WHO ARE YOU? HOW ARE YOU? WHERE ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE 15 MIN. AGO? Hi! I’m Kärtsy. I’m tired now, since its late today. Nothing special… reading my e-mails. WHICH ARE THE REASONS YOUR NEW OUTPUT BEING YOUR BEST EFFORT SO FAR? OR MAYBE YOU EVEN WOULD LIKE TO ADMIT THAT IT IS NOT? Well… it’s our 10th official long play… maybe we’ve just developed thru the years… anyway that’s what we feel:)… better this way… er? AREN’T YOU AFRAID A TITLE LIKE “RELEASE DATE” COULD DISTRACT FROM THE MUSIC? DO YOU FEEL SOMEHOW OBLIGED TO PRESENT SOME STRANGENESS TO YOUR FANS OR IS IT “JUST” YOUR STYLE OF THINKING? We like contrasts. And like our music in general the album title offers that very much I think. „Release Date“ can be thought of in many different ways. A rock business term or maybe a release from a prison?? Even a good fuck:). We feel that we have a certain uniqueness in this music world. We sure have reached our goals… being respected for being a band doing unique music. Openmindness, honesty, freedom of prejudice, versatility… those are the key words! I personally think it’s definitely the most natural way of thinking [strange]… to live along with ones senses… like animals do. If most people think it’s not, I really believe this world will be going VEERY wrong. COULD YOU EXPLAIN THE SPECIAL KIND OF INSPIRATION/ FORCE CREATING YOUR NEW ALBUM ESPECIALLY AFTER BEING IN THE SCENE FOR SO MANY YEARS? Attitudewise: We’ve been worried a lot about the general situation in rock music these days…Everything is getting very lame and predictible… and therefore very boring. We want to struggle with our hearts against that, because that, we feel, is the main reason why the general record sales and the whole business thing is going wrong! Piratism is just an excuse… like c-cassettes or vhs-cassettes before… Real rock music is for mind blowing and real experience… That’s what people are really seeking for – I’m sure! Musically: During our last recordings with the „Blood Sample“-album (the one before), we were getting much into prog rock, and we already then decided to strengthen this on our next record… as well as our general musical taste has been going into harder direction… again:) THE ESSENCE OF YOUR NEW WORK IS SOMEHOW TO LIVE OUT YOUR INTERNAL DESIRES IN A COLD AND TECHNOCRATIC WORLD. HOW DO YOU LIVE THIS PHILOSOPHY FOR YOURSELF? In a mental way. I try, at least sometimes:). I think that in a physical world it is harder to remain free and live only with your senses. As a father figure, e.g., I might not be the best, cause I tend to live with my instincts and trust them more than rational ways of thinking. My girlfriend would have many words to add to this issue..:):). But, anyway, like Aristhotheles said: Everybody knows in the end, inside his or hers heart, what is right or wrong. THE EPIC „CITYSHAMAANI“ SEEMS TO BE THE CORE OF YOUR NEW OUTPUT. COULD YOU TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT THE COMPOSITION/ RECORDING OF THAT SPECIAL SONG? WAS IT NECESSARY TO PLAN EVERY DETAIL BEFORE GOING TO STUDIO NOT TO LOSE TENSION WITHIN 37 MINUTES? We originally jammed the whole thing (or in fact I jammed most of it to my walkman even before the first rehearsals one evening in my hotel room while touring – bored and greedy to compose something new – the first composing after the previous album) and played all the basic parts… but of course they all lived till the last breath, as much as time schedule just gave a way. We recorded a demo version of the song already in last spring in our rehearsal room to see if it was, in any case, even worth to try in the studio:). I think that production period was the most important on how the song turned out to be. Most of the vocal lines e.g. came out of those sessions. I went to the rehearsal room for my own many times, when having any extra time, to go on with creating the harmonies and so on, little by little… I think it was in March-April, when Sami was in the States playing with KREATOR. WHAT OR WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE AS AN ARTIST? DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS PART OF A CERTAIN TRADITION OR AS PART OF A MOVEMENT? The whole original movement of rock music… The revolutionary part of the scene in the early decades, of course BEATLES in a way, because they were the first of all (like Ozzy says), but sure as well all the classic prog rock and original hard rock bands, ending to post punk and early electronic era. These ones did in fact influence us, concerning musical attitude. Our mission is, thou, to bring that scene and attitude into todays music world and into the style of my generation, 80s and 90s styles, which I musically also love very much! To make all this free and wild again! WHEN WOULD YOU FEEL A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUR MUSICAL CAREER? To be honest, since the first rehearsals we understood that we have created SOMETHING, really something different… not caring if it was good or bad… We just had a hint that we must go on with this and share our feelings with others. This particular feeling when we played together, seemed to become very important to us… We all have always been huge music lovers. IMAGINE YOUR MUSIC HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS A SOUNDTRACK. WHICH FILM WOULD IT FIT BEST? Any SciFi movie of course in its musically most progressive part… but I also think of any James Bond flick:)… With all the surprises in there:):) YOU ARE ASKED TO EQUIP A SPACE-SAGGAR, WHICH DEMONSTRATE THE MENS CULTURAL HERITAGE – WHICH 3 ALBUMS MIGHT NOT BE MISSED? This would not be my personal taste necessarily… I’m thinking of men’s cultural heritage: BEETHOVEN „Symphony 9“, METALLICA: „Master of Puppets“, NINE INCH NAILS: „Downward Spiral“ :):) DO YOU FEEL AN ARTIST HAS A CERTAIN DUTY TOWARDS ANYONE BUT HIMSELF? OR TO PUT IT DIFFERENTLY: SHOULD ART HAVE A POLITICAL/ SOCIAL OR ANY OTHER ASPECT APART FROM A PERSONAL SENSATION? Definitely… It’s all about expessing yourself to somebody else! Do you want a bad or good karma to yourself… That’s where one has freedom of choice. JUST IN CASE YOU WOULD HAVE FREE CHOICE: IS THERE A BAND/ ARTIST; DEAD OR ALIVE, (REGARDLESS OF GENRE) YOU WOULD LIKE TO PERFORM WITH LIVE? Gosh, there are many! Let me think e.g. All the big names who are coming to play in Helsinki this summer… Yeah, not the bad list at all: DEEP PURPLE, METALLICA, GENESIS, THE WHO (thou Keith Moon doesn’t live anymore… but hey yeah, there’s Ringo’s son playing the drums!), NIN (Reznor is my god!), even GEORGE MICHAEL (why not… „Freedom“ is a good song), KORN SURE! (one of my newer all time faves!), STONES… and so on and so on… why not even DEAD OR ALIVE… eerr or maybe not that.. CONSIDERING YOURSELF BEING A FESTIVAL DIRECTOR. WHICH ACTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO INVITE TO PLAY ON “YOUR” STAGE? All the mentioned before… plus MARS VOLTA, MEW, SOAD, RHCP, FAITH NO MORE, NAPALM DEATH, PRODIGY, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and… c’mon! THE WORLD WIDE WEB: CURSE OR BLESSING FOR INDEPENDENT MUSIC? Both! Same what it makes to your mental health generally… It really needs to be handled a lot better… People should learn to control it. It gives a lot – but it sure takes a lot!! I’d still prefer doing this interview face-to-face! WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS IN THE NEAR FUTURE ON A PERSONAL RESPECTIVELY ARTISTICAL LEVEL? To plan the follow up of „Release Date“… of course. WHICH ARE YOUR OTHER TALENTS BESIDES PLAYING MUSIC? Talents… do I have ONE?? Interests I would say… well, body exercising: yoga, swimming, bicycling and gym is something which is very important apart from being a full time maniac and therefore living in my old dreamworld more or less 24 hours in a day.:) WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER BEING PART OF A CASTING SHOW IF OFFERED THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MONEY… DRUGS… OR WHATEVER YOU WISH FOR? Yes sure… money… drugs… whatever I get offered I’m in!! COULD ONE SAY THAT YOU HAVE A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP TO GERMANY AND IF SO COULD YOU EXPLAIN THE CHEMISTRY? Since moving to Berlin, to start our full time career in late ’91, Germany has felt like another home country… We start to know that country god damn well…:):). When you really grow up with something, you feel that you, sooner or later, start to know a lot about it… more and more all the time… That’s how a special chemistry will be born. AT LAST: FEEL FREE TO ADRESS YOUR SUPPORTERS/ ENEMIES DIRECTLY IN YOUR OWN WORDS! Why on earth?… All of them are equal… with their pros and cons. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR TIME AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR INTERESTING RELEASE! Thank you! Have a nice and enjoyable time with YOUR Release.. Date..:):)
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