Mat: When and why did you start to play
the guitar in the first place? What were your main idols and sources of
Alex: I started in the age of 14 and my Idols
at this time has been Ritchie Blackmore and Jimi Hendrix. Then, I
saw Randy Roads in a concert with Ozzy
and this was so terrific.
It changed my whole few about guitarplaying. Of course I was also
a huge fan of Eddie van halen, then Georg lynch, John Sykes, Yngwie
I started to play guitar just because I had to
no other choice. I always played on every instrument which was around
..I have a huge musical inspiration.
Mat: How did Silent Force see the lights
of day? Can you briefly tell us of the formation of the band, how you
all met and how it became the present line-up?
Alex: I left Sinner and I decided not to join
Primal Fear by the end of 99. I went to the studio with Achim Köhler
at House of Music and started the recordings. The material was written
during the year 99. I wrote everthing by myself.
After recording all the music I started the search for the RIGHT singer.
At this point I was listening to DC's solo record a lot. So, I said
..:"Why not?" and gave him a call.
6 weeks later we met in my livingroom and started to work on the vocal
lines. Then we got a huge record deal and released the album, went
on tour with Stratovarius. Played with Symphony X
.went to Japan
Mat: As I understand things, DC lives in
the US and the rest of you live in Germany. Does this provide a problem
for the band or has it worked out just fine so far?
Alex: We are all professionells and it is not
a big problem. We rehearse every week, of course without DC, and write
new stuff and hanging together.
Of course we spend a lot of money for travelling
Mat: And then some questions about your
up-coming album. Is the name Line of Attack just a working title or the
final one? Infatuator was also regarding to me much faster, heavier and
even straighter than your debut. Can we expect the same developments taking
place once again or perhaps more/less focus on certain installments? Any
more trilogys etc?
Alex: I came up with "Line of Attack"
because I want to show that we are ready for the next step!
I hope we will keep the name because I really love it and it fits
perfect to the band and the situation.
The music will be even more melodic, faster, straighter and more agressiv
then on the last album.
There will be no "Trilogie" or any concept thing. Just pure
Mat: You've previously produced your albums
yourself, but on your up-coming release Denis Ward is listed as producer.
Will you co-produce with him or have you left that job entirely to Denis?
Mat: Your previous two Silent Force album
covers seem to be connected. Are there any plans to incorporate the new
album cover with the other two in a similiar way? Will it be the same
artist doing the cover again?
Mat: How much time do you invest in the
making of a new studio album?
Mat: It's a known fact that you're frequently
holding quite a lot of workshops around the world lately. Could you tell
us something about what the visitors at such workshops can expect to learn
and see/hear? How do you organize the shops, and what different styles
(if more than one) are you trying to fill the set with?
Alex: They can expect to see/hear how to get
a good sound, how to set up gear, how to perform and to play
and of course I try to give some of my experience to them. It all
depense on the listeners. If they are interested in a musical carrer,
of course I let them know how much this business sucks :)
I don't play many different styles. I do what I can do best
this is Rock.
Of course I also have some very tasty pieces of music where I play
some slow stuff, very melodic.
Ahhh, you got to see it
..just book me for a clinic , ha,ha :)
Mat: I can imagine, and am also aware of,
that many other musicians have to have jobs on the side to get by. How's
this situation with you? Can you live off the music alone?
- Alex: Yes, this
is all I'm doing. Silent Force and worldwide clinics and workshops
fun, right? But belive me
..it is really hard work!!!
It took me 20 years to come to this point. 20 years of fighting!
Mat: Could you tell something of the tour
with Stratovarius and Heavenly. What are your reflections over the tour
with them and how was the response from the fans? Could you consider touring
with them again?
- Alex: The tour was just great and we all became
friends. Fred, the guitarplay from Heavenly moved to Krefeld and we
meet almost every day. With Jörg (Michael), drummer of Stratovarius,
I have dinner sometimes.
Yes, we all became friends. The fans on this tour seemed to love Silent
Force a lot. It was a huge success for us.
We would love to go on tour with them again!!!
Mat: You played at Wacken Open Air 2002.
How was it to play at such a big metal-festival? Have you even planned
any festival gigs for this up-coming summer?
- Alex: Wacken was a bit difficult. I already
explained that a hundred times and
I don't wanna talk
about it anymore. We will not play on any festival this year, because
we will be still in the studio recording the new album.
Mat: Has Infatuator sold well? What countries
seem to have accepted it the most and can you even see if your music is
more popular among certain age-groups?
- Alex: Infatuator was a good seller. The best
sales are in Germany, Japan, France and USA.
About the age? Well, that depends on the country. In Spain, the Metal
fans are much younger then in Germany. In Spain you have 14, 15, 16
years old kids in the crowd
..in Germany don't.
Mat: How does it look on the solo-career
front at the present time? How many members are currently involved in
a project on the side besides you? Are there any such albums due for release
- Alex: First of all, Silent Force is a full
time job and we are a hard working BAND.
There is not much going on besides Silent Force. I wrote some songs
for a project, "Missa Mercuria" and that's it. DC will do
his next solo record after "Line of Attack".
We are focused on our baby
Mat: What do you think are the main reasons
behind the success of Silent Force? What makes you stand out among the
- Alex: Well, we just follow our hearts. And,
we are a very good live band and we love to be on stage. People can
see and feel this!
Nowaday, I miss musicians with "Charisma" and I think that
we are a charismatic band ..in some way :)
Mat: How would you describe the other members
personalities? Does the band have someone who's for instance the prankster,
the ladiesman etc?
- Alex: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh
Jürgen is Mc Gyver. Give him a pen and he fixes everything. And,
he was a huge ladykiller. Now, he is very happy with his new girlfriend
Torsten is the finacial guy. If you ever forget to give him money back
Andre is just an animal, in every case
DC is the very practical guy. He gives you a different view of things
Hmm, I try to have my things together.
Mat: How do the plans look for - let's
say - the next 3 years? Where do you think Silent Force is standing at
that point, and what do you hope to have accomplished by then? Are there
any special dreams that you want to see fulfilled or perhaps some cooperation
with some special band or artist?
Mat: And before we end this interview some
Stay at home or go on tour?
-Go on tour
Ice cold beer or a room-tempered red wine?
Live album? Can we expect one from you some
Extraordinary album releases during the 90's?
-To many to mention
Never will I return to this vacation resort
The Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones?
Favourite guitarbrand? Both accoustic and
-ESP, Siggi Guitars and Godin
Open air or indoor gigs?
Record in the studio or play live?
Calzone or a burger?
Ever played in Sweden?
.and I hate that fact
Mat: And finally - any words of wisdom or
funny facts about the nearest future
you want to share with the readers?
That was all I had for now, Alex - the staff at metalcovenant.com
wish you all the very best for the future, and we sincerely want to thank
you for keeping the spirit of Metal alive!
- Thanks! And I want to thank you for keeping
the Metal Flame alive and giving me the opportunity to give this interview.