When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkle, the first time I ever hear Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I looked at music, what it could sound like, how it could make me feel? What have been your musical epiphany moments?
Random things, really: Discovering I really like music with the Rocky Horror Picture Soundtrack and "New Boots and Panties" of Ian Dury and playing air drums to it on the sofa at age 4. Discovering how music can be psychedelic and what a thrilling experience that is when listening to a tape of Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland on headphones in bed at night, age 13. Discovering I can get into a music and really dig it where I didn`t get it before when I just find a "key-song" - with Victim`s Family at age 16, again with Shuggie Otis a few years ago. Discovering the thing I`ve really been looking for with Monster Magnet in 1990 and Kyuss in 1994
Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?
In songwriting, how do you bring the song together? What do you look for in terms of complexity? Simplicity? Time changes?
Nothing at all of that - it just has to make absolutely sense musically and express the idea (i.e. riff, melody whatever) the best way possible for us or better to say visible for us at the time.
Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?
That`s a hard issue - I often struggle with it and I`m always looking for input to get me motivated for concentrating and letting loose at once and start real playing that way, get into real musicality. To achieve the later the search for spiritual improvement or even enlightenment is an inevitable source. Otherwise any record or song I hear that really grabs me (unfortunately those are becoming rare over the years, the more music I heard the less really grabs me - sad...) - mostly from different musical directions than any kind of Hard Rock (recently the music of Moondog, 60`s soul, roots music, jazz, classical music and so on) - also books, sometimes even trivia leads to some philosophic insights, news, a good TV-documentary or a good movie...I try to seize the whole world to distill a little lucid moment....
Genre's are so misleading and such a way to pigeonhole bands. Without resorting to labels, how would you describe your music?
Oh no, that`s not my job - I pay a promo agency to do that for me! (laughs) For me it`s just the music we can play with our means - it comes from everywhere and through the way of our playing and the instruments we have, and the sounds we like, it turns into what is Colour Haze. Call it Stoner rock.
What is you musical intention? What are you trying to express or get your audience to feel?
Well, hmm, let`s start like this: for me there are two basic views in art. One through a window and the other one in a mirror. The later reflects issues of the time going on or personal issues, and the first is to try to make transcendence visible, try to get to the real thing behind instead filtered and transformed personal views.
The business of music is a brutal place. Changes in technology have made it easier than ever for bands to get their music out, but harder than ever to make a living? What are your plans to move the band forward? How do you stay motivated in this brutal business?
Describe to us the ideal (realistic) record label and how you'd work with them, and they with you.
Do you have a particular sound in your head that you try to bring out? Or is the creation process random and spontaneous? Or both, or neither?
About the actual sound of our band, guitar, bass or drums: yes, we had and we already found out how to produce it.
Where do you see you and your music going in ten years?
Can`t say. The aim is to get better in terms of necessity and musicality, to get closer to the essence and really create something essential - music that is worth listening to, adds something to the world, and is not just the 10th reissue of so-so. Developing taste and knowledge for sure helps. But in the end you can`t force this and it`s hard to keep up the spontaneity needed. We always fail.
What makes a great song? Who living right now writes great songs?
Puh, If I`d know that I`d write one. A lot of artists still living wrote great songs back in their days but don`t do anymorels. Also an issue I struggle with, and am afraid of, is this kind of losing ones antennas... - but anyway there is more great new music around today then anytime before I think. It`s just so hidden. But it must be there, we are more people and more people have the means to make music.
Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?
Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?
What's the best record store in your town?
Stephan, great having you with us. It's time for us to go out and get that beer now. . .