Bastian Baker graced his presence on the main stage at the House of Switzerland with a concert. And then he dropped in on the IRF London Pop-Up radio studio with an impromptu unplugged session in the presence of some luck fans who were also invited int o the IRF studio.
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It just needed one single with the prophetic title, ‘Lucky’, to be played over and over again by Swiss radio, a 3’000-strong captivated audience at his stage debut at the 2011 Caprices Festival, for Bastian Baker to become a celebrity and for his songs to be on everyone’s lips.
Although virtually unknown in January 2011, a few months later he had already won over the public, the media and even Claude Nobs, head of the Montreux Jazz Festival. His appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in July 2011, was an all-out success.
Everyone was enthralled by his charisma, his angelic looks and his talent – and that was the start of the Bastian Baker phenomenon. However, this 20-year-old singer and songwriter has not let success go to his head: “I don’t want to be just a passing fad!” he proclaims.
His first album, ‘Tomorrow May Not Be Better’, recorded in Paris with the finest English musicians and mixed at the Philippe Weiss studio, was released on 9 September 2011. On its first day it reached number one on Swiss iTunes sales, and then immediately soared to number three on the Swiss charts. His songs are a fascinating mix of pop-folk and rock sounds, and the album was so successful with both the public and the critics that it promptly won a Platinum award.
The year 2011 finished with a triumph at Zurich’s Hallenstadion, where he performed in front of 13,000 spectators as an opener for Roxette. And 2012 has got off to a very promising start: a Swiss Music Award nomination, an album released in France, and a song recording for the Swiss Davis Cup.
It certainly looks as if Bastian Baker, voted by the Swiss as their third favourite celebrity, is here to stay!