Trickster (real name: Juergen Pichler) is an Austrian musician living in the UK, known for his eclectic musical style.

Birth nameJuergen Walter Pichler
Occupation(s)musician, music producer
Instrument(s)vocals, piano

Musical career edit

The singer Trickster debuted in November 2022 with the single Thank Fuck It's Christmas, in which he performed alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra a not safe for work expletive-ridden song reflecting the tensions and stress of that year. The lyrics were written by Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams songwriter and producer), in collaboration with the comedian Steve Furst and Trickster.[1][2][3] Billed as "the only Christmas song that could have come out of 2022", its lyrics took aim at problematic factors of that year, like the UK government activity, cost of living crisis, pandemics, ultra-rich trying to move to Mars.[4]

A clean version titled Praise Be It’s Christmas was also released and its two videos went viral, with several million views on YouTube. One of these music videos was directed by Phil Griffin (known for his work with Amy Winehouse, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney)[5] and the other one, shot in the Swiss Alps, was directed by Norbert Blecha (Requiem for Dominic, Wolfsliebe).[6] Money raised from both songs were donated by Trickster to charities tackling child welfare and social hunger.[7][8]

In these music videos, Trickster's real identity was hidden by animation, which prompted speculations about who he might be, some wondering if he is the lyrics co-writer Steve Furst[5] or some popular personality Guy Chambers has worked with previously or some faded former famous name with a score to settle.[4]

In May 2023, Trickster released the single Still Kicking, inspired by a car accident he survived in 2017 in southern France, with a musicality described as drawing on late '90s alternative rock, Americana and cinematic soundscapes.[9] The track was produced by Guy Chambers, Richard Flack and Trickster. The music video features the singer without any hiding animation and, along with the story behind the song, some more information appeared in press mentioning that he is an Austrian residing in the UK.[10]

In November 2023, Trickster released "Silent Night" vs "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", a mash-up blend of the two Christmas classics featuring the vocal group The Swingles. On this occasion, the media coverage also mentioned this singer's real name, Juergen Pichler[11] (owner of this Trickster brand).[12]

Discography edit

  • Thank Fuck It's Christmas (Single, 2022)
  • Still Kicking (Single, 2023)
  • "Silent Night" vs "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (Single, 2023)
  • Be Careful What You Wish For (Single, 2024)

References edit

  1. ^ "Sweary Single Up For UK Christmas #1 Written By Robbie Williams' Songwriter". The Music. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  2. ^ "Robbie Williams' songwriter Guy Chambers shares NSFW song 'Thank Fuck It's Christmas'". NME. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  3. ^ "Robbie Williams' songwriter aiming for Christmas Number One with expletive-ridden tune". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Swear words and the Christmas spirit: Trickster's holiday song". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Animator Ben Wild, director Phil Griffin and Robbie Williams songwriter Guy Chambers hope for Christmas number one". Prolific North. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  6. ^ "Blecha drehte Musikvideo für Weihnachts-Hit". Burgenländische Volkszeitung. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  7. ^ "Celebs supporting good causes this Christmas - Trickster supports food banks across the UK". UK Fundrising. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  8. ^ "Trickster Supports UK Biggest Food Bank Network in 'Tsunami of Need' With Record-breaking Donations of Food & £10,000 Cash During 2022's Winter of Discontent". London Daily News. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  9. ^ "Still Kicking". Record of the Day. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  10. ^ "Eclectic Austrian Music Artist Trickster To Release New Single "Still Kicking"". Top40-Charts. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  11. ^ "It's a Merry Trickster Christmas!". Classic Pop. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  12. ^ ""Trickster" trademark". Retrieved 14 November 2023.