Interview JUSTIN ROSS
Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
In our age of information inspiration is at our fingertips. But where does true originality come from? We selected some of the most forward-thinking, creative, and authentic innovators in art, design, fashion, and culture to tell us about their perspective on the defining qualities of originality. Innovative, essential, exciting, or eccentric, these are people who are relying on their roots and paving their own way in a world full of strong competition.
FRIEDRICH LIECHTENSTEIN, ENTERTAINER
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“Stand up and dance.”
Describe your self in three words.
And Now Me!
What is Friedrich Liechtenstein all about?
I am a myth maniac. I love stories. Stories are like laws and they shape our lives. You have to tell them long and intense. Once they are the expression of laws that govern, and sometimes the imaginary stories become real. I tell stories in my songs and small films, recently in a 10-episod TV series about gas stations for ARTE (Tankstellen des Glücks). I also made a long movie called “Boccia Boccia” Slow TV for TELE 5.
What does it mean to be original?
The most important things must be hidden.
What have you learned from what you do?
Do more. Own less.
What were the most difficult challenges along the way?
To keep the stories alive on my songs, the Delphinmann and the Elevator-Man.
What are you currently working on?
Music, a graphic novel, and a movie. Currently I’m in Los Angeles, finalizing a movie,The Majestic Sombreo Galaxy – Elevator-Man.
Where do you look for inspiration?
In my ideas from the past.
Do you think of original being “essential” or “innovative”?
That’s not my issue. I’m an artist.
What advice do you have for people to stand out from the crowd?
Stand up and dance.
In ten years where do you want to be?
I want to be dancing with Lana Del Ray.
Tell us about your favorite eyewear and why?
I like the early ic! berlin. This eyewear saved my life as a pop star. Without them I would not be so beautiful. ic! berlin was unique, you see! You see?
Eyewear by ic! berlin