Manni S. - Grave Digger
Grave Digger have had their new,
critically acclaimed, album "Rheingold" out for a while now.
We felt we wanted to ask a few questions to their semi-new axeman Manni
Schmidt about his feelings about the effort as well
as his place in the band now when he is getting warm.
Tommy: You played in Rage between 1988-1993, than you seemingly disappeared from the metalscene totally. What made you take that decision at that time and where you at all involved in any kind of musical activities between Rage-88 and the return in Grave Digger-01?
Tommy: Was the urge to play again so big at the time that Grave Digger just happened to be there for you to join, or was the choice of joining this particular band well thought over and a wish from your side to feel it worth it to jump into the scene again?
Tommy: I did, and many with me I guess, feel a bit sceptic towards how Grave Diggers future guitarwork would sound when the news broke that rifflegend Uwe Lulis left the band. Seeing and hearing how it turned out, I honestly have to say that it turned out better, fresher and more vital than in many years. The Grave Digger trademark - the classic, straight and murderly good riffs - are still present and it feels like like a fresh breeze has been brought into the band. How did you feel about stepping in and trying to carry along the tradition of Grave Diggers style at that point? How does it feel now after 2 succesful albums in your back? Loking back - how has the reaction from the fans been, and from the band?
Tommy: How does the share of the workload look in Grave Digger? Are you all equally involved in the composing, or does the different members stick more to their "area", so to say. Are you mostly presenting loose riffs for others to work on, or are you active in the arrangments too?
Tommy: As a hobby guitarist myself, I just have to ask you how you come up with those killer riffs time after time? Is it a hard process with lots of searching after that "right" feeling and touch , or does it simply just come to you when you sitting in the sofa watching tv?
Tommy: Your guitarwork in Rage especially around the "Trapped" era made those records as brilliant as they are according to me. If you compare your time musically there and the present - what type of metal do you prefer to play: the little more technical, lighter riffs like than, or the straight forward, more heavy riffs like you do now?
Tommy: What is the strongest part of Grave
Diggers music, you think? What specific point makes you sound exactly
like you, and what - if anything- might need a bit improvement in the
future to reach the musical point you are all searching for? Do you consider
yourself having a weak point?
Tommy: Choose one favourite Grave Digger song from the times before your membership, and one from the times after you joined.
Tommy: Can you shortly describe each of the members in the band and what different "roles" you have in the studio,privately and on the road. Is there such a person as "the women's man", "the joker", "the beerdrinker" and so on. Where do you fit in all this?
Tommy: What does the crystal ball reveal for Grave Digger for the nearest future? There are some fall/winter tours coming up, but than ? Does the work on new material begin, or are you taking a short break? Is anything at all planned at this stage, or is it like an empty piece of paper at the moment? If you alone could choose exactly the direction on the music and the lyrics, how would you like to see the next Grave Digger turn out? Where would you like to take it from here?
Tommy: Are you currently involved in any secret sideprojects, either as a musician or working on the side? Any plans of forming something on the side, or is Grave Digger just about enough to fulfill your metalneeds?
Tommy: What do you think about the metalscene in a worldwide perspective Anno 2003, and also locally in Germany? Which established metalband are you holding for the best (apart for the obvious Grave Digger .), and which are the most interesting up and commers according to you?
Tommy: What is your best musical memory so far in your career? And what really special dream do you have that is still waitig to be fulfilled?
Tommy: I thank you very much for participating in this interview and sharing this information and your thoughts with us - these last lines are entirely for you. Any final words you would like to round off with - a tip, a recommendation or a thought for the future?
That was all I had for now, Manni - 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!