What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?
It’s always fun to work on an album and of course a lot of funny things happen here and there during a production. But I can’t tell something very special right now. Sorry 😉
If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?
That’s difficult. I would say: Listen to these four songs and you get an imagination of what HARTMANN is: Out in the cold, I will carry on, All my life, After the love is gone
This is maybe a good selection to show the variety of this band. modern rock/hard rock with many influences.
The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?
There were times when I thought that the whole development isn’t good at all for the music industry and most musicians. Nowadays I think it’s good AND bad at the same time. On one hand it’s a shame that kids and also many grown up people get the impression by youtube, Spotify and many other platforms that music is for free. Due to free downloads and flatrates most musicians don’t get enough money anymore for their sales although the market is huge and still growing. The whole value of music loses. Especially small bands are suffering from that.
On the other hand new structures have possibilities. Nowadays it’s no problem at all to be NOT bound completely to the music industry and their interests. And I won’t call these interests „music“ or „art“, haha 🙂 So you can found your own record label, find a good working distribution, do your own promotion where and how you want, get direct accountings for sales and many other things. And most of all do the music YOU want to do. Although a bit of experience is needed and of course there’s lots more work to do besides just making music but in the end the chance is much bigger that the main part of the money that is earned arrives on YOUR account and does not feed an already fed up system.
Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?
Uh, that’s hard to say. I heard many artists and bands during the last years where I wished they made a step forward to get well known. Sometimes I was right. For example Mumford & Sons. I was a fan of this band way before they got well known. They’re great musicians and deserve to be heard. Of course many others too.
She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixt tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?
That’s a hard question. Maybe impossible to answer. I think this depends a lot on the woman, haha 😉
What’s up for the next couple of months?
Right now I’m still on tour with Avantasia until the end of this summer. During a break in May I will finish the next Hartmann record which will be probably released in the end of September. The songs are already written and arranged but the production is not finished yet. Due to many other projects as Rock Meets Classic or the live acoustic DVD „Barefoot To The Moon“ of my Pink Floyd Tribute „Echoes“ there wasn’t much time left to really concentrate on a new album. And I didn’t have time to plan more live shows or a full tour. But this will change pretty soon. I promise 😉
Looking forward to see you play at the HEAT Festival ☺
Thanks a lot, I’m looking forward to that, too!
Watch/listen to this great song