Interview with Gino Naschke, Châlice (January 11th, 2006)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Gino -
Thanks. ;=)

CHÂLICE is a Rock/Hardrock band from Hamburg. Working on an international basis. The latest album “Shotgun Alley” is the fifth recording of the band.


How has your new album been received by the media?
Gino -
We are very happy at the moment as we get very good reactions from everywhere.

I know artists don't like to put a label on their music - but a spaceship from outer space has just landed in your backyard, and is demanding an answer - so how would you describe your music to an alien from another galaxy?
Gino -
Heavy guitars, rough and straight with strong melodies.

If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
Gino -
Rage and optimism.

Who and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the creation of a song?
Gino -
It is the life itself that is the biggest inspiration for us writing our songs. Usually one of us is coming to the rehearsal-room with an idea, together we are working on it and in the end it has nothing to do with the original idea ;o)

Which subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them? And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
Gino - Normally I (Gino Naschke – Lead Vox) write 95% of the lyrics. The rest is done by Steve (Bass, Background Vocals). Topics are everything in life that touches my attention. This time I wrote about our superficial society, the problems people are talking about by getting older, beauty operations, stupid and arrogant leaders of the world and... take your time to read the lyrics and invent your personal story...

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Gino -
Again, we worked together with Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra, Michael Kiske etc.). He also produced our last album “Chameleonation”. We like his style and his way of working. He is a very nice guy and at the moment (to me) he is definitely one of Europe’s best producers for this kind of music. Especially with this record he gave us the sound we were always looking for, rough and heavy but clear. Translating our sound from the stage into the studio. We are very happy with the result.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Gino -
The artwork was done by our guitar player, Oliver Scheer. It is the first time that he has done the artwork completely! In former times he always cooperated with a friend of the band who’s profession is the graphic design. I like the new artwork very much and I am very impressed, as Oli has never done things like that before.  

Do you have any touring plans?
Gino -
Oh yes! Within the last weeks we had the confirmation for being the opening act for all German shows of the fantastic double headlining tour of DEEP PURPLE and ALICE COOPER. We are going to play 10 shows in Germany in February 2006 in venues with capacities of 7.000 –10.000 people. We are really happy about that and looking forward (with respect) to entering the stages...

Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Gino -
It looks like we made it, doesn’t it?! ;=)

We are really happy with this situation. To me personally BON JOVI also would have been an interesting slot... And we hope to continue with touring the rest of Europe.

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Gino -
It is alright, so far. They do what they can. But it would be stupid to expect miracles from companies in these times. Nobody is willing to risk big money. But money is all you need to work successful on a career. Especially in times where you are forced to promote an album without any support from TV or radio. It is a shame, but it is hard to find somebody who is really able to take the risk to spend a fortune to get things done. We need to pay a lot of things out of our own pocket...

The internet is a very important source for many metal fans – how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Gino -
Indeed, it is getting more and more important everyday. We try our best to work together with our agency that is promoting the album to get as much as possible done in the net. It is fast and it is the best way to inform people about bands and their music. Again, we are very lucky that Oli is looking after our homepage (, that’s why it looks so awesome... ;=)

And how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
Gino -
The scene is getting stronger again. It was always a strong community, but at the moment you hear back again that kind of music we always liked that much and that was hidden that long - the music we were making all the years and that we still play... Maybe we get another chance.

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Gino -
That’s very hard to say! To me personally, one of the best was “Turn into” from our last album “Chameleonation”. I like the music and I like the lyrics. A song about the difficulties to find the right words whilst writing a song. ;=)

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
Gino -

Album: Journey – "Escape" => I still like the whole album, the strong melodies and the fantastic voice of Steve Perry.
Persons (private): my two little girls and my girlfriend => They give me the power to go ahead, always finding good words for strange situations...
Person (music): Doro => It was very nice to meet DORO. I was deep impressed by the way she treats her fans after all those years.

Which music do you listen to at home?
Gino -
All kinds of music. Nothing special. I still have all the albums from my favourites like JOURNEY, RAINBOW, and WHITE LION etc. at home. But I also listen to launch and jazzy music, as much as various Rock + Pop stuff. As long as I can find melodies, I am happy to listen to. But don’t bore me with “vocalists” that grunt like an animal... I can’t listen to that for more than five minutes. I always need good or interesting voices.

Vinyl has had a small comeback lately – do you still prefer “the old sound” or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
Gino -
To be honest, in the meantime I just have CDs and DVDs left in my living room. My vinyl is stored somewhere. It’s easier, to take away music on this little formats. I also love my little I-Pod. But if you take some time, it is still the greatest pleasure; sitting down with the cover art of a huge vinyl version of a record you love and have a look at all the details whilst listening to the music...

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Gino -
Go out and see us on tour. We are looking forward to entering your local stage! In the meantime go and have a look and listen on our homepage see you!

Best regards,
Gino Naschke

Châlice - Shotgun Alley

Album out on Massacre Records.

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