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Revolution - The band released Rocket Ride earlier this year and
received very good reviews by the press as well the fans. Do you
think that your music already evolved all or there more space
for the music to grow?
Jens Ludwig - Of
course there’s much more space for the music to grow! I
mean we could stop making music if we knew that this is all we
can reach, musically. I think it’s a natural process: We
always try not to repeat ourselves and try out different stuff.
That keeps it interesting for us as musicians and for the fans
as well. It would be boring to release the same album over and
over again and just exchange the song titles, wouldn’t it!?
Metal Revolution - In Hellfire
Club the band approached a more Hard Rock kind of sound; Rocket
Ride has the same kind of sound, but with some new modern influences.
Power metal is a part of Edguy's plans? Or can we expect this
mix with rhythms and influences?
Jens - I don’t
know. We didn’t start songwriting yet for the next album,
so I’m not sure where the journey goes.
We never plan how the songs should sound like, the only aim that
we have is that we are satisfied with the songs. We still consider
us to be a power metal band, but it’s always interesting
to include new elements in your music, as long as you don’t
change your style completely and everyone can still hear that
Metal Revolution - What can
you say is the aspect that Edguy most evolved?
Jens - It’s hard to tell such things about yourself
‘cause everybody got a different point of view. But I think
it’s just the fact that everything still sounds like Edguy
even if we included some new elements. Many bands tried this before
and when the album comes out it finally sounds like a complete
think it’s a very important part to work on the songs together
in the rehersing room before
we enter the studio. If the songs sound good in th rehersing room
we can be sure that
they’ll work live as well. In a studio you have a lot of
technical help, effects, big choirs,
many tracks, but in the rehersing room it’s just five musicians
playing the songs." -
Metal Revolution - Edguy
recorded a DVD here in Brazil on the last time you where here,
and we all know how that worked out 'cause of the various technical
issues. What made the band recorded this tour?
Jens - Well, as you just mentioned: the last try didn’t
work out so well. We have definitely no luck when it comes to
record a DVD. Last time in Sao Paulo was the best try so far and
I don’t need to talk about the fantastic fans in South America
and the atmosphere. The parts we could use from the last try in
Brazil looks really great, so we thought we just give it another
Metal Revolution - Can we
expect some sort of surprise in the set list because you are going
to be filming for a live DVD? Maybe some special guests?
Jens - If I would tell it wouldn’t be a surprise
anymore. But seriously I don’t think that there will be
too many surprises, except maybe some announcements from Tobias,
but that’s again no surprise.
Metal Revolution - Everybody
knows about your friendship with Andre Matos. Your love relationship
with Brazil is due to that friendship? Here is going to participate
in this year recording, like happened in 2004?
Jens - It’s not the only reason to love Brazil.
The people are very nice, the food is great and the weather is
most of the time much better that in Germany. I don’t know
if he’ll be around when we play in Sao Paulo, but if he’s
there, why not.
Revolution - Which Brazilian bands, beside Angra, Shaaman
e Sepultura do you guys know?
Jens - Well, that’s almost everything I know.
Besides that I know Viper, but Brazil is just too far away
keeping an eye on the national metal scene there.
Revolution - Some rumors are floating around saying that
you recorded a cover for the classic "Cum On Feel The
Noise", is that true? If it is, will be released in
a single or the next studio album?
Jens - Yes, it’s true, but I don’t
know if or when it will be released. We just recorded the
song for fun and then didn’t know what to do with
it. I guess I can say that it won’t become a single,
but maybe a bonus track on one of the next releases, who
Revolution - Lets talk about the creation... how is Edguy's
process to create music? Do you work first on the lyrics
or the music?
Jens - It depends. Sometimes Tobi got some lyrics
first and sometimes the music’s there first. But in
general you can divide it into two parts: The first one
is collecting Ideas for songs which happen all the time.
In the tourbus, hotel rooms, at home, while sitting on the
toilet, etc. And the second part is to make songs out of
the ideas. This happens with all the band in the rehersing
room. I think it’s a very important part to work on
the songs together in the rehersing room before we enter
the studio. If the songs sound good in th rehersing room
we can be sure that they’ll work live as well. In
a studio you have a lot of technical help, effects, big
choirs, many tracks, but in the rehersing room it’s
just five musicians playing the songs.
Revolution - Power Metal is known for the famous kind of
writing, I mean, the lyrics often talk about medieval tales,
hard rock is a different approach. You approach both sides.
Which one do you like best and what is
your opinion about that?
Jens - My personal opinion on that is that if there
are lyrics about medieval tales they should have a deeper
meaning, or mean they should have a message you can also
understand in the present. It’s not just about killing
dragons. But what I really like on most "hard rock
lyrics" is the positive attitude. They sing about having
fun, party’s and enjoying their lives and that fits
pretty well to my personal attitude. I think it’s
great that Edguy can sing about everything and is not limited
because none is always sad, always happy or killing dragons
all the time. Music has to deal with emotions and they’re
not the same all the time.
- A rock band always has fame and status in the society, bands
always seems to serve as a example to the fans. Some people
start to play an instrument just by listening to your songs.
What do you think about
Jens - It’s a good feeling if people feel inspired
by something I do, but it’s much more important for everybody
to build up his own opinion. Besides entertaining people with
our music the only message we have for the fans is to think
- Do you guy's rehearsal before going on tour?
Jens - Yes, of course! Well, to be honest for this
year’s tour in South America we just rehearsed one time,
but we already played about 50 shows this year, so everybody
in the band should know the songs.
- Some questions about the past now... it has been said that
the first demo tape, was your only chance to bet on your careers.
How was that? Did you save money and recorded? Or did you have
some kind of
support by family members?
Jens - Actually we recorded two demo tapes and one
complete demo CD (savage Poetry) before anybody took notice
of us. We played a lot of small shows back than and saved the
money for recording a proper demo tape. It was really kind of
frustrating when we sent the first tapes to record companies
and they all came back to us. Some people even said that we
won’t come far with that kind of music, but we never quit
believing in ourselves and so we tried it again and again until
a small label called AFM Records gave us a chance and our first
- Up to Theater of Salvation, what the favorite albums by the
band? And what is the reason to like them?
Jens - I guess it depends on the band member you’re
asking. My personal favorite is Vain Glory Opera because it
was the first album where everything fits. We had good songs
and with a little help of Timo Tolkki a good sound as well.
- You guys started out really young's, probably had the dream
of been in a band, but destiny was very generous to you and
turned you in to a great band. In the case that this destiny
wasn't possible, do
you have any idea of what you guys could have been?
Jens - Tough question because I never did anything
else but music. I did a lot of sports before I started playing
music so maybe I would have tried my luck in being a professional
sportsman. Or just anything else, I don’t know. Luckily
there was never the need for me to think about that.
- Now, is a common thing for the band and its members to have
a side project. Everybody knows about Avantasia, Sammet's solo
project, anyone else in the band has a side project?
Jens - Yes, Our bass player Eggi has another band he’s
making music with. The rest of us just join some projects here
and there, but nothing serious.
really like on most "hard rock lyrics" is the positive
attitude. They sing about having fun, party’s and enjoying
their lives and that fits pretty well to my personal attitude.
I think it’s great that Edguy can sing about everything
and is not limited because none is always sad, always happy
or killing dragons all the time. Music has to deal with emotions
and they’re not the same all the time." -
- While touring, what is the most difficult thing? Is there
anything that you guys aren't used to by now?
Jens - Waiting! Actually we’re really used to
that but it’s still the hardest part in touring. So many
times you just hang around waiting for anything to happen. A
plane, a shuttle, a gig... Sometimes it’s also hard to
get along with time differences and jet legs, but it’s
definitely worth it!
- Please, if possible, comment on the following albums:
Savage Poetry (1995) - Our first complete album. Some
really good ideas, but you can hear that we were very young
back then. I still like the album because it sounds so rough.
of Madness (1997) - When we started to record the album
we didn’t have a record deal yet. The songs are more complex
compared to “Savage Poetry", but unfortunately the
album has a really bad sound.
Opera (1998) - Everything turned out to be great with
this album. Good catchy songs and a good sound. We were very
proud that people like Hansi Kürsch and Timo Tolkki appeared
as guests on this CD and - as well due to that - it was a big
step for our career. We gained a lot of new fans with this album
and even the critics were satisfied.
of Salvation (1999) - Everything more is a good description
for this album. More and bigger choirs, faster songs, a bigger
production etc. Theater Of Salvation is still one of my all
time favorite songs from us.
Poetry (2000) - During the Theater Tour many fans were
asking for the original version of this album, cause it was
really hard to get and there were offers on Ebay for 500$ and
more. So we decided to release the album again, but not only
in the original version. It was a lot of fun covering our own
(2001) - We moved a little bit away from the “bigger
& faster" attitude from the theater album and concentrated
more on the songs itself. The first album where you can hear
some influences that were not very common for a power metal
Down The Opera Live! (2003) - I’m very proud
of this album, especially of the fans who made the atmosphere
on the album so special. Some of the songs sound live a lot
harder than the studio versions, but that’s cool.
Club (2004) - My personal favourite. I really love
the orchestra parts on the album and the “Rock ´n´
roll" attitude in songs like “Lavatory Lovemachine".
Ride (2006) - For this album it was the first time
that we hired an external producer, the well known Sascha Paeth.
He gave us a lot of input and some different point of views
which was a good experience. We have a lot of different elements
on this album and I’m already curious how things will
go on for us...
- When the band is not touring or recording, what do you guys
like to do?
Jens - Well, if we’re not touring or recording
albums we use the time to take care about all the things that
we cannot do while being on tour, especially spend time with family
and friends. It’s weired: When we’re on tour for a
long time we sometimes long for coming home and when we’re
home we cannot wait for going on tour again.
Metal Revolution - Is there
any particular band that you would like to play on the same stage?
Jens - Yeah, AC/DC & KISS.
Metal Revolution - If it's
possible, make a comment on the worst situation that the band
had on stage or of stage.
Jens - There is no
worst situation on stage, it’s just the biggest challenge!
So we tried to make the best out of it, even if I don’t
remember exactly what or when it was...
Metal Revolution - Besides
the recording of the live DVD in Sao Paulo, what are the next
plans for the band? Is there any possibility of a live album next
Jens - We’ll see. After the South American Tour
we’ll start working for the next album and besides that
we’ll have some more shows.
Metal Revolution - Thank
you so much for this interview, this space is now yours to say
whatever you want to readers of metal revolution and your fans.
Jens - Thanx & See you all soon!!!! Take care, Jens