The southern region of Germany, near the Swiss and French borders, is the home of Florian Döppert (vocals, lyrics, saxophone, keyboard). With his first solo project SOUTHDOGROCK, a long-cherished wish comes true: to create songs based on your own lyrics and musical ideas together with a professional producer. Florian has found a very competent partner for this project: Frank Schultz, owner of PRO TON MUSIC. Frank accompanies Florian`s journey through the different musical styles. SOUTHDOGROCK is not limited to one style of music, but explores different genres with the musicians involved. The musicians and singers involved waive their fees and support the project with their skills. Without this voluntary support, the quality of the pieces of music would not be possible. Many songs are still waiting to be produced. After the first creation “Ride with me” and the socially critical song “The Street”, the ballad “Same girl with emerald eyes” appears. In February 2021 SOUTHDOGROCK released three new songs, two of them for the first time with German lyrics.
SOUTHDOGROCK is on radio rotation with the three new singles “Rote Rose”, “Gemeinsam” and “Old and Tired Dog”.
With the single “Rote Rose” SOUTHDOGROCK embarks on a journey back into the 80s. This song is reminiscent of the “Neue Deutsche Welle” with its varied musical colors. In this production, typical elements of the “NDW”, such as retro drum machine and fat synth bass, reawaken in a modern guise. It’s the first time SOUTHDOGROCK publishes a song with German lyrics, a declaration of love, to the love of a lifetime, with a wink of an eye and a dash of self-irony. Florian Döppert describes the SOUTHDOGROCK project as a journey through the musical styles that influenced him. Each song represents its own style in its form. This won’t be the last SOUTHDOGROCK song with German lyrics. Turn on the Flux Capacitor and let SOUTHDOGROCK’s song “Rote Rose” take you on a little time trip, back into the NDW feeling of the early 80s.
The single “Gemeinsam” from SOUTHDOGROCK surprises the audience with an unconventional mixture of two musical styles: funk and EDM. SOUTHDOGROCK plays casually with the different styles of music that influenced the project’s main brain Florian Döppert. The song steers unerringly to the right beats that will touch your soul and forces you to shake your booty. Using again its native German language SOUTHDOGROCK talks in “Gemeinsam” (engl. “together”) about a personal topic: The process of ageing together, in a longstanding relationship, with all the ups and downs. Based on funky bass grooves and crystal clear guitars, the song grows from an upbeat funk into a broad EDM rhythm that will make members of each generation step on the dance-floor. Let’s celebrate getting older together with SOUTHDOGROCK.
The blues forms the root of most of modern popular music. With the song “Old and tired dog” SOUTHDOGROCK bows to the greatness of blues and blues rock, bringing along a very own interpretation of this style. Memories and associations of the unforgettable songs of the Blues Brothers, Eric Clapton and many other blues rock legends will definitely come into your mind. The earthy guitar riffs in “Old and tired dog” and the fundamental bass line are topped with crisp brass and typical Hammond licks. The soulfulness of the voice tells the emotional story of the tired old dog from the south who is just looking for a place to rest. Feel the groove of SOUTHDOGROCK`s blues rock interpretation and find out why this old dog is so tired.