"Buddy, you're a young man, hard man Shouting in the street, gonna take on the world someday."
Friday night, back stage at a small club in Berlin-Neukölln. Although the place has only recently opened, the walls of the tiny room are already full of tags and stickers. The fridge is doing its best to protect the beer from the ambient heat and is humming deafeningly. But this background noise is still nothing compared to the roar from the auditorium, which soon bursts at the seams. The small club is filled up to the last seat and everyone has come to celebrate his first release, his first own concert. But Sharaktah has put his head back and is looking out of half-closed eyes at the tags and stickers that blur before his eyes.
And then he's back in the mall village in Schleswig-Holstein, the outsider with the weird passion. He misses soccer practice, cancels the party at the village disco, and spends his nights with a worn-out guitar and a keyboard. They hiss "Freak" after him, roll their eyes when he meets them, but he just grins, wears the insults proudly like an order.
Because he feels, deep down in his chest, that he will make it out of here, away from the narrow values of the village. And that he will give hope to the outsiders and freaks with his music.
His music. This unique blend of contemporary rap sound and a distorted rock aesthetic, modern and at the same time infinitely precise produced with heart and torn soul. Together with his raw voice and lyrics about growing up in the province, about crises and broken relationships, the result is a sound that is typical of his generation, the teenagers and Twenty-Somethings from the soul. Features with Clueso and Edo Saiya followed and Sharaktah's message message reaches an ever larger audience, "You don't have to please the others! You're okay, the way you are!"
His concerts are not gigs, not showcases for bored industry people. They are evenings where movements are formed. Little cells that scream songs into the warm night and come home inspired. And finally feel confidence:
"I may be an outsider. But I'm not alone!"