interview with Mark Protze

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How come that you started playing music? I started playing guitar at the age of 12. I was inspired by all those great bands and guitarists from the eighties. Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker, Vinnie Moore. In the year 1999 i’ve decided to study music, guitar and piano on the „Jazz & Rockschool“ in Freiburg. Since then i am working as a composer, producer and musician in different styles. 

What are your names? / How old are you? Who plays what? My name is Mark Protze i am born on the 6th of May 1975 in Wolfsburg. I play guitar, bass and piano on all my recordings.

Did you make music even when you were young? Yes i started at the age of 12 and played over the years in different kind of bands and styles from Metal, Rock, Funk, Jazz and more.

Where are you from? I was born in Wolfsburg in Germany. Over the years I travelled through different citys like Freiburg, Berlin and now my new home is Frankfurt.

What year did the band form? I`ve released a lot of solo CD’s .... The first one was released in 1994.

What's your style of genre? The first CD’s were Neo-Classicmetal like Yngwie Malmsteen and Vinnie Moore. My last two CD’s „Guitar Compilation“ and „Adventure Wonderland“ are really different! They are more like film music  soundtracks in the style of „Lord of the Rings“.  

What inspires you? Good musicians and guitarplayers. But the most i like to write some own stuff and create some good music that will touch the listener.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? I am a professionell musician and i make music all the time. I love doing it that is what i want do do all my live. When i will have some time for other things i will take the time i love to do a walk through the woods where i can get some new ideas for songs or do some sporting actions.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Now at this time it makes no difference if you will have a label or not. You can sell copies of your CD’s on your own. In these days the labels get to much money from the artist or the bands. The great 80ties are gone. Nowadays you are able to make money when you play in coverbands.

What made you decide to make this music? Back as a kid in the 80ties I’ve seen all those great bands on MTV like  Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Europe, Yngwie Malmsteen etc. they looked so COOL J I looked at all those great videos and that was what I wanted to do J I love to create some own music and touch the listener with my music. The most important THING is : music is emotions and feelings.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? I play in two coverbands. The first band is called „Ryffhuntr“ we play 80ties stuff like Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Europe etc. we play gigs all around in Germany. The other coverband is called „Taste of Glory“ it’s an Acoustic-Rock-Duo which plays gigs in Wolfsburg and surburban.

What was your last gig? This weekend we’ve played with „Ryffuntr“ at the „Open Doors Festival“ in  Neu Isenburg. It is a GREAT festival visitored by a lot of people which like good music.

Have you had to cancel a gig? No at this time NOT.

Where have you played live this year? There were a lot of cities we’ve played this year. Delmenhorst, Braunschweig, Neu Isenburg, Ahlen, Wolfsburg, Gifhorn and more.

Where can people buy your merchandise?

People can by my CD’s or autographed photos by

mail: info@markprotze.com

Or they can visit my page: www.markprotze.com

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? This is not right for the composers/musicians they’ve spent a lot of time to compose their music. If your car broke down you’ll must pay the body shop ! But it is not self-evident to pay a musician/band for the music. It is a lot of work and time investion to compose and record some new music and release a CD!!!

Some channels like You-Tube are great to reach more people but those channels don’t pay the musicians/bands anything. The kids at this time don’t buy any CD’s it is a very hard time for new bands to sell a certain CD so they can fix their living with that, if you are not BIG in these times like Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai etc. you have NO CHANCE to reach the listeners by You-Tube, I-Tunes, Spotify they take too much money from the artist!!!

What are your songs about? Every song is like a little story. Close your eyes listen carefully and build your own story to my music.

Do you have any role models or idols? My idols are guitarplayers like: Yngwie Malmsteen, Randy Rhoads, Vinnie Moore, Zakk Wylde, Andy Timmons, Steve Vai, Scott Henderson.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active to day? I think the older bands definitely wrote better songs!!! You are able to learn a lot from those bands. New bands rarely suprise me. They`re often sound all the same and soul and heart ist missing.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? You need idols to get a better musician or guitarplayer. Copy your idols BUT make your OWN sound. Now one will to listen do a bad copy of  J. Satriani, Y.Malmsteen or anything. Create your own style of music and songs. If the people go with that what you compose and you’ll play with a lot of passion they will appreciate that!

Do you have any new material? At this time i am writing on new songs. The material will be released at the end of this year and it is a kind of music for film music soundtracks that will be released on You-Tube.

What are your web sites?

www.markprotze.com

www.tasteofglory.de

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Protze/280126522039402?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/Ryffhuntr?fref=ts

How can people reach you? Mail: info@markprotze.com

What are your plans for the future? To compose more great music and to become a better songwriter/player.

I compose music for videos, jingles and pages if some people are interested in i would be honored to do some cool stuff for that. Feel free to contact me.

interview with Jesus Chrüsler Supercar

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Have any of you played in other bands? We all started out in different kind of bands. Everything between folkrock to death metal .

How is it that you started playing music? From the beginning it was not supposed to be that serious, we had talked about doing some death metalso we wrote a respective songs and tested. When Skogsberg heard the songs he thought it was goodand wanted to record a whole album. Then we were going.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Robban Bergeskans – bass and vocals

Nicke Forsberg – Drums

Mike Jacobson – Guitars

Have you had other previous members? Yes, Fredrik Karnell former guitarist, he chose to quit the band this winter because of family and job.We tried some different guitarists before it felt right. Then we found Mike and it has worked from thebeginning.

Where are you from? We all come from different places in Sweden. Nicke comes from the western side, Trollhattan. Robbancomes from the eastern side, a small village called Hogsby. Mike comes from Malmö, it is located at thebottom of Sweden. Nicke and Robban now lives in Stockholm and Mike lives in Malmö.

What year did the band form? Jesus Chrüsler Supercar started in the summer of 2012

What's your style of genre? We play a merge between Rock ‘n Roll and Old Death Metal. And thinking that Death´n Roll fit well.

What inspires you? We try not to think about how other bands sound and play when we make songs. We have always liked. Entombed and often in conjunction with them, so they have probably given us much inspiration.

How often and where do you reherse? Earlier we rehearsal once a week. But now when Mike lives so far away, it is usually before gigs etc.

How have you developed since you started with the music? ?? We have a new album out soon, and it's a little more gritty rock n roll / punk.??

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We are always looking for companies that can help us to grow. Of course we want to play as much aspossible. So every label/company/agency are welcomed to contact us.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We are looking right now for some record deal. To help us release upcoming album.

What are your songs about? Our songs are often about Death, The Devil, God and the people to shut up. We do not believe in God

and we believe of course not in Satan. So often exaggerate we satanism in a playful way.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Usually we make music together and Robban do the lyrics. But it happens that someone bringing a full

song to rehearsals.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? When Robban doing a song, he starts usually with the text. But otherwise we make music together

before the lyrics.

Have you done any covers live? Not yet, but we have some future plans.

What language do you sing in? English.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? I think we have done a gig for about 5 people. In Finland we played for nearly 300500people.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? Anything between 1645 years.

What was your first gig like? Our first gig was super. We had rehearsed hard and everyone was excited. No one knew how it would

sound so the audience got a punch in the face.

What was your latest gig? Last gig was in Åland Island(Finland), at a venue called “Pub Bastun“.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We are doing some shows in Germany this summer. And are planning a Europe tour this fall.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We sold merchandise from the time we started the band. We sell Tshirts,Tank tops, Tote bags, LP, EP,CD etc.

Where can people buy your merchandise? You will find our merchandise at our website: www.jesuschruslersupercar.com or www.merchworld.com.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? We believe in both. It's a great opportunity nowadays to get music global and world wide without a recordlabel. It's not so hard to release an album today, and you don't need a record label as you did in the 80sand 90s maybe. But we think it's more hard to smaller bands than larger bands. Streaming anddownloading music are great and to reach alot of people around the world, but also think that it alwayshits the artists in the end. The big record labels are earning a lot of money but the artists and bandsalways get the money that is left. But in the Metal, Punk and Hardcore scenes, you always meetingpeople who wants to buy Vinyls, CDs and Merchandise and care more about the people behind themusic and know how much work all the bands and artists are doing. Love and respect.

What do you think of my work? We don’t know so much of your work so far,

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? We don’t know. Let see what happens.

Do you have any role models or idols? Lemmy.

Why do you think that they exist? Maybe to get their ideas, statements and lyrics out of the brain. And inspire other.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? We find inspiration in everything. Both old and new stuff.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Trying to reach as many people as possible without any help from management, promotion companiesetc.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Do what ever you want, don’t listen to much what other people saying. Record your music and get thefuck out and play our ass off. It’s a dirty business.

How do you get psyched for a gig? to ride shoot straight and speak the truth...

Do you have any new material? We have a new album coming up.

What are your web sites?

http://www.jesuschruslersupercar.com/

https://www.facebook.com/jesuschruslersupercar

How can people reach you? Viahttp://www.jesuschruslersupercar.com or connect through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

What are your plans for the future? Touring, releasing album and have a lot of fun.

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