Norbert Kruelers project “Shamall” releases his eleventh album “music is not a cheap non-durable good, but something sacred” believes Norbert Krueler, who just released the eleventh album with his music project “Shamall” (hot desert wind). The musician and music producer entitles his latest work “questions of life”. “The lyrics are about the meaning and purpose of life,” says Krueler, “because I realized how many people are wasting their time while occupying themselves with lambencies.”
Krueler achieves his ideas not only in his lyrics. When working on a new album, he tries to avoid copying himself. “I try to avoid repetitions”, Norbert says “and I take it for granted to bring out the best in my music.” Influences of famous bands from the alternative rock scene of the eighties and seventies are apparent in Shamall’s current work. Their pleasure to create musical experiments and their audibly LOVE to play were trademarks of those bands in their era. These remarkable signs are abound on ‘questions of life’.
“But my fans need not to fear too experimental debaucheries,” laughs Krueler, because he remains with the Best: “The melody itself is still in the foreground and may not disappear behind too much technology or extensive technical skills of single musicians, who ends in themselves. Heart, culture and brainpower shall always be consistent with each other. Shamall is just a child of the colourful flower-power-hippie-era…” smiles Norbert.
Norbert, who was born in Emsdetten (near the Dutch border) plays guitar and piano since his childhood. After his three-year apprenticeship as a dairy expert Norbert jobbed in a discotheque, before he filled in the diseased resident dj. “My boss was thrilled about my first appearance as a DJ so that I kept the job,” recalls Krueler. About 30 years ago the same boss established the big rock club “Aladin Music Hall” in Bremen and took Krueler with him, who is still working there until today. 1986 Krueler founded the project “Shamall” with two friends. “We started with Italo-Disco quite successfully,” he says. After a year both friends quit Shamall for family reasons. Krueler, who doesn’t relate to disco music, reconsidered his musical ambition and was looking for an intellectual challenge. Influenced by musical heroes of his childhood like Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Alan Parsons and Tangerine Dream he created the first Shamall longplayer, which gave direction to Shamall’s musical future. His electronic music with rhythm and vocals made him popular internationally, Shamall received two golden records, which dazzle on the wall of the recording studio. Shamall brought new elements in the following works and various musicians accompanied him over the years. The recent album “Questions of Life” is available in every well-stocked record store. — Inka Sommerfeld, July 2008