What inspired you to go for the Guinness World Record for most piano key strikes in one minute?
As a student I always played pieces much faster than they were meant to be played and my teachers and friends always joked I should break this Guinness World Record, “it’s a perfect fit for me”.
How did you train for that?
I had to practice how to avoid muscle tension in my arms, because keeping up intensive repetitive and fast playing for a long time is really hard. I also did rehearsals, recording myself and counting the notes in slow motion just to make sure I broke the record.
I understand Portuguese-American pianist Domingos-Antonio Gomes set a new Guinness World Record with 824 key strikes in 2017 – do you hope to claim back the title?
I don’t think so. I only did it for fun, there is really no point to do it again.
Your piano covers have a distinctive edgy, percussive feel – how did you arrive at this sound?
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