Artist: Michael Kiske
Date: 16 September 2010
run out of time during our earlier interview we re-scheduled a second
interview with Michael in what would turn out to be an epic discussion
where we cover all things Michael Kiske, including his new band Unisonic,
Place Vendome and a few other things as well!
Hi Michael how are you doing this evening?
I was doing an interview with Amanda last night and sheís very excited
about the release of the new album.
- Youíre doing the album release party at Rockfabrik together.
- Amanda said it was going to be more you and her just hanging out and doing a meet
and greet sort of thing?
I thought that that would be the perfect opportunity for you both to get
on stage with a band a do a couple of songs from the album.
- When I was talking to Amanda we touched on how you'll both appearing
together on the Avantasia tour. Are you looking forward to it?
I know it's been a long time since you were asked to do it the first time round.
Back then you just appeared on the album and never went on the live tour.
- Will you be using the Ernie moniker this time?
The whole Avantasia thing has grown into quite a phenomena, I donít
think anyone realised just how big the whole thing would grow.
Itís a good concept, I donít think there is perhaps as much pressure on
the singers as there would normally be with a live show. It's more
a case of you sing your song and get a break while someone else sings a
song, rather than having to sing in a straight row.
Have you remained in contact with Kai over the years?
- You touched earlier on the Unisonic thing. Youíve got back together
with Dennis Ward, Kosta and this time Mandy Myers has been brought into
the fold. I must
say you seem to have attracted the crŤme de la crŤme of musicians around
you once again Michael.
- So what was the idea of putting Unisonic together? Was it a vehicle to
get yourself back on the road and back on stage?
For me, Dennis is the main element because I know what he is capable of doing. I know he can do things I can't and what I have to offer is something they have a use for. For example I offered them a very nice song and Dennis took it worked on the arrangement, did a few things different here and there, it's still the same song but now it's better than before.
I am a
songwriter but I havenít been doing that many songs like he has. Heís good with the arrangements and finding the instruments for
does things I can't imagine doing. Iím the kind of rough songwriter, I
come up with the raw ideas. I mean the sort of songs Iíd do for a solo
album are kept very simple, the way I would play a song to someone, but
for me being in a band with someone like Dennis, now I'm able to give
him a song and he adds this quality to it, it's just awesome.
I know what you mean, he does seem to have this Midas touch with
everything heís involved with. There is that certain touch of class in everything
For me itís the best
thing I could have done, because not only am I in a band where I like
everybody very much I have a new manager who looks after business now. I
donít have to deal with that side, I just pass it on.
- Iíve read that youíve actually put around nine songs together for
Yes with the line-up youíve got Iím sure youíd be right up
- Iím really looking forward to hearing something from the band just
based on the line-up alone.
- So what is happening on the Place Vendome side of things?
- Personally I loved the two albums you did with Place Vendome.
- While talking to Amanda I commented on the fact that both your vocal
styles are so different and thatís the reason I think the album
works so well. Amanda summed
it up nicely by comparing the two vocals to the colours red and blue,
that when mixed produce purple.
- The Kiske / Somerville album is the album of the year for me and
itís gonna take one hell of an album to make me think otherwise.
I've already asked Amanda and now I'm going to ask you, will there be a second
Kiske / Somerville album?
- I know Amanda is very interested in doing more song writing on the
- With Amanda being based in Germany now something like that would be a lot easier to
Did I tell you that when I
first met her I didnít realise it was her? Because she spoke to me in
German and she didnít have an accent. You know when Germans speak
English they have an accent and when Americans and the English speak
German they have an accent also, but she didnít, she just sounded
completely German. Sheís been living here for 11 years and her German
is better than some German's German! (laughs).
- When I spoke to Amanda she came across as being very knowledgeable and
very passionate about what she does, a bit like yourself.
It comes across on the album as a very genuine thing, especially when
youíre singing something like a love ballad.
- So what have you got lined-up apart from the Avantasia thing?
I still have to prepare
for the Avantasia stuff. I still donít know what songs Iím going to
be singing and then there will be the recording of the Unisonic album.
a lot to do over the next couple of months.
- You seem to have given yourself quite a busy schedule there.
- It's getting your name around a lot, ever since Frontiers took you up
for the Kiske album your name seems to pop up a lot more now.
- After talking to you last week, before I did this second part of the interview, people
were saying to me ... "Oh, you interviewed Michael Kiske! He has a bit of a
reputation" ... and I said thatís not the guy I was talking to last week.
- Yeh thatís your right, if you want to speak your mind you do
that. I donít
want to go down the Star Search road again, even though you're on the same
wave length as me about the whole fifteen minutes of fame thing. (laughs)
- Yeh thatís the label the whole metal community got associated with
back when Metal was in its early years.
- People find it difficult to get their heads around Heavy Metal and Rock fans because
we like a wide spectrum of bands. You can like Metallica and Slayer
still like the softer edged rock. We like to see different bands with
different styles of music.
forgot Elvis Presley and The Beatles. I grew up with the Beatles playing
them on an acoustic guitar, they were a major part of my life I
couldnít live without it.
- There are some styles of music I wonít listen too, electro
dance, thatís a big no no, techno and all that.
- So Michael itís been an absolute pleasure, I want to wish you
all the best with the Unisonic thing.
Yeh Iím all for listening to an album a few times to really get
the feel for it. I know you can't like every album that comes through
the door but you have to give each one an equal airing.
- Iím really looking forward to hearing it, whatever label you release
it on I'll try my best to get hold of it.
- That goes for any band or music you like, the best way of supporting
any band is to buy the albums and go to the live shows.
I havenít even
mentioned record stores or graphic designers, the music industry is a
huge industry, people should be aware that it's anti-social to steal
music, why not pay for it.
- Yeh. Plus why download one song? Why donít you want to listen to a whole
album? Bands work hard in the studio to put ten to twelve tracks out
album, so why not buy the whole album?
It is possible to
change this, wherever and whenever this interview is published you
should mention this. I cannot change the whole music business but I can
tell people like you and you can help spread the word. If you share something
in public you can have a big influence of people.
- Well Michael once again itís been an absolute pleasure talking to you.
- Yes as soon as you get the Unisonic album underway Iíll be back in
- Thanks again Michael and all the best with all your endeavors, the next
time I call you I'll look forward to talking about the success of Unisonic.
At the end of each year we give you our pick of the best new bands, best albums, best live shows etc, but we've never done best interview before. However this year we will be including this category and without a doubt, this year the best interview will go undoubtedly to Michael Kiske. A really nice guy, a man passionate about what he does and what he believes in and someone I could talk to time and time again and would never get tired of listening to his views on modern day life and music.
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