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Anja Plaschg aka Soap&Skin - WAVES VIENNA2011.jpg
Anja Plaschg aka Soap&Skin at the Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference 2011.
Background information
Also known as Anja Franziska Plaschg
Born (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 28)
Origin Austria
Genres Experimental, neoclassical dark wave, dark ambient, sadcore, martial industrial
Years active 2006-present
Labels Couch Records
PIAS Recordings

Soap&Skin is the experimental musical project of Austrian artist Anja Plaschg (born 5 April 1990).

Early life[edit]

Anja Plaschg grew up in a small village called Poppendorf (near Gnas) in south east Styria, where her parents have a farm. She has played piano since she was six. At the age of 14 she began violin studies and developed an interest in electronic music. She attended the Graz Polytechnic for Graphic Design, but dropped out at 16 and moved to Vienna shortly afterwards. There she studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in the master class of Daniel Richter, but at 18 dropped out again.[1][2]

Musicians like Xiu Xiu, Cat Power, Björk, Nico, Aphex Twin, and composers like Sergei Rachmaninoff or Arvo Pärt have had a great impact on her music.[3]

After only playing a handful of concerts she was already being dubbed a "Wunderkind."[4] In 2008 she played German singer Nico in the play "Nico - Sphinx aus Eis" by Werner Fritsch in Berlin and Vienna, performing several songs in it, including "Janitor of Lunacy," from her first EP.[5][6]

Her first album, called Lovetune for Vacuum, as released in March 2009.[7] It received excellent reviews and placed in the Austrian Top 10. The album also achieved chart positions in Germany, Belgium, and France. Music journalists have already claimed to see in her a new star of Austrian pop.[8] In 2010 she won a European Border Breakers Award for her international success.[9]

In 2010 her song "Mr. Gaunt Pt 1000" was used in the television commercial for Ford's Mondeo. In the 2010 French film "Mes chères études" (also known as "Student Services"), the song titled "The Sun" plays during the credits. Her tracks "Brother of Sleep" and "Marche Funèbre" were used in the soundtrack for Universal Pictures thriller War Games: At the End of the Day in 2010.

In 2012, she debuted as an actress, playing the role of the supporting character Carmen in the Austrian movie Stilleben (English title: Still Life).

Personal life[edit]

Plaschg's father died in 2009[10][11][12] from a heart attack.[13] During this time, Plaschg stated that she suffered "serious depression"[14] for which she was hospitalized.[14][10] The death influenced much of her second album, Narrow.


  • 2009: Lovetune for Vacuum (Couch Records/PIAS Records) - Austria #5, Germany #47
  • 2012: Narrow (PIAS Records) - Austria #1, Germany #53
  • 2008: Untitled (4-Track-EP) (Couch Records/PIAS Records)
  • 2009: Marche Funèbre (3-Track-EP) (Couch Records/PIAS Records)
  • 2013: Sugarbread (3-Track-EP) (PIAS Records)
  • 2009: Spiracle (7" Vinyl) (Couch Records/PIAS Records) - Austria #45
  • 2009: Mr. Gaunt PT 1000 (Couch Records/PIAS Records) - Austria #60
  • 2009: Cynthia (Couch Records)
  • 2015: Mawal Jamar (SOLFO Music)


  • 2012: Stillleben (Still Life), as Carmen[15]
  • 2016: Die Geträumten (The Dreamed Ones), as Ingeborg Bachmann


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ Eismann, Sonja. "Elektro-Musikerin Soap&Skin: Österreichs Next Wunderkind". Retrieved 10 June 2016 – via 
  3. ^ Koroschetz, skug - Journal für Musik - Stefan. "Soap & Skin - Soap & Skin - Stefan Koroschetz - skug - Journal für Musik". Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Stromstöße aus purem Jetzt. Der Spiegel Nr.47, 17. November 2008, p. 172.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ "ZUENDER". Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Christian Schachinger: Der Tod steht ihr gut Der Standard 5. March 2009
  8. ^ Sebastian Hofer: Hautnah. Profil Nr. 10 (40. Jg.) 2. March 2009, p. 115.
  9. ^ "European Border Breakers Awards 2010" Archived 2012-12-09 at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved February 21, 2012
  10. ^ a b "Soap & Skin - Narrow - For Father, Forever Ago -". Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Planet Gear: Soap&Skin's Harmonium, Piano and Aero-Organ". Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  12. ^ Lamers, Johannes (10 June 2016). "Soap&Skin - bookings & management - BLiP Agency". Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Anja Plaschg (19 July 2011). "Des Vaters". Retrieved 10 June 2016 – via YouTube. 
  14. ^ a b "The Quietus - Features - Quietus Mixes & Radio -". Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "STILLLEBEN - Ein Film von Sebastian Meise". Retrieved 10 June 2016. 

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