We pick up French singer and actress SoKo at the Funkhaus where she has been interviewed for the national radio station fm4 (http://fm4.orf.at/). Her booking agent recommends us that we shall better not ask SoKo to play her early chart-success “I’ll kill her” for us as she ran out of the studio, when she has been asked to do so at the radio station. Her explanation: She was never really satisfied with that song and it simply has nothing to do with her anymore; not only that we’ve never been ones to request any special song from the artists, but it is also true that the song is just not one of her best. By now SoKo has proven that there is much more diversity to her music than that of a languishingly broken lover with the added plus of a sweet French accent. The singer with Polish roots has a good sense of humour and a subtle irony, burps in measure into the microphone while singing at her nightly show or asks her audience to join in one of her tongue-in-cheek choruses about how mean and bad other people are. She’s got it all – forceful screaming and compressed anger to happy-go-lucky tunes, whispered intimacy and the distinctive crack in her voice. SoKo’s other songs about disappointed love are still very poignant. Her low-fi and straightforward performance on her little guitar at the pre-Christmas Karlsplatz left us curious about her first full-length record.
Karlsplatz is an important traffic junction and close to various places of interest. It is located at the bustling transition between the inner city and the fourth district. In the late 19th century the square was erected on the former riverbed of Wienfluss, which was regulated and canopied. Karlsplatz lies at the foot of the massive and splendid Karlskirche, that was commissioned more than a century earlier by Emperor Karl IV after the cessation of a pest epidemic. Vienna’s largest baroque church was built by architect J.B. Fischer von Erlach between 1716 and 1737. Its green, 236 feet or 72 meters high copper dome outshines Karlsplatz and its surrounding buildings. Art-Nouveau-style Otto Wagner Pavillon with Club U, historic Wien Museum, project space, Künstlerhaus, brut and the Technical University are situated on or in the vicinity of the square. Yet the area is not just about culture and entertainment. In and around the busy underground pedestrian passage homeless people and drug addicts gather. The square and its environment have experienced various transfigurations and even though the underground passage shall be redesigned in the near future, there is still a social problem to be solved. A successful measure for cultural stimulation of the square came from the project group karlsplatz.org. At the fountain in front of Karlskirche and in adjoining Resselpark (park named after the inventor of the ship propeller – Joseph Ressel) stages were erected for musical performances in summer. In winter the square is converted into a big Christmas market. On bales of straw we staged SoKo.