Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hello my friend, hi everybody. Thanks for your support and for the interview. I think it's great when you have the passion to make an underground metal zine, so props to you my friend. We are Liquid Steel, a Heavy Metal (or Nwothm if you like) band from Innsbruck, Austria. We've been active since 2009 and we have released two full length albums, namely Fire In the Sky (2014) and Midnight Chaser (2016) so far. At the moment we're writing some new songs and we're trying to put a Metal Festival together. So, we're busy you see, but that's the way we like it. What does the band name mean and how did you get it? The Band's name has no deeper meaning. Pippo, our former drummer, suggested it and it just felt right. Then we wrote a song about Terminator and the rest is hisory, as they say ;-) Where and how was the band founded? The band was founded in Innsbruck in 2009 by Julius Jazzer, our former drummer Pippo and myself. We wanted to play some Metal and got together to rehearse some songs that we thought would be fun. Pippo, Julle and I knew each other already, so the idea was to play some cover tunes that not too many bands played at that time, like Diamond Head, Blitzkrieg or Hammerfall. Fun times. What do you wanna play? Errrm... lets play some Purple! Ok, lets give it a go. Have you played in other bands before? Yes, we all have. Julle and Pippo had released two full lengths with their former band Tone, before we started. They were a great live band, you know? I played in a cover's band and so did the other guys. Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Julle and I definitely knew what we wanted musically. But as you said, there's more to it, than just the musical side. Let me put it that way, some people are really good musicians but they can't deal with everything that comes with playing in a band. So, to cut a long story short, we feel that we have found the right people for this band and we're very happy about it. I just couldn't imagine going onstage if the chemnistry within the band didn't work, that would just seem weird to me. What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? I'm the one to blame for the lyrics ;-) On our latest record I have tried to vary the lyrics a little bit .The lyrics have to fit the song first. Most of the time I come up with the chorus and then I'll build the song around it. So, every song is different, really. A song like Kingdom of Silence is about standing up for your rights and being heard. Sometimes you cannot be loud in a kingdom of silence, but be sure that your voices, your protests, will be heard, no matter how hard it is. On the other hand a song like Midnight Chaser is about what we most love doing. We love playing live and we are very thankful for the support we get from our fans. So, that is a song dedicated to all of you. Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? That's an interesting question. How would I describe our music to someone who has never heard us before? Hmm... I find it quite hard to describe music honestly, because music is supposed to be heard, right? Sounds like Spinal Tap? Well, maybe, but I'm afraid I don't have a fitting answer... What about old school Heavy Metal with melodic vocals and twin guitars? Sounds about right? Alright, there you have it :)As far as bands that inspired us.... Well, we all grew up on the same music, more or less. But apart from the Maidens and Metallicas and so on, we all really like new bands like Skull Fist, Striker, Ambush, Stallion, Enforcer and so on. Obviously there's a ton more bands to be menioned, but that would go beyond the scope, I'm afraid. Why should people listen to our music? If you like old school heavy metal in the vein of the Nwothm (=New wave of traditional heavy metal, if you have no clue what I'm talking about, check out their youtube channel, you can check out wicked new bands almost every week) check us out and if you like us, buy our album and if you don't like us, also buy our album, because we need the money. Seriously, we do. Give us your dough! How long did the completion of Midnight Chaser take and who was helpful to the side ? Phew.... probably a couple of months, if you don't consider the songwriting. Because obviously the songwriting takes most of the time. So, yeah. The album was recorded between March and May 2016 at Studio Hundert by producer Jay Hundert. We had a great time creating and recording the album and Jay is a great guy and definitely knows what he's doing. There were one or two minor changes during the pre- production, but that is, because we were very well prepared and so, we didn't have to change around too much really. We're very proud of the album and the reactions only show us that it was very well received, so yeah, we must have done something right I expose ;-) Midnight Chaser was released in 2016. are there already new songs and when can we expect a new album? Yes, there are new songs and we're constantly working on new songs but don't expect a release anytime soon. This time, we really want to elaborate on the songs. We will release an album when it's ready. We have a couple of songs we're really excited about and we can't wait to record them properly, but as of now it's too early to talk about a release. What was your first concert as a fan? and what memory do you have of it? My first (big) metal concert was Iron Maiden on the Dance of Death Tour in 2003. I was completely knocked sideways, because I've never seen anything like that in my life. Everything was pitch perfect and I was really stirred. I have very fond memories of that concert in Munich and I still try to catch Maiden on every tour ever since. What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? I am going to mention 3 personal highlights for me. One was Bavarian Metalheadz Open Air 2016 with so many great bands, I can't even mention them all. The Festival is just perfect, the people there are great and the whole atmosphere of the festival is simply amazing. Another one, for me personally ,would be the Trveheim festival, also, what a great festival, what a line up. We were truly honoured to be part of that awesome festival and we will cherish those memories forever. We love those guys that run it- pure metal passion! The audience went berserk from the moment we hit the stage in the late afternoon- it was insane. Another for me, was supporting one of my alltime favourite bands, Iced Earth, at Komma Wörgl, here in Tyrol. That was an absolute blast and honour for us. Close to sold out gig on a Tuesday, lots of friends there, the crowd was great on that evening, let alone playing volleyball at 2AM with the IE guys... Can someone actually pinch me? Haha, great memories! Have already resulted in friendship ? Yeah, we're friends with lots of bands. I will take this opportunity and say hi to some of our friends: Into The Tempest, Die ANALpabeten, Roadwolf, Diamond Falcon Küenring, Demon's Dream, Mind Patrol, High Heeler, Silius, Skullwinx, Scavanger, Sign of the Jackal, Insanity Alert, Wildhunt, Lost Dreams, The Tract, Sarcasm Syndrom, Triumphant, Transylvania, Hammer King, the list goes on and on.... If you'd like to play live and if you would like to ? Don't understand this question, sorry ;-) If you mean who would we like to play live with, the answer is not any particular band but any band that would help to spread our name in a positive way, how does that sound? What do you think about the Austrian scene in general? It's ok, you know. We have a very good underground metal scene and that's what it's all about as far as I'm concerned. There are some great bands in every metal genre and that is great. So, the Austrian scene is alive and well. People go to live concerts and support the bands. I don't like all the whining and all the bitching. It could be a lot worse and you know what? We can all do something to make it good, you know? If you want to support something just do it! It's up to you. Why do you think in the Austrian media hard rock or heavy metal, regardless of whether national or international almost not considered ? I think it is to a certain extent and that's fine. But as far as heavy metal goes, it just isn't mainstream music, unless you're talking about Bon Jovi or all that. So, I'm fine with it not being considered too much, because it doesn't belong to the mainstream as far as I'm concerned. I'd rather go to a concert where you have a hundret of dedicated metalheads going bersek, than go to a concert where half the audience is just there, because it's fancy to go to that particular gig. So, I'm totally cool with that. With what do you earn your money except with the music? Hahaha, that's a good one. We all have regular day time jobs in order to finance our hobby. So, I'm a teacher, for instance, as well as Martin, our drummer. Fred is a nurse and Julle and Monte are computer technicians. How important are social media for you as a band? They are very important, no doubt about it. What would you want to achieve with the band? It would be nice if people remember us and go, we like this or that song or we like that album.... We don't want to be rich and famous, we just want to play our music wherever we can, meet new people and have a great fucking time, how about that? Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Yeah, definitely, see question above ;-) PERSONAL QUESTIONS ! Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? Oh, wow. Well, I grew up in a small village in the mountains of Osttirol and I had a pretty normal childhood, I guess. Playing in the woods with my brother and my cousin are some very fond memories I have. We stayed out a lot and we'd come up with all kinds of crazy ideas. One of them was building a wooden chariot, which we would put on our bikes and going downhill with my little brother at the back. We gave him a helmet, so I guess that's ok. Looking back, I grew up in a sheltered home and my parents were and still are great. How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I was always very shy and I still am acually. I wouldn't say I was a very good student, I studied for those classes I liked, which is normal, I guess. I was definitely not a break clown- I tried to keep away from trouble, although it didn't quite work all the time- lol! How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? My parents were always great. They fully supported my musical intentions and my mum send me to guitar class. They were receptive and gave me their full support, so I thank them for that and I'm happy they still do.  Every now and then they even make it to the show, which means a lot to me. Are you successful in making music as a musician? Define success. We don't make any money, ok? Success can be defined on many levels. Success for me means playing our music to people we like, we have the privilege to playing festivals and choosing to play gigs that we like, we can play our own songs, meet new people and do what we love doing- that for me is success. Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I like both. I find that duality on many levels in my life. But if I had to decide I prefer to relax in the nature rather than being in a shopping centre. Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I do some jogging and I like hiking. In winter I like cross country skiing, which is a great sport. I wouldn't call myself a sportsman, but I like watching a good game of football, but my favourite sport is the good old Hockey game.  When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you ? I am a decent cook and I love Mediterranean and Italian cousine especially, but I also love some traditional Tyrolean dishes like Schlipfkrapfen or Tiroler Knödel. If I had to cook something for you, I'd probably go for pasta, because you can never go wrong with pasta. I am lucky though that my wife is a great cook too :) What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? I feel blessed and honoured that I get nothing but support from my friends, working colleagues and from my family and wife especially, so thank you for that. Music is my passion and it always will be. Lots of love. How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? You know what? I just blank them out. If I have an opinion about something, I don't want to let it get me down by negative comments and so on, so, I don't care. I don't know if you read and so on, but some of the comments are really bad. In my opinion, if I don't like a band, I don't even read the report in the first place and secondly, why would I even take the time to comment on something that I apparantly don't care? It does not make any sense to me. So, no, I don't care. I cut them out. What do you think about the internet in general? A blessing or a curse? Both. What would you personally like to do in your life? I am happy chap. I like things the way they are. I have a wonderful family and a little, healthy man at home which is the best thing that ever happened to me, my wife supports what I do and I love her. I like my job and so, I don't know what will happen in the future, let's see. Which question would you like to have answered and why? Don't know, there were some good question here, so, I liked the interview so far. Tyrol Tyrol is home and home is where your heart is. My heart belongs to the mountains and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Austria I am from Austriaaaaa Kaspressknödel yummy Iron Maiden or Judas Priest Iron Maiden Metallica or Megadeth Metallica Soccer or Ski that's a hard one, I'd say soccer Arnold Schwazenegger I love Arnold, I really do. I like most of his films (Conan anyone?) and he is just an inspiration. I think what he's doing right now in the environmental section is just worth admiring. He's our Austrian hero. Family I love my little family. It's the best thing that ever happened to me. Manowar or Motörhead Motörhead Beer We love beer. We actually even created our own Liquid Steel brew. No shit. Movie or Series Movies. Your top 10 all time faves and your top 5 in time ! Top 10, albums right off the bat 1. Iron Maiden – Brave New World 2. Judas Priest – British Steel 3. Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell 4. Ac/Dc – Dirty deeds done dirt cheap 5. Motörhead - 1916 6. Ramones – Rocket to Russia 7. Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous 8. Led Zeppelin - IV 9. Metallica – Kill em all 10. Manowar – Hail to England Top 5 at the moment, right off the bat: 1. Hamerking – Poseidon will carry us home 2. Blackslash – Lightning strikes again 3. Gatekeeper – East of sun 4. Sign of the Jackal – Breaking the spell 5. Night Demon – Live Darkness The closing word is yours? Thank you for our longest interview ever. We hope to hear from you soon. Take care and all the best with you metal online zine. I'm sure you will do a great job and to all the readers out there, stay metal and do whatever makes you happy. Keep it real \m/
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