What was the very first record you bought?
As far as I remember that was Kim Wilde – Kids in America (single). The first album was TRIO, a New German Wave band which was defined by their hit single DA DA DA but they had some punk-ish songs on their debut.
What is the most expensive record have you bought?
As far as I can remember it was a Sisters Bootleg back in the 90s. I must admit that I never spend much money in records than in CDs.
What are your 5 very favorite bands ever?
Looking back 30 years it is quite hard to list only 5 bands being my all time favourite. Of course The Fields of Mission and Mercy – You know what I mean – they defined my musical taste for a long time. One of my all time favourites is Monster Magnet and I spend almost one year spinning their Dope to Infinity album 24/7. I need to mention Type O Negative beeing very influencing in the 90ies as well.
When it comes to electronic music I can say that Delerium, The Crystal Method, Massive Attack have a place in that list just like The Prodigy. Apart from Gothic Rock I really appreciate pure and powerful rock stuff like Clutch, Royal Blood and Danko Jones.
Name 5 bands that have changed your life?
The Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim and The Mission changed my life when I was about 17 years old because they gave me that soundtrack I really felt deep inside. Type O Negative for opening another door to dark and atmospheric music from another perspective and Monster Magnet kept my attention with their outstanding album Dope to Infinity.
Name your 3 favorite Gothic Fests?
Sacrosanct Reading (UK) for being a small but passionate family meeting with great bands and great people. Nocturnal Culture Night (GER) for having a great bandwidth of genres on a beautiful location. And Castle Rock (GER) is a mid sized and very professional festival with good music and fabulous people as well. Plus Gotham Sounds (GER) is also a small but growing festival run by passionate people trying to keep the flame burning.
Name your 3 favorite gigs as a musician and as fan?
Sacrosanct 2014 Reading (UK) because we played at Sacrosanct in the 90ies and it was a pleasure being invited again to play there after the reboot. They have a very good selection of bands of their own taste no matter if they are big, small, famous or not. It’s a family meeting with people dedicated to Gothic Rock.
Kasematten Festival 2016 (GER) was a very special event. Not only because it takes place in a huge cave but we have shared the stage with Wayne Hussey who turns out to be a top bloke backstage.
The Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2013 (GER) was our first appearance on stage since the split and so it marked the new beginning. We found ourselves with old and new fans and friends and got the validation doing the right thing coming back on stage.
Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist
The Sisters Of Mercy – First And Last And Always – of course had a main impact.
Type O Negative – October Rust
Monster Magnet – Dopes to Infinity
Describe yourself with 3 adjectives
What is the most overrated gothic band?
In my opinion there a few bands getting more attention because of their marketing then from their music than other bands working hard doing good music. Some of them just sound the same to me. It seems painting your face is the key to success.
What is the most underrated gothic band?
No particular one but most of them deserve more attention and success. I think the whole genre is underrated.
In which band would you have liked to play live?
As a musician it’s hard to pick one. Especially as a vocalist because most of the bands I like have that particular vocalist that makes them unique. And just because I cannot play an instrument I would be the guy with the tambourine in the back left corner.
Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately?
The Last Cry – for being very emotional onstage and in their songs. Terminal Gods – for being retro as they can be. Faces of Sarah – for being not real gothic but including other genres – and they have an outstanding vocalist. And by the way, they are all great guys.
Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?
Both – I don’t make a difference