Bastian Korff talks cabaret, pop, and bad romance.
Bastian Korff performed an hour-long version of his stage show Sing You Sinners: A Hitparade of Bad Romances as part of the RVT’s Hot August Fringe. I met up with him a few days after. In the halls of the British Museum we talked about the art of cabaret, finding the emotion in the pop songs he covers, and the difference between British and German audiences.
Bastian Korff has a splendid, powerful voice. In his stripped-down renditions of classic pop he finds the heart of the song, and what he sings is raw and decidedly real. On stage he is a magnificent host to this hit parade. He draws you into his story, and weaves the songs, as well as the emotion behind the songs, into his tale. The audience is swept along with this, whether singing Lady Gaga in English, or learning to sing Bonnie Tyler in German. It’s a tremendous show that is tremendous fun.