“Robbie Williams was performing at the Idalpe during one of our filming sessions. And Mariah Carey was really cool. Before the concert everybody was saying how difficult she is, but she was actually really nice and self-deprecating. I am never nervous when I meet the performers. I never have been. I see it this way: they do their job, I do mine. Maybe I earn a bit less than they do – in fact, a lot less – but I always try to talk to everyone as equals.
It normally works really well. Of course I prepare thoroughly for the TV shoots and the interviews I do, but when I meet the stars themselves I don’t have the feeling that they want me to fall at their feet. If you treat them like normal people then they will do the same to you.
I have always wanted to be on stage. When I was younger it was my ambition to go to Vienna and perform in plays and musicals. These days I am happy that I don’t have to earn my money doing that and can instead make my films and TV shows as well as playing in a band. I am lucky that I can live both my passions: television and music.”
Dominik Walser, Film & TV producer
Dominik Walser is a film and TV producer who has worked for many media outlets, including the BBC. Each year he interviews the stars performing at the Top of the Mountain concerts in Ischgl. He is also involved in making music himself and for the past 14 years has been a member of the band The Nicknames.