Berlin (dpa) – For those worried about the future of the German music industry after its last-place tie at the weekend’s Eurovision Song Contest, a new magazine might provide some insights into the country’s music scene.
If nothing else, it might provide some hope that future outings at the ESC will at least result in more points – indeed, any points – after singer Ann Sophie got precisely zero with her song Black Smoke Saturday night in Vienna. That left her in dead last place, along with host country Austria’s The Makemakes.
Named Schall (Sound), the magazine is supposed to take a closer look at the German-language music scene, which gets short shrift in a lot of industry press, according to publisher Christian Hentschel.
“A lot of German artists hardly appear in other music magazines,” he told dpa. Meanwhile, Schall will aspire to have two- to three-page interviews with subjects, along with longer reports, covering everything from rock to pop to rap to folk music.
The first edition is already on the stands, with a print run of 30,000. Starting in 2016, it is set to appear every other month. However, there are only plans for two editions in 2015. That still gives it a lot of room to grow, as many more established magazines have larger print runs and print more regularly.
Hentschel notes that German artists controlled more than half of Gemrany’s top 100 in 2014, but that fact is overlooked by most music press. The first edition runs 196 pages, costs 5.90 euros (6.50 dollars) and includes features on German acts like den Prinzen, Elements of Crime, Ferric MC, Hubert von Goisern, den Ohrbooten, Dagobert and Sarah Connor.
As for Ann Sophie (not featured in Schall), representatives of German public broadcaster ARD said Sunday they remain proud of her performance, despite the lack of points.
“We would have preferred a different outcome,” said ARD entertainment chief Thomas Schreiber. “The song and the performance were worth more than zero points.”
He said there would be an analysis of how the vote broke down and why it resulted in nothing for Ann Sophie.
“It was a great performance,” said Schreiber. “Regarding Ann Sophie, I can only say that we stand behind her and that we will continue to work with her.”