Wild Moccasins

Schönbrunn, 2011

It is their first European tour. Thus it is a good opportunity for Wild Moccasins to combine business with pleasure when we invite them for a sightseeing-filming-trip. We meet the Houston-based band at Schlosspark Schönbrunn, strictly speaking at the panorama terrace Gloriette. The five 20-somethings go for an inspired performance of “Zylophone” against the backdrop of tiny human silhouettes walking around the palace. Everything is still a bit grey in early spring in Vienna, yet the nice view and Zahira’s mellifluous voice easily work as a mood lifter. On the stairs at the historic Gloriette Wild Moccasins then prepare for an animated rendition of “Born Blonde“, a song where Cody joins in for some lovely vocal harmonies. Even though most people in this park setting are not the typical indie pop listeners, some of them got inspired by Wild-Moccasins’ pop-infused songs and their friendly and euphoric manner and were eager to check out their first Vienna show later that night!

Michael Luger
Sound Recording
Manuel Hochegger
Post production
Sarah Brugner
Sarah Brugner
Wild Moccasins


After more than three years of shooting offstage sessions in Vienna we’ve finally managed to do one at the most visited touristic site of the city: Schönbrunn. The baroque palace – a summer residence for numerous Emperors and Empresses of the Habsburg Empire – alone attracts some 2.6 million visitors per year. However, the huge site in the 13th district also offers a carefully maintained French garden, an orangerie, a palm house, a maze, a small English-style garden, several grand fountains (the name Schönbrunn actually means „beautiful fountain“), the Gloriette building with a great view on Western Vienna from a 60-meter hill, and the world’s oldest still existing zoo from 1752 (another 2 million visitors per year). According to the initial plans of 1688 by architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens were supposed to outclass the Palace of Versailles, but lack of money led to a redimensioning. With 1.400 rooms and a garden area the size of 160 football grounds, though, the dimension is still impressive. These days the Schönbrunn area attracts not only tourist masses, but also runners and locals who like to take a walk or sit down on one of the benches for some moments of relaxation.