1ère apparition public de Tilo et d'Anne, lors du Bluewin Videotalk (une chaine Suisse)
Nous avons pu les suivre en direct, malgré le serveur explosé xD
Heureusement, voici la vidéo entière et sans coupure : CLIQUEZ
Tout est en allemand, aussi pour ceux qui aurait du mal, voici une traduction anglaise, réalisée par Longwaytogo
A warm welcome here to Bluewin Videotalk (haha sorry but I really don't undestand him hahaha! So just my interpretation) In the studio with us are Tilo and Anne, both are great stars
(Than something I really didn't understand ) The new album of Lacrimosa „Sehnsucht“ will be in shops Friday the 8th of may. The band is awaiting that day with a lot of excitement (as if we didn't know that :p) They will also go on tour with the album. They are 'specially in Latin-amerika, Mexico great stars. A warm welcome Tilo and Anne.
Anne: Thank you
Tilo: Thank you very much
Interviewer: You're going on tour, starting in July, It will be a world tour starting in latin-amerika than you go to Asia, also Europe has a place in the scheme. How do you deal with it?
Tilo: At first, we are delighted about the tour. Hopefully the Mexican flu won't interrupt this tour because at this moment it's like this that we have to go from Mexico to Japan. And at the moment it's not possible to enter Asia when you arrive from Mexico. In other words we're delighted about the tour and about the fact that we will be able to play the album live at last. Because when you spend so much time in the studio with the album it's logical you want to share this with the public though we hope that this situation won't destroy our plans and anyhow that there won't be any more victims.
Anne: It would be really wonderful to stay on stay again and play these new pieces live.
Interviewer: What is your personal connection with Switzerland?
Tilo: There are many connections. At first my father is from Switzerland. Secondly it's a very fascinating country in means of - kitchen, the people. Many people in German speaking part think that – fine people from Austria, Germany, Switzerland they all speak German that's like one people. – when you live here you notice very quickly that people from Switzerland have very personal identity, an own culture, in which we feel very comfortable. And there to comes that it's situated in the middle of Europe which means that in a couple of minutes or couple of hours with the car you're in Côte d'Azur or at the North Sea, you can reach everything very fast as you're situated in a central place and that's very excited.
Anne: I have found it from the beginning fascinated that the Switzerland has so many sides. I come from Finnland and therefore this culture is for me totally different. The people here are different. For me people from Switzerland are very openhearted because we people from Finnland are a little bit different on that. That is for me a very positive element from Switzerland and ofcourse also the many possibilities which this country gives you.
Interviewer: Tilo you moved over to Bazel since you were a teenager You have spend a big part of your life there. Nevertheless you have kept your Mother tongue with you but ofcourse taken part of the mentality of this country to you. Do see Lacrimosa as a German band or a band from Switzerland?
Tilo: Well in fact that differs when I'm in German I see Lacrimosa as a band from Switzerland and when I'm in Switzerland I see it as a German band. I have recently given an interview for a journal from Switzerland, I thought is was wonderful. The first question was what does a German seek in Switzerland? And I thought they had a point, you always are viewed as a German because I speak this way. On the other hand I don't want to adopt this language because I feel as if that would be a sort of plagiarism. I think one speaks like he's raised, how you're taught to speak.
I think it's comical when a German tries to adopt one of the many dialects in Switzerland, you can hear that. As I don't want to make myself and 'specially the people of Switzerland suffer under it I just keep on using German. (luckily! Haha!)
Interview: Which connection do you have with the music scene from Switzerland?
Anne: not much
Tilo: well that depends, there's Samael for example they have remixed copycat from us after the release in 1995 and we have met them several times during tours, very kind guys. And I follow the scene for on one hand interesse on the other because of my work. There are some really nice bands, I've recently discovered a band called Red Charlie and that disk runs over and over again at the moment. That's a marvellous band. There are everytime again very wonderful pearls. Nevertheless they have a hard time getting over the boundary of their country.
Interviewer: You have mentioned Samael but furthermore you have no shared work with bands from Switzerland.
Tilo: Up to now not. The cooperation with other bands is rare for us during those 20 years that we make music. And that was with one band from Switzerland and furthermore we have mainly worked together with bands from Austria and from Germany.
Interviewer: Now time for a fan question. When was the last time that Lacrimosa has done something together with another artist? Why actually? And would it be possible that this chances in the direct future? Do you have any plans in this direction?
Tilo: Well there are no direct plans for this. The reason is actually a question of time. It was 2006 when I'm not wrong that I've done something like that, it was with Joachim Witt back than for his album. Than we were on tour for a long time, have made the Lichtjahre, live dvd und cd and in principal worked on the new album Sehnsucht during the last one and a half year. Thus there was not much time for doing something together with other artists. But I'm always open for something like that and when something good passes by than ofcourse always.
Interviewer: now speaking of music. The people who are watching us but don't know you yet. How would you describe your music style?
Tilo: Well I would say, well you can make it long or short. I'll try to describe it shortly. A sort of soundtrack to emotional texts, and this soundtrack exists out of classical music over rock music all the way to metal music.
Anne: That's very short yeah.
Interviewer: ok, that creates place for much fantasy. You were also denoted as modern Mozart. Can you be seen that way?
Tilo: I don't really like this comparison very much. Because a comparison always deals with boundaries and I don't think that an artist can function within one boundary. Therefore I love Mozart and our complete understanding of music which we have today would not exist without composers like Mozart and such. But you can't compare anything at that issue.
Interviewer: you have said before that you see Lacrimosa as band of Switzerland sometimes as German band. When you look at it as a band of Switzerland I'm absolute sure that she's the most successful band of Switzerland You've been taking the way of Lacrimosa for about 20 years now, you've created 10 albums and as mentioned before you'll go on tour with it too. You're very successful in Latin-America and also in Germany. And you've been doing everything yourself so far. You have played as headliner on Meraluna festival for like 30000 visitors. There are not many bands of Switzerland who succeed in getting something like that. How did it come this far? How did your way go?
Tilo: In theory it's never been the point of reaching this. Or I had never ever dared to dream about getting this far. I have simply started making music back then. And I have fallen in love more and more with music but I had never planned to have it as my job or that it would define or influence my life. But it were in theory always little steps, little doors which opened and I tried to see the chances and make the best out of it. And the fact which you mentioned that there has never been a company, in the past there have been several situations during the history of Lacrimosa where counterparties who said to me don't do that, it's way too dangerous nobody has ever tried that. As example when we travelled to Mexico for the first time in 1998 that was a time that hardly any band had toured in Mexico. But we wanted to do that anyway despite the risks it would bring. That are things which worked out whereas I must say that we had a lot of luck. But one can only try to do his best but it's not only up to you. But on one hand there was this fascination to make music without having a final destination in mind but that one makes music for the music (music wegen music) For example there are bands who are grounded because they want to be famous and by means of this use music. Thus they use the music with a certain purpose, many have condemned such situations as made to fail because the purpose has nothing to do with the content. With us there was always love for music and on the other hand no constraints from outside, no humans who have prescribed us anything at all. Thus we were always able to give room for our emotions. I have read a nice line of Charlie Chaplin today I think I can summarize it still. His world of thoughts or his reflections have almost brought him to madness until he noticed that his heart had a second strength and when he turned on that second source it all worked out.
Interviewer: you have 'specially outside Switzerland a lot of success. How do you explain that to yourself?
Anne: Yeah well, what we've heard from the people directly is that despite they don't understand all of the lyrics, they are partly translated but they have from the beginning heard with their hearts more und that they know this melancholy very well also from their own culture and music styles, music that also goes to your heart. And we're delighted about that ofcourse.
Tilo: That has also to do with the cultures a lot. We notice it everytime, here in Middle Europe people take this emotional side of music which we make more with a bit of caution. Because the more you move North in Europe the less people may confess their emotions. Our society is based upon ? more than on the emotional strength somebody can express. When you look at Russland or Mexico in those countries the emotional strength one has is the most important element. Thus how you deal with your own emotionality is in other countries completely different. That are mostly the countries in which Lacrimosa works out.
Interviewer: Anne you come from Finnland. There are some bands who also have rock parts but are also partly melancholic. How do you see that?
Anne: Well, that there are many great bands in Finnland is because the winters over there last very long and are very cold, thus they don't want to get out so they like practice in the studio. And it has developed somehow , ...not that actual up to date with the bands... well I do know the bands of course but...it brings itself...
Interviewer: Emotional fanbase of Latin-America when one compares that with Northern of Europe? You have said the more you go North the less emotional the people become.
Anne: That's partly correct
Interviewer: less melancholic also.
Tilo: That's yeah something interesting.
Anne: Emotional is it more yeah... we could I describe that...
Tilo: Correct me when I'm false, but I think that emotionality isn't viewed as strength over there but more as something that brings you down, something you need to get rid of but something that always creates a sort of load. Therefore they don't want to be confronted with it that much.
Interviewer: You live in Switzerland, you also builded your life in Switzerland, you do everything from within Switzerland does that have advantages or disadvantages?
Tilo: There are of course some disadvantages because Switzerland isn't part of the European Union, so there are some disadvantages with export and import for a little firm as we are. It's not the most perfect situation. But I do see the advantages somewhere completely else. As you have to deal with disadvantages everywhere, but there is one stroking advantages here in Switzerland and that is this peace this tranquillity and the familiarity. Which is very important and very comforting. Peace because in this way you can really develop projects and you have the freedom to take some distance and concentrate entirely on the product. The tranquillity from the people is very important. Familiarity in that when you're a firma in Switzerland that you're able to find support, it's often this way that you find less support in your own country. And the is what I experience in Germany but not in Switzerland and that's one of the big advantages.
Interviewer: The new album “Sehnsucht” will be released the 8th of May. What are your yearnings?
Tilo: Many. I see yearning as a wonderful energy. One speaks these days often about renewable energy. Yearning is a renewable energy. Something that drives people. There are only two things for which you should be aware that's one that yearning doesn't masters you and secondly that yearning brings you further, that you really use this yearning as an energy just as on the cover of the album where we created methapors for yearning as fire and the horse, as a positive strength, wonderful strength that brings you further to places which you couldn't reach with your own foots
Interviewer: What's your yearning?
Anne: Tilo has described it in a wonderful way so, nothing I could add to that.
Interviewer: The new single Feuer will be released exclusive with EMP a metal mailorder. Do you reach so many metal fans with your music?
Tilo: Yeah, I've heard today that it's almost sold out. Thus when someone still want one he will have to come to me very fast.
Interviewer: I think you're stunned by the fact it went this way?
Tilo: Well that has this reason; the actual idea behind a single has changed a bit, because of Internet one has other possibilities... in the past it was like this...I can remember I was a very big Prince fan and 1985 he had said goodbye to the public on his album “Around the world in a day” he said he would come back, he didn't know yet when or how and than came 1986 Kiss, completely new outfit new sound, but one could only experience it when you had bought this single and that was excitement. That was this little insight in the world of the star, to see how the story would continue. Nowadays there's internet where you have every possibility to make sure the public get's used to the new product, with the new music, the new world. That one single has lost its strength a bit as ambassador. Thus we have decided to release a single in this way, because this has the advantage that only few people get this news. Only those who are constantly with us, and to give these fans from first minutes to say it like this a tribute, in that they have the chance to buy something exclusive. Therefore we created this so exclusive.
Interviewer : something about exclusives material for fans (sorry couldn't understand :s)
Tilo: I think that's a question of taking something and giving something back. At first when we're standing on stage we get so much energy and emotions from our public and that drives us. It is really a question of taking something and giving something back. We know that we wouldn't be capable to experience this music the way we do now without our public. And because of that we can not step back but do we feel this need to give something back. Like for example at the new album the song “I lost my star in Krasnodar” which was inspired by the last tour by the many experiences we had in that Russian city Krasnodar. And we made that song as tribute for our Russian public.
Interviewer: There is a question from a fan from Krasnodar Out of which aspects endures your life philosophy?
Tilo: In the centre there's first of all my belief. My belief in God. Because of this belief I don't have big ultimate goals anymore. That doesn't mean that I'm at the end of my life – I have only noticed that goals – I don't believe that the goal is your way...when I want to reach a goal I want to reach the goal and do not want to cross the way. When I can't reach the goal it's frustrating and when I did reach it than I feel empty. Thus I noticed that running behind your goals isn't that excited it's more excitement to try and experience that what you love everyday. The music, the inter-human relationships, that are the wonderful things in life. And when I get to bed in the evening and I think of back of the day and this day was crowded with beautiful experiences than that means more than reaching a goal.
Anne: For me it's important to give back the love, which I get from everywhere, to people who surround me. That the others can also profit a bit from that and experience love.
Interviewer: so and those emotions have reached Krasnodar anyway as is visible here. Your fan askes further what can get move you really deep on stage?
Tilo: Actually, that can be many different things. It was one of the more big concerts in Mexico around 5000 people where there. And I've sung a song by which I was very concentrated, very moved and have closed my eyes. And when I opened my eyes at the end of the songs the first thing I saw were masses of people with tears on their face. That is an emotional impact which makes you speechless and I can't control myself anymore either then. That are moments which you simply can't grasp.
Anne: Sometimes the emotions are so strong that only sensing them with the public can bring you out of state, that tears just come and you can't do anything about it because you sense the public very close.
Interviewer: To concerts and tears. The next question the fan calls himself Träne Der Stille. Because I sing myself I'm interested in the fact how you Tilo and Anne warm up voices before the concerts. With me that always takes quite some time and I don't know if there are any tricks on that matter. What do you do? Do you sing while showering?
Tilo: I do think we're the wrong ones to ask such a question. Because I for my part am often a bit lazy before concerts when it comes to warm up voices. I mostly run in circles and try to concentrate and just hope that my voice will be ready when I need it. Yeah ofcourse a bit of tralala but real tips I don't have. But in principal it's often so that it brings much when you're in the right mood.
Anne: eating “ ... “ works they say (c'est le fameux passage où ils délirent entre eux, mais personne n'a compris apparement)
Tilo: not for me
Interviewer: what are your expectations for the new album?
Tilo: ow, that's difficult, I've heared a lot of positive critic from the press that the expectations are of course very high. Though we'll collect a lot of nerves at Friday evening. It's like this that we have a tradition, we sit together on the evening of release and listen to the album and try to move into the minds of our public, how they experience this at the very same moment when they hear the music. It's a bit the same principle that wherever you are you look at the moon at the very same time and are connected in this way. I hope this will be a wonderful evening in that you can sense that sometimes, you sense that connection with the people and than the next day it will show how it has been experienced. It is this way that we make these albums in first place for ourselves but ofcourse you're sad when your public can't grasp it in that nobody would like it. I hope that this album may inspire, move people like all times, we have over the years received so many letters in which they say that they wouldn't be alive anymore without the music of Lacrimosa or who have survived such tough periods only because of the music. And we hope that this new album will make those people happy in the same way.
Interviewer: What are your plans... concerning the tour, where will you be this year?
Tilo: As planned, like mentioned when there aren't any influences by the Mexican flu, it is like that that we will start the tour on my birthday in Brazil and then through Central and South America.
Interviewer: Birthday is that a coincidence?
TIlo: it is a coincidence but a very nice one. We will go to Brazil, Argentinien, Peru, Mexico, and Chile then in Japan, then in China, then in Taiwan, then there's a small pause, then in Polen, Oekraïne, Belarus, Austria, Deutschland, Schweiz and Spanien and Russia in winter.
Tilo: that would be exciting, the problem with this ... I always get the answer of when comes the new album of Snakeskin, my side project. Or like the question when are you going to do something with other artists? Thus in principle when the tour ends I must urgently go back to the studio so that there might come some other things.
Interviewer: Have there been any situations which brought you to the point where you almost quit with music?
anne: No, honestly not.
Tilo: with me it was 1993 after the third album. After Satura. I thought right now I've done everything, there will not come more. I didn't know what I should do more. It was a point on which I really thought about the music. What really is a mistake. I have told you before the stuff with the goals. Or when one uses the music to reach a goal. I wanted to keep making music but not because I'm delighted about it but because I simply do music. And I first started to live from music at that time and that really complicated some things. And back then it really took a while before I found back the feeling of being delighted making music. In that I understood why I made music. I did not know what I should do more and I didn't want to create things which I didn't like thus I quit.
Reviewer: Tilo how do you see the future of music industry?It's for bands more and more difficult to earn with music through cd's or downloads. Where does this trip will end you think? You with your own situation “do it yourself”man?
Tilo: it's not a real rose future I believe. Many think it's the fault of internet, but that's not the case the curse is the moral decline. I was recently asked how this crise would work out on music industry. I have said that we already have this crise in music industry since a long time. The result is the same the valuable decline. And that's the problem and this will ofcourse continue. As long as one thinks it's alright to download stuff illegal as long as nobody looks over your shoulder. Until this changes it won't turn out for the better. A couple of months ago one of the biggest firms for metalmusic in Germany has gone bankrupt. More will go into the same direction. The music will develop more and more into “...” . a bit like it's the case in Asian net that the artists are not famous because of the music they make or not make money through their music but through “...”. Thus the music is nothing more but a platform on which an artist takes place. Thus this means commercialising of music and that would make it difficult for special “...” bands like us (sorry didn't understand a lot) But we're optimistic, up to now we had a loyal public and we believe this won't change.
Interviewer: I'm sure about that and they will also support you during your tour.