Artist: Michael Kiske
Date: 7 September 2010
In this job you get to see hear and speak to some of the biggest names in the rock world and every now and again you get to speak to your idols and this is one of those moments when the new Kiske / Somerville release was announced and I was given the chance to talk to Michael, I just jumped at the chance. This is the first part of a two part interview with one of the voices of the fantastic Kiske/Somerville release.
After a quick talk about the delights of Skype, we get down to the interview.
Michael, it's an absolute pleasure to talk to you, youíve been one of
my favourite vocalists for some time now, well since your Helloween
days, but weíll not go that far back tonight.
MM - So
how did you get involved in the whole thing Michael was it just Serifino
giving you a phone call?
I must say I wasnít really aware of Amanda. I'd even worked with her without knowing it. It was only when we met during the video shoot for the two songs that that was the first time Iíd met her in person. She was doing a video diary and she came up to me and mentioned that weíd worked together a couple of times before, but that this was the first time weíve actually met. I was thinking OK! ... It wasnít until after that that I actually realised it was her on the Aina project. I was doing a song called 'Silver Maiden' and it sounded like the soundtrack to the 'Last Unicorn', and Sasha who produced it sent me a demo of that song. Well, it wasnít a demo really, it was a quite well produced sample and there was this female voice on it, and I like the voice so much I said to Sasha that I didnít want to do it, I didnít want to sing it because I felt I couldn't sing it any better than that lady as she was just perfect for it. I said to him ... "Why donít you get her to sing it?" and he said ..."I want you. The record company want you to do it" ... so I sang it, but I thought her version was much better.
I was quite happy when they made a special edition of the CD the included her version on it as a bonus track. But that was my first contact with her, and when she mentioned this on her video diary, I was looking on the CD and found her name of it. So I really liked her voice before we met and when we did meet I really liked her personality as well, she's really nice. It's not always a guarantee that that it's going to happen but we seemed to like each other, which is always nice.
to your question! (laughs). Serifino sent me an email asking if I would generally
be interested and when I said yes he contacted Mat. I donít even think
Amanda was the first person on the list, but the other person's band
didnít want them doing something outside the band. Iím glad
though because they couldnít have made a better choice.
MM - It
actually crosses so many boundaries. Style wise there are some great
heavy stuff mixed with some great ballads.
Yes I totally agree with you Michael, Iím from the same school of
thought. Yes there are some songs on albums that you need to grow
with. There are albums in my collection that I got that I didnít get
time around, but now I think ... yeh thatís a good track! ... and if you
havenít got that full album you can't do that.
Yes there are good and bad things about the internet. Yes you get to know
a lot more about bands and their music, but it also takes a lot away from
Yes it's an easy way to get hold of music but if it keeps going the way
it is, there won't be a music industry to get your music from.
Yes, Iím from the vinyl age where we wanted the hard copy, we wanted to
read the lyrics and find out who played what on what track and all that.
Yes, although I do think there is the case of try before you buy.
Yes, there is a lot of music out there now but the quality isnít there.
Anyone can make a record in a bedroom now, but that doesnít mean itís a
good record. I do think quality wins over quantity every time.
why the likes of The Beatles were so good, because they didnít have the
technology thatís around today, they had to be able to play. I mean
Elvis, you take his early records with a band, they played live and
recorded things say fifty times and picked the best, that was the magic
of it. The more you can do things live the better it is. Take
of the Beast' by Iron Maiden, the majority of that album is played live.
The energy on that is great.
That's the way of the modern world, like you said everybody wants things
faster, they want it now, sometime they want it yesterday!
Itís a social thing, its been made too easy, itís something the labels
didnít see coming.
They didnít capitalize on the technology at the time.
Iím not saying that they
donít have any talent when it comes to singing, you always get some
among them who can sing, but what they are really doing is begging for
mercy ... ďPlease like meĒ ... ďPlease buy my recordĒ ..., if everything
just gets designed to please the next trend, then people will think this
is how music should be, and that will damage the sense of honesty about music
and people will lose the wish for something authentic.
Yes it makes me mad when you go to see young bands who started off in
their parents garage making music, then start playing the pubs and clubs
and working their way up the ladder and not getting the recognition they
Now people go on the likes of X Factor and Idol and get record deals
thrown at them and you never see them again.
I like personality, I like the person who speaks out even if they piss people off. There is a vast difference between passionate and honest musicians and this product, everything is totally different. They over-did this making music just a product. As long as you're making music honest and you do what you want to do, yes there is a product, but as long as the piece of music is real then that's OK.
donít know if youíve talked about this but everything is upside down.
It used to musicians and the bands who made their own music and got their own audience,
then they made a scene happen. Now itís the
industry who decides what the market is and not the musicians, it's just
art slavery and musical prostitution.
Itís that quick fix thing again.
They are dictating to people. It's not what people are listening to, it's what
they (the industry) think you should be listening to.
People find their own market. Take Heavy Metal, it's never been popular
but it's always been there, the fans have remained loyal, it's just the
media that hasnít.
MM - With the clock ticking faster than we'd hoped we realise that we've run out of time for tonight's interview. With so much still to be said we say our goodbyes and arrange a date for the following week for part two of this interview with Michael.
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