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OL:
We'd like to Welcome Pop Singer/Songwriter Jann Klose, who's CD, REVERIE has received worldwide acclaim on over 125 radio stations, including Sirius XM Radio in the U.S., the BBC in the U.K.  Hits on the album include,
"Give In To This Life," "Doing Time,"
"Hold Me Down"
and "Beautiful Dream."  

OL:
And his live shows are equally fantastic.  Jann also has a new music video,
 "Doing Time," which is a hit on youtube,
and a new digital EP, "SACRIFICE."

OL:
Welcome Jann, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, for the entire week of Sept. 19, 2010.
Once again, thank you and welcome... 

Jann Klose:
Thank you for having me!

OL:
Jann, You were born in Mannheim, Germany and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa?

Jann Klose:
Indeed I was.

OL:
What a diverse background you had growing up. What kind of music were you exposed to, growing up in various parts of Africa. We understand you were able to see a lot of the world, much credit to your family's
love of travel?

Jann Klose:
Yes, a lot of African music as a small child. My family and I got to see a lot of Eastern and Southern Africa... As a baby I "climbed" Mt. Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania...
On my Dad's back!

OL:
What came first for you,
Singing or the Guitar...
or did the two meet as one?

Jann Klose:
Singing... I was making up songs and stories pretty early on. Then came a cheap Casio keyboard and the nylon string acoustic guitar. I eventually moved to piano and a Martin Guitar.

OL:
You first came to the United States on a Student Exchange Program to Cleveland, Ohio. Can you tell us about your first time performing in the States and who did you study with?

Jann Klose:
First performances were with the High School Show Choir... Later on, I studied voice with David Gooding in Cleveland, and sang with the Cleveland Opera Chorus... and various other ensembles in Northeast Ohio. My first band was made up almost entirely from guys/gals from Youngstown, Ohio.

OL:
What lessons in music and stage performance did you bring back, Jann, after returning  to Hamburg, Germany from the
Cleveland, Ohio Exchange Program?

Jann Klose:
My first time back was really filled with impressions of American and English music.
I had heard bits and pieces growing up. During my stay I found out who the artists were that I had always loved and where they
came from.

OL:
As we travel through all of the wonderful stages of your career, Jann, and of course all of the great stuff that's happening to you now, tell us what it was like, recording your first album ENOUGH SAID and where was the Studio?

Jann Klose:
Again, Youngstown, Ohio... A place called Ampreon Recorder. Not sure if they're still around, but we did record to a
2 inch tape... Reel to reel.
It was a great learning experience.

OL:
Jann, your voice and singing style have a nice direct and emotive soaring sound naturally made for the Pop/Rock style music that you sing... You have also performed with Broadway Touring Companies, in the award-winning shows of "Jekyll & Hyde" and
"Jesus Christ Superstar."
Tell us about this theatrical part of your career, Jann?

Jann Klose:
After I moved to NYC, I needed to find work as a singer. I ended up going to audition after audition, and got cast pretty quickly, in a regional production of the "Who's Tommy."
It ran for a week at NJ Performing Arts Center. Then I was on the road for most of the next year. Learned a lot about being a traveling artist. I got very good at
traveling 'light'.

OL:
You incorporate an assortment of musical styles in the overall sound of your recordings.
Who are some of your favorite Artists that have influenced you with their own eclectic musical performances?

Jann Klose:
A lot of different styles of music. I think the late 60s, early 70s folk movement as well as Motown had a pretty big impact on me. Even though I grew up with 80's/90's pop radio...

OL:
Having been a performing Artist in New York for the last ten years, how do You feel, Jann, your music has evolved?

Jann Klose:
More than anything I feel I've become more and more confident in myself and my art. That's made all the difference.

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
1 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
Remember how much good music is out there that you've not heard yet!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we cover the making of Jann Klose's celebrated REVERIE CD & more...!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again. As we listen to your stellar tracks during this OL Interview, your CD REVERIE, has a real nice flow and mixture of tempo and style. Tell us the story behind the title name of this CD?

Jann Klose:
Thanks ... I was looking for a title that embodied the idea of the dream state. REVERIE was a perfect fit. It felt like it covered more than just the first track,
but rather the entire album.

OL:
The song, "The Beginning" is a cool track, with your vocals soaring at the top of the tune, and then it rocks out mostly as an instrumental. We notice that this track is that last track on your REVERIE CD.
Was this a forethought, the starting of a new beginning for your next CD?

Jann Klose:
Well, it is the most fitting spot for the tune since it varies stylistically from all other tracks on the album. It also creates a full circle... an album feeling that I always appreciate when I listen to a full record.
I wrote the song a long time ago and had been playing it for years. People kept asking me to record it.

OL:
We also like the "Doing Time" track. If we may say, your music is very original, and yet this track reminds one of a kind of Beatles melancholy sound, which is never a bad thing to be likened to. What was your vision and influence for writing this song.

Jann Klose:
I came up with the melody while visiting Berlin, Germany a few years ago.
 The accordion adds a nice touch.
That's Lars Potteiger, who also plays piano on that track. We also made a music video for this song which can be seen on my YouTube page... It's a shot in stop-motion which goes along well with the  'stuck in the moment' feel of the tune.

OL:
What would be your favorite track, or top favorite tracks on your REVERIE CD?

Jann Klose:
Like them all! Am I allowed to like them all?

OL:
Without a doubt, Jann. We like them all, too!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, as we conclude this OL Interview 2 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
Thanks for lending me your ears!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we cover Jann Klose's 'live' show
 line-up & more...!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Thank you once again. Jann, in general, after you've recorded all of your material for a new CD, what are the key factors that help you in deciding the song order?

Jann Klose:
Song to song dynamic, both lyrically and musically.

OL:
Tell us about the Musicians that You work with on your 'live' shows?

Jann Klose:
I play live with the same band that's on the record. I love this group. They're my friends, too. There's Chris Marolf on upright bass.
He just took up the Kora (a West African harp) and the banjo.
 Lars, I've already mentioned above.

Jann Klose:
They both have significant others who've joined the band... Leah Potteiger on violin and Megan Marolf on oboe. Both of them can cover a lot of the other string and even some horn parts from the studio recording.

OL:
Some Artists like to give out a playlist of the songs they are performing on their 'live shows. Is that something You do for your 'live' shows?

Jann Klose:
I don't... People usually call out tunes or ask me what they want to hear in an email or on Facebook, etc. That gives me a pretty good ideas what's liked.

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
 3 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
Thank you

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

OL:Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word'  Interview question to You, Jann, and if you can you please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors, that would be interesting! Okay, let's take off!

OL:
Far?
Jann Klose:
Never too far!

OL:
Changes?
Jann Klose:
Need to happen.

OL:
Audience?
Jann Klose:
Should be as ecstatic as the band!

OL:
Constant?
Jann Klose:
Few things are.

OL:
Rock?
Jann Klose:
Try to be your own.

OL:
Simmer?
Jann Klose:
I like to cook.

OL:
Band?
Jann Klose:
I've got the best band in the world!

OL:
Book?
Jann Klose:
Still thinking about Siddartha. 

OL:
Opera?
Jann Klose:
Verdi and Mozart.. Talk about Rock!

OL:
About?
Jann Klose:
It's about time I get to my next email!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
4 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
Thanks.

OL:
Thank you, Jann. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as Pop Rock Singer Songwriter Jann Klose takes us to his favorite places and venues to tour with his Band & more..on the next segment. And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we get to go with You, Jann,
on your favorite places and venues to tour with your Band & more...!

OL:
Jann, we understand that You did a TV appearance ("Alive With Clive") recently in Westchester County, New York.
How did You like that?

Jann Klose:
TV is usually fun. I enjoy doing it. Radio is great, too... But, it's more intimate.
You're (obviously) more exposed when there's a camera and bright lights on you.

OL:
When touring worldwide,
what are some of your favorite tour locations
to tour with your Band?

Jann Klose:
I enjoy touring a lot. A great show and an engaged audience is my favorite place to be... Doesn't really matter where. I like an audience that's not shy and let's me know how they feel.

OL:
Okay Jann, give us a crowd that surprised You during one of your 'live' shows,
and in what way?

Jann Klose:
I love an audience that will song along, even before I ask them to... When opening for
The Strawbs,
that was always the case.
They like to sing along.

OL:
What would you say that so far, Jann would be your top show-stopping tune from your repertoire, that gets the Audience
every time?

Jann Klose:
Well, there's "Hold Me Down,"
"Mother Said, Father Said"

and a new song called "Still."
Those have been good for us!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
5 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
I'd love for people to check out our music video for "Doing Time." We worked really hard at it and think it came out great.
It's on YouTube!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 6 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where we find out about a few of Jann's favorite things!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we get to know a few of your
favorite things!

OL:
Who are some of the Artists that You listen to today on your iPod?

Jann Klose:
Don't have an iPod but have music on my BlackBerry and use my CD player in my car. Also just got a record player! So, I've been buying albums! Got some classics, CSN, Prince, Joni Mitchell... Been loving
The Shins, Sufjan Stevens

and some Cee Lo.

OL:
When listening to music in general, Jann,
do You like downloading tracks a lot,
or would You prefer to have the CD in
your hands?

Jann Klose:
Either way is fine with me.

OL:
Having performed with Broadway Musical Touring Companies, yourself, Jann...
To date, what would be your favorite Broadway Show that you've seen or would like to see?

Jann Klose:
First one I saw, was...
 The Who's "Tommy,"
happens to be the first one
I was in, too.

OL:
Tell us about the story behind your track "The Sacrifice"?

Jann Klose:
It's about regret. The regret of losing someone, but it being out of one's control.

OL:
If You could only pick one song of yours that would say who You are best, Jann,
which of your songs would that be?

Jann Klose:
Don't you know you you're not supposed to ask that kind of question? Why, all of them of course! I'm kidding. I usually like the most recent song that I've written.

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
6 of 7 segment?

Jann Klose:
Thank You, once again!

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 7 of this 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where Singer Songwriter Jann Klose, gives us his closing commentary on where Pop Rock Music is Today!

OL:
Thank you very much Jann, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Welcome Back, Jann. It's nice to rock out with You just one more time, this being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As we have reached the closing segment of this Interview feature, OL would first like to thank You, Jann, for your wonderful Interview in-between your shows for the past week. It's been so interesting interviewing You for this past week...great fun!

Jann Klose:
Thanks! I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I appreciate your patience.

OL:
No problem, Jann. We appreciate your giving OL and All of our OL Viewers this sparkling Interview on your great new music and your career. For this Interview, Jann, if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on "Pop Rock Music Today" and your closing music commentary quote? Thank you.

Jann Klose:
Hmm... Music today, Pop Music... It's so many things because there's a much larger body of music available to the general public. It's sometimes harder to find because labels tend to push the same stuff.

Jann Klose:
They're not able to take the kind of risks they used to. But not all of them are like that. There's always exceptions. It's good to be around people who are music fanatics since they will turn you on to something you won't hear on the radio.

OL:
Well said, Jann... and in closing, about this super gifted Singer Songwriter Jann Klose, we here at OL would like to add that it is very rare that Singer Songwriters today, especially in the Pop Music World, come to their Audiences by just sheer honesty and integrity in their music and lyrics... and not to mention just plain ol' hard work, performing, performing and performing!

OL:
Singer Songwriter Pop Rock Artist Jann Klose, is just one of the rarest of Artists to help bring his very natural, innovative and world-traveled music style back to full circle once again. keeping it raw, real and full of emotional energy for Pop Music lovers and all. So thanks, Jann for Doing Time with us here at OL, and keep writing great music, just like in The Beginning!

OL:
Thank you, to Pop Rock Singer Songwriter Jann Klose, and thank you All for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

Playlist Samples:
Famed
Pop Rock
Singer Songwriter
JANN KLOSE

1. The Beginning - Reverie CD
2. All These Rivers - Reverie CD
3. Doing Time - Reverie CD
4. It's Not The Way - Black Box EP
5. This Sacrifice - Sacrifice EP
6. Give In To This Life - Reverie CD
7. Beautiful Dream - Reverie CD
Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
JANN KLOSE
POP ROCK SINGER SONGWRITER
www.jannklose.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 9/19/10 - 9/25/10


OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

Remember how much good music is out there that you've not heard yet."

...Jann Klose
Brazilian Scandals  CD
Black Box EP
Sacrifice EP
Reverie CD