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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:05 am 
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Already did it yesterday and posted the only 2 important statements in facebook:


Thank you. You 're right for some reason I forgot to check the facebook page.


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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:36 pm 
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Here is an interview with Mandy Meyer in German ...or something similar with a strong swiss accent :)

He speaks about his early years, how he started to play the guitar, and some technical things about playing. Interesting interview.


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lacamester wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5dQYKhnLBo

Here is an interview with Mandy Meyer in German ...or something similar with a strong swiss accent :)

He speaks about his early years, how he started to play the guitar, and some technical things about playing. Interesting interview.


I have translated some statements from this interview which were related to Unisonic. :

Mandy about the show in Berlin: It was ok. I have been in Berlin with 3 different bands and the audience is a little bit reluctant if you compare it with other audiences. It’s not that they don’t like the music; they are just not so enthusiastic.

Mandy about the reason for this: It’s probably a little bit the mentality, we were just in Russia and maybe they are not so fastidious. It’s not like here where for maybe 10 years always the best and biggest bands playing all the time. If you live in such a big city, you have such a huge choise of top acts. ……so I must always take care a little bit that I don’t lose the enthusiasm in playing……while Gotthard played I watched their show and there were 2 older people who really enjoyed the concert and always expressed how they liked it. But while you are on stage, you often just don’t recognize these people….

Mandy about playing live: We are not so often on tour than many other bands. If you do so many concerts every year and always play the same songs, this becomes routine. The crew and everyone know what to do it. For us it’s a little bit different and we always have different people who work for us. When you don’t play together for some weeks, this is easily recognizable. It takes some time until if fits together again. If you practice at home, this is fine, but it’s not the same than playing together in shows.

Mandy about all members living at different locations and rehearsing some days before the tour starts: Normally yes, but it depends on the time schedules. For the German tour we did not rehearse. Everyone had to rehearse at home. It is necessary to be professional enough to rehearse at home alone and after joining the other members after 3 weeks it has to rock……if you don’t play every day and then you have to enter a festival together with bands playing every day, you must be professional enough to deliver a great performance, since the audience often don’t know about your band situation. ….

Mandy about playing guitar for ‘No one every sees me’: This song is very difficult to play and you have to take care, since there are some chords which are really difficult to handle. On the record we used capo, then we can use open strings. Live it is not possible to always change the guitars, then you play the barre chord and just press it.

Mandy about playing synchronous with Kai Hansen: Sometimes it is a little bit difficult with in-ears and you sometimes don’t hear each other. Therefore it is necessary to be prepared for the show, because when I go to the middle stage or to Kai’s side of the stage, I don’t hear anything what I play. There are these in-ear systems, but they cost a lot of money and sometimes they don’t sound so good as well, if you don’t have a top man at the mixing desk. This is a little bit dangerous and then you cannot run away from the headphones, if it doesn’t sound good.

Mandy about the highlights of a Unisonic show: For sure it is the high voice of Michael Kiske. We play the old songs of Helloween still in the same key; there is nothing down-tuned. I must really say, he just sounds better than in the 80’s. Of course he didn’t use his voice too much with touring for many years and with mainly doing studio work. But his voice became more mature with the years, but the high voice parts are still there. If he has a good evening, then every ending part and phrases sound exactly as originally recorded….

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If someone's interested:

The first one is a "capo" I think:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capo

It is used to hold all of the strings down on a given bund (so it is easier to play chords in a higher key)

The second one is a type of guitar chord, the "barré chord" which is used very frequently:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barre_chord

The simpler, shorter version of this chord (the "power" chord) is the very base of all rock/metal music ;)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_chord


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lacamester wrote:
If someone's interested:

The first one is a "capo" I think:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capo

It is used to hold all of the strings down on a given bund (so it is easier to play chords in a higher key)

The second one is a type of guitar chord, the "barré chord" which is used very frequently:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barre_chord

The simpler, shorter version of this chord (the "power" chord) is the very base of all rock/metal music ;)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_chord


Thanks a lot for explaining this a little bit. :D Never heard any of these expressions before. :oops:

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A few better and more understandable translations of Michael Kiske Japan tour diary in Burrn magazine (thanks to Y.):

One of the reasons why I love Unisonic includes that it is always pleasant to play it. It's also with a rehearsal for example. So, it was a lot of fun when we started to rehearse it toward to Japan! It's not always an easy thing to think of the set list, it should always be determined later.

One's spare time, I do sightseeing as much as possible.
I do not want a hotel room because I'm come to a nice foreign land with great pains. I can play here even for many days.

A certain fan presented easy-pants to me. It fitted me perfect. It's impressive. Why would she know my accurate size? These are things that could only happen in Japan! Other fans gave me a map or a magazine, such as interviews of resting ever since the 1980s. I'm very happy. It really moved me when I saw this, and I have good memories because they came back up exactly a lot.

Nagoya (May that be Osaka?? ) Ordinance has been constrained because there was seating in. So, that show was not excited about it. I do not like the gig that a person sits down on a chair. But of course that was a good show.

Hiroshima is a wonderful town ordinance. Shops, there is also a place to watch sightseeing.

And ta-da! I will end the tour. It was too short I do not want to go home. Russia's next concert ....... Furthermore, as Unisonic, I want to come back in the near future.

What I will do next? I have been making a album with a friend of mine.(Sandro Giampietro) I may be going to make the album of PLACE VENDOME again. Avantasia is working on an album, and a long tour is scheduled for next year. Surely it becomes fun! Michael Kiske

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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:52 am 
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A quite interesting video interview with Mandy and Dennis from Bochum 2012(I did translations of a few important quotes):

New hardharderheavy interview with Mandy Meyer und Dennis Ward from Unisonic in Bochum. http://www.hardharderheavy.de/download/ ... _gross.wmv

Asked about playing first in South America: Dennis: It just happened. Mandy: Then there are immediately some videos filmed and uploaded to youtube. I like this and it’s good for people who don’t know the songs so much yet. Now we are in Germany.
Interviewer: with Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen this is almost a Helloween reunion.
Mandy: It’s ok to use some popularity of Kiske&Hansen, but it is also important not playing too many old songs since Helloween&Gamma Ray always play the same old songs as well.
Dennis: We don’t want to do speed metal. We want to sound different from Gamma Ray and Helloween.
Interviewer: about the first Unisonic album: it starts quite heavy and then it is really less heavy for the following songs. Dennis immediately interrupts: I will not do more heavy stuff in the future.
I don’t want this. If Michael and Kai want to do a metal record, we are definitely the wrong people for it. They can do it with better people. We have nothing to do with metal. I can play a Helloween song, that is not a problem, but this is not my world. Only to earn some more money, I don’t want to do heavy metal, I never did this. I would fool myself. I want to do rock music.
Mandy adding: if you have 2 bands with Gamma Ray and Unisonic, you need to have a difference in the music.
Dennis: some years ago Kiske didn’t want to do this kind of music and it was too heavy for him. Now he is more relaxed with it, but we don’t want to do more heavy stuff.
Dennis about Kosta: He is not a speed metal drummer. Now we are skipping the song ‘March of time’ and Kosta told me that he now much more enjoyed going on stage, since he doesn’t have to play that song. It is not his world. If Michael really wants to do this kind of music there are much younger and fitter people to do this.
Mandy about Stefan Schwarzmann: he was in Helloween and it was also not his world. It was too fast.
Dennis: I’m not against this music and I even produced it, but I don’t want to play it. I want to do the music for myself.
Dennis about the future: After these last concerts, Kai goes on a long tour with gamma ray. In this time me, Mandy and Michael will try to write some songs already. We plan to record the next record in autumn next year. That is our plan.

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Hmm well i love that they play some heavy stuff to, really want their next album to
have a combination of some heavy tracks and some solid rock songs. I was really glad to read that Kiske wanted Kai to write some new songs like march of time.


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''I don’t want this. If Michael and Kai want to do a metal record, we are definitely the wrong people for it. They can do it with better people. We have nothing to do with metal.''

So don't do this.


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nightangel wrote:
A quite interesting video interview with Mandy and Dennis:

"I will not do more heavy stuff in the future" & "He is not a speed metal drummer. Now we are skipping the song ‘March of time’ and Kosta told me that he now much more enjoyed going on stage"


These 2 statements are a little too much for me.

If Dennis means that he won't do heavier staff than the song "Unisonic" that's ok, if he means that he won't do any songs as heavy as "Unisonic" then I don't get him. That song is not "that" heavy anyways, it's similar to the heavier tunes of Deep Purple.

As for Kosta and March Of Time, I don't believe that playing 1 fast song inside a 60 or 90 minute set is such a problem, come on...plus Kosta does a great job playing it! I guess this means that we won't hear any more fast Helloween songs in the future (Twilight, I'm Alive, Save Us...) and that is bad IMO.

Bullz72 wrote:
I was really glad to read that Kiske wanted Kai to write some new songs like march of time.


I guess there is no chance that this will happen, after reading Dennise's opinion on metal & faster songs.


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