Ute Lemper

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Ute LemperI spent three days locked in a bedroom in Chiswick with Ute alone except for food passed through the door.

We were there to translate 14 German poems into English before recording them. These tracks were really heavy about pregnancy, death, loss, child abuse, bombing and torture . . . I tried my best to soften the effect and even considered trying to seduce Ute to distract her and lighten her mood.

She broke 3 microphones with the sheer power of her voice, I’ve never experienced anything like it before or since.