What was the very first record you bought?
Born in land known as GDR it was always quite difficult to get your hands on certain kinds of music (aside from maximum copied tape treasures). So I remember that when the wall came down I spent almost all the money a 13 year old boy can spend on vinyl. The first one I officially bought I guess was a Cure record, I’m just uncertain whether it was “Faith“, or “Seventeen Seconds“.
What is the most expensive record have you bought?
Um, seems like a question for historians but I’m quite sure it was one of the Nephilim bootlegs I bought in Camden Town back in the good old days. Don’t ask for details but I remember it was far beyond any ethical reasonableness.
What are your 5 very favorite bands ever?
If your question allows me to name solo artists also, the first name I have to drop here is Mr. David Bowie´s, the only artists that kept my attention for the last 25 years continuously.
Then I would go on with the Psychedelic Furs, because their music had a huge impact and influence on me. Guess I should mention The Cure also, even when the flame died away over the last years but their oeuvre meant a lot to me while coming up this way. So what else? The Bad Seeds? Certainly. The Cocteau Twins? Definitely. Joy Division? Quite possible. So it seems there are names too many for a conviction steady as a rock.
Name 5 bands that have changed your life?
I could repeat the passage above now or just ask you politely to re-read it.
Name your 3 favorite Gothic Fests?
I think my favorite Gothic Fests are those, where I can see bands playing that I like and enjoy, so the Dark Spring Festival should be high on this list. And of course the WGT for its unbeatable number and variety of artists. But I have to confess that I’m actually not so much in these kinds of “mass events“ (the misanthropist is speaking!), so I prefer the small events where idealism is still ruling instead of sober economic rules (as necessary as they are sometimes!). I really liked the atmosphere of Tampere´s Lumous Festival, so as the pleasing ease of Nottingham´s Dark Waters Festival. And for Germany I only can recommend warmly the various festivals Salvation AMP´s Christian is organizing. More lifeblood and idealism is hardly to get!
Name your 3 favorite gigs as a musician and as fan?
My personal 3 concert highlights as a musician are doubtlessly the last Golden Apes show at the WGT, our “homecoming“ show in Voronezh (Russia) and our acoustic show at the Saint Jacob church in Ilmenau (Germany), for they all summarized perfectly the whole essence of what “all this“ is about. The shows that are still stuck to the mind of a concert attendee are most probably my first ever Cure show back in 1992, my last Bowie concert 2004 in Prague (for the now heartbreaking context) and Sandow at the Music Poetry Force Festival in Berlin’s Tacheles, back in 1994.
Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist
Influential in a pushing and mind-opening way were (are) undoubtedly the variety and profoundness of Bowies „Outside“, the pleasing melancholy of The Cures “Disintegration“ and the melodic roughness of The Psychedelic Furs’ “Talk Talk Talk“.
Describe yourself with 3 adjectives
Restless – impatient – doubting
What is the most overrated gothic band?
Guess I can’t answer this question satisfactorily. For me “overrated“ means an inappropriate public attention and somehow I don’t dare to claim that something like this can exist. Every band that walked the pursuant road with lifeblood and snow-white idealism deserves attention and the reward of their music spreading out, deserves the crowd it attracts (and it doesn’t matter if I like that music or not). Furthermore who am I to judge if an attention is appropriate or not?
What is the most underrated gothic band?
If I didn´t pointed my finger on someone for the answer above I won’t do it now.
Just let me say that there are a lot of great bands out there I would be happy to see earning befitting respect and recognition.
In which band would you have liked to play live?
I think I´m quite happy with the guys around me and the things we did and do and we should waste lesser time with musing about the imperfect subjunctive.
Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately?
To name 3 goth-only bands that caught my attention lately seems very difficult, cause somehow my finger slipped from that genre´s pulse a bit (or there´s a widening of the musical range coming along with the passing of the years!), but the latest bands that aroused my attention and which you could catalogue as „dark“ music in the broadest sense of definition are Brandenburg from Moscow, Neiv from Switzerland and the Death Bells from Australia.
Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?
To be honest – I really hate this juggling with genres. To nail yourself on a stiff definition is the worst thing you can do and especially for an artist this is equal to creative asphyxiation. In my mind music is an organism alive and should be alterable. And also the perception of it. Especially these above mentioned two musical playgrounds not only share common origins, but also evolved so many overlaps and common spectra over the last years (ignoring the fact that they have been there all the time!) that it would be impossible (and quite silly) to draw a line between. There are so many stunning bands out there labelled with both, that I don’t and won’t care about any classification, cause for me it´s the music what counts and not the pigeon hole.