Saturday 17 March 2018

Violinist Nigel Kennedy considers Berlin move after Brexit vote

Violinist Nigel Kennedy performs at his home in north London
Violinist Nigel Kennedy performs at his home in north London

Nigel Kennedy has revealed he is considering moving to Berlin rather than continuing to live in "fascist" Britain.

The maverick violinist, who lives between London and Poland, slammed June's Brexit vote for focusing on immigration over self-rule and independence from the EU.

Dubbing the vote as "Brexshit" Kennedy told the Press Association: "There could have been a fantastic debate about Brexit if we had been talking about our autonomy.

"I'm seriously considering Berlin as an option to try and go and live there if they will have me as a German citizen because I don't want to be part of a country which is so racist. And I don't mind using that word.

"Everyone says Brexit isn't racist it kind of is racist if it is being built upon the premise of immigration and refugees."

He added: "I would move to Poland but it is even more fascist than England."

The 59-year-old, who next month will release an album of his compositions for the first time, said the music industry was in a "dangerous state" but heralded new technology for offering artists greater freedom.

"It just seems like it is one big cartel which is very difficult for an artist to break through.

"But at least the computer has made it that the distribution of music and communication of music is not under the control of record companies so I think that's a fantastic step forward."

However Kennedy said he did not use a computer to develop or research his own music.

"I've seen how sick it makes people and I prefer to get sick by doing a party than two hours on a computer.

"I've seen what my wife looks like after two hours on the computer and it's kind of how I look after 12 hours of partying. I know which one I'm going to opt for."

The musician, who shot to fame with his 1989 recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, said he took no interest in music programmes such as The X Factor.

"I don't watch that type of shit because I think competition in music is completely against the spirit of it anyway. How can musicians compete against each other it's a collaborative art form?

"A nd I think winning a competition is not necessarily fantastic even for the winner.

"Let alone to be called a loser by some monkeys who can't even perform no more who are s itting behind a desk. T hat is incongruous.

"It's going to send some people crazy and then they are replaced by another winner the next year so it doesn't even amount for a very long term result. You're in you're out."

Kennedy, who is set to turn 60 next month, said he was enjoying music "more than ever", adding he was treating each gig "like it is the last one".

"It helps you to appreciate the moment and give the most that you can for people that are turning up to hear it."

:: Nigel Kennedy's new album, My World, will be released on December 23.

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