Interview D.Witkowski - K.P.

David: What did you do before managing Alphaville? Have you been a manager for other bands?

K.P.: I was a machine fitter, advertising Assistant, Cap Driver, Waiter, Copywriter, Journalist, Photographer, skiing Teacher, Student, PR and Press, Promotion. -I managed Picnic at the Whitehouse. Terrence Trent D'Arby, Ellis Beggs & Howard, Michael Rose, Phillip Boa, Rausch and a few more. And I released and promoted tons of other artists.

How did you come in contact with Alphaville back then?

A mutual friend, Michael Schöbel, a TV promoter, contacted me and proposed to meet the band as they were looking for a new management. That must have been early summer 1991. I went to Berlin. The first meeting took place in Cafe Freiheit. Schöbel took me there. It was lunchtime and we went into the beergarden and there was Gold, sitting by himself behind a huge portion of "Schnitzel". I have the feeling it was clear from the moment we met that we would do something together. Definitely after I had a "Schnitzel" as well. The next day we all met. And in a couple of weeks I had moved basically to Berlin. And Michael Schöbel used to work for me in London some years before and became a friend of the family.

What are your own musical references? Any heroes?

My first recordplayer was one of these early batteries ones. Bluish /grey plastic, eating these big batteries like mad and you couldn't see the player once you had a record playing. The Sound was terrible, especially if you wanted to play the music loud. But for me, being 19 and in the middle of the African bush setting up transmission lines, this player and my collection of around 5 albums was heaven to me. I had "Days of future passed" by The Mody Blues (London Symphonic Orchestra version). Led Zeppelin 111 (The one with the planes), the original "Hair" version, "Battle Hymn of the Broken Harded ord" by South African band "Freedoms Children" and a record by "Jonny Sarpe & The Destroyers", as well from South Africa (and both bands were my first direct contact to the music business). And I had two "Traffic', records I loved. I do have a love for black music in general, was heavily involved in the early Hip Hop and rap activities, in Reggae. Funk; etc. But then again I did Punk; and heavy rock aswell. My taste is extremely wide and I like what I like. In regards to heroes. We all are heroes. Every one of us. I do not need heroes to aim at goal or to adapt an attitude. Stars can not and should not be heroes. No I do not have heroes, but I have respect for achievement. Character and talent.

What are you current involvement in Alphaville/ Gold ?

My greatest involvement can only be the friendship between Marian Gold and my family. And I am advising him if needed and I am looking after his solo projects and I think; we will come up with something.

What are you doing now? -What are you up to?

I am in the middle of setting up the music division of a Young multimedia company. Basically establish a new record label with a certain attitude as part of a synergistic structure involving feature films, TV productions. Computer games and new media projects. On the music side I believe I have a hell of a roster together and if things work out in time we will be off and kickin' early 98.

What exactly happened when you left as a manager for Alphaville?

How should I know, I wasn't there. Seeing from the outside. Not enough.

How is your relationship with Bernd?

No comment.

What is your single best experience with Alphaville?

Meeting Gold.

What is your single most displeasing experience with Alphaville?

When the working relationship stopped.

What are your favourite Alphaville /Gold song?

The ones Gold works on, mainly.

Any funny stories over the years?

Tons!

Could you describe Marian as a person/friend?

Sure. I could

Why do you live in the UK?

As an international promoter working for a German Major London has been a constant centre of my activities. And London is a centre of style and trend and creativity, When I had my own label in Munich and the big CBS in London (now Sony) was interested to sign one of my acts (Picnic at The Whilehouse) I did not think twice, signed the act to them and moved immediately to London becoming the acts manager. In the top part of an old church in Camden had a huge room and a little gasheater, 2 desks and a faxmachine and telephone. Down the road we all lived in one house: the band, the producer. myself, my wife and our one year old daughter and my partner. The former garage had become a recording studio and there we recorded the basis of the album. which a year or so later became a European hit album and generated 3 single hits. By then I had signed another artist to CBS. Terence Trent D'Arby. And I love London and I love England and because this is now my home of my kids who are born/grow -n up here.

Thanks. Take care

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