14.06.2015 14:25 by SERENITY (0 comments)
Serenity Germany Official Fanpage did an awesome interview with Georg and Fabio on the Delain Mini tour in Telfs, March 21st 2015.
Interview with Georg Neuhauser & Fabio D'Amore
Part I (English version)
Translated by Marie-Kristin Kannler, proofread by Petra Veit
Find the German version here: German version
Telfs, March 21st 2015
Serenity Germany Official had
the opportunity to meet Georg Neuhauser and Fabio D’Amore for an interview on
their last tour in Telfs. The interview turned out to be longer than expected
(Thanks for the endurance and patience of Georg and Fabio), so we decided to
split it into two parts. So, you can look forward to the sequel in a couple of
At this point I would like to thank everyone involved, especially Georg and Fabio for this lengthy interview.
And now, I wish you lots of fun reading it!
Hello Georg, hello Fabio,
first of all thank you for taking time to do this interview.
Georg: My pleasure! :)
Serenity Germany Official: After the grave changes within the band recently, I take it the fans are relieved to be able to see you on tour again …
Georg: We hope so … (laughs)
SGO: I’m sure of it. Your profound article ”TIMES OF CHANGES - back to the roots“ - as you would call it, Georg, made an impact, I believe. Right?
Georg: Yep …, of course it didn’t make a deep impact. On the bottom line the changes aren’t so huge, as some might believe. Serenity was founded as a male fronted band, we have created and promoted our first three CDs as a male fronted band - of course we had duets with women on the second CD, but still … I mean, look at other bands, where this has been done for years, there were on-again / off-again guest vocalists, but that doesn’t change the entire orientation.
It just happened with Clemi, that we said: Okay, we always need a female attendance for the duets on tour anyway, let’s make her position fixed, but in the end that didn’t work out the way we hoped. Not on a personal level, but she just wished for more influence and that was complicated for us, because we wrote the stuff. And once you’re used to something, e.g. when I write vocal lines, I don’t debate whether this is singable for a woman or not, but rather if the vocal line is good or not. And that’s when it became difficult to modify, and she herself gave little input. There was just too little time for her to work herself into the things, and that’s when we simply said: „Na, das passt net, besser so!“ (Austrian: „Nope, that ain’t working, this is better!“) … Therefore I believe, it isn’t such a big step.
It certainly is a bigger step, that Tom, our guitarist, is not present anymore, because he was the main songwriter together with me and at the beginning with Mario as well. Therefore this was certainly a bigger intervention, than e.g. that Clemi is no longer a fixed band member.
We will continue to have women live on stage, of course, otherwise we couldn’t play those songs anymore, but I believe, it is nice to see different women on stage and not always the same one.
SGO: The opinions about Clémentine’s departure were divided, the majority of the fans welcomed the decision, because especially your longtime fans see you as a male band. That’s my opinion as well, by the way. I like it, when you are accompanied by a woman and Clémentine is surely a great singer, but the focus should still be on you.
Fabio: We tried the combination of male fronted band with a female integrated singer on „War Of Ages“ and it work pretty well on the two European tours, but as Georg already said, we see the band as a male fronted band and we like to have only guests in the future, just for the old songs and maybe for the new songs as well - but this band was established as a male fronted band and it should stay a male fronted band. I don’t know how the fans will think about this in the future, but I think, that this is the best solution for everybody.
SGO: Clémentine’s part was never really big. She was either singing a duet with you or not singing at all. She never had her own songs. Her job was never more than that of a guest vocalist. It is understandable, that it was not demanding enough for her.
Georg: Yes, that was absolutely understandable - no problem.
SGO: Tasha has joined you on your tour a couple of times already as a guest vocalist and she is back again. Will she be joining you more often or do you prefer to have different guest vocalists?
Georg: Well, most likely there will be different
women joining us on tour. Simply because of the temporary availability of each
person. If you think about it, Tasha e.g. has played 80 gigs this year alone -
and the year is still young - because she really lives on music. She is the
only one of us who doesn’t do anything else but sing, that means she has no
studio or something like that. Fabio for example lives on his studio and the
live performances, but his principal source of income is still his studio. And
Natasha has nothing like that, but is a real singer. And while I am teaching at
the university or working as a teacher at a high school, she calls singing her
job and that’s the reason why it will be difficult to always take her with us,
especially when the tour will take three weeks, and we can’t pay her because we
are a supporting act. I can say, okay my income will still be paid because this
will be my vacation time, but that’s not the case with her.
SGO: Tough topic, right?
Georg: Yes - hence, there will be different people joining us. Of course, Tasha will be there as often as possible, because it just makes sense. First of all, she is from the local area …
SGO: And the fans like her a lot already.
Georg: Yes and she also fits really well on a personal level.
SGO: That’s true. I had the chance to meet her personally and I think she fits really well on a personal level as well as on the stage. That is very important, because you can feel this as a fan as well. You are an amazing team up there.
Georg: Thank you!
SGO: What the fans are very interested in, is the topic Tour! You are currently working on a new album, which means you don’t have much time to be on tour. However, there will be some concerts this year - you were in Brno, and now there is a small tour with Delain coming up on your tour calendar, in May there will be a concert with Blind Guardian in Berlin, Germany and in December you will perform at the Christmas Bash in Geiselwind, Germany - are there others coming up or are you working to full capacity?
Fabio: Yes, there are further tour plans - individual shows in the summer and we might be able to take part in another tour before we release our new CD, but that’s not sure yet.
Georg: We are currently negotiating with a bigger band regarding a tour support, but we can’t say anything, because we don’t have a valid confirmation or exact information regarding this, we only know, that the band would like to have us, but there is a relevant financial aspect to it, because a 4 week tour is unbelievably expensive.
Just this Nightliner (tour bus), in which we are sitting right now, costs € 1.000,- per day - no matter if it is being moved or standing still, you have to calculate the € 1.000,-. And that has to be paid by someone and that’s where the problem lies.
What we can say so far, because it will take a while, until this interview will be online - we are going to make an official announcement, that we will play as a direct support for Sabaton on the Sabaton Open Air on 24th July in Switzerland. That’s a big thing, because there will be a couple of thousand people in front of the stage - and it was really great that the management of Sabaton asked us directly and wanted us for this exact slot. That’s a major honor for us. And we have another date, we will be a support for Powerwolf in a show in Salzburg, Austria, who have became really big in the meantime, where we received the according reception.And we are planning a lot for 2016 already - so we are in contact with several promoters from abroad and I mean really far away, that means Asia and America.