What was the very first record you bought?
What about audio tapes?! My first tape was SPLIFF’s – 85555 or Herzlichen Glückwunsch 😉 Ok, seriously … I bought two 12“- Maxi – Singles. Billy Idol’s – Flesh For Fantasy and Mike Oldfield’s – To France. The Spliff tapes and the Idol 12“ are still a part of my record cabinet!
What is the most expensive record have you bought?
Hmmmm, maybe the first Sisters Of Mercy 7“ – Damage Done … or a 10“ bootleg box by The Mission (Lim. Edition of 10) … or a testpressing of Mission’s – Like A Hurricane … or the ultra rare Zimbabwe pressing of Mission’s – Gods Own Medicine (Only a few were pressed for the white population and then they quickly made handbags out of it. No joke! 😉 ) … or, or or … I don’t know, but it must be a Sisters or Mission record, haha! 😉
What are your 5 very favorite bands ever?
Play Dead, The Mission, Sisters of Mercy, The Cult, The Cramps … only 5 bands? Are you kidding me? 😉
Name 5 bands that have changed your life?
Spliff – they led me from a child to a teen. Sisters Of Mercy – they gave me the soundtrack to the feelings I had as a teen. Coroner – No More Color helped me through very hard times. Love Like Blood (with Marc Wheeler) – they gave me a goal as a guitarist. The Mission – love at first sting & a love that never dies, haha! 😉
Name your 3 favorite Gothic Fests?
Hm, I loved the Zillo-Festival in the 90s … but that’s fucking long ago … I don’t like too big festivals! These days I like smaller, more familiar festivals like the Gotham Sounds Fest, Sacrosanct … e.g.
Name your 3 favorite gigs as a musician and as fan?
The Mission – from ’87 until today Fields – Cologne ’88 (ever-present because I own the bootleg from the gig) Coroner – ’88 … what the hell are these guys doing?! Impressive and ahead of the times!
Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist
Play Dead – all The Mission – The first 3-4 albums -> Hussey & Hinkler! Love Like Blood – An Irony Of Fate -> M. Wheeler
Describe yourself with 3 adjectives
Empathetic and an -extroverted introvert -. But it’s better to ask my friends!
What is the most overrated gothic band?
I don’t like to “diss“ other artists. But I don’t understand why some of the bands of these days are operating under the label “gothic“ … 😉
What is the most underrated gothic band?
Play Dead – for me the holy grail, but for a much too long time they passed out of mind. Fortunately they receive a late appreciation I think.
In which band would you have liked to play live?
The Mission … Cramps … Cult … I don’t know … But hey, I have the honour to play with Sweet Ermengarde, and I had an amazing time with Garden of Delight (and actually we play some shows in 2016!) … close enough! 😉
Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately? 3
bands? Forget it! 😉 Beastmilk/Grave Pleasures, Nine Day Decline, People Of Nothing, Schonwald, Foreign Resort, Salvation AMP, Lotus Feed to name only a few (…)
Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?
Why “or“? Both – no ifs, no buts!