Interview with Marian Gold in Kühlungsborn 29.07.1999

Hello I'm Alexandra and also an editor of a school-magazine. I knew I would go to the Fan-camping :in Kühlungsborn so I tried to get an interview with Marian which you can read now. Unfortunately there were some technical problems so I had to write it down from my mind.
Alex: Your commercial success was from 'S4-'R6. Do you miss this time?
Marian: The success?
A: No in general.
M: No. I don't really miss this time. I always look to the future and I try not to think about the past with sentimentality. There were always high and low times and we still have many nice moments. Additionally it is fine to go out without beeing recognized and Berlin is perfect in this case.
A: Did you finish your art-study_ and do you still paint? 
M: Painting that's a problem. I think. I'm talented but there not much time therefore the training is missing and I'm not good. From time to time I draw a little bit but to be really good you have to do it permanently.
A: Do you listen to your own music at home?
M: Not really. Only when I do some Remixes. There are some songs. I haven't heard for a long time.
A: Tell me your thoughts when you signed your first autograph. 
M: I can exactly remember this. I was in Münster. in front. of a hotel. There stood some people who wanted autographs. We had just printed some autograph- cards. The fans had only expected a signature, but we always wrote down all sorts of things. It was quite strange because I've been a great fan of music myself.
A: How do you think about the lyrics Forever Young”, “Blauer Engel” or even “Montego Bay' in these days '?
M: I still think “Montego Bay” is very good. “Forever Young” is satirical for me today. The German lyrics I like very much in any way. In the early days we had half of German and half of English lyrics an" we had to decide if to record a mixed album or not. at last we kept the English lyrics. Additionally it is really hard to translate the German lyrics.
Of course there are songs I don't like anymore. “Universal Daddy” for example today I think it is·completly inartistic. 
A: Vice versa it is partly the same. “In Bubblegum” for example it is really hard to translate.
M: These are the words of Janey Diamond. Her lyrics are really fantastic at all. Every time I read a poem from her a melody joins in and I just write the song in my head. In the early 90s I wrote a musical, which was never published. “Pandora's Lullaby”, for example is a part of it. Well, perhaps I'll finish it sometime.
A: You're often on tour abroad: Do you realize differences between the audience of the individual countries?
M: That's hard to say it depends mainly upon the mentality of the country and which song is where known. In America for example “Sounds Like A 
 Melody” wasn't. published ,as a single. As we played it there, it seemed to me like the first time we played it in Germany. It was a strange feeling.
A: How where the concerts in Salt Lake City?
M: Great. We were 3 Days in S. L. C., on the first day we at a garden-party. It. was more an experimental concert. On the second and third day the audience consisted of about 4000 people. For the sake of a photosession we drove to an arid saltlake. It had rained and the around was covered with water. Perhaps 1 cm and because the light effects it looked really fascinating. They drove me with a Jeep about 150m on the saltlake. It seemed as if I had been standing on the ocean, although it was only a thin layer of water.
A: What do you think of fans in general?
M: Fans are really important for us we live from them. Additionally I've been more a ean as a musician. I also have to say we really have great fans very faithful. And when there is no great success you depend on these fans.
A: What’s your opinion about the current political situation of Germany and what would you change?
(In that moment K.P. pushed to finish)
M: He's nervous again:
I think at the moment there are only dilettants in the government. Of course there are people with good ideas like Schilly or Fischer but it is hard to realize them. Great problems like unemployment are not to overcome in a short period but I think that perhaps we will see results in two years. In this respect I'm quite optimistic.
A: You have three words to describe yourself.
M: Well...Daddy. At the moment there is nothing else. That occupies me exclusive.
(While this answer you were able to observe how Marian’s eyes started to shine)
A: You have the possibility to change something in your life. What would it be?
M: Well perhaps that I'm not always so impulsive...and that I'd reflect more before I say something.
A: What would you do if you’ld experience that you're AIDS-infected?
M: That's really hard to say. I think you can't really imagine this situation. I often thought. about it 'cause many friends of me died of AIDS. “Nightguard” for example, is about this. These people absolutely need help and mustn't be excluded because of any prejudices.
A: Peter Heppner gave a really nice answer to this question: hope fight resign die.
M: That's really a good answer and I didn't expect something different. I never met him but he is one of the German musicians, I really admire.
A: Thank you for this interview.


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