Interview from November 2005
It is now only 6 days to the release of “Return
To The Mirror” !! A major step towards your dream. Tell me, how does it feel?
- It’s feeling good. It’s still a bit hard to believe. We’ve been working on this album since 2001,
and some of the songs are 15 years old, so it feels like a relief to finally get it out there.
What are your hopes for this release?
-I hope that those who like our kind of music get the opportunity to hear it and buy it. And of course, it wouldn’t
hurt to sell a ridiculous amount of copies as well. §:D
The new cd is already in the process of recording
!! Are you happy with the way things have started in the studio ?
- So far I’m very satisfied. We have learned a lot from recording the first album, so the pre-production is running
more smoothly this time. Everyone in the band is more involved through the whole process. The songs are a bit more epic and
symphonic this time. Right now we’re working on an old one, “Company”, which has been rearranged a lot.
It’s a real epic, and one of my favourites from 15 years ago.
Mills has agreed to work on the new album. Possibly coming over to record the
backing vocals in Norway. ! Don’t
you think that could be dangerous as you guys all love a good “BEER” session!! Won’t that mean not much
work will get done on the album !!
-Ha ha. I think it just means that everyone will be more comfortable and at ease. Tony is a professional who’s
been in the business for many years, so I’m sure he will get things done. He did a brilliant job on Return to the mirror
by the way. Everything we wanted, and then some. I’m really looking forward to meet him. I’ve just been in touch
with him via email and phone, and he sounds like a great and down to earth guy.
plans for a celebration for the release next Monday or shall it just be the same old routine?
- I guess it’s the same old routine, infinite amounts of beer.
have it on good authority that you break a string every session !! ha ha ! Any
defence to this allegation ! ;o)
-Ha ha! Back in the olden days it might have been a shred of truth to that assertion. But after I changed to heavier
strings about 8 years ago, I rarely break any strings anymore. (I use GHS boomers, 010-046, the best strings I’ve tried)
personally can’t wait on the release. I am really looking forward to it. If you said to me, ”There is one song
you must go to straight away”, what would that song be ?
- That’s a very difficult question. I can’t pick just one, but I can narrow it down to four songs; Another
time, Mountain inside the stone, Broken defence and Sail. Those are my favourites at the moment.
you have any plans for live gigs with WinterStrain to promote the album ?
- I don’t know of any plans at this point, but I’m sure there will be some gigs to promote it. I’m
really looking forward to that.
do remember that there is an offer of a live gig in my back garden!! Remember
I can’t pay cash, but I can offer as much beer as you like!! Does it still
sound like a good offer?
- That sounds like a great offer. But keep in mind, we love beer, say no more. §:)
thanks again for taking the time to answer a few questions from me.
-Thank you for your interest. It’s always a pleasure talking to you Steven.
on a final note is there anything you would like to say to the fans out there awaiting the release of Return To The Mirror!!
-I hope you like our record as much as I do. There’s plenty of more to come. We have already several songs written
for the third record.
Thanks Animus…..I mean Arnulf. A
pleasure as always ;o)
Below is the first interview with Arnulf from August 2005
can I say a big thank for your feedback with
helping me build
up your “FIRST” ever WinterStrain
Glad to be of any help. §:D
So, Arnulf, who gave you the inspiration to chose the
guitar as your instrument?
- I saw a TV show back in '81 when I was 9 years old.
It was a live show featuring Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin
and Paco DeLucia. I was totally floored. Real guitar
pyrotechniques! I got real inspired after that,but it
wasn't until about 4 - 5 years later I started to really
out how to play the guitar.
Do you remember your first ever gig and what was
your band called at the time??
- It was in March 1990, the band was called Close Race.
It consisted of four people which today makes up the
backing section of WinterStrain. Rolf was singing lead
and drumming. I remember being a bit nervous, but it was
good fun as well. We performed together with some other
bands, and got pretty good audience feedback.
We all know you as Animus on the forum. Where did
the name come from??
- I recorded some music a few years ago under that
artist name. It is a bit experimental stuff, mostly
composed on keyboard. I recorded two Cds which have
just been distributed to friends. The material spans
from dark ambient stuff to more melodic pop, and it's
99 % instrumentals. My brother is working on putting some
mp3s of the project on his website. A link will be posted
our website as soon as it happens.
is your favourite band and why ??
- I think it is difficult to pick just one band.
Rush have always been important to me, but Beatles
is probably the band I would pick,
if I had to name
just one. The reason for that is purely their fantastic
is your favourite drink ??
is your ideal woman ??
you had one wish, what would you wish for ??
Which band member has the most annoying habit ??
and what is it !!!
- Probably me, correcting everyone else in any matter
to music. §:D.
What is the most frightening thing ever to have happened
to you ??
Maybe a car crash.
or coffee ??
I you had the chance to play one gig in your life and
have one support act play for you, who would you pick
and where would it be ??
- Rush as support act performing in some sort of
in a large city somewhere.
are your dislikes ??
- Rap/hip-hop, unfriendly people.
If you could turn back the clock and change one
thing…what would it be??
- Probably undoing the moment where Adolf Hitler was
Who would be the guys you would pick to start up your
own super group ?? 1 drummer,1 bass player,1 keyboard
player and 1 singer !!
- Drums: Neil Peart, Bass: Geddy Lee, Keyboard: Kevin
Moore,Vocals: Steve Perry.
Well Arnulf. Thanks for being so kind and allowing me to
ask you a few questions. It was a pleasure and I am sure when you are
famous the questions will be a little harder ;o) Ladies and gentlemen,
please put your hands together and thank Arnulf for sharing some
thoughts and memories with us all.
applause from your devoted crowd !!) :o)