You've done a festival tour with Slechtvalk. The
first show was in Germany at a Fear Dark festival. How was Germany?
Very special. It was literally under the ground,
in a bunker. Even that was, apart from everything, a real nice start. It was a good
How was the crowd? Were they already familiar with
I think some of them were in any case. The club
was completely sold out which was something unknown to that bunker. Of course, I don't
know for which band in particular people came but there were some people we knew us.
Can you describe how you are on stage for all
those people who haven't seen you live? How's Slechtvalk on stage?
Yeah, impressive. There's quite some show around
it. The men are wearing warpaint. I'm not, of course, as a woman. There's also a female
dancer (Deborah) who dances in a couple of songs to portray those songs and what they are
about. So, there's quite some show going on.
Can you tell a little bit more about this aspect?
Well, for example, she dances to the Dragon's
Children and it's about the fact that those people in the story of the CD who killed the
main character eventually end up in hell. She's portraying that, like "what have we
really done? Why have we ended up here and how do we get out?" She portrays it in an
extreme manner by painting her face real creepy and by dancing in a real wild manner.
Yeah, I think it comes across, though not to everyone.
When I saw your show at the festival in The
Netherlands I noticed that the band talked to the crowd in English. What's the idea behind
I really don't know! I don't know why Shamgar did
that. Fact is that he announced a few songs in Germany and Sweden in Dutch. That was
really funny, though, looking back. I'm not sure whether the public got that. But in
Sweden we did a cover from Horde: An Abandoned Grave Bathes Softly In The Falling
Moonlight. And that song he announced in Dutch. So, it was like "een graf dat
zachtjes baadt in het vallende maanlicht," or so. That was really funny!
On Saturday March 8th you were in Ede, The
Netherlands, for a concert at the Fear Dark Festival. You were thrown for the Dutch lions
for the first time. The feedback from this show has been tremendous. How did you
Very well! The first show in Holland. The public
was absolutely going nuts. I thought it went well too. So, yeah, it went very well!
I saw you in the cloak room after the show. There
were lots of teenagers with beaming faces who wanted to be in a picture with members of
the band. I was looking at you and wondering, "how will she experience this?"
For you don't have a lot of experience with this phenomenon.
So, how was it?
I'm not sure, actually. I thought it was really
strange to experience something like this but then I have this feeling that I want to
remain with both my feet firmly on the ground. I considered it to be fun to be part of,
but I find it rather difficult to think something of it. I have this idea that if the fans
are great with it, then I think it's wonderful for them! But for myself.... I think it's
You also added your autograph to stuff. And as you
work under a pseudonym, I wonder, do you have a special autograph?
Yeah! (laughs). We all practised on it (more
laughs). Yeah, it all has to happen professionally of course. So, it isn't just a vague
Last weekend you went to Sweden for a third
concert. I've understood that you went with a whole bunch of folks. How was it?
That was real fun! We went with a total of sixteen
Dutchies and we were the only Dutchies present. It was a great experience. Next year when
that festival is held again, we'll certainly go that way again. Yeah, that was really
How did people respond there? I've heard that they
are a bit stiff sort of people.
Well, that wasn't so bad, actually (laughs). I've
heard that before we went as well. The Swedish normally just stand and watch and enjoy
without moving as much. But when we played it wasn't that bad. There were quite some
people who were banging their heads and so. Yeah, that was real fun.
So, there wasn't much semi dead public.
No, no! Not at all! (laughs).
In Germany and Holland you were together with Fear
Dark band Immortal Souls. How was that?
Personally I didn't spent much time with them. I
did have a chat with their singer. He was a real nice guy, by the way. Fins are known for
being an introvert people. But he was the only one who was quite extravert, actually. That
was real fun to see.
Okay, looking back at the last few weeks, what are
the positive things that stick in mind?
That the shows were well received by the public.
For us that was quite nerve breaking. How were we going to be received? How was our
attitude to be, our performance. That is... Yeah, I have a good feeling about it. And I
believe that the crowd appreciated it.
Were there things you experienced as being not so
Especially the sound. In fact, with all three
shows the sound wasn't really great. Yeah, that's a drawback. I sing quite clean of
course, and then it's important to be able to hear yourself. That wasn't the case all the
time and then you start wondering if you're still on the right pitch. And, am I still
audible in the crowd? Because I know that in Ede most people couldn't hear me well. That's
really a pity.
It also depends where exactly one stands in the
Yeah, that's true. But most people in front
couldn't hear much.
The question that remains is, when will we be able
to see the band live again? I've heard you will play on the Flevo Festival.
But are there other things going to be arranged?
No. At this point I don't know about any
forthcoming shows. At least there's the Flevo Festival and that's the first show coming up
for me. There's a chance that some shows will happen before it. But I don't know.