TO PLACE VENDOME with Michael Kiske (italian
by Massimo Salari
After all i’d like to say that i’ve appreciated
a lot “Elluva Time”, can you tell me the genesis of this
the owner of Frontiers records came up with this whole idea, and I
After so many years spent in the music world, don’t
you fell the need of a real band?
You can't make bands, they just happen. I gave up on making
Avantasia, Aina, Timo Tolkki and many others, you did a lot
of collaborations, which artist was the one that give to you the best
Aina and Place Vendome I felt most close to.
And as an artist?
I was just doing vocals there, my own music will always be
the most organic and closest.
You came from heavy metal, but in this new project you play
very melodic, does it was a sort of evolution or do you want to play
harder in future?
I don't like hard music anymore. I like friendly rock/pop
these day and mainly classical music. I find hard negative now.
Art is synonim of freedom, but in your opinion nowaday this
is still true?
It has all become a full lie. The Industry and the markets
dictate the music now. If you don't serve, you die. It gets almost
impossible to stay free and real these days.
The production of the new album was very good, but in the
song “Cross the Line” it seems to me that the rhythm section
is a bit low?
Unfortunately the guitars are too loud on some songs; that
makes the hearing a bit nerve-racking sometimes.
Where do you find the inspiration to write the sweet “Too
I did write any of the songs. It was all Dennis Ward and
“Place Vendome” is my fave song, what can you
tell me about?
It's my favorite too, together with ''I Will Be Waiting''.
Those songs are positive Pop/Rock songs, and that's what I like the
Very nice is also the cover art, what does it mean?
I think it's the Place Vendome in Paris. And the eagle stands
for spiritual freedom. That's what I liked about it.
Can you tell us something about the musicians that played
with you in PV?
Not really, I never met them. Just Email and telephone converasions
with Dennis and Uwe.
If you look back to your carreer, what do you feel right
and what’s wrong?
The first three years in Helloween were right and great,
the last years a plain nightmare.
In your opinion what is that made great an artist?
Always personality and spirituality. Music isn't physical,
it's plain spirit.
There are some new singers that you like?
I love Martina McBride, Bono, Elvis ... not really new people.
The newer music doesn't have many very good singers anymore. Teenagers
think it's more cool just to sing without many scills. That's also
fine, but I still enjoy real singers. And I can't stand (C)Rap!
Listening to your voice i’ve found it always very emotionally,
which is the secret to keep it safe in the years?
No secrets here. Well, I don't drink alcohol and dont smoke.
And I also I didn't sing much in the last 13 years, so I never burned
my voice I guess.
German sound is very distinctive for heavy metal, what developments
will be in the future?
No idea, and I don't care much either. I personally think
the Metal scene of the eighties was much more creative and true and
much more original. Theses days everything seems to be just negative
and unproductive. Nothing really new. I think the Metal-scenen dies
out because of its own negativity and art-enemy ideals. I don't like
the Metal-scenen at all anymore today.
I’ve heard about a new solo album from you, can you
give us some anticipations?
It's going to be very melodic rockmusic, but not hardrock
or Metal. My songwriting evolved lots I think. The CD could hit the
market early summer 2006.
I’ve got a good remember of Instant Clarity, how it
was to work with Adrian Smith?
Adrian is a very easy guy to be with. Most uncomplicated,
I enjoyed it.
Europe is experiencing a difficult time with a lot of challengies
(I’m speaking about politics and economy), what do you think
As long as we live in a full dictation of money, humanity
will go more and more down. Humanity must always come first, not money!
As you maybe know: we can't serve GOD and mammon (Mathew 6,24/Luke
16,13). Materialism means the death of all culture.
If you like, you can leave our readers with a suggestion
and a salute…
Go back to buying CDs guys and girls! If you want good and
real music to stay around any longer, you've simply got to support
it! Anyone who copies or downloads music illegally kills those bands
That message is much more important than anything else right now,
because it's NOT working anymore with these new generations.
Reviews (in italian): Place Vendome