HK Magazine: Where did you get your quirkiness, Prins? Prins Nitram: When I first started out as a songwriter, I was writing personal sentimental lyrics about love, grief and sorrow. But as I grew older, I learned that these songs weren’t representative of me as a person. Deep inside I’m a happy guy, and I don’t want to involve people in my navel-gazing personal crises. I’m here to entertain and inspire people. I’m not here to make them sad. HK: It’s said you’re of royal descent. Is that true? PN: Everybody knows the King had many lovers. In theory, everybody has a little blue blood in their veins. HK: How did music make its way into your life? PN: My father is a folk musician and he taught me the guitar by the age of four. We had all kinds of instruments in the house: drums, piano, etc. My main influences are Elvis, the Beatles and an opera named “Reguletto.” HK: You describe your music style as doo-wop. Really? PN: Doo-wop is a singing style developed in the 60s which is also called barbershop. Doo-wop is also a sound: “DOO-WOP!” HK: What’s the biggest advantage and disadvantage about playing in a one-man band? PN: The advantage of being a one-man band is that you are in total control and can make all the decisions by yourself without having to ague with anyone else. The disadvantage is that you don’t have anyone to cheer you up, inspire you or take control when your batteries are low. It takes a lot of energy to be a one-man band. HK: You’re touring in China with Thomas Baz. Tell us something about him? PN: Thomas is a fine young singer/songwriter, and a good friend of mine. His music reminds me of great songwriters such as Roy Orbison and Lee Hazelwood with a little twist of European folk music. HK: Tell us about the best and the weirdest places you’ve played? PN: Brazil—it’s the funkiest place on earth! Those people know good music, and they sure know how to party! The weirdest place is probably Denmark, especially the suburbs, people there like music to be repetitive and predictable. No surprises. You know, jukebox stuff. That’s not my game... HK: Can you tell us about your debut album “Bomty Bomty?” PN: “Bomty Bomty” took me about 10 years to produce, from the actual songwriting through several demo recordings, to the final album. There are lots of fine features such as brass, cello, double bass and organ. I have had the honor of working with musicians such as Giant Sand and Gorillaz on this album. HK: What can we expect from your gig? PN: Expect the unexpected. Prins Nitram will play live at Rockschool on Jul 17.