Of course I know that, but this book I didn’t write myself. Sophie Blandinières did that.
I spend a lot of time with her and then we wrote it down like this. So that it fits me.
When I finished this book I didn’t learn about myself, because it is my own life, but when you read it and you read about certain things and moments, you understand things better.
In the beginning of my career I lived at one end my career, my success and at the other side there was the sadness of the mother that isn’t there anymore or the father and then you fight to go on. And then maybe you forget the most important thing and that is the mourning, because you don’t want to live that.
You take it with you in life and that‘s why I say, that you play a role, because inside you are hurt and sad, but you always have to show the opposite to the outside world.
BR: But don’t you think that when you are a spectator yourself, when you watch TV or watch a movie or read an interview or watch an interview, that when people break down or are sad, that that brings us closer to them? I think you like that too, because then such a person is real for you.
PK: Yes of course. It can be in a sound, a voice, a look. Yes you can see it, even when you don’t talk about it. You can’t hide it. But I didn’t want that to be the reason. I didn’t want to say “Listen to my music, because I am only human”. I wanted to present myself the way I really am.
BR: Yes and I think you succeeded in that. You presented yourself as a vulnerable person as well as that you were hurt too. You are everything what happened in your life.
Everybody who thought until now, that Patricia Kaas has a lot of power, that you work a lot, that this woman isn’t vulnerable, everybody knows better now. In this book you are naked, very naked.
Also for yourself. You say however that you didn’t learn about yourself because of the book, but I can imagine, how it is when you see it all compressed in front of you.
PK: Yes. Because in the beginning when people talked about an autobiography I didn’t want to do it. But at a certain time in life it is the right moment. And for me an autobiography isn’t just “I travelled a lot” and I only talk about my success. It has to be a bit more personal. Andin the past I didn’t want to do that.
And suddenly something happens in your life and I said “I try it”. I didn’t know what to say and how deep I wanted to go, but just look and see what happens.
Then I talked about 50 hours with a reporter and suddenly it became a talk between 2 women.
And there were moments that I said: “Oh yes I want to say that too”. That is important, because all the difficult times in life, the times in which I learned a lot about life or the beautiful moments, which you love to think of often, it was important that they were in the book.
I didn’t want to forget those moments, maybe just a few, but I always returned to the most important ones.
BR: We come to the first song now. Or better you brought some music. You decided to bring the song “Syracuse”. I don’t think there is anybody that doesn’t know your voice, but just in case, this is Patricia Kaas with “Syracuse”.
Music: Patricia Kaas – Syracuse – Movie Piano Bar (And now… ladies & gentlemen – Inspired by the movie of Claude Lelouch)