INFOBOXGenre(s): Indie/Alternative, Pop
From: Vienna, Austria
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The young Vienna singer-songwriter Clemens “Cley” Freude found his calling in 2019, during his civil service in Salzburg. The work as an emergency medical technician appealed to him so much that when it was finished, he began a steady job as an EMT. Music remained in the background – until he responded to an emergency call at the Salzburg train station, during the course of which he discovered the body of a deceased homeless woman. The experience wouldn’t let go of him, and a therapist advised him to write a song as a means of working through it; that song turned out to be his first single, “Sabine”.
“Sabine” was released shortly after the COVID pandemic began; his first album, Salz, (Sony) will be released in autumn of 2023, along with his debut novel that he describes as a long-form text version of the album.
Freude (which translates as “joy”) sings with brutal honesty – but not despair – about the spiritual abyss, the chasms of the soul. He is actively engaged in social work and collaborates on a regular basis with the Vienna institution “neunerhaus”; he was also the initiator of the 2022 “YesWeCare” benefit concert for the Ukraine in Vienna, which attracted more than 100,000 people.