“I mainly busk in my hometown of Munich. Busking in Germany is quite different compared to busking in Australia. There are strict rules in Germany for buskers. For example, you’re not allowed to busk amplified, it’s quite a big process you have to go through to get a permit and there are only a few spots to busk in the city centre. But still I really enjoy it.”Sunny Acc’s
Sunny’s Facebook profile says she’s just a small town girl, singing in a lonely world. We wanted to find out more about this 22 year old singer/songwriter and street performer from Germany.
Sunny was born in the Bavarian Capital of Munich but her busking adventures began right here in Australia in Melboune in 2015.
What brought you to Australia?
When I finished school, and after that an apprenticeship as a bilingual assistant, it didn‘t feel right to start working straight away. So my boyfriend and I decided to take a year off to explore Australia and also to improve our language skills. Which (thinking back now) was the absolute right thing to do.
What are some memorable moments from busking in Australia and Germany?
I guess the most memorable moment in Australia was my first busking day. I was really nervous with just my voice and my guitar. But I started to really enjoy it after the first few songs. So my boyfriend noticed that and went straight off to buy a microphone and an amp to make it a little more professional. That was a very big step at that time and I think that also set the stone for where I am now.
In Germany it was very special for me to busk in front of my family and friends for the first time. They couldn’t see me busking in Australia, so I really enjoyed showing them my passion for street music first hand.
Where do you busk in Germany? How does the busking experience differ in Germany to what it is like in Australia?
I mainly busk in Munich. Busking in Germany is quite different compared to busking in Australia. There are strict rules in Germany for buskers. For example you’re not allowed to busk amplified, it’s quite a big process you have to go through to get a permit and there are only a few spots to busk in the city centre. But still I really enjoy it.
The best thing about busking in Australia is that you’re allowed to use an amplifier. That makes it so much easier to be heard amongst heaps of people walking the streets and it really gives you the feeling of being on a stage.
What do you like most about busking?
The street is my stage. That’s what I really like about busking.
I can play my music for a lot of people and the ones who enjoy it will stay and listen. That way I can reach a lot of people and also practice my performance.
Also, you meet a lot of inspiring people and other street artists.
Do you always feel safe busking on the streets? Have you had any worrying moments?
I feel safe, as my boyfriend is with me most of the time to watch out. If that wasn’t the case, it would be different. There are situations that you don’t want to face alone.
If you could choose a lyric from any song that sums up life for you, what would that lyric be?
That’s a hard question! There are a lot of songs with great lyrics. But if I had to choose one right now, it would be: ‘We‘re just one big family and it‘s our godforsaken right to be loved” (it’s from “I‘m yours” by Jason Mraz). I always feel connected to that line when I play that song myself.
What is your real name? What’s something interesting about you?
Sunny is actually the short form of my real name Susanna. And Acc’s is just a short form of ‘acoustics’ as I usually play acoustic music.
Something interesting about me? Let me think. Is working full time as a musician interesting? I think so.
Tell us a little about your original music.
I would describe my own music style as a futuristic singer songwriter.
I’m currently working on my first studio album and I’m really excited to show the world in the next few weeks.
I write about inspiring moments or people. I get most of my inspiration when I’m in nature. There’s something calm and peaceful about it.
What’s a great piece of advice you’ve been given and who gave you that advice?
The best advice my parents gave me was to trust my gut and follow my instincts. It’s better to try and fail than not to try at all.
What’s next for Sunny Acc’s?
Well, first I’m working on finishing my studio album and then of course, I will release it.
After that, I’ll see what life has to offer. I definitely want to go back to Australia one day. Until then, I’ll keep on practicing and working on my music.
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