13 Questions to Mike York (Kalt)

Mike York 


Sweet Ermengarde

Garden Of Delight

What was the very first record you bought?Mike York (Kalt)

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

KaltDescribe 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!


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