Andrew Bird, Bill Callahan, Bon Iver, Bonnie Prince Billy, Elliot Smith, Feist, The Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, Wilco
I am Wanderingted, also known as Ted Schmitz, a singer/song writer currently living in Berlin. I was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, studied theatre and music in Chicago and New York, and then started working as an opera singer. I consider myself one of the many wanderers in this world – those of us who have moved more times than we care to count, observing the same human patterns everywhere. I wrote my debut album, I Could Be You, mostly in a garden shed just outside of London.
I found myself making songs over a year in which extraordinary political winds were shifting the world and my father was dying of cancer. Everything felt silly and profound at the same time. In this atmosphere, where it seemed everyone wanted to act, to influence, to invoke change and shout louder than the next person, the question arose: why add to the noise when songs can uniquely speak the language of our secret hidden worlds? The songs that came out sound to me now like moments of that year, where things feel silly and profound at the same time.
Loosely falling into the genre of Indie Folk, this album now forms the musical basis of the staged concert Im Gegensatz zu dir (In Contrast to You) by Nico and the Navigators. The show asks questions about how we are to respond to our turbulent times and how we value our differences. It was premiered at the Performing Arts Festival in Berlin in 2017 and continues to tour.
The record I Could Be You was released on hard copy March 2018, and is being released digitally one track at a time over an eight month period.