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Lacrimosa



Creature Of Light



Prologue
Journalists are often accused of exaggerating the advantages of a certain band or album because of knowing the musicians in person. That may indeed be the case quite often, but not because we want to flatter somebody, its just because your perception of music is involuntarily changed by getting to know the person who created this music. It was just like that with Tilo Wolff, the singer, songwriter and mastermind of Swiss gothic icon Lacrimosa even though we were only offered a 10-minute conversation with the Maestro shortly before the band hit the stage of Moscows DK Gorbunova for the second time, the effect of meeting him in person and talking to him was immensely strong. You just cannot talk to Tilo and not be impressed by what he is saying and even more so by how it is being said. But lets stop the praises here read the interview and judge by yourselves
Lacrimosa
My first question is, of course, about Moscow. You played your first concert here a year ago. How did you like the city and the show? I remember you said before leaving the stage that it was a very crazy concert

(laughs) First of all, I have to say it was really a great pleasure, because the audience was very warm-hearted, and they were welcoming us in a very intense way. During the whole concert I felt a very good atmosphere. And when I said crazy, it was because I mean, now the doors have been open for about 10 minutes, and they are already screaming and shouting. I think its great, and not every country is like this.

Your latest album Lichtgestalt was devoted to love and its place in your life. But love is a topic that is often misused by artists and misunderstood by the audience. Its been a year since the album was released do you think the fans got the message of the album?

Its always hard to say. First of all, I dont have the possibility to talk to each and everyone. Secondly, everybody has his own interpretation of something. I think its also good, and its important, because music is music is not like mathematics, where there is only one conclusion. Everybody actually should interpret the music and the lyrics in the way he wants to, get out of the music the feelings he wants to, he should get this structure through the heart of his own. I think an artist only can show a direction, but everybody whos listening to the music or reading the book or whatever has to go this way by himself.

You used the lyrics from the Holy Bible in the last track on the album Hohelied Der Liebe. What was the purpose of doing it? Do you believe that nobody can talk better about love than the Bible does?

There are many reasons. First of all, I believe in God, and the Bible means a lot to me. And I thought: Ive been writing many lyrics about love, and God is love, so why not take the words about love from his spirit, which are written in the Bible? Why not take what God himself says about love? And that was the reason why I thought: if I really wanna get to the point, I have to stand back and let God talk.

Is it possible to describe love in a few words or in a few sentences? Of course, you have a whole album about it, but if somebody asks you, What is love?, what will you say?

Love is the most powerful force we have on this planet. Without love I think human beings wont be able to survive.

Last year you released the Lichtgestalten EP, which you describe as an epilogue to the full-length album. Why did you decide to divide the material in two parts? Why not put these three extra tracks on the full-length CD?

The album is actually one story, and you dont necessarily need to hear the songs from the EP. But if you want to dig deeper, than you can get the EP, but you dont need it to understand the theme. Its like if you tell a story, at a certain point the curtain falls, and you have the possibility to open the curtain once again and look behind the scenes, so to say. I like the albums that are closed, so to say, I dont like the albums with 15 songs and bonus tracks on top of them. In the end its just a collection of songs, not one piece of art.

The most surprising song on the EP is Road To Pain, which is the most aggressive Lacrimosa song ever. Is there any story behind this track? I mean, you very seldom write songs like this

Of course, there is a story behind every song, but I dont talk about it. If I, for example, now explained why I wrote this song, then somebody would say, Well, OK, Ive been listening to this song and I had a different idea of what its about from my history and all the things I connect with it, and now the person who wrote this song says totally different things. So I would destroy the imagination of his soul and his feelings. On the other hand, I dont talk about it because my music and my lyrics are very personal. They always reflect my private life, and I dont wanna talk about my private life, only in the lyrics.

In this song you ask the question, Why does beauty lead to pain? Do you personally have any answer for it?

Well, if I had had an answer, I wouldnt have asked the question. And its really like that all the beauty leads to pain Well, not all the beauty leads to pain, but pain only arises from beauty. I mean not only from the way the person looks, but also the beauty from the inside, the beauty of love, the beauty of pure feelings. All that actually might and very often does lead to pain.

The cover artwork for this EP was done by Joachim Luetke. How did you get to know him, and how does working with
Lacrimosa
Joachim differ from working with your regular painter, Stelio Diamantopoulos?


Stelio still paints our covers, nothing changed for the latest album. Joachim just made the booklet. And with the EP its the same as with singles we always have different covers. Our albums always have painted covers, and it will always be like this, while singles or EPs may have photos or collages on the covers. I met Joachim through Mille from Kreator, whos a good friend of mine. I think it was Mille who suggested Joachim, and Joachim did quite a lot of work for the EP and for the Muzikkurzfilme DVD.

How do you pick up members of your live band? As far as I understand, their job is very difficult, because in the studio you can choose a jazz drummer for a jazz song and a metal drummer for a metal song, but live it has to be the same person

If you go on stage with Lacrimosa, you have to be a very good musician, otherwise it doesnt work. I choose the musicians depending on how flexible they are. If they can understand the music, and if they are good musicians, they can grow into what they should play. On the other hand, we of course sometimes change parts. We play Copycat a little differently now than we did with the drummer we had before. Its a combination of changing the arrangements a little bit, and having the musicians which are very good in their technique and their understanding, so that they can do everything. (laughs)

What are the human qualities that you value the most in the people around you?

Loyalty and honesty. Its very important for me that a person must be honest. I cant have any respect and I cant even consider a person as beautiful or as someone with whom I would like to spend time if I know this person is lying, if hes not honest to himself and to his opposite, in this case me. So honesty and loyalty are the most important things.

You say you are always satisfied with the albums you release. But is there anything that you still want to improve on the next CD?

Not really. My aim is always to get the straightest contact between my feelings and the music, to transport the feelings of my heart and my soul into the music. I dont have an aim to do the best album of all times or whatever, I just wanna have the album in my hands, listen to it and be able to fall into this music and enjoy
Lacrimosa
it. In that sense Im a bit egoistic, I do music firstly for myself.


Special thanks to Alexei KIDd Kuzovlev (Irond) for arranging this interview

Interview by Natalie Lynx Khorina
Questions also provided by Roman Maniac Patrashov
June 9, 2006
19 2006
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