Ou galera... alguém viu a entrevista do Michael Weikath falando do & Sinners????
By Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal
September 24th 2010, Los Angeles CA
Andrew: It's great to have you Michael. How are you doing today?
Michael: Well, I'm a bit mixed up if you actually want to know. A few things even wrong here and one interview got postponed. So I was not sure what's going on with that, but I'm happy at least that we've found each other today, so that's cool. Apart from that I'm fine and having my coffee.
Andrew: Your new album 7 Sinners is going to release in October. How are you feeling at this point?
Michael: It's got a brilliant sound. It's great stuff, really good and it took some effort to make because we've been recording on 432 hz instead of 440.
Andrew: I was just curious to know how you came up with the album title.
Michael: We have one track on the record called 'Where The Sinners Go' which is a Deris track and I wrote one that's called 'The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner'. So we had a talk and said we're not going to change any of the two tracks we've done but with the term 'Sinner' instead may be we would call the full album something along the line of Sinner. Deris agreed to that. The demo tracks that I had on my iphone, I added in itunes the artwork of the seven-point star, which is a heptagon or heptagram, whatever you want to call it. He liked that design too, and said it's looking good. We thought of somehow putting that on the album cover and call it 7 Sinners, like the 7 points of the star.
Andrew: So the album title came after the album cover?
Michael: Yeah I mean, not necessarily. We had it all in one go. Actually, the cover design came mainly because of the artist's rendition and understanding of the seven-point star.
Andrew: Everybody is saying that this is your fastest and heaviest album. Would you agree?
Michael: It's the fastest and heaviest in years. If you want to compare with Walls Of Jerico which was may be the roughest and fastest that we've done in the beginning, this new one sounds much better than Walls Of Jerico which doesn't quite live up to today's standards. Talking of the drum techniques that Dani has used, he's had ultra fast parts on this one that cannot be compared because you need certain technique to achieve those beats otherwise the drummer wouldn't be able to play that. So, as he is capable of those things, he wanted to show them off.
Andrew: You guys played without a click track on this album. How did that go?
Michael: We didn't use a click track. It's usually what one would use in production. There is a beat running. The drummer plays through it and then you add the bass later on, then the guitars and everything. This time around, Dani used quite a good timing, so what we did was we created a basic track using an editor from what he had. Those patterns and signals were actually used to carry on with the guitars and bass. So no click track was used on this record, and it's kind of strange but comes across as more fresh and lively.
Andrew: You'll be going on tour to promote this record. How is the preparation for that going? I think you're starting a tour in November.
Michael: Yeah the tour starts in November. Right now we are in the process of doing interviews and we're going to shoot a video for 'Are You Metal' on Wednesday in Berlin. Afterwards, we're going to be rehearsing at home, each and everyone on their own. Then there'll be rehearsal teams of two and then later on we enter the rehearsal room in order to bring across the whole thing. We will have special guests Stratovarius at least for the European part, and may be we'll hit for the States and Australia with them. We're just hoping and can't tell right now.
Andrew: Yeah, I was going to ask you about the US tour. So you don't know yet as to when you'll be doing one?
Michael: No, I have no idea. We are definitely looking into having a US leg with possibly even more shows than last time, because everything went great last time around. There's no reason to not add some shows because things were going so good last time. We're looking to find some promoters. It'll be natural to have Stratovarius with us because it's a very interesting band and a nice act to tour with. But I don't know about their schedule and what's happening with them. As far as I know, nothing has been said on that regard.
Andrew: For that last US tour that you just mentioned, you toured here with Gamma Ray. What are your memories from that tour?
Michael: We have a guy based in Nashville, but he's a German. He used to work with Accept and knows the place inside out. He's got lots of experience in the States and that guy took care of organizing the tour and everything. It went down extremely well. We had good places, good clubs, many fans, great accommodation and everything. It was contrary to tours that we tried before which were frustrating and didn't work out as well. So due to the circumstances on the last tour, we're looking to do more.
Andrew: I was talking to Kai Hansen earlier this year and he said he'd love to do another tour with Helloween ...
Michael: Which will eventually come up in the future. Right now, there is nothing exactly in that regard, but like what he said we had a great time with the Gamma Ray guys. It was a special occasion but on the other hand we found out that every member of the respective band knows each other much more than we would have anticipated before. It was just like we were out on a family reunion tour. Everything went fine and smooth.
Andrew: Last year you also put out the Unarmed album to celebrate the 25th anniversary. How was the experience of doing that acoustic segment?
Michael: We were very proud to be able to do something like that. We had the Prague Symphony Orchestra and then we had some other special renditions. Actually, there is a section of fans don't cherish it that much and didn't like it as much as I hoped for, but then on the other hand we had the occasion to do it so we had to. It was an option we wanted to try. You've got to bear in mind that some of us were born in '62. I am a kid of the 60s and 70s. But you've got to respect the fact that there are fans out there that don't like it, but mainly it's the 25th anniversary album and as for the classic orchestra, we think it's great and a few other people think it's great.
Andrew: You said you grew up in the sixties. Which guitarists at the time inspired you the most?
Michael: First of all it was The Beatles and Eric Clapton, and obviously Jimi Hendrix. Other guys that came up later like Eddie Van Halen, Ted Nugent and the likes. As for shredding which came even later, it would be Al Di Meola and Yngwie Malmsteen. When I saw Jimi Hendrix in black and white on TV for the first time. I had never seen anything like it. That was in 1970 and I was eight years old.
Andrew: You put out your last DVD in 2007. Did you record any of the shows on the previous tour with Gamma Ray for a future DVD or something like that?
Michael: No, not really. I'm not sure about a future DVD because with Blu-Ray it's a big difference. I've already asked if there was some way of transferring the original material to Blu-Ray but I guess that would be hard. What we have is full resolution DVD material but none more than the high res HD shots recorded in Japan. There is no plan to transfer what we have on the three continents DVD on to Blu-Ray, so we would have to shoot more. We're going to try on this tour but I think the next natural step would be to try on the tour after this.
Andrew: Michael, thanks a lot for your time and we hope to see you soon!
Michael: Well, thank you and I would like to wish all the readers a very nice day and sorry for my ranting (laughs).