Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

Personal Disaster Video & More

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We are in the process of shooting a video for the song “Personal Disaster” from my “Monsters In Rome” record. The idea has been gestating for a while but now it is time to get it done.

Listen to the song below:

Toth Orsolya from SpotFilm will be in charge of all production and filming for the “Personal Disaster” video – script and direction by Victor Olăhuţ.

While I will not yet reveal the content of the video itself or any of the underlying ideas behind the script, I do advise you to download the “Monsters In Rome” record if you haven’t yet had the chance to, and, more importantly, listen to the song “Personal Disaster”. I have released this album in 2010 and there is already one video circulating on YouTube, for “Afraid Not Scared”, but no other videos have been made for songs from this album. Which is a shame, because I truly think I have a few gems on here.

Watch the video for “Afraid Not Scared” below:

My music to be featured in the film “Lie With Me”

Songs from this record are about to receive even more attention this year, as the film “Lie With Me” by Jamison Brandi will feature acoustic versions of 6 tracks from “Monsters In Rome”. The film will also feature the songs “Cold Sun” and “Be A Wolf” – never before released. I will tell you more about this feature film very shortly, but this is all the information I can provide at the moment. That and the fact that I am really excited to have this opportunity – the film is still in post-production but I can hardly wait to see the final results!

On tour this summer with the “Fisura” play

There is one more important project for this year: I have written and recorded a few songs for a play and released “The Crack (Musical)” in March, 2012. The music was for the play “Fisura” by Flavius Lucăcel, directed by Victor Olăhuţ and…well… we are going on tour with it this summer. There are a lot of interesting aspects to this project, but the most important one is the fact that our venues are a bit unusual for this kind of theater: we are going to perform our musical play in several villages around Transylvania and our theater space will be constructed in the barns, sheds of the villagers. A documentary film will be made to capture the spirit of the entire tour and document the reactions of the public. I sense this will be a really fun project and I couldn’t be happier to take part!

We have made a video for the song “In The Dumpster Light (Mickey’s Song)” from “The Crack (Musical)” album that I have released on March 14 on the Indie Folker music page.

The video is a re-arrangement of some old rural civil defense TV spots from 1965. We’ve tried mixing all that footage in a way that tells a different story than the one it was originally meant to.

It is the one below…



In the meantime, you can still download the entire “The Crack (Musical)” album for free. AND you can even grab a handy widget to stream on your very own website, blog or social profile space. The widget is the one below, and you can customize it if you just click on “share”.

There will be more videos coming for songs from this album so I urge you to subscribe to the Indie Folker Youtube channel if you want to be informed of when this is happening – this is the subscribe link: http://bit.ly/tSgBsF

I have released my latest album titled “The Crack (Musical)” and it’s up for grabs on the Indie Folker music page – for FREE!

The album contains music that I wrote for the “Fisura” play (written by Flavius Lucăcel and directed by Victor Olăhuţ). I feel truly privileged to have had the chance to do this.

The musical itself is being presented on stage today here in Transylvania, and I am really excited to be a part of it! I loved working on it but I am glad it’s over now. You can only work on one project for so long, I guess.


We’ve first talked about doing this more than a year ago. Maybe even longer than that. But it’s happening now at the change of a season.

There was music written that didn’t make the play – and there’s music that didn’t make the album. It might seem unusual, but it’s natural. Some songs were just not made to be sung by me while some songs weren’t quite right for the stage.

You don’t need to worry about this too much. I might just re-record the songs that didn’t make the album at a later date and publish them… but that’s not really a promise!

The idea for this album came from Victor Olăhuţ who in 2011 had proposed making the play “Fisura” by Flavius Lucăcel into a full fledged musical.

I really thought it would be easy to make that play into a musical. We both did. And we worked really hard to prove that.

The play was written in Romanian, and all songs have an original Romanian text, but I have translated them for this record.

The story is about Mickey and Annie, an old couple with an exceptional love for pickles, whose lives get disrupted by the appearance of a sudden crack on the wall of their beloved pantry. When the crack threatens to destroy their very livelihood, they must take every measure to stop it. But what unseen enemy can cause such great damage? Is it the trains, the dreaded car traffic or the tram? Whichever foe they might face, they are ready to take action!

Gogu is the officer in charge of investigating the train and tram derailments who meets Marina at the old couples home while she gets her future read by Annie.

Marina and Gogu learning their songs while mister director is directing.

The actors were really cool about learning all this music at such short notice, I even got to see them rehearse last night at the venue we are going to perform at today -, and it’s all looking very promising. I said WE because I will be performing a few songs of my own after the play. I love the theater atmosphere, I think my music couldn’t be presented in any better location. So yeah, I am really looking forward to play!

Mickey and Annie at the stage rehearsal last night. I don’t have a better photo.

I am so ready to finally put this album out… (and get on to planning my Finland tour)

But right now… this is… happening!

Cheers, friends!

This work wouldn’t exist hadn’t have been for the following people:

Anca Hanu, who played Annie.
Camelia Curuţiu, who palyed Marina.
Florentina Năstase, who played Mickey.
Flavius Lucăcel, who wrote the play and the original lyrics in Romanian for songs #1, #2 and #3.
Kinga Ötvös, who sang Marina’s parts on song #3.
Leonard Viziteu, who played Gogu.
Victor Olăhuţ, who directed the play
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Hello, dear friends!

Listen to one of the songs from the soon to be released Indie Folker record, titled “The Crack (Musical)” below:

Indie Folker – In The Dumpster Light | The Crack Musical | Mickey’s Song

I will be releasing this record containing the music I wrote for the “Fisura” play (to be presented on stage here in Cluj, Transylvania on the 14th of March – written by Flavius Lucăcel and directed by Victor Olăhuţ) and I am feeling rather nervous about how people will react to it. It’s an awkward feeling, because I never get that way before a release.

Songs for the play were written in Romanian, but I translated them for the album – I might just have an extra track in the original Romanian, but I haven’t yet decided.

Working on this project was like an obsession for me. I took serious time off from my work to get things done, and I have had music running in my head all day long – no matter what I did.

It is something I never did before. Wow. A musical. Other people singing my songs on stage… and it’s practically theater… where everything has to have it’s place in the play… It is generally a bigger project than a regular album. You have to approach the entire thing from a totally different perspective. It’s training that I very much enjoyed – and still do.

The good thing about being an indie musician, just a singer-songwriter, is that there is not much pressure when something like this happens. I’m not going to waste anyone’s money if I screw up (I’m not saying I ever do, haha) but there’s no big shot producer to make all the fine adjustments either… so you have to write good songs to get away with it… and I always try to write songs that I don’t have to defend after I release them. It’s good practice.

You can still download the song we did with The Wonder Fools, titled “Why?”. There is more Indie Folker & The Wonder Fools music coming in May and June, so you might want to come back for that.