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::September 28th 2007::
NEW INTERVIEW WITH TOBIAS
Tobias Sammet is back with his project Avantasia again. Featuring guest stars like Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween), Sascha Paeth (ex-Heavens Gate), Eric Singer (Kiss), Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions), Alice Cooper, etc. he is ready to release another masterpiece. First press reactions span from "the best Avantasia stuff so far" to "a walking orgasm". On November 16th two EP''s "Lost In Space part 1" and "Part 2" will be released. tobiassammet.com took the chance to conduct a short interview with Tobias who is currently on a US tour with his band Edguy.
You're in the USA for the 4th time, how is this tour going so far?
First of all I am really happy that it finally happened at all and we are here. We've had to face a lot of trouble and the organisation in advance was not so good. Club tours in the USA are hard work. But let's face it: Even if you can play arenas in South America or Europe, this doesn't matter over here. It's a different story. There's plenty of work to be done, many asses have yet to be kicked. That being said: The fans are great, some travel thousands of miles to catch a show and we'll do everything to make it worthwile travelling every single mile. It's just clubs, no big arenas, but if it would be easy everybody could do it. We are willing to work our asses off and give people the show they deserve.
Many people keep wondering why have you decided to revive your project Avantasia. Aren't you fully stretched with Edguy anymore?
Let me tell you, I am happy to live the greatest life I could ever dream of which comprises being in Edguy but also being able to work with the greatest musicians in the world and do an album with my extended family in Rock. Life is too short to think about "Should I's" and "Can I's" and what have you. Back then it was a lot of negative stress to put Avantasia 1 & 2 together but time makes you forget about the struggles of the past. And with Sascha Paeth I have found a sidekick with whom producing an album is a walkover, the easiest and most positive thing in the world. If I will look back on the production of this album in five years, all I will remember are those endless nights in the studio and the goosebumps we've had whenever we had finished another song. It sounds cliché, but this is pure magic. I thank god I can be in Edguy, but if someone would give you the chance to record your best album to date with the greatest musicians in the world, with special guest legends like Alice Cooper and Rudolf Schenker, with the greatest producer in the world for the best recording budget in the world, well: You'd be an idiot if you wouldn't go for it.
The "Lost in Space" CDs are scheduled to come out in November. Why did you decide to release those two 6 track-albums in advance? Wouldn't it make more sense financially to release an additional full length album instead?
I've been going on record saying I don't like your typical single with one track the record company needs to release in advance in order to promote an album. And we've been on such a roll during the production, we said to ourselves: "Let's go on producing, no matter if we have enough great material already". You can never produce too much great material. I know that it may be stupid from an ecconomic point of view, but I am not starving and life is give-and-take. I am sure the fans will love the EPs and later on the album will benefit from having happy fans as well. And then the record company will get their advanced budget back I hope.
So what can we find on those "LIS" releases besides the title track?
The title track "Lost in Space" which I consider the "single song" will be the only identical song on both CDs. Each CD will feature five more individual tracks, we've recorded a great bombastic Metal version of an ABBA song for example, I've written a real epic anthem called "The Story Ain't Over", we've got a song featuring Eric Singer on vocals, Kiss fans may know what a great voice the man has. You will have the video and its making-of on one CD; and a studio report with interviews on the other one. A load of rare photos etc. I swear to god, you have never got that much quality for so little money. Some bands may have included a few more intros and made full albums of each of those CDs. And put 'em out for more than the double price. And yet, they'd be worth it.
The material I have heard sounds really promising, the track "Lost in Space sounds quite different from anything else you've ever done. Are you feeling that you have to set off to new horizons sometimes? Even the picture on the cover artwork shows a new Tobias Sammet, some people seem to have been afraid you're getting too far away from what you're known for.
Then, what am I known for? I hope for good songs. As soon as we took those pictures, I knew some people would complain about the make up. It's the continuity in the Avantasia history. On the first single 7 years ago they put so much make up on my face, when I looked down afterwards half of my face fell on my feet. I looked like a fucking drag queen, haha. I know, some people always complain. That's okay, I am a Rock'n'Roller. I don't wanna be remembered for having been the one on one ever hated. It belongs to the conceptual character I portray. As for the song, "Lost in Space" is a softer mid tempo song, but sometimes you have to set off to new horizons to keep it exciting. It's a cool mid tempo anthem. Yes, it's probably the softest song that we've done for the album, but I couldn't take the fastest one to be the single, the record company would have killed me. Well, the Japanese would have loved me. In fact, it was Eric and Sascha who convinced me to pick "Lost in Space" and shoot the video for that one. It's a beautiful track, very emotional and it has turned out exactly as it was supposed to. It sums up the melancholic feelings of the main character in the Scarecrow saga perfectly. But we've got enough heavy material on there too.
So there is going to be a video?
Yes, we've shot one on the moon, just Sascha, Eric and me. Cool video, although the song actually doesn't talk about space in a science fiction way. I talk about just feeling out of place. I know exactly what I am talking about, I have felt out of place half of my life.
Finally, how would you describe the music on "Lost in Space 1 and 2" and on "The Scarecrow"?
Wow, all I can say is that we've had a press listening session of rough mixes, and they all say that this one is even better than part 1 and 2. Or as one guy has put it: "a walking orgasm". I guess that pretty much describes it. I gave my very best, an honest pomp album from my heart, not living up to the industry, not following any trend and not any Metal cliché, I didn't care about expectations. I just felt my duty to be an honest-to-god artist. It's a Metal album, but you'll hear so much more on the album, it's a bombastic, mystic and heartfelt soundtrack to my life. I am sure I have done the right thing once again! You will hear the depth in every single note; and feel the magic in between every single note.