Into the hazardous waste bin with genre boundaries or other creative limitations! In their unique sound clash of jazz, punk, blues, folk, funk, Balkan and pop, Botticelli Baby combine the free spirit and creative drive of Sandro Botticelli with the unfiltered rebel spirit and unpredictability of rock ‘n roll. Since 2013, the septet from West-Germany has been searching for ever new forms of expression – just in time for their 10th founding anniversary, Botticelli Baby are now really letting it rip!
Was it fate or the effervescent fire? In any case, the fact is that singer Marlon Bösherz and trumpeter Alexander Niermann met in a club in Essen in 2013 and spontaneously decided to form a band. After the first hungover jam sessions on the famous morning after, the temporary duo subsequently recruited their current line-up with Jörg Buttler (guitar), Lucius Nawothnig (piano), Tom Hellenthal (drums), Max Wehner (trombone) and the youngest band member to date, Christian Scheer (saxophone). Today, Botticelli Baby move smoothly between all chairs and styles, which the Ruhrpott formation solder together in a completely new way to create an eclectic in-your-face crossover.
Botticelli Baby love experimentation and creative friction. With almost meticulous attention to detail, the musician collective handles stylistic contrasts and contradictions. Botticelli Baby liberate jazz from its elitist cerebration and punk from its canned-beer-stained grubby image. Enriched with elements of blues, folk, funk, Balkan or pop, the result is a highly explosive fusion, for which the appropriate name is also conveniently supplied: Junk – a mix of jazz and punk, with which Botticelli Baby have quickly gained a stable reputation as one of the most unique and exciting formations in Germany and beyond.
“Each of us is rooted in a different musical style. At the same time, we are all real music freaks and open to foreign influences,” frontman Marlon Bösherz explains Botticelli Baby’s instantly recognisable signature sound. “We love to provoke each other and challenge each other musically. When we’re on tour, we always play different artists and genres for each other, which we then discuss, deconstruct and interpret in our own way later in the rehearsal room. This band is like a giant high-end catalyst that transforms all inspirations into something completely our own.” A wide-screen mix that is refined by Bösherz` image-strong lyrics and his vocals oscillating somewhere between Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Jon Spencer or The Cramps` Lux Interior.
“Most of my lyrics come from poems I write in German. I use a lot of mosaic-like images to describe a big picture with which I express my emotions or thoughts. Piece by piece, these images condense until I translate them into English-language lyrics, and when jamming, they finally become a song,” says Marlon Bösherz about his compositional modus operandi. In addition to his work with Botticelli Baby, the lyricist publishes several books of poetry a year and can be experienced throughout Europe at author readings as well as in the context of special performances and exhibitions, where he combines book art with elaborate sound sculptures.
To date, Botticelli Baby look back on highly acclaimed studio albums “Botticelli Baby” (2015), “Junk” (2018) and “Saft” (2021), as well as 2019’s live album “Live”, which generated over 450k total streams on Spotify. After many hundreds of celebrated concerts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Spain, Turkey or Greece, as well as slots at renowned festivals such as Jazzahead!, Elbjazz, c/o Pop, the Fusion Festival, the Reeperbahn Festival, Saalfelden Jazzfestival, the Juicy Beats, the Freiburg Kulturbörse or Rocken am Brocken, the Essen-based band is waiting in the wings with their brand new album, just in time for their 10th anniversary of operation: On “Boah” Botticelli Baby now continue the path taken on their last longplayer “Saft”. “Boah” will be released on October 27, 2023 via Schubert Music. Capping off a decade of musical evolution, it encapsulates raw moments and emotions in an eclectic fusion of genres, offering an intimate yet explosive collection of tracks that truly represent the band’s spirit and essence.
“One thing though is a true constant, a Botticelli Baby concert is a concert like no other, initially reconciling that long list of genres wich they love, that recipe, through love, passion and sheer hard work turned into music that is today distinctly their own“
– Noisy Hype, UK
“The band is well on the way to becoming a bigger personality in the music industry”
– Die Welt, DE
“The night belongs to Botticelli Baby – seven young savages from the Ruhrpott who are currently stirring up the republic with their banging mixture of jazz, gypsy swing, Balkan beat and punk.”
– Stadtradio Göttingen, DE
“Bass. Vocals. Trumpet. Trombone. Saxophone. Drums. Piano. With Botticelli Baby, all this comes together to form a mixture of golden-glossy Jazz with “in your face” attitude […] If classic big-band jazz were a 1956 neat and well-maintained Aston Martin DB5, then Botticelli Baby is an evil 1970s US muscle car: a pitch-black Dodge Charger with its roaring V8 engine, grotesquely large displacement and 285 tyres. A car that will heartily steamroller anything that comes its way.”
– Die Welt, DE