mpomusic: Out of
Germany comes Seventh Avenue. The band exists quite some years now. How did the band get
Herbie: We started with the band
in 1989 but then we had another name. In 1992 our old singer left the band and I began to
sing. Since we played another kind of metal so we were looking for a new name: Seventh
Avenue. But I am the only one from that time who's still in the band.
mpomusic: Did you
follow singing lessons? And what are your influences as a singer?
Herbie: I had singing lessons for
one year because I wanted to learn some techniques. Yeah, I like Bruce Dickinson, a little
bit Helloween, and harder stuff like Rage or Iced Earth.
Exhead Nl: Do you
Herbie: We don't gig very often
but I hope it will be better this year. First the Fear Dark Festival, then the Bobfest and
then I will get my baby in April (or my wife will). I hope that we play some good concerts
and festivals this summer (maybe Wacken Open Air in Germany). And then in September we'll
do a two week Brazilian/South American Tour.
noticed that on the Seventh Avenue site one can download all songs from all the albums.
This makes me wonder which ones of these you're going to do live so we can give them an
extra listen... What songs will the set list contain?
Herbie: We play Southgate, Tales
Of Tales, May The Best One Win, Time, Iron Man, Goodbye, Rest In Peace, some new stuff and
some surprise songs.
mpomusic: And with
surprise songs you mean covers? On the Seventh Avenue site I downloaded Burning Heart, an
Herbie: Yeah, cover songs is
right. Burning Heart is from Survivor.
don't know how many times people have asked you this, but is there a possibility you guys
will play at Cornerstone Festival, in the U.S? It's the biggest Christian music festival
in the nation and it would rule if Seventh Avenue would come! Any plans for concerts in
Herbie: I really wanna go to
Cornertsone! But I don't have a contact with anyone from the organization. In September we
are in Brazil/South America and maybe there is a way to go to North America as well.
Daffie K: Some
people here on Art For The Ears are very curious about your clothing when being on
stage. Are you wearing tight leather pants a la Stryper back in the 80's? Or is it
baggy jeans with ultra white sneakers?
Herbie: I think we wear the same
style as ever. A lot of black leather pants, black shirts and of course a little bit Poser
Style. Our drummer once wore a Scottish dress!
Exhead Nl: What do
you think of the current state of the metal scene?
Herbie: About the metal scene I
can say that I like a lot of new melodic metal bands. It can always be a way for us to
come forward. I don't like all that new metal (Limp Biskit, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson).
The new Maiden was very cool.
Exhead Nl: There's
seems to be a good market for good traditional metal. Are your CD's selling well?
Herbie: I hope with the next label
we can sell a lot more CD's because the market is very good.
mpomusic: What do
you mean with 'the next label'. Are you switching record deals? Can you tell us about it?
Herbie: Normally we would have
made the deal with Underground Symphony from Italy but they didn't send us money for
recordings and I didn't get an answer for my questions. So we had to cancel the mix in
Gate Studio (Rhapsody). And I must pay for some stuff by my own. That all makes me very
angry. Now Victor Smolski from Rage tries to find a deal for us and then we make the mix
in his studio (VPS).
Master M: On your
coming album Between The Worlds what does it sound like most? Iron Maiden or Stratovarius
or maybe like some other bands?
Herbie: First it sounds like
Seventh Avenue! But I think sometimes it sounds like classic Maiden style and sometimes
more like modern Stratovarius or Gamma Ray.
Herbie, what is going to be the difference on the new Seventh Avenue album? I really liked
Southgate...but what would you like to see improved?
Herbie: The new album's name is
Between The Worlds and it's the best we've ever made. You will hear it this summer. I
think the new album is more melodic, sometimes harder, faster. More big choirs, better
guitars and of course a very much better sound. I think it will be, of course, the very
best album from Seventh Avenue. I hope the fans will think the same.