Eventually he moved to Paris, where he found out that there was a little microphone inside his laptop which worked perfectly to record his songs. When he came back to Berlin, he had a lot of songs recorded and a lot of pictures in his head. He wanted to share these pictures with the listeners of his songs, so he designed a little book which goes along with his record. Every song is illustrated in one chapter. On stage Norman felt that people were staring at him a bit too much, so he set up a projection and let the pages of the book flip while he performed the songs live.
In Berlin people were clapping a lot, so he was encouraged to take his show to other cities and other countries where people seemed to like it, too. Norman was invited to play at art galleries and cultural festivals, took cool pictures of himself, sold a song to MTV and even gave interviews talking about his work. Radio stations started to play his songs. His first real record then was called “Boys and Girls”: They were cover versions of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Boys Don’t Cry”. People especially liked the cover of the record, and the songs he sometimes heard playing in cosy coffee places. The next single was called Falling.
It was requested to be used in an ice cream commercial, but it never happened in the end. In the meanwhile the album he had been working on was finally published by a small label called Ratio Records in which he was also involved. It came out as a book-cd combination: 12 songs and 200 pages. They printed 1000 copies, each of them numbered. These copies sold pretty quickly on shows and through his webpage. Read more on Last.fm.
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