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Loud or not loud ? PDF Stampa E-mail
Scritto da Vinnie Pereira   
Sunday 01 April 2007

Follows an interview done by Vinnie Pereira, a brazilian vocal-coach.

When did you started singing?

  • When I was 12. Elvis made me get the idea.

  • Who influenced you as a singer?

  • Elvis Presley big time, also Bono, John Farnham etc.
    The unique Metal and Rock vocalists like Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate, Robert Hallfort, Ronnie Dio.
    You make your own thing out of all your influences after a while. The older you get, the more you become your own style.

Have you ever taken vocal lessons?

  • No. 

 Has your range changed over the years?

  • Not really, but I sound much better in lower and mid ranges these days.
    And I don't enjoy it too much anymore, when it gets too high. This very high singing easily become rather ''sports'' than art.

 How about high notes? Is there a change in technique you go into the upper part pf your range?

  • The voice naturally changes by getting older, so your technique changes a bit too. I think I have a lot more bottom in my voice these days,while on earlier records at the age of 18/19 I sounded thinner. I am also MUCH louder now.

Do you tend to sing loud or at a conversational level?

  • People always say that I am loud, but I'm trying not to.Cause if you are too loud, you easily do something wrong.Once I sang a little bit higher in front of Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) in his house in England to show him that I don't really sing that loud, but he said: Sounds pretty loud to me, my dear!Also the sound engineer from Iron Maiden who also mixed Helloween for a few tours said,that it is a pleasure to mix me, because my voice is so clear that always easily stays on top.I don't think I sing too loud, but I guess the voice carries, if you know what I mean?The voice gets naturally louder, the more you sing, but you should never force it to be loud. 

 How do you warm up for a show?

  • Elvis tunes from 1970; perfect for warming up.

 Do you pay any attention to breath support?

  • Not enough, I am far too lazy when it comes to practicing; it's a crime!I really should sing much, much more, but I sometimes easily don't sing for a whole year.In the past sometime even for two years!So when I start again, I got to get all condition back first ... 

 Do have any personal horror stories about hurting your voice?

  • Only on my very first tour I didn't know that I have to warm up before a gig.And when I got the flew, I developed a real problem and couldn't even talk for 6 weeks.But after that I only had an equal problem on the very last tour I did; but that was rather psychological. 

 How is the greatest difference singing in Kiske's solo carerr,of singing in a heavy metal band, like Helloween (talking about the vocal technique)?

  • In Helloween I had to sing material of other writers too. And they tended to love extreme heights. Nowadays I only write songs not thinking about having to sing high or low and things like that.
    I just write a song, and with my own songs I tend to sing more normal keys and use the higher keys more effective while metal tends to over do this.

 Who's your favorite singer now?

  • Bono from U2 and Tom Chaplin from Keane.

  What could you say about the new album?

  • It's a free expression and rather melancholy. Singer songwriter-stuff and a pretty round thing in my eyes.
    Or do you mean the next one? - My next solo-album (after the acoustic recording of my old H. tunes de-metalized) will be very different again. At least a big portion of it will be quite symphonic, mystical and big ....

 Any final advice for aspiring singers?

  • Be yourself, work on your spiritual and moral personality and the rest comes naturally. Soul is everything and much more important than any technique or show-circus.
    Strong personality always makes the best singers; don't pretend and fake, just be. If you know what you want and what you're doing and if you do have something to say, people will listen.

 Message to the brazilian Kiske's fans (believe in me, my countryreally loves you) :

  • As always: Let's fight for getting back the passion and a deeper understanding of free and true music again; rather than fighting against other styles and dogmatize one music etc.

Michael Kiske
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Art Will Change The World PDF Stampa E-mail
Scritto da Lolo Froiz   
Tuesday 12 September 2006
  • At first big thanks for letting me do this interview. At the same time i wanted to tell you “congratulations” for your new album. Now I wanted to shot some questions about your solo career for all your fans in Spain and around the world.
    At the same time you started your solo career, you started a career as a writer too (a book and also many essays) editing only in German.
    Do you used to write before to start your solo career?

 Yes, I did, but I only started later to make it available to people.

  • I must confess that I didn’t read all what you wrote but I know the main topics of your writings. The most about philosophy & religion.
    What’s the topic you enjoy more writing about it?

It all goes together. Your life-philosophy effects the way I look at everything. Actually I'm writing mainly about Anthroposophy and Art-philosophy.

  • As time goes by all your fans are starting to see you more as a Humanist than a musician. Well, don’t let me be misunderstood, what I really mean is that your fans are starting to be more interested in other things you are involved. So I wanted to ask you if you feel the music in the same way you did in the past. I mean, is still one of the most important things of your life?

Yes it is; it actually has become much more important again, because I've sort of (re)found music to be the perfect instrument to reach people morally. Art does and will change the world morally in the future, not politics. Even religiousness has it's best from of expression in art. And since the best music is always the most authentic: people who understand me as a Humanist (better a Christian), also understand my music better. So that goes together just fine.

  • From some years onwards Michi seems to be a very religious person. My question is… had you always been a very religious person or did you experience any bad personal situation that made you approach to religion in a special way?

I always was, but as you grow older and change or have unpleasant experiences, you learn. And especially since Anthroposophy it has become much, much more important to my life. In the end music is nothing material, it's spirit, so the more spiritual you become, the better your songs can be. Materialism is just another word for a horrible superficiality of the soul; and the less superficial we are, the better our art will be.

  • tell us what was the last book you read? And the last cd´s you bought?

I never read just one book. Usually about 5 – 10. At the moment I am reading: Wladimir Solowjew, his second book about the UNA SANCTA. -
Rudolf Steiner GA 168, the connection between the living and the dead. -
Herbert Wimbauer: The flesh-becoming if the  Maitreya. -
A great Friedrich Schiller biography by Peter Lahnstein. -
Friedrich Schelling's early writings -
And also Martin Luther. ...

  • about your new album. I wanted to ask you about the no presence of electric guitars in relation with the other albums. Don´t you like to listen electric guitars at your works? Maybe are you finally bored of electric guitars? and at the same time I would like to know if you keep on listening any rock band in the present days -We have no idea about the sales of your new album but will it be possible to see Kiske touring this year?

 There are many electric guitars on that album, just not so over-distorted as on Hardrock-records. My relationship to hard guitars is even worse than just being bored about it. I am certainly bored with anything that needs to be loud to convince, but I personally can't stand any really brutal guitar-sounds anymore. Those make me get a headache and feel sick inside. I don't listen to much else besides classical music anyway. The sort of modern bands I still like are: U2, Coldplay, Keane, Sheryl Crow etc.  The hardest music I am listening to these days is Queen. I still love them!

  • Many of your Spanish and South-American fans can be wondering about the topic of the songs of your new album. Could you tell us please about the meaning of the lyrics?

Just emotions captured in words. Painting with lines to express an inner state. They can't all really be explained; and I think they shouldn't either. A songs must speak for itself. And lyrics like FED BY STONES are pretty clear anyway. Others shall be open for interpretations.

  • In spite of some metalheads’s opinions, your solo career is really sincere with your thoughts & feelings and we can see this in every album you record . I tell you this because you did a contribution in some metal albums (masterplan, avantasia, tribuzy etc etc)  even though you said that you will never do metal anymore. Michi, could you tell us please for the last time why you did this contribution is this albums and if you would do it again if some of your “metal-friends” will ask you about it?

I have major problems with the Heavy-Metal-Scene today, the satanic-ideologies, antichrist and inhuman spirits, and also how art gets treated. But that doesn't mean that I hate everything that gets released under the banner of Metal. 5 Years ago I was still much easier talked into something like that, today I won't do too hard stuff anymore, because it doesn't do me any favour. There were different reasons for every project I did. Sometimes I simply liked the song. Next time I just wanted to do something with that person. Another time I just got talked into it. But real Metal-Songs won't get sung by me anymore. First of all because I 'm very tired of the crying of certain smart-asses.  And secondly I don't want to draw the intention of the wrong people into my direction anymore. I need to build MY audiences now. I will still do projects, but I will be very selective. Rock-songs like ONE VISION or HAMMER TO FALL from Queen are my very limit in hardness. Harder than that is negative in my eyes and damages the human soul.

  • There are rumours about an album in which you, Kai and Roland are going to work together. Is it just a rumour or are you thinking about releasing a new album with them the future?

We were talking about it, but it seems to be difficult to get the music together. It's very useless trying to talk me into anything brutal; and they (so far) don't seem to be able to get as excited as I am about music that's NOT giving sh***t about any scene or market or dogma. I would really like to do at least one last thing with Kai Hansen, but it depends on how much he can leave the Metal-Box and finds some joy in something less hard. We'll see.

  • You know very well that rumours come and go so I wanted to ask you to about the possibility to record a new Place Vendome album.

It was supposed to happen just now, but Dennis is busy doing other productions, so I can't tell you if or when. Not this year for sure.

  • Music is culture and no many people have enough money to get all what they want. Now I wanted to ask you about the illegal copies of albums distributed freely in the net. Don’t you think that people who used to buy records will be keep on buying music even though they can get it for free from the internet? And what about the effect caused by the internet in the sales, don’t you think that is the same effect that recordable tapes caused in the 80´s? What do you think about it, Michi?

Some of the music-fans do still support you fortunately, but the majority doesn't. And not having the money for all we want, doesn't justify for getting it illegally. Just because I can't afford a Ferrari doesn't mean I have the right to steal it! And just because you CAN steal the Ferrari of you neighbour doesn't mean you HAVE too. The big problem is the internet and the digital ages. Everybody is connected with everyone now, so it gets spread much more then ever before. Also unfortunately young people don't seem to have much of a social sense left. Most of them don't think farer than their noses are long. So if they can save a bug, they do it, no matter what the effect will be. Even over 70% of the people who enjoy my music today, do steal it and don't support me. As a result future productions of mine are getting more and more questionable. The big label UNIVERSAL is putting their complete catalogue for free downloading in the internet, because people don't buy their CDs anymore anyway! So they give the music for free and show them commercials while they download it! That's how they try to get the money in now! As a result to that it will feel even more normal to people not to ''waste'' money on music-art. So people like me (and smaller labels), who depend on every sold record, will face even harder times now. It's a fact: people don't think music is worth their money anymore, so also music is losing it's quality and true and free music will lose the possibilities to even exist. It's absolutely NOT working anymore with our music-culture. And if I stop producing records someday, there is a 95% possibility that it is because I simply can't afford it anymore. Good productions cost money! But since there's nothing coming in anymore, they must be done cheaper and cheaper, and faster and faster. But I personally always need a lot of time for writing songs, and I am not going to start cheap, weak productions now. But if you as a musician have to work six days a week in a normal job to pay your bills and rent now, you won't have the necessary time and energy left for being a full-hearted musician. And of course your music will suffer from it and sooner or later die. It is a very serious situation, and only a major MORAL change can help. -

  • Finally I want to tell you “Thanks a lot” for letting us do this interview. We really appreciate your work and we feel that you are one of the greatest voices of all the times in the history of rock so please feel free to say some words to everybody who read this interview

There are two simple lines as the essence of what any true music-culture needs to be based on to be able to live. The first is targeted towards the industry, the second towards the music-fan:

1.) - The Industry should never design musicians or music for markets. Instead free artists shall create true music, and than the industry must build markets FOR them.- (Everything else creates false art and culture.)

2.) - If you say you like a band or a musician and want to keep on getting music from them, support them by buying their CDs or you make them disappear soon. -

  • Thanks Michi, We wish you the best. Best regards from Spain. God bless you!!

Same to you my friend!
Michael Kiske

Qualcosa di nuovo da dire PDF Stampa E-mail
Scritto da Stefano Muscariello   
Wednesday 06 September 2006
  • Ciao Michi. Grazie mille per l’intervista. Sono passati tre mesi dalla pubblicazione di KISKE; com’è stato accolto dalla stampa?

 Non lo so, non mi sono interessato ma da quello che ho senito dire sta andando bene. E’ necessario che lo ascoltino persone che hanno cuore e cervello, poi viene recepito bene.

  • Il nuovo album è sufficientemente differente dai precedenti. Hai avuto molto tempo per realizzarlo. Penso che abbia raggiunto un buon risultato e penso sia un po’ più complicato nonostante le canzoni siano melodiche e personali. Sembra che tu abbia voluto trasmetter un senso di rilassatezza e certezza nella direzione musicale. Era questa la tua intenzione?

Non avevo delle particolari intenzioni, è più per piacere. Volevo spezzare i limiti e le barriere mentali ed è venuto così, molto bene.

  • KISKE è il titolo dell’album e sembra quasi una rinascita. Sbaglio?

E’ certamente una nuova fase come musicista. Suona sempre divertente quando lo si dice ma penso di essere cresciuto come persona e come scrittore, e sto ancora crescendo. Questo è il vero motivo per registrare un nuovo album: avere sempre qualcosa di nuovo da dire artisticamente.

  • Il nuovo album è stato realizzato interamente con dei tuoi amici. Quanto è importante registrare dei dischi con degli amici?

Non farò mai niente di diverso. Non farò mai parte di un gruppo dove le persone non hanno un reciproco rispetto. Lo spirito dà qualità alla music, pertanto l’amicizia è fondamentale.

  • Qual è la canzone che rappresenta al meglio l’album?

Ho delle mie preferite, ma è l’album nella sua interezza a piacermi. Trasmette forza e ciò è molto importante per me. E’ emozionante.

  • Perché ”il mondo è triste?”

Il mondo è triste perché ha perso la sua spiritualità. Troppi ricercano i soldi e la ricchezza. Basta vedere Hollywood o le superstar musicali quanto provino duramente a diventare milionari, ma poi leggi le settimane dopo di loro crisi depressive e abuso di alcol e droghe. Ogni cosa sembra buona nella nostra superficiale società, ma questo è solo in superficie; se guardi più profondamente vedrai quanto è corrotta moralmente nel cuore. E’ una storia lunga, che lascia la gioventù da sola. C’è parecchia frustrazione e tristezza che trasforma sé stessi in cose diverse come risentimento, assunzione di droghe, diventare satanismi, ecc. Il mondo è veramente triste perché ha perso chi siamo veramente!

  • In “Sing My Song” sono presenti queste frasi: -Canta la mai canzone E’ difficile prendere parte alla libertà Se lo vuoi fallo stanotte […] Se non lo vuoi Non cantare la mai canzone- E’ rivolta alle persone che si definiscono tue sostenitrici?

E’ rivolta a chiunque voglia forzare la musica secondo il suo ego o che vogliono provare a rendere i musicisti schiavi dei loro orizzonti/limiti musicali. Chiunque remi contro la libertà di espressione musicale non potrà cantare la mia canzone (le mie canzoni). Il significato della nostra cultura è ‘soldi’. Lo spirito della nostra musica odierna (indipendente dal genere) è lucrare. La semplice essenza della musica, quale arte, è vera solo se realizzata in totale libertà come libera espressione della forza e della bontà dell’uomo; è diventata una storpia bugia promozionale. Questa canzone è rivolta a chiunque mi odia per essere stato me stesso e non essere diventato la sua personale puttana.
Ma ci possono ancora essere musicisti coraggiosi per realizzare qualcosa di vero. E’ veramente necessario!

  • Nel forum del tuo sito ufficiale www.michael-kiske.de sei intervenuto con un messaggio dal titolo “Ombre dal passato” dove affermi “NON SONO il tipico musicista che serve il mercato; specialmente non il tipo di mercato falso e nemico dell'arte che è diventato l'Heavy-Metal.” Il mercato Pop/Rock è più libero di quello Metal?

No, non è così semplice! Trovi verità e falsità in tutti gli stili musicali oggigiorno, ma solo il Metal millanta a voce alta di essere vera e pura, ma ha (il più delle volte) esatamente la stessa zoppa morale dell’industria delle schifose “boyband”: gruppi piegati al mercato. Da troppo tempo i metallari non capiscono quale sia la vera musica. Loro pensano che essere antisociali e urlare li renda veri e puri, ma questo è solo una stupida beffa di menti immature. Infatti la scena metal è una delle più limitate mentalmente e delle più distruttive musicalmente sulla terra ai miei occhi. E so di cosa sto parlando. Se permetti a te stesso di essere un po’ più libero e creativo, molti ti odiano e ti chiamano “traditore”. Ma se essere onesti con se stessi significa tradire il Metal, non è che il Metal tradisca sé stesso??? I gruppi che danno alla gente ciò che vogliono e riproducono solo i loro dischi più venduti ricevono recensioni entusiaste, applausi e tutto il resto. Questo non è ciò che penso di cosa sia arte. Anche come Cristiano resto sofferente davanti a tutta questa glorificazione dell’inferno, dei demoni, della morte, della negatività e della brutalità che c’è nel Metal. Ma voglio anche essere onesto nell’affermare che fortunatamente non tutti i metallari sono così. Ci sono anche persone fresche e di mentalità aperta che non ascoltano solo questo genere musicale. E nessuno dovrebbe! Ci renderebbe musicalmente ristretti. Per finire non attacco una scena o uno stile musicale, quella è solo una grossa gabbia nemica dell’arte.

  • Chi è un perfetto sostenitore?

Colui che vuole e si aspetta che il musicista sia vero e esprima sé stesso onestamente e liberamente. E’ la persona che cresce a cui piace ascoltare musica che gli dia forza e renda le persone vere di essere sé stesse. E’ questo il puro significato di una cultura artistica: rendere l’uomo migliore e più forte. E’ questa l’unica possibilità che ha la musica per sopravvivere ed essere vera. La musica falsa e senza cuore ci rende più falsi. E come la musica che ascoltiamo è una bugia, essa ci porta ad essere noi stessi dei bugiardi. L’arte educa più di qualunque altra cosa! Siamo solo maledettamente superficiali oggi! Molti credono alla bugia come confortevole e “accondiscendente verso il consumismo musicale”.

  • Posseggo l’edizione giapponese del disco ed è presente al cover "Mary In The Morning". Come mai questa scelta?

Perché una delle canzoni di Elvis che preferisco da sempre.

  • Cosa fai nel tuo tempo libero?

Studio filosofia e antroposofia e ascolto buona musica. Inoltre guardo film eroici come Braveheart, Kingdom of Heaven, Alexander, the Passion of Christ.

  • Michi, l’intervista è finite. Ti lascio uno spazio per dire qualunque cosa tu desideri, Ciao e grazie ancora per l’intervista.

Se la gente che dice di ascoltare musica non torna indietro sui suoi passi supportando i musicisti comprando i loro dischi solo i ricchi o i gruppi supportati dalle major saranno abilitati a incidere dischi. Gli altri diventeranno dei musicisti per svago e “guerriero del fine settimana”. Se come musicista non riesci a trovare i soldi con la tua musica avrai bisogno di trovare “un lavoro normale” per pagare l’affitto. Ma se lavori sei giorni alla settimana non hai molte energie da dedicare alla musica che tenderà a soffrire e poi morire. Se la gente pensa che la musica non valga i loro soldi essa diventerà sempre più economica e si assottiglierà… cosicché non saranno più possibili grandi produzioni. E le cose buone muoiono sempre per prime! Posso promettervi, come meglio potrò, che mai registrerò album falsi con l’intento di fare soldi, non diventerò “un guerriero del fine settimana”. Faccio musica al 100% o non la faccio proprio. Non voglio iniziare a fare musica frettolosa, economica, con deboli produzioni. Se ancora non raggiungerò sufficienti vendite di CD e supporto degli amici del mio lavoro, prima o poi troverò le persone giuste. I sostenitori della musica devono decidere adesso se vogliono che i loro musicisti possano continuare a fare musica o no. Perché non si lavora a gratis, per quanto si tenti. Solo perché puoi rubare l’auto dei tuoi vicini non significa che debba farlo! Sono realmente interessato a vedere se è possibile raggiungere la consapevolezza delle persone sul problema della cultura musicale, oppure no. Viviamo in tempi stimolanti, non pensate?
Vi auguro tutto il meglio.

Michael Kiske

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