The New Roses Interview

When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

When I decided that music will be one of the main parts oaf my life, words like career were totally out of reach. I mean light years away.

I think words like Decide and career don’t go together, if you know what I mean. We always took one step at a time and then looked around and check our options from there.

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

Apart from very diverse individual influences, we all agree on Aersomith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Black Crowes, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen. Why? Because it’s fucking awesome (laughs)

Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

I was a boy scout as a kid, I love ALF the Tv Show and I worked as a Karaoke host, when playing live didn’t cash enough in the early days

What song of yours best describes you and why?

You become a songwriter, because you have so many emotions that need to get out. And you guys always want to break it down to one song (laughs) Well Here it is: One More For The Road

It’s about such a big part of our life. Hope, doubt, laughter, pain, pride, shame. Classic aspects of every life, I guess, but under special circumstances.

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

Another „break-it-down-question“? You’re killing me (laughs) We just finished a show at Sacken span Air. It’s one of the biggest festivals in Europe and definitely a bucket list gig. We released our new album there and the crowed was huge and full of energy. It was one of those moments that I pictured ten years ago, when we had to survive the sticky, dim light bar gigs that gave me strength to keep pushing. Not that I had great nights in thoses places, but sometimes it was…. challenging, you know

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

Inside a volcano. Why? Because it’s fucking awesome!

What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?

Keeping this band alive. Two birds, one stone!

Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

Of course, the best stories are classified (laughs). But I just sat down recently with Mickey Dee after a Scorpions Show and told him stories that went down during Motörhead Shows I went to, when I was a teenager. 

Like getting knocked out from an elbow during the first song and waking up in the parking lot with no shirt and shoes the next morning. He laughed and said: „Yeah, Motörhead shows can have that effect on people“

What do you like best about being a musician and why?

The combination party and challenge, good and bad times, dependability and the unknown. And of course: There’s Rock and Roll around around you all the time

If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

I don’t know… A novel writer? A professional wrestler? Foot double for John Goodman, who knows…

What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

There are several concerts I’ve seen that definitely lit up my bulb. Bruce Springsteen was like a natural force, the guys of Gov’t Mule were jamming so good, Motörhead was so beautifully destructive and I danced my ass off at a power of tower show. There is some great stuff out there!

What would your ideal festival line up be and why?

I like so much different stuff, so that would be an interesting festival for sure. Imagine Joan Baez playing after Slayer and Bodycount playing right before Garth Brooks. I would spend my pocket money on that, what about you?

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

It’s in a Joke a legendary promoter told me right before a show in Munich: Father bull and son bull are standing on a hill, looking down into the valley at a herd of young cows. Son bull says:“Father, let’s run down the hill and fuck one of them“ and father bull says: „no, son. Let’s walk down and fuck them all"

What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

I’m immediately feeling better, when im Outdoors. And superlatives annoy me. 

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

Getting shit done (laughs) I like all kinds of outdoor sports. I like to read all kinds of books and I like having beers and cigars around a camp fire. Sounds pretty boring, but consider that partying hard is my god damn job (laughs)

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

Nothing is completely good or bad. Especially those two things. They are nothing by nature. It’s the people that make it good or evil. I guess a lot of people found good, new bands that they would have never found without the internet. But I also think that there are many great bands out there that never made it because they couldn’t survive for the same reason. People should be be aware that they remote all this.

How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

I can’t speak for the whole music industry, because in different genres there are different priorities. I guess for us was important that we found a way to present what we are. It’s important in Rock & Roll music that you stay authentic. If you feel comfortable with yourself, your audience will do so, too.  

Can you tell us about any tattoos have and the significance of them to you?

You should ask our bassist Hardy about that. He is full of all these very old school tattoos. Very colorful, very straight and tasteful. He has kind of a bar scene all over his back. It’s pretty cool. 

If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

I would fire the guy that put me charge

What would your ideal day consist of?

Morning sex, a good run, a great rock and roll show and then back porch beers with my friend Johnny Bizz.

Can you tell me one thing about each member that people might not already know?

I could, but then they would kill me. And I love my life (laughs)

Can you tell us about any new releases gigs or anything else coming up in the future?

So much. Back on theroad with The Scorpions, Shows in the UK, France, Spain and the US. All part of our „Nothing But Wild Tour“. We’ll be back on the Kiss Kruise IX in November. So I already threw my slippers into the attic and put my road shows on.

If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

Thank you. You know why!

How would you answer the question..... Who are The New Roses?

We are an answer if you ask for Rock and Roll

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

I guess Eric Clapton and BB. King’s „Riding with the King“ was the first record I bought from my own money. I still have it and love it. I remember jumping around on my bed in my nursery to „days of old"

What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

Learn to love the pain

If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

Lynyrd Skynyrd for sure. But I would love to jam a song with Elvis’ band he had during his Las Vegas shows. That was one hell of a band.

If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

Thriller, because why would you aim any lower than that (laughs)

What things make you uncomfortable?

Pretending I’m not pretending

If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

A lot of sex and gunfights (laughs)

What has the rest of the year go in store for you?

A new record, a big tour and hopefully Christmas under palm trees...