It’s a chilly Sunday morning when we walk up Mönchsberg. High above Salzburg we meet a young man in a priest’s vestment, who is about to take us on a tour through the city and to show us his favourite places. The man is called Dodo and not only a part-time priest, but also the singer of The Makemakes. The Salzburg-based band almost topped the Austrian charts this year with their #2 single “Million Euro Smile” and are on the best way to become the next big name in Austria’s pop scene. But before conquering Austria, priest Dodo shows us around in his city and leads us to Petersfriedhof, the Salzburger Dom and Franziskanerkirche, where he takes over the church organ to play some Bach tunes.
For most Austria tourists Salzburg is a must-see. The beautiful baroque city at river Salzach is world famous for Mozart’s birth house, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Old Town with its churches, cemeteries, cafés and alleys, and the impressive setting amidst rugged hills. But Salzburg and pop culture, that’s a difficult relationship. The city has long neglected contemporary music and the scene pretty much dried out. However, recently new and exciting bands such as The Makemakes and Olympique have emerged from the city and its surroundings and have put Salzburg back on the pop music map. And who knows, maybe this is the igniting spark for a lot more to come!