PRIMAL FEAR INTERVIEW
Twinmusix got to speak to Mat Sinner from Primal Fear about their new album and more.
TM - Hi this is Amelia and Elizabeth from Twinmusix, Thank You for having this interview with us today.
MS - It's a pleasure to be with you.
TM - How's everything going over there?
MS - Germany is quite good at this stage and we are slowly going back to regular life. For a band, this is a crazy situation with no live shows possible. We just trying to find the best situation for things that are not possible. Today we would have been in Albuquerque, we had a 28 tour run in u.s. but it's postponed till next year. We had to postpone all our summer festivals to next year. We had a promotion for the new album and we have a lot of good things lined up. We have a video shoot and photoshoot that's not possible anymore, so a lot of crazy times ahead.
TM - You released a new song from your upcoming album, how have fans responded?
MS - We released a song that was 100 per cent Primal Fear to give the fans around the world a feeling that we are making. We are not crazy about experimenting with music. The new album will be 100 per cent Primal Fear. The hat was the message of our first single and our second single. We will be 100 per cent Primal Fear and it's very important we give the fans what they want.
TM - Who designed your Album cover and what is the meaning behind it?
MS - A German guy called Stefan. He did the first couple of Primal Fear albums as well. He came up with the eagle on our first album artwork and it is carried on Through the Years. He did the album cover for "Rulebreaker" and we gave him the title of this album and he came up with that graphic idea and we loved it. It was a combination of the new Primal Fear and the old Primal Fear and it will look really good on a T-Shirt.
TM - You produced your new album what made you want to produce it and what was writing and recording process?
MS - I had a time in my career years ago where I paid a lot of money for external producers, well-known guys from all around the world and sometimes, in the end, I was not happy so I started early to learn more about production. I'm not a technical producer, I'm more of a music producer and I enjoy hanging in the studio and producing albums. For me it's like putting a puzzle together or painting a new picture, it's a very creative process.
For me, it's 50/50 I like to be in the studio and fool around with sounds and try to squeeze out percentages with every musician on an album to make it even a lite but better. It's a challenging job, we started with the drums, we have a new drummer Michael Ehré who was formally in "Gamma Ray" and we worked with him on the foundation of the album. He was very cool, friendly and we had a great time. It was very peaceful but the sound was killer. The other guys had great motivation to record. We did guitars in Sweden and lead guitars in Germany.
Ralph was recording over the first part because with his vocal technique he needs a bit longer sending files back and forth and discussing everything together. We are living in the same city which makes it way easier. We meet again in Denmark with our favourite engineer Jacob Hudson at the end of recording 16 songs and we had to cut it down to 11 for the real album. Another big challenge is when you have 16 songs and you have to make it 11. I asked the guys if they wanted any say on what goes on the albums and they said no it's ok you do it and we will be fine with it, so that was the job done in the end. I hope everyone is happy with my work, I think is the best Primal Fear sounding production ever.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be, what song would it be and in your style or their style?
MS - Let me take a song off the new album, I Will Be Gone done by U2.
TM - If you could collaborate with any band who would it be and why?
MS - I'm very satisfied in the direction I'm going. We have a show called Rock Meets Classic every year, for the last 12 years. It is a symphony orchestra. We invite classic rock bands, the legends from history and we have been doing this tour for the last 12 years. I have played with Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Toto, Paul Rodgers and Status Quo. I'm ok with that. I'm looking forward to my next tour in April 2021, there will be Joey Tempest of Europe and many many more and my fanboy heart is fine with that.
TM - I'll have to check out Rock Meets Classic - https://www.facebook.com/RockMeetsClassic/
MS - The next one is next year in April.
TM - We go to Hellfest, every year so maybe we will have to fly over extra early and do that.
MS - Hellfest is an amazing Festival, I love it.
TM - Me too.
MS - Last time we played there I think it was two years ago it was an amazing experience, so many people so many good vibes crazy good.
TM - What's your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live can you tell us a story?
MS - My first concert was when I saw Thin Lizzy which was a red light for my own musical career. I was a young kid and so excited about what was going on. I was more into soccer and football until I saw Thin Lizzy. I was like wow, that was amazing. I was a fan from then on and of course, I like a lot of bands. I enjoying seeing concerts, it's really good. Watching a band is exciting to me. I watch everything from Slipknot to Joe Bonamassa, for me live music is good music.
TM - Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
MS - My last trip to Australia was wonderful even though I was jetlagged and came from Japan. I had a wonderful experience and I hope our fans will give a listen to our new album and enjoy it. Give us feedback on the album and let us know if you like it. We spent one year on that album and we hope you enjoy our new album.
TM - Thank You for this interview today, we really appreciate it.