Interview with bass player Peter Steincke from Fate (April 25th 2006)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album “V”.
Peter - Thanx a lot!  

Why did you break up back in the beginning of the nineties? And why did you reunite?
Peter - We simply needed a break. We did a lot of touring and stuff after our 4. album with Mattias Eklundh on guitars but in '91 Mattias left to pursue a solo career. Søren Hoff then became the guitar player and still is. So we decided in '93 to take a break! It turned out to be rather a long break! 

But a couple of years ago MTM wanted to re-release our old albums, and suddenly the idea came up to make a new album: FATE V.  

How has your new album been received by the media?
Peter - Mixed I think... as usual!  

How would you describe your music to an outsider?
Peter - That’s easy:
It is simply hard rock with melody and a twist.

“A Matter of Attitude” was re-released in 2004 and “Scratch ‘n Sniff” in 2005, but what about the “Fate” and “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’” albums?
Peter - MTM will release the other albums as well. I don’t know when.  

Who and what inspire you when you write a song?
Peter - You get inspiration from everywhere: life in general, music, movies, books and all kinds of stuff.
In this case the making this album was not so much a question of inspiration, but more that we have grown older...

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Peter - Tommy Hansen who also produced our last album, “Scratch ‘n Sniff”. This time Per had his vocals pretty much laid out in advance, so it was more or less the drumming we worked on in the studio. Søren also knew exactly what he would do with solos and stuff. So the main thing for Tommy was putting the whole thing together. Tommy always does a great job!  

Do you feel that you sound will evolve in some different direction, in the future, or you will still follow the same path?
Peter - I don’t know. Nothing is planned. We just do what we fell like at the moment...  

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Peter - I love a great cover. It’s a part of the package. Mattias Norén did the design and when we decided the album should be called FATE V, he came up with a lot of ideas and the one with the 5 wolves were one of them. We liked it and it became the cover.  

Do you have any touring plans?
Peter - Lots…but nothing is confirmed yet.

Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Peter - If you choose the musical angle over the commercial it could be a band like Kings X?  

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Peter - It is how it’s supposed to be. Great and sometimes annoying!  

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?
Peter - It’s pretty important these days. See for yourself at! I use it very much. It’s a fast and great way to get information.  

And how do you feel about the Danish metal scene in general at the moment?
Peter - As far as I know is ok. There is some interesting new stuff and still some good old bands around!  

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Peter - That impossible for me to answer. I rate ours in the wrong way.  

When did you start playing and how old were you when you became interested in metal?
Peter - I went to see a Uriah Heep concert, and their bass player Gary Thain blew me away. I decided to play the bass too! Can’t remember the year. The love for rock music started out with Zeppelin, Sabbath, Purple, and The Who and so on. It was the energy and their attitude that appealed to me! (and still do!).  

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
Peter - Like I said: that special concert had a big influence in the way my life developed. I might have become a musician anyway – I don’t know. But being a musician has brought so many things into my life I wouldn’t have been without!!  

Which music do you listen to at home?
Peter - Impossible to list! A lot of different music and genres – not only heavy but anything that means something to me...  

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Peter - It is great to be back on track!

Take care,

Fate - V

Album available on Major MTM Music.

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