03.02.2015 20:39 by SERENITY (0 comments)
Yes... I left SERENITY!
I want everyone out there to know some things and maybe understand my reasons a bit better.
When??? I was thinking about it for some time, the last 2-3 years exactly. And I decided to quit SERENITY permanently in 2014.
Why part 1 - family: Some may know that I became father of 2 lovely kids in 2007 and 2010. I married my long year girlfriend Sonja in 2013. I wanted to be at home for them (or at least not thousands of km away from them) as it got clear that they needed me the more the kids grew up. I loved the gigs we played, the tours, the cities we've seen,...
Why part 2 - time & job: As SERENITY is and is likely to stay a pure hobby (disappointingly) all of us needed their full time jobs. And me too... It got almost impossible to find the time SERENITY needed from me. I was able to do the productions, but live got a lot trickier for me over the years. I took most of my holidays just for being on tour. And didn't have the time for family, for myself or something else. So Chris came into the game and I am very thankful for his dedication!!! I created a whole lot of the music you all know. I did the biggest part of all preproductions. I edited, recorded, programmed, created,... many parts and pretty much all records were at least co-produced, co-mixed,... by me. And this took a lot of time - but it was/is my passion and so was very natural to me. The same goes for the websites, the flyers, the work on artworks or t-shirts,... To come to an end... It got very hard for me to keep deadlines, to work every weekend, nights,... next to my full time job and my family. Next to that we had coverbands and stuff. And now I have a full time job, family, my own small business,... Hard to combine with a band producing albums and touring the universe (well - at least Europe ;-))
Why part 2 - music and missing success: As years passed by we or at least I knew that SERENITY was missing momentum. We just couldn't get enough people on our side. As the music got more and more orchestrated, more and more symphonic (a direction I decided to go too) I thought for some time now how to change the overall sound of the band. And with that the whole image. And unfortunately some didn't want to change the one or the other. Somehow it just didn't work anymore. And as I was the one who was working on a lot of the material, I just didn't want to spend my whole time with something I didn't believe in anymore. This does not mean that I don't like our old songs. Definitely not... I am proud of every song, of every album we've created. We did it with passion. And so did I! It was my first child somehow, my baby... I didn't leave easily!
There are many more reasons that I don't want to explain in detail. Just know that everything got trickier with the lineup changes, with Mario leaving the band, with us growing older, having more obligations,...
The future with SERENITY: I told the guys, that if they need me and I am able to manage it, I will be there. Be it for a gig (like Innsbruck last year), or be it for future recordings. But for the moment being, I will not participate in the upcoming songwriting nor preproduction recordings. That's what would take too much time for me currently. I will and still am helping with online stuff too... And again: I don't rule out that one day I have more time left, or some fitting songs on my computer, I could still give those to them or participate a bit more on upcoming albums. If they want me/allow me to of course! But not now...
The future without SERENITY: For years I am thinking about doing something next to SERENITY. As it seems now, this will be my new passion in music. I have a lot of material ready for vocalists/keyboardists to participate. Guitars, blass, drums, melody lines,... a lot is there already! Just needs a bit more time... The songs so far are diverse. Some sound like my typical SERENITY stuff, some are heavier, some are solely acoustic, some are more rock/pop, alternative. I currently don't want to go into any specific direction. This way I hope to get all my love for different kinds of music into this studio project. More on this in the near future...
Last but not least: Thank YOU!!! All our fans who bought our albums, who visited our concerts, who helped us with everything they did for us. Thanks to all fanclubs, all those "extreme" SERENITY fans -- you know who I mean ;-) We all need people like you!!! THANKS!!!
And of course thanks to Mario, Georg, Andi, Fabsi, Chris, Clemi, Siml, Jan, Oli,.... Everyone of the SERENITY team for all those great experiences and the great time on tour, in the studio, in our freetime,... Wish you all the best and I am looking forward seeing some of you soon!
And to clarify once again: I am not angry, not mad, nothing at all. Just needed to change some things in my life. And still... I will contribute some input on upcoming SERENITY albums.