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Translation:

First Interview with girl interviewer:

Beginning (Station ID)
Ingo: Helloween…
Kai: Helloween…
Michi: Helloween…
Weiki: Helloween…
Markus: Helloween
Ingo: At the Musicbox…
Kai: Musicbox…
Michi: Musicbox…
Weiki: Musicbox…
Markus: Musicbox.
Weiki: Yeah, well, you’re now watching Musicbox, right, and…
[various weird mumblings from the band] Michi: Let’s go
[band moves away from the camera] Voice from off-screen: Okay, stop, thanks

Main part
Girl interviewer: With me after a long wait, they’re finally here. Markus, Michael, Kai, another Michael and Ingo of Helloween. I guess you all know them. Your LP “Keeper of the seven Keys” is doing very, very well, as I’ve been told. In the Media Control charts… what position? Fifteen?
Weiki: At the moment… It started at fifteen and it seems to be settling at around 22, at the moment we don’t know it that well ourselves
Girl interviewer: But that’s great for a new band and especially for your musical genre… Which reactions did you get from abroad? Which country reacted the strongest?
Weiki: Well, until now, the Americans and the Japanese reacted the strongest, because we signed a deal over there for six LPs. So that contract is all settled and therefore you could say that they reacted the strongest
Girl interviewer: Yeah, so are you planning to go over there and what do you think about that country America? Do you feel like you absolutely wanna get there or do you have any…
Kai: Yeah, have a look over there…
Girl interviewer: Michael is nodding
Michi: I wanna go there desperately. The weather around here is so bad all the time
Girl interviewer: The weather’s bad? Yeah, right
Kai: The weather will surely be better [in America] But we’ll see. We already heard a lot about America, might take a look at it
Weiki: Maybe not just the weather
Girl interviewer: Maybe the fans cheer a lot more, who knows? I heard a statement from you. I dunno who of you said that or if you said that at all. It went like “Humour is the best way to differentiate from other Heavy Metal bands”. [many “yes” noises from the band] In how far does this concern you and how does this concretely show in your band, in Helloween?
Kai: It shows in such a way that we’re very silly in general
Girl interviewer: I already noticed that, by the way
Kai: You’re lucky that today, we’re not quite in such a mood
Michi: Didn’t sleep that much
Kai: We’re a bit tired, all that stress…
Girl interviewer: I noticed, and you’re also speaking a lot lower than you probably behave on stage. Could be?
Kai: Yeah, right, yeah, right…
Weiki: Rubbish!
Kai: Sorry?
Markus: I mean, If I didn’t have my instrument, I’d be pretty quiet.
Girl interviewer: Yeah
Weiki: I mean, usually, a bass without an amplifier is very quiet, you don’t hear it at all. And if he didn’t have his bass, you wouldn’t hear him at all
Girl interviewer: We made a Heavy Metal poll and I already told you a bit about it, you did really well, and anyway, you…
Kai [appearing from right side off-camera]: Thank you, thank you
Girl interviewer: Yeah, considering you’re a new band, you’re really successful. Did anything change?
Markus [interrupting her, sulking]: Only the bass player isn’t! Thank you…
Girl interviewer: Yeah, I’m sorry, I forgot the bass players. But if we had made a bass player poll, I’m sure you would’ve been top of the rating
Weiki: Bass players are interchangeable anyway
Markus: …really?
Girl interviewer: My question was: Did anything change for you because of your success that you didn’t expect to happen like this?
Weiki: Well, we’re being asked a lot more stupid questions now and we don’t even know how we got here and basically, well, that’s how it is. There’s a lot more ruckus around the whole thing and… But actually, it’s fun. And we wanted it
Girl interviewer: Like I was going to say, you basically wouldn’t mind. You wanted it, right?
Michi: Nah, we don’t mind
Kai: No, no, it’s…it’s just that when you’re answering the same question for the hundredth time, you get to not answer that question in a serious way any more, but instead…
Markus: And I also made the experience that sometimes, I don’t know with whom I’m doing an interview
Girl interviewer: Well, my name is Anette and I’m doing Hard & Heavy and Musicbox and I hope you’re…
Markus: That’s okay
Weiki: Ah!
Markus: But sometimes I just dunno who’s standing there
Girl interviewer: So luckily, you’re all successful musicians. But what would you be now if you hadn’t become successful as musicians? I’d like to know that
Michi: Unsuccessful musicians
Markus: Yeah, I’d say so, too
Girl interviewer: I think they don’t hear you, you have to talk into the microphone
Michi: We would’ve become unsuccessful musicians
Girl interviewer: Nah, tell me. What did you train to become? Did you have any job?
Ingo: Yeah, back then, I started training as a clerical worker. But I was sure that this wasn’t the right thing for me
Girl interviewer: Let’s go on, I’m really interested in that.
[Michi acts like he’s blowing his nose on Kai’s sleeve] Girl interviewer: Hey, Michael, stop being snotty, say something! Did you have a job or…
Michi: I trained to become a car mechanic
[Weiki’s pun here is untranslatable, sorry! But believe me, it’s really funny] Michi: But after half a year, I didn’t like that any more
Girl interviewer: And then you quit. [to Kai] And what about you?
Kai: I started studying law, but…er…
Girl interviewer: Thinking…
Weiki: Well, I graduated from High School and after that, I did community service [That’s what those guys in Germany do who don’t wanna do military service. It’s a known fact that Kai did it, though] Weiki: But apart from that, I just hung around lazily
Markus: I trained to become a butcher and successfully finished that, but I didn’t continue it
Kai: But in the butcher’s poll, he was among the top ten. But today, he’s slaughtering his bass instead
Markus: They also call me “The Knife”
Girl interviewer: “Markus the Knife”. Look here, here we have those things [holding up Helloween figure] People, you can make them stand up, those Helloween figures
Girl interviewer: And we’re giving them away as a prize, exactly. I’m so happy that you brought them along for me and the people, and together, we have come up with a question that’s very easy. Usually, Halloween is not written with an “e”…
Michi: …no?
Kai: But with an…
Girl interviewer: No, that is not the question, the question is what does that word mean in American?
Michi: I can explain, that is…
Girl interviewer [stopping him]: Hang on! Shhh! Or you’re gonna win those figures and it won’t be any fun at all.
Kai: Helloween crew are forbidden to participate, or something?
Girl interviewer: Yeah, we can talk about that later. And they’re gonna sign them as well, here’s the address [reads address and repeating the question] Okay, thanks for coming [band says “bye” in what seems to be their usual weird way]

 

Second Interview with guy interviewer:

Guy interviewer: One question to you of Helloween, Kai, will you be plastered tonight as well?
Kai: Er…Dunno…We’ll see…
Guy interviewer: Embarrassed silence
Kai: Nah, we don’t drink… We don’t drink orange juice, no…
Guy interviewer: And then, we have to add that you’re on tour at the moment, and now an official welcome to our studio – Helloween. Yeah, how shall we say, finally again some Hard Rock from good old Germany
Kai: Yeah, you could say that, yeah
Guy interviewer: It did take a lot of time, there are a lot of holes in those years in between. [“yes” sounds and nodding from the band members] What do you say about your success? For those who aren’t that into the music scene we have to say that in Germany, there’s something called the charts, the top 75 of singles and LPs that are updated on a weekly basis [Today, it’s top 100 like everywhere else but this is still ’87] and I was very surprised two weeks ago [Michi and Kai shake hands] that you made it in there in one go, and on an upper rank as well.
Kai: Yeah
Guy interviewer: Can you explain that somehow?
Michi: It seems like somehow, we sold a lot of records in a short time, and somehow, that was really great, and then we were happy and now… er…
Ingo: Well, a lot of people predicted that, during the production as well, and now it happened and we’re happy about it.
Guy interviewer: But actually, it’s really difficult. Now I have to start from the beginning, let’s ask something about Helloween’s past. How long have you been existing?
Ingo: Seven years. Well, in the current line up with our new singer, it’s only been half a year and er…
Kai: Helloween itself has existed for three…?
Ingo: Okay, with the new name and stuff. Prior to that, we’ve had a couple of other line ups and stuff, the usual thing
Guy interviewer: Now don’t argue about who started what band in which year
Michi: Well, I thought seven was better
Kai: Hey, man [… huh???] Guy interviewer: Seven sounded like quite a lot, but then I’d have to ask ‘Such a success only after so many years’ – how’s that?
Kai: Nah, it’s good when we say that we’ve only been around for half a year with the current line up and they go ‘Such a success in half a year, that’s incredible’ [Sorry, I couldn’t think of a better translation for “tiiiierisch”] Guy interviewer: And that’s exactly the point where I get stuck and I can’t really get past that. I mean, I’d really go crazy if I made a record and suddenly… I mean, everyone goes into the studio and records an LP, but not everyone suddenly hits the charts
Kai: I mean, it’s just like that, we are basically quite experienced as musicians, I mean, I’ve been making music for ten, eleven, twelve years now. And maybe over time you kinda get a feeling for stuff that’s good. But we don’t male music to sell records or to make it the way people like best. When I write a song, I mainly write it for myself
Michi: …or if you feel like writing it
Kai: Yeah, right
Guy interviewer: I noticed something about your record. There are at least two songs on it that are pretty long.
Michi: Long?
Guy interviewer: Yeah. Those are tracks that are longer than four minutes, that are almost five or six minutes
Michi: There’s one on there that’s thirteen minutes
Kai: Yeah
Michi: It’s the song “Halloween”
Guy interviewer: Is that because you enjoy playing and there’s a concept behind it…
Michi: It’s the ideas. So he [nudges Kai] writes the song and says ‘There we can add this and that’ and then the thing ends up being that long
Kai: It just happens like that. When I sit down and write a song, it either becomes short or long, you never know beforehand. And the more ideas I get and the more I feel like adding stuff to it, I just do it
Michi: And usually, a song gets TOO LONG. But there are songs in between that you just CAN’T shorten. Like “Halloween” for example. But others get shortened if possible.
Guy interviewer: So it’s not like you saying ‘We did a lot of live performances and during that song we noticed that if we start improvising, it really rocks, and we’ll do the same thing on the record as well’
Kai: Yeah, no [don’t ask, that’s a very German way to start a sentence], that’s not really improvisation, so there IS a concept behind it and there has to be. We’re less of an improvisation band. But those things like getting ideas indeed happen while improvising in the band’s rehearsing room
Guy interviewer: Now, I still can’t really get away from this thing , I mean, Helloween being somehwere between rank 10 and 20 in the German charts, Cinderella on #1, that sure IS some sort of a contrast
Michi: Yeah
Kai: Yeah, it sure is
Guy interviewer: How do you feel being in the midst of soft singers as a straight Rock band?
Kai: Well…
Ingo: Quite nice
Kai: It sure is funny
Ingo: I mean, we displaced Hollywood who were on #15, and that somehow was quite a nice feeling, even though I don’t wanna talk bad about Frankie
Guy interviewer: But Frankie is a good key word. Who are your idols? Stupid question, I know, but I assume it’s not Kiss
Michi: No, not Kiss, but I really listen to almost everything
Guy interviewer: Almost everything?
Michi: Yeah, really
Guy interviewer: So did you listen to the number one?
Michi: Cinderella? No, I don’t even know them. No kidding. But I don’t think they’re that big in Germany
Guy interviewer: They’ve been number one in Germany
Ingo: Is that the band Cinderella or the sound track?
Guy interviewer: The sound track?
Kai: Ah, okay. Dunno that either
Michi: I really don’t know them that well. But…
Guy interviewer: That’s OK
Michi: But I really listen to everything. Really, everything
Guy interviewer: Kai, you?
Kai: Yeah, I dunno really, but my past included Slade, Speed and Deep Purple and stuff like that. And then, I also listened to Punk for some time, and then something else came. And now, I’d say I’m kinda flexible in what I listen to. We don’t really have real idols, we did have that in the past, but today, I think we have found our own way and do the things we have in our head instead of copying any role models. And this is made up of a thousand different influences
Guy interviewer: Sure. And you’re pretty individualistic as well as there’s no producer trying to influence you
Kai: Well, we do have a producer which is Tom Newton of Victory, which is a good band as well, and he’s not the kind of producer who sits down and tells us ‘Now you have to do this and that’, but instead, we work together. It’s great team work. And it’s clear that the more people are involved, the more ideas are there, and we were lucky to have him, who can identify with the stuff we do and therefore thinks along the same ways as we do
Guy interviewer: Great. Now we slowly have to move towards the end of this. One question that’s very important now you’re here. You’re on tour at the moment and we’re not only broadcasting in Munich. Maybe you can tell what you have in mind, you usually don’t know all the dates, but where can we see you? We have to add that tonight, you’ll be in Munich
Kai: And tomorrow, there’ll be either Regensburg or Heilbronn, or Heilbronn will be the day after that… I don’t know it that well either, but anyway, next will be Vienna…
Ingo: …Zurich, then France… and then, Bochum, Bremen and Osnabrück will come up. Those were the concerts we had to cancel…
Kai: …because that twit had a cold
Michi: I had a cold
Ingo: The twit had a cold
Guy interviewer: But they’ll be made up for
Ingo: In the end of April, from 27 to 30
Guy interviwer: Alright. The latest dates will be featured in the press for sure. For the people in Munich: Tonight, at the Alabamahalle, at what time will you be starting?
Kai: Er… Overkill, our support band, are gonna start at eight [points to the Overkill patch on the back of Michi’s jacket] – Overkill!
Guy interviewer [laughing]: Yeah
Kai: And we’ll be on stage at somewhere like quarter past nine or half past nine
Guy interviewer: A moment ago, you told me that it’s sold out
Ingo: Yeah
Kai: Right
Guy interviewer: So does it even make sense to go there?
Kai: Yeah, sure
Guy interviewer: So Helloween sounds good from the outside as well?
Kai: Er… nope. But you could ask us for a backstage ticket
Guy interviewer: Yeah, but now imagine five hundred people standing in front of you door wanting a backstage ticket because you said…
Kai: Yeah, well, that’s not possible of course
Guy interviewer: That’d be problematic. But I wanna wish you good luck for tonight sure the atmosphere will be great if it’s sold out. Make a real blast, guys! I’d really love to play a clip of yours now, but we have a slight time problem, but we have something that goes a bit into that direction as well: Gary Moore and “Wild frontiers”.

 

 

Guy interviewer: One question to you of Helloween, Kai, will you be plastered tonight as well?
Kai: Er…Dunno…We’ll see…
Guy interviewer: Embarrassed silence
Kai: Nah, we don’t drink… We don’t drink orange juice, no…
Guy interviewer: And then, we have to add that you’re on tour at the moment, and now an official welcome to our studio – Helloween. Yeah, how shall we say, finally again some Hard Rock from good old Germany
Kai: Yeah, you could say that, yeah
Guy interviewer: It did take a lot of time, there are a lot of holes in those years in between. [“yes” sounds and nodding from the band members] What do you say about your success? For those who aren’t that into the music scene we have to say that in Germany, there’s something called the charts, the top 75 of singles and LPs that are updated on a weekly basis [Today, it’s top 100 like everywhere else but this is still ’87] and I was very surprised two weeks ago [Michi and Kai shake hands] that you made it in there in one go, and on an upper rank as well.
Kai: Yeah
Guy interviewer: Can you explain that somehow?
Michi: It seems like somehow, we sold a lot of records in a short time, and somehow, that was really great, and then we were happy and now… er…
Ingo: Well, a lot of people predicted that, during the production as well, and now it happened and we’re happy about it.
Guy interviewer: But actually, it’s really difficult. Now I have to start from the beginning, let’s ask something about Helloween’s past. How long have you been existing?
Ingo: Seven years. Well, in the current line up with our new singer, it’s only been half a year and er…
Kai: Helloween itself has existed for three…?
Ingo: Okay, with the new name and stuff. Prior to that, we’ve had a couple of other line ups and stuff, the usual thing
Guy interviewer: Now don’t argue about who started what band in which year
Michi: Well, I thought seven was better
Kai: Hey, man [… huh???] Guy interviewer: Seven sounded like quite a lot, but then I’d have to ask ‘Such a success only after so many years’ – how’s that?
Kai: Nah, it’s good when we say that we’ve only been around for half a year with the current line up and they go ‘Such a success in half a year, that’s incredible’ [Sorry, I couldn’t think of a better translation for “tiiiierisch”] Guy interviewer: And that’s exactly the point where I get stuck and I can’t really get past that. I mean, I’d really go crazy if I made a record and suddenly… I mean, everyone goes into the studio and records an LP, but not everyone suddenly hits the charts
Kai: I mean, it’s just like that, we are basically quite experienced as musicians, I mean, I’ve been making music for ten, eleven, twelve years now. And maybe over time you kinda get a feeling for stuff that’s good. But we don’t male music to sell records or to make it the way people like best. When I write a song, I mainly write it for myself
Michi: …or if you feel like writing it
Kai: Yeah, right
Guy interviewer: I noticed something about your record. There are at least two songs on it that are pretty long.
Michi: Long?
Guy interviewer: Yeah. Those are tracks that are longer than four minutes, that are almost five or six minutes
Michi: There’s one on there that’s thirteen minutes
Kai: Yeah
Michi: It’s the song “Halloween”
Guy interviewer: Is that because you enjoy playing and there’s a concept behind it…
Michi: It’s the ideas. So he [nudges Kai] writes the song and says ‘There we can add this and that’ and then the thing ends up being that long
Kai: It just happens like that. When I sit down and write a song, it either becomes short or long, you never know beforehand. And the more ideas I get and the more I feel like adding stuff to it, I just do it
Michi: And usually, a song gets TOO LONG. But there are songs in between that you just CAN’T shorten. Like “Halloween” for example. But others get shortened if possible.
Guy interviewer: So it’s not like you saying ‘We did a lot of live performances and during that song we noticed that if we start improvising, it really rocks, and we’ll do the same thing on the record as well’
Kai: Yeah, no [don’t ask, that’s a very German way to start a sentence], that’s not really improvisation, so there IS a concept behind it and there has to be. We’re less of an improvisation band. But those things like getting ideas indeed happen while improvising in the band’s rehearsing room
Guy interviewer: Now, I still can’t really get away from this thing , I mean, Helloween being somehwere between rank 10 and 20 in the German charts, Cinderella on #1, that sure IS some sort of a contrast
Michi: Yeah
Kai: Yeah, it sure is
Guy interviewer: How do you feel being in the midst of soft singers as a straight Rock band?
Kai: Well…
Ingo: Quite nice
Kai: It sure is funny
Ingo: I mean, we displaced Hollywood who were on #15, and that somehow was quite a nice feeling, even though I don’t wanna talk bad about Frankie
Guy interviewer: But Frankie is a good key word. Who are your idols? Stupid question, I know, but I assume it’s not Kiss
Michi: No, not Kiss, but I really listen to almost everything
Guy interviewer: Almost everything?
Michi: Yeah, really
Guy interviewer: So did you listen to the number one?
Michi: Cinderella? No, I don’t even know them. No kidding. But I don’t think they’re that big in Germany
Guy interviewer: They’ve been number one in Germany
Ingo: Is that the band Cinderella or the sound track?
Guy interviewer: The sound track?
Kai: Ah, okay. Dunno that either
Michi: I really don’t know them that well. But…
Guy interviewer: That’s OK
Michi: But I really listen to everything. Really, everything
Guy interviewer: Kai, you?
Kai: Yeah, I dunno really, but my past included Slade, Speed and Deep Purple and stuff like that. And then, I also listened to Punk for some time, and then something else came. And now, I’d say I’m kinda flexible in what I listen to. We don’t really have real idols, we did have that in the past, but today, I think we have found our own way and do the things we have in our head instead of copying any role models. And this is made up of a thousand different influences
Guy interviewer: Sure. And you’re pretty individualistic as well as there’s no producer trying to influence you
Kai: Well, we do have a producer which is Tom Newton of Victory, which is a good band as well, and he’s not the kind of producer who sits down and tells us ‘Now you have to do this and that’, but instead, we work together. It’s great team work. And it’s clear that the more people are involved, the more ideas are there, and we were lucky to have him, who can identify with the stuff we do and therefore thinks along the same ways as we do
Guy interviewer: Great. Now we slowly have to move towards the end of this. One question that’s very important now you’re here. You’re on tour at the moment and we’re not only broadcasting in Munich. Maybe you can tell what you have in mind, you usually don’t know all the dates, but where can we see you? We have to add that tonight, you’ll be in Munich
Kai: And tomorrow, there’ll be either Regensburg or Heilbronn, or Heilbronn will be the day after that… I don’t know it that well either, but anyway, next will be Vienna…
Ingo: …Zurich, then France… and then, Bochum, Bremen and Osnabrück will come up. Those were the concerts we had to cancel…
Kai: …because that twit had a cold
Michi: I had a cold
Ingo: The twit had a cold
Guy interviewer: But they’ll be made up for
Ingo: In the end of April, from 27 to 30
Guy interviwer: Alright. The latest dates will be featured in the press for sure. For the people in Munich: Tonight, at the Alabamahalle, at what time will you be starting?
Kai: Er… Overkill, our support band, are gonna start at eight [points to the Overkill patch on the back of Michi’s jacket] – Overkill!
Guy interviewer [laughing]: Yeah
Kai: And we’ll be on stage at somewhere like quarter past nine or half past nine
Guy interviewer: A moment ago, you told me that it’s sold out
Ingo: Yeah
Kai: Right
Guy interviewer: So does it even make sense to go there?
Kai: Yeah, sure
Guy interviewer: So Helloween sounds good from the outside as well?
Kai: Er… nope. But you could ask us for a backstage ticket
Guy interviewer: Yeah, but now imagine five hundred people standing in front of you door wanting a backstage ticket because you said…
Kai: Yeah, well, that’s not possible of course
Guy interviewer: That’d be problematic. But I wanna wish you good luck for tonight sure the atmosphere will be great if it’s sold out. Make a real blast, guys! I’d really love to play a clip of yours now, but we have a slight time problem, but we have something that goes a bit into that direction as well: Gary Moore and “Wild frontiers”.