Michael Hartenberger

Q&A with Artists



I think the cover of his first EP “Suddenly Free” describes him pretty well; sitting in the grass in his hometown Klagenfurt or looking at the sea in California. He always wanted to combine both worlds. He loves life, summer and his family and you can hear that in his songs.
Michael started playing drums at 13. Since then music has always played a big role in his life. He learned to play the acoustic guitar with a view to writing his own songs. Writing has always been a way of sharing his innermost thoughts and feelings.

How would you describe your style?
The closest and most applicable description would be a Singer/Songwriter of Pop.

Why do you do what you do?
Because it is a great way to express myself. I’ve Always wanted to transmit positive feelings and continually seek to do that through my music.

Ambition or talent: which matters more to you?
I would say both. One cannot exist without the other. For me ambition is defined by my great friend Johannes Wunsch who records my songs. He is the one who takes my talent and with his work, sweat, and dedication together we can create something beautiful.

What inspires you to create music?
It is just something in me that needs to be shared. Memories or thoughts that I want to save in a song.

How did you feel when signing a contract with Rehegoo?
It was an amazing feeling. I felt very proud whilst being intrigued and excited to what the future might bring.

What is the greatest achievement of your career so far?
It has been a long journey with many ups and downs, but I would say it is the little things. The feedback you get from strangers all over the world, who tell you how great they felt when listening to your music.

What has been the biggest obstacle?
Not being too critical about yourself. Sometimes you just have to get on with these things and try not to over analyse stuff too much.

How did you find out about Rehegoo?
Actually via Instagram and the wonderful Elżbieta Rucka – we talked on Instagram and she started the process. So thank you Ela!

What is the best and worst gig you have ever played?
The best gig was definitely in Bethlehem (Palestine) during Christmas infant of the Nativity church. The atmosphere was breathtaking and it was a magical experience. The Worst: There have been a couple! Gigs when you can’t hear yourself because the sound is so bad, or gigs when the audience isn’t engaged or listening properly- in smaller crowds this is very noticeable to the artist.

What is your favorite song of yours?
Gina and Jonathan is very close to my heart.