R#140 with Simon Erichsen from Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen

Alexander Schröder and Simon Erichsen sit at a table for an interview

Popular pirate music and successful major deal.

Simon Erichsen aka Mr. Hurley is the frontman of Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen. The band from the “Caribbean Osnabrück” has been on the road with their folk rock and pirate music since 2009. The last three albums all landed in the top 10 of the German album charts.

In the live premiere of the Redfield Podcast in the OsnabrückHalle, Simon Erichsen reports on the beginnings and describes the paths of the group, which consists exclusively of siblings. In a conversation with Alexander Schröder, he explains what factors set the course for their success, why they manage themselves and how the team around the band is set up. It becomes clear how rooted the down-to-earth group is in the region and how long-term they think and plan.

The band was suddenly catapulted into the public eye in 2017 with a major deal with Universal and the release of the album “Tortuga”. The musician explains how this came about and dispels common myths about major record companies.

Simon Erichsen also gives insights into the sales distribution of Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen and, to the astonishment of the audience, reports why the band had to give up the lucrative merchandise business because of the artists' social security fund.


(Photo: Gerald Oppermann)