Voodoo Jürgens

Karlskirche, 2020

If feels somewhat weird to write about Voodoo Jürgens in English, as he is a genuine Austrian songwriter, singing in broad Viennese dialect. But then again we've filmed Der Nino aus Wien before, another truly Viennese singer-songwriter, and someone from the US asked for an English translation underneath the YouTube video (and obviously got it from a local viewer). Anyway, what's all the fuss about Voodoo Jürgens about? Well, there's the obvious side about Voodoo Jürgens, where his gold chain sticks out through the slightly unbuttoned, colourful shirt with his sleeves rolled up exposing tattoos on his arms, his ruffled hair style (a "Gnackmattn") like in the 70s/80s, that he used to cut himself for quite some time, his slim suits and leather shoes that give him a timeless, but somewhat shady aura. This adds a certain credibility to sing about reprobates and rascals, all those people who haven't exactly landed on the sunny side of life. Asked in an interview with an Austrian newspaper if he was romanticising the miserable, Voodoo Jürgens says: "I don't want to romanticise. But I want to dignify the neglected and the overlooked." There's also a humorous and playful side of Voodoo Jürgens, which makes his songwriting and live shows with his five-piece band Ansa Panier quite entertaining. But then again his songs have the potential to cut deep as the autobiographic, melancholic songs "Tulln" or "2l Eistee" performed under the crucifix at Karlskirche.

Sarah Brugner
Mamo Issa
Marcel Kulhanek
Gerald Zagler
Lina Reisinger
Post production
Michael Luger


Vienna's largest baroque church was built by architect J.B. Fischer von Erlach between 1716 and 1737. It was named after and commissioned by Emperor Karl IV after the cessation of a pest epidemic. Karlskirche's green, 236 feet or 72 meters high copper dome outshines Karlsplatz and its surrounding buildings.