Marian, thank you for this interview. You must know that the questions
I will ask you are from many Italian fans. so this interview will be a
little bit confused and I will ask you many very different questions. Okay,
here is the first question: are you working on a new album?
I'm still thinking about a concept for a new
album and it's not pretty clear what we're going to do. The only thing
is that I'm already working on some new songs but I'm not sure about the
direction of the arrangements ot the kind of music. So there's a lot of
material which I've done in the last couple of months. Hopefully I'll start
working on it in the beginning of the next year, on January maybe. It's
very hard to define which direction it will be. It will be very very different
from what we've done on Salvation. That's for sure.
Okay, let's talk about Salvation: do
you think that the promotion of Salvation would have been better with a
video? Because there's no video.
Promotional activities are basically been
done by the record companies. We have maybe a couple of different opinions
about how to do promotion and we had a lot of discussions about it, because
I think the way the record company is doing the promotion is not very good
for us. But it's always a meddle of money. I mean a video cost a lot of
money, we must understand probably to put one is between 70 - 100 thousand
marks so it's assuredly an investment. I think that a video would help
us to promote because there are VIVA, MTV and so on. But it's a meddle
of dealing with the record company. So may opinion is probably different
from what they think.
Why Wishful thinking was the first
single and not Inside Out or Guardian Angel?
Well I don't know. I mean everybody probably
has his own favourite choice; my Personal choice would have probably been
New Horizons. We already did a quite interesting version of it that could
be a single version. But again, choosing a single is a very difficult thing
to do and there are a lot of people involved. We thought that Wishful thinking
and Flame were actually the most commercial songs on the album, which would
probably be the right introducing to the album.
Has the music of Guardian Angel been
written in the Eighties? A fan has got the feeling that the atmosphere
of the song is like 80's, even if with a 90's sound...
I personally have problems in creating
this kind of sections: 80's, 90's, 70's or whatever... I mean, we started
the band in the 80's and when we still sound like AV it's because we sound
like AV, but not like the 80's. It's just like our musical identity which
makes a point and not any category. We probably would never ever ask the
Rolling Stones or U2 how they do songs. It's their character.
By the way, do you know that U2 love
AV very much?
No, but I love U2 very much, so I think
it's great if it's like that.
Why the title Salvation?
Originally we planned to call the album
Inside Out because it represented one aspect of the album, especially the
lyrics have some very personal point on it and the title of the song quite
fit for it, to that tension. We called it Salvation because we felt so...when
we went to France to write the album, we had no plans, no ideas, no concept
for it, we just went down there and we simply started, we had no demos,
no lyrics, nothing. After we finished the last song fo it we were a kind
of relived and yeah we thought Salvation therefore was a good title for
Talking about titles: the first title
of Guardian Angel was Nightguard. Why did you change it?
Because I had a polemist with a title
like that. because the word nightguard doesn't exist in english, it doesn't
appear in the English dictionnary, so I just was looking for an existing
word which could probably explain the situation of somebody who wakes beside
a bed of a person who's very ill. That's the reason for the change.
About Control. I don't know if you
know Ice MC, it's a singer or a band of technosongs. I think it's an Italian
production. So the keyboard line on Control sounds very similar to "Think
about the way", a song of Ice MC. Maybe you don't know it.
No I don't know it. I mean it'S a very
typical keyboard line. When you play it, you have this follow of chords
and you want to play a rhythmical line, it's almost natural that you get
this ti-ti-ti...there are probably also other similitudes to other songs
in AV songs, you know.
I will send you the song of Ice
Okay, I hope it's a good song
It's a good techno song to do aerobic
or to dance in a discotheque
Okay...why aren't Astral Body
and If the audience is listening on Salvation?
we wrote a selection of songs and Astral
Body and If the audience is listening were not in this session; I wrote
theses songs before we went to France and we just chose songs from the
session we did in France all together, because we wanted to have a selection
of songs which we all wrote together.
Now I can't do without asking
you why Ricky is no more an AV member...
The reason is very simple. I mean, he
lives down there in the south of France. There is his family and he has
his own studio down there. He really prefers to stay at home with his family
and work there and be there. For him it was very hard to manage to go on
tour and to do promotion and to do all this things. so he decided that
Salvation would be his last album with AV. His way gets into different
directions. There was not an argument or something between us. It was just
the way it goes, we were together for quite a couple of years and the time
is over. We're heading for new grounds.
And maybe you will work together again.
Yeah, probably. I can't see any problem
with that, it might will be.
What about the next tour ?
we're rehearsing the band and we're arranging
the stuff. we will concentrate basically on the new material, I mean we'll
also play the old songs, but 3/4 of the show belong to the new material.
And what about some projects fo the
fans? A party or a new fanclub ?
We're just reorganising the whole fanclub.
Actually there won't be any fanclub organised by the band anymore. There
are enough fanclubs around. They're organised by themselves and I'm a strong
believer in decentralising thing. What we're going to do is: we have the
web page which has been organized by Tobias and Monika and we will keep
always contact Tobias and Monika and all the news which we can give out
to both there. We will fly over to Tobias and then he will put it into
the web page. The web page will be our contact to the fans and I'm hoping
that in the near future we'll find a professional merchandiser who's able
to send out all these orderly. No nodus something I wish is normally there
for merchandising. to get out of this cares, what was going on over the
last two years. It's absolute dickens.
Is it true that the album Forever
Young had got some problems or it wasn't released in the East Germany because
of some political reasons?
It was not Forever Young. It was the released,
I think it was in '86 or so, of an album over there which was a compilation
of the first two albums, Forever Young and Afternoons in Utopia. They actually
left out, I think two or three songs because they were not politically
correct for the GDR, which were Summer in Berlin and To Germany with love
for reasons which are obvious.
[F.A.T.s note: we think,
we can also tell you something about this theme. in general the band AV
were no problem politically for the GDR. On the contrary actually AV were
often positive mentioned. We remember their support for Nelson Mandela.
That was good mentioned in Magazines here. And they played often AV in
the radio. AV even were here for a TV show, you know and that was really
something special. Not many bands or artist got this chance. And about
this compilation we can tell you that this kind of compilations were quite
usual for the GDR. It's a difficult subject. If a band release an album
over there in it's never meant this album would be also released in the
GDR. Here we had own music societies, which published own records, mostly
some of Eastgerman musicians. But they also knew people want to have international
records - to get records from Sovjet Union, Hungary and so on was no problem-
but people wanted famous ones. If they wanted press this records they had
to pay for the licence and that was a lot of money. So they spend the money
for compilations which includes all the hits. And that's why this eastgerman
comilation is very rare now 'cause it's limited. But it's right that the
two Songs Summer in Berlin and To Germany with love weren't on the compilation.
They never mentioned Summer in Berlin because of the line of the 17th of
June... that was political incorrect. But we think to remember to have
heard to Germany with love also in EastGerman radio one or two times.]
This is a question of Bertaggia: she's
tranlating the book written by a fan, carola from Freiburg. Maybe you know
that book: she's a fan who falls in love with you and does everything to
Yes, I know that book.
Bertaggia hates this book and she wants
to know your opinion.
I like it because it's been written with
a great sense of humour. There are some statements on AV which are probably
not very positive, but I don't care. At least it's very open, very truthful
and it got this sense of humour which I think it's great. The band assented
anyway . She wrote it from the position as a fan but very critical,in a
more objective level which I think it's great. I like fans which also criticize
the banad and have their own opinions on things, different from opinions
of mine or of Bernhard. It's fantastic. It's also least for an open discussion
about something which makes the whole communication much more interesting.
I love songs like Heaven or Hell or
many songs of Prostitute; not just because of the music but because of
the lyrics. At Salvation some lines are more banal than other lines in
Okay, what's the question ?
Well, the question is...
why AV? why the lyrics of Salvation are
so shitty?? (laughs)
No, no, but...why a return to a style
alike "Forever Young"?
well, I don't know. sometimes it probably
depends on the music. I I depend on the inputs I get. A song is very different
from a poem and maybe especially on Prostitute the lyrics were more like
poems. Here it's just lyrics for some songs. And since lot of the music
on Salvation is a kind of streamline music, the lyrics are a little like
that as well. when I wrote the lyrics, I tried to return to very simple
definitions of things, which I was fascinated with when I wrote the lyrics
for Forever Young. I was very much interested in trivial, banal things
which when you put them into a context can express a lot more than you
probably expected them, when your read them in the first time. The lyrics
on Salvation have much more trivial in it than especially in Protitute,
which is very different, is more like poetry . Salvations marks a return
to songlyrics in a kind of style. I just try to think of a lyrics which
I really find great represents...New Horizons: I like the lyrics very much
and this lyrics are probably the most banal on the whole album. They're
very simple, very short, selfexplaining lines, bit they are communicating
in their simplicity to the music, which is also very big and mighty, but
is very simple and very naive in a way. And I tried to write very naive
lines, because the story you have in New Horizons is maybe the story of
our biography- of three very naive persons and I just tried to reflect
that. And another lyrics I like very much is Guardian Angel.
I like the lyrics of Guardian Angel,
Allright. What are the lyrics you don't
like? Maybe Flame?
Flame! Maybe not the whole song, I'm
just talking about some lines. It's different if a song is all banal, it
can have a meaning inside which is not banal. But maybe a song has just
a line which is banal and you notice just that...
Flame is maybe not a good example for
it. what is a very good example for what I mean is Wishful thinking. The
lines in Whisful thinking sound quite banal, i a way. On the other hand,
there is just one line which changes the meaning of all the other lines
completely and that is the line "Sometimes I wish that you were dead".
And it was probably a mistake to change the title of the song because that
took a little bit away from the edge of the song, lyrically. But this is
exactly what I mean. If you introduce a line like that into a hurt of more
banal sounding lines, you change the meaning of those lines a little bit,
in a way, and it makes them turning around, it takes that in something
else. And that is what I tried to do with the lyrics of Wishful thinking.
it's in a way a lovesong, but it's a quite interesting situation which
the song describes: the situation is about somebody who has left his lover
and now he starts to think that it was probably a mistake to do that. So
the situation is anyway I think it's somehow interesting and very contraddictionary.
especially this song is much more contraddictionary and interesting than
maybe people might think when then don't think too much about the lyrics.
There in this lyrics are many hidden things, many lines between the lines.
Do you think to put together a B-Side-Compilation?
There's so much material agglomerating
over the years and it's so hard to... I mean, I'm constantly working on
music and sometimes I have simply not the time to realize all the projects.
Sometimes I just think "Yes, it's probably the right time to do the remixes
and to do a compilation of B-sides or whatever". And then again there's
something else coming on and sounding more than this interesting and makes
me adding to the tour. AV is a little bit like a bitch, isn't it? and I'm
very sorry for that, but that's the character of the band. It's simply
like that, I have no excuses for that. I still believe that we're going
to do this compilation but I can't tell whenever we will do that.
Next millennium... you had your First
Harvest, maybe you will have a Second harvest. A fan would like to know
which songs would you like to put in your Second harvest.
I'm thinking about a kind of compilation
which features basically songs, probably not the most successfull songs,
but songs which I think are important somehow and belong really to the
very best material we have written or represented. It would be quite interesting
to do a compilation like that. But on the other hand I know that the opinions
about which are the best songs differ so much that I can only offer my
personal taste to it and this probably causes some problems. People would
listen to it and say "why did you do that, why did you choose those songs
for a compilation". It's senseless. This will become a very personal selection
of songs and maybe we'll realize it all together with a compilation of
B-sides. Most of the B-sides I personally like them very much, they are
also quite interesting little pieces of music.
Okay, I think it's all. Thank you so
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