Hello, everyone! We are here almost every day sharing news about our contests, the results, giving your tips, etc… but today we have a very special new about one of ours creators triumph. Maybe you already knew the musician Markus Strasser a.k.a MSTR from our contests. To refresh your memory, he won the 1st prize of  “What do you like in the world?” contest last year with a great video and song “I like the World”. So, guess what? Markus Strasser released an album with his winning song and, of course, other great tracks that you can listen clicking here. We were so happy with this great news that we couldn’t wait to share it with you. And, better than that, Markus Strasser gave us an interview talking about his experience as a musician, the album "Markus Strasser and Friends" and his participations in eYeka’s contests. Check it out! eYeka - Can you tell us a little bit about you and your career as a musician? MSTR - I am 33 years old and I teach music instruments. I write songs and I produce them in my little recording studio at home. As a hobby I sometimes make videos. eYeka - When and how have you started participating in eYeka’s contests? MSTR - I don’t remember, but I made several videos for eYeka. The “We like the World” contest was the first that I won.   eYeka - Do you remember how was the decision of participating in “We Like the World” contest last year? MSTR - I remember that it was a contest with a beneficial background and that caught my interest. eYeka -  How was the process of composing, singing the music? How was it born? MSTR - I sat down thinking about what could make people “like the world”. I guess I wrote a list and put the words into verses. I looked for a simple melody that might stay in the listener’s ear and the idea was born. Once I am inspired I can work very fast. I think it took me only 3 days from the first idea to the recorded song and the finished video.   eYeka - Did you have any kind of feeling that you would won the contest with your work? MSTR - I had no idea that my video would be accepted in such a wonderful way. I saw some other videos and did not think that I could win. The highest pleasure to me is when I can involve an idea into a product, so watching the finished video for the first time was a highlight for me. Winning the contest was a wonderful present, especially because it was a beneficial contest. I have always been in touch with Frederic, the creator of the contest, since then. eYeka - What about the video making: who are the people in the video and how was it done? MSTR - The people in the video are friends and family of mine. I drove around one afternoon and videotaped my friends wherever they were in that moment :) eYeka - From winning the contest until the releasing the CD… what happened? How one thing lead to another? MSTR - The song “I like the world” was actually the beginning of recording a CD with friends. More than one year later now, I just released my album “Markus Strasser and Friends” with more than 50 guest musicians from my area. And we also rerecorded a video for the new version of “I like the world” which was also filmed in a SOS-Kinderdorf in Bethlehem, Palestine, which I am very proud of. I’d like to show in this video how we may live in different places with different cultures, but we’re all from the same origin – human beings. I’d love to connect people around the world with my work. This would be the highest gift for me as a musician, to be able to spread peace and understanding. We also call for charity with the new video, to help our friends in Palestine to develop their social and educational work. Here is our new video of “I like the world”: eYeka – What is the worst and best part of a musician job? MSTR - For me it´s not hard work, I love producing music, but I need to be inspired. The best part for me as a musician is to create and produce music, the worst I guess is the payment! ;-)   eYeka - After the album release, do you have some gigs in your plans? MSTR - I don’t consider myself as a live musician. But after one year working on my CD and missing all the fine video contests on eYeka, I’ll need some time to recover, then I’ll see what I’m up to after a little break. eYeka - What is the feeling of releasing your album? MSTR - My sensation is that I made this album happen. Bringing 50 musicians together and connecting musicians, having created such great recordings gives me a very deep and thankful satisfaction.   eYeka - And what are your plans as a musician to the future? Will continue participating in eYeka’s contests? MSTR - Oh, for sure. If the time is available, I´d love to participate. But first, I´ll finish my promotion for the CD and then I´ll have a little break from being creative (let´s say… one week! Hehe) eYeka - Would you like to leave a message to eYeka’s creators? MSTR - I guess, the main reason for being creative should be your very own satisfaction and not the winning. If you focus too much on winning or compliments, you might get frustrated. You need to find your very own gap where you can be creative. We, as creative people and artists, are the very few people left, who can touch other people’s soul. This is our duty to “say” something, this is, what art is all about, in my opinion. Thank you all so much for your time to read my thoughts! Thanks eYeka for your interest in my work and my developments with my song. Thank you so much, Markus, for this great interview and for sharing this victory with us. eYeka is very proud to count to have a great creator as you in our community! We wish you a big success and we hope your music will touch everyone's heart as it touched ours! :)