Monday, April 7, 2014

Miracle Master Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Miracle Master was formed in early January 2013 shortly after our old band Pump lost its singer.
With Oliver Weers we found someone with a unique voice, the same passion for the music we love and a great person and friend too.
After starting the recordings we realized the style of the music changed very dramatically and we felt it´s time to move on and start something new.
Listening to the first recordings with Oliver’s voice was an awesome moment for all of us and we knew this is gonna be something complete different from the past.
The music sounded different, the spirit in the band is amazingly different.
So we decided to make cut from the past.
It was Miracle Master from the first moment on, when Oliver joined the band.

2.You have your first album coming out this spring, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the newer recording and what are some of the things that you are able to do with your newer band that you where not allowed to do with the previous ones you where a part of?

Its hard to describe your own sound. I don´t like to compare us with other bands but its kick ass heavy rock with metal influences and amazing melodies..
With this as our first album we had the chance to create a sound that represents everone in the Band 100%!
We wanted to make it sound honest and I think we did a good job on this topic. The Band is really happy with the outcome.
In the past with former Bands we had also to focus on the sound that was already there on former albums.
Due to LineUp changes it was clear some songs or sounds had to be used even if not everybody may have liked the particular part.
Now we were absolutly free to make it sound like who we are!

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the album?

Our old Band Pump was a rockband focused on having fun booze girls and rock n roll.
We were often compares to glam metal bands even if we didn´t saw us in this branch.
With Miracle Master we have a little more serious lyrics and songwriting.
Oliver Weers lyrics are aware on whats happening in this world and society and go a lot deeper.
“Why religion” for example asks the listener why to believe in in churches that brought so much pain to humanity.
“Miracle Masters” is about what happened on the Wallstreet in 2008 when just a couple of ruthless buisiness people triggerd a global economic crises.
But anyway...despite the serious lyrics I think we managed to wrap these messages in very attractive songs.
Tattooed Woman the tile track is the only song with a little more party like spirit.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Miracle Master'?

Like I told you the song Miracle Masters was written about the economic crises
about a fatal global IT crash where “Cities go all black” and Wall Street is under a cyber-attacked.
Actually he wrote the song for a friend of him he knows from the IT Buisiness.
We were discussing names for the band when Oliver mailed the song to us.
When I first heard it, the “Miracle Masters” line just struck me and I thought this could make a cool band´s name too.
So I asked Aki and the others about their opinion and everybody liked it.
Listening to the new songs having “Miracle Master” as our new name on our minds, seemed to make a perfect match for all of us.

5.The band members come from both Denmark and Germany, how does that work out when you are getting ready to record music?

Thanks to the Internet the distance is no problem at all. We recorded the music in germany and mailed the files to Oliver and he added his vocals in Copenhagen /Denmark.
He mailed the Vocal tracks back and the songs were mixed and mastered in germany at Studio 22 by Axel Heckert who previously worked with bands like Brainstorm and Symphorce.
We use skype discuss when important desissions thet had to be made.
The band is rehearsing in Stuttgart and Olive with the instrumental tracks in Denmark.
Bevore liveshows or for Photo- or videoshootings Oliver catches a plane and comes to Stuttgart.
When we are all together we use the time very intensivly.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Well, Miracle Master is a brand new band and we just released our first album “Tattoed woman”.
We just played our second live show together a couple of days before this interview. This band is a 100% honest rockband and I think we deliver this to the audience.
Of course Oliver Weers and Pump have shared stage with a lot of acts during their careers. Some of our heroes among them like: Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Dokken, Harem Scarem, Pretty Maids, UFO, House of Lords and many others.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is releases?

We are about to do a little Spain tour this summer and more of Europe later this year.
But it´s our debut album and it is just about to be released these days on March 7th  and April 23rd in Japan, and booking has just started.
So there is a lot more to come and we are excited and hot to rock and bring Miracle Master to the stages of the world.
Hopefully there will be an opportunity to present the album live in Japan too.
Due to the release date a lot of summer festivals were already booked this year. But we hope to fill in for the one and other band that may cancle shows.

8.The album is going to be released on GolderCore Records and XYZ Music, can you tell us a little bit more about those record labels?

ZYX Music is one of the most successfull german record companies and was involved into mainstream music in the 80 and 90 and until today.
Our Label Golden Core is a pretty young department of ZYX Music. Its the companies new label for Rock and Metal music.
We are very proud and happy to have them as our partners and a world wide distribution of our debut album.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of hard rock?

We where overwhelmed by the good reviews we received from all over the world. Mostly we received  nothing below 8,5 /10.
We did´t expected such a good feedback for the album due to the circumstances it was made.
It was planned to become the 4th Pump album. But after the record was completely finished Marcus decided to leave the band.
We had the instrumental tracks and so Oliver was forced to write lyrics and melodies on already existing music, which he never did before.
During the whole process we gave the songs a total makeover. The Influence of Oliver is huge on the record and we are all very satisfied with the result.
As you may imagine we had some hard times during the making of this album.
We started to record the 4th Pump album and finally came up with a new band, a new sound and basically a new musical life for all of us.
It wasn’t a constant process due to the circumstances of the split of Pump and finding a singer.
We recorded the instruments at three separate sessions 3-4 songs each doing lead guitar fills and so on later.
Oliver recorded all the vocals in Copenhagen and we could download the files for mixing.
So it was a little surprise like opening a birthday parcel when another song was finished by him.
The result is more than satisfying for us. I love the album and so do the others.
Its really like the rise of the phoenix from the ashes!
So the good feedback is very much appreciated and helps the band a lot!

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

This band is made to play live. We want to play as much as possible to support the album and have a good time with the audience.
But nonetheless we already started to write songs for the second album of Miracle Master.
With Oliver being more involved in the songwriting it will be a different process.
I´m really looking forward to the bands future, Miracle Master has just started.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We are mainly influenced by the music we grew up with of course. Bands like Whitesnake, Dio, Skid Row, Kiss, Ozzy, Mötley Crüe and many others.
But also by youger artists. The Band members listen to all different kinds of music, Micha for example likes Lamb of god and I like Johnny Cash.
I think we managed very well to find our own style and sound like Miracle Master.
It´s one of the most important things for me not to be or sound like anyone else but Miracle Master!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like cooking and american BBQ a lot, also nature photography. And I plan to make my open water diver degree ethis summer.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I´d like to thank you for having me on this interview and suggest everbody to take a peek on Miracle Master if you like hard rock and heavy metal music
with great melodies. I promise you after listening to the album twice its hard to get the melodies off your mind again.
I hope to see a lot of you guys at a Miracle Master concert where ever. Just come by and have a beer with the band aftershow!

Interview answered by Andy minich (drums)

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