As many of you might have heard, there has been a huge outcry of Austrian musicians, bands and music lovers after the interview of Elke Lichtenegger went viral, TOP 40 host of Austria’s largest radio station which is broadcasting nation-wide via Austria’s public broadcaster ORF. In this interview, she chooses her words, let’s say, “a bit unluckily”, offending all Austrian musicians and bands all at once…
… I thought they are just another completely unknown Austrian band who are trying to sell us (note: OE3) a song, which we of course don’t want, because it’s probably very bad…”
As one of her funny experiences with celebrities, she tells about an anecdote where she felt disturbed by a band warming up in the next room while she was trying to work, crashing into the room, shouting at them to warm up not as loud or at least shut the door, which she, as she says in the interview, slammed shut afterwards. She tells about her colleagues looking at her and asking if she’s not aware of who that band was, the “Imagine Dragons”. She then refers to the “Imagine Dragons” as “so famous, since they are currently really upcoming because they have this one song (…) and she was not aware of this, and “they also didn’t look like they look on those pictures” so she thought it was “just another completely unknown Austrian band who are trying to sell us (note: OE3) a song, which we of course don’t want, because it’s probably very bad…”
The radio station has published an apology stating that Elke Lichtenegger’s opinion does not represent the station’s opinion.
We think that also for Elke Lichtenegger there should be freedom of speech, which is a human right – what we can do, though, is the following:
LET’S SHOW OE3 that AUSTRIA has HIGH QUALITY BANDS!
Post our video “SMILE” to the OE3 Facebook page (you can even include the Rocquette Facebook page):
- copy this link to our video: http://youtu.be/AdkKt85k7RA
- follow this link and paste our video onto the OE3 Facebook wall: https://www.facebook.com/oe3?fref=ts&rf=112125532139909
- add your message asking for radio airplay and support of Austrian music (remember to stay polite)
- come to live concerts and buy our music!
Thank you so much for your support!