Bastian Baker’s artistic destiny took shape as he was only 15, in the secrecy of a bedroom, together with a guitar and a pen. His first texts and his first chords date back to that period, already giving a glimpse of a possible breakthrough, that wasn’t long before coming. Discovered by Patrick Delarive, who decided to support him, the singer released a first single, “Lucky”, in 2011. A new writer, composer, arranger and interpreter craved his niche in the musical landscape. In April of the same year, he meet Claude Nobs, the late and missed founder of Montreux Jazz Festival, who invited him on the off stage of his festival a few months later.
The album that launched his career, “Tomorrow May Not Be Better”, was released in September 2011. It followed up with the success achieved by “Lucky”. The two singles “I’d Sing For You” and “Hallelujah” – a Leonard Cohen cover – were and still are big hits. In Switzerland, the album sold like hot cakes, and it is also an export hit in France and Belgium. During almost two years, Bastian Baker toured intensively; he performed hundreds of times. Among the list, very prestigious venues: Montreux Jazz Festival, Paleo Festival, Francofolies de la Rochelle and Olympia of Paris in April 2013. The phenomenon intensified with just as prestigious opening acts for Elton John, Bryan Adams, Johnny Hallyday and Mark Lanegan.
In spite of his short career, he obtained numerous other praises and rewards. He appeared on the French TV show Taratata. He won three Swiss Music Awards in two years and became Switzerland’s third favourite celebrity in 2012 after a public vote during the 2012 Swiss Awards. He also performed on the NRJ Music Awards in 2013. The following two years after Bastian Baker’s first breakthrough have given him the opportunity to play at opposite sides of the globe; in Japan, Russia, USA and in Europe (England, Germany, France, Belgium). A musical journey that is bound to take him further.
The new album, “Too Old to Die Young”, is full of the human and artistic experience gained by the artist. The opus was born in the remote English countryside, along with his musicians, between February and March 2013. Bastian Baker surrounded himself with percussionist and drummer Fergus Gerrand (Sting, Madonna), guitarist and keyboarder Ken Stringfellow (R.E.M.) and bassist David Levy (Chris de Burgh). After this live session was recorded, the final touch was added in NYC by the mixer Mark Plati, a legend who has had the occasion to work with David Bowie, The Cure and many other celebrities.