Interview with Kai Mühlenbruch, Galloglass (January 10th, 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?
Kai -
Hi there, too. This is Kai trying to do answers :P I Guess the very first question would be enough to fill the whole interview space :D:D:D Well Galloglass was formed by Arnie, Dirk and Carsten back in the fall of 1999 I think. We already knew each other, and have been talking seriously about a side project to our main bands, which we’re “Serpent Moves” (Arnie, Dirk and Carsten) and “Desolation” (Me) at that time. They had the Demo “Kings who die” Recorded already, when the asked me to join in. We completed some more songs, I just put on some double-lead’s and the solos and we send the tape out to the record labels. We we’re totally blown away by the fast response and still can’t believe what happened. We decided to sign LMP, a well known Label I think ;). Later the guys told me that our search for the second guitarist is over. Nobby and the others did know each other from gigs, they did together with Nobby´s former band “Progeria”. He was unknown to me and really was like the missing link right from the start. We did a rehearsal together and (ok,the songs are not so hard, but hey...) I remember me showing him the riffs and licks to “Ancient times” only once, and he said :” ...mkay! I got it.Next!:D:D:D And he did. It still is cool to work with him. We are a great team

Well. Later we recorded “Legends...” and made some really experiences, in recording an album on professional standards. We changed arrangements of the songs almost completely, not because we could do them, but we wanted to polish them more and more. Well we are still amazed, by how the people received “Legends...” The rest is history ;)

How has your new album been received by the media?
Kai - We knew, most of the people would not like our new influences. But it was necessary for us, to do so. Some of the fans don’t like what we are doing now, but it’s just like a beginning to us. Galloglass has started to work out their own style and works as a band, now. To us its natural, that there are some who do not like these and those, but we are playing for those who like us. We decided to put a bit more extra bees on the record than others do, because we wanted to give our fans in other countries the opportunity to see, how we do live. Almost all of the media gave us a “thumbs up” to few to mention who didn’t. We are glad so far

What’s the main difference between “Legends from Now and Nevermore” & “Heavenseeker”?
Kai - Well, “Legends...” was our debut. The most different things happened since then. The band did some kind of evolution, which to me appears kind of natural, when becoming more and more a real band, and not a sort of project, as we had to handle Galloglass first. I would even say “Heavenseeker” is more like a Galloglass album, for the fact, that we are now put in some of our different influences, we are all form different Metal genres (Death/Black/Melodic, Thrash and Prog) to name a few. We had worked in a different way on the songs, and one big advantage could be, that we had time to work out the orchestral arrangements, and parts for violin out, while writing the songs. On “Legends...” we had all of the songs already arranged, and put in violins later, when finished the recordings almost completely. That would be the main differences for us I think...I hope I didn’t forget anything important.  

How would you describe your music to an outsider?
Kai - Hey, did you ever hear a mixture of Patsy Cline and Mortician?! Seriously this is always kind of hard, if the person is not into metal. But usually I describe us as a melodic – speed metal band, with some orchestral paintings and trash metal elements, for those who know, what I am talking about. How would you do that?! ;):P:P I don’t like to compare us to other bands, but its the easiest way lets say. Helloween meets Testament and Mussorgsky or so...I don’t know :D:D:D

If your music were an emotion, which one would it be?
Kai - Well, now that’s really hard to answer. I’ll pick “Euphoria”. “Rage” is portrait the easiest I think. The hardest would be “love”, to put into notes without sounding totally wimpy or silly.

Who and what inspire you when you write a song?
Kai - It’s always really nice to have inspiration to a song. My studies of the guitar often inspire me a lot. I think there are differences, between getting new inspiration for a song, that you already started working on, and getting inspiration for a song as a whole thing. Most of the time I get tons of inspiration out of the silliest situations, melodies emotions or what ever. Let’s say its good music sometimes, a good meal and nice people. Or perhaps beer...:P

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Kai - The album was produced by Nobby and Carsten this time. We are all very pleased and proud about the result.  

Do you feel that you sound will evolve in some different direction, in the future, or you will still follow the same path?
Kai - We have just made evolution. The band grew more and more together and a result of that  was, that we change something on our style. We decided to get a bit heavier and rougher,  nothing special to us, because we all are from more heavier genres, but maybe new to the people. At this point its impossible to say, how new material would sound, exactly. Lets see what happens next.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Kai - Carsten again did the job again. We are fine with it. Otherwise we would have someone else to do it. There’s a lot of footage on our DVD “making of ...” section, for those who care. A great cover could be cool. But there is no guarantee to have a cover that everyone is fine with. An eye catcher thing is always a plus I think. Often better, than a cover with billions of details and awesome paintings, that no one understands.

Do you have any touring plans?
Kai - Well, again its hard to answer this question. We always wanted to tour back in time, but do not have the money, and all of us are working besides. Lets hope that some opportunity comes to us again, we really would love to tour, have been planning something, but had to drop it, because of missing TIME and MONEY. It’s s pity. Please be patient, we are on it.

Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Kai - Well, this really is speculating to me :D But for the fact, that we did some gigs with bands like Wizard, Mob Rules or Deadly Sin. These would be kind of realistic partners, for a tour ;)  

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Kai - Its cool. Both sides are satisfied.  

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?
Kai - Today the internet is very important to the scene. Back in time people traded tapes, and that was they’re only opportunity, to get the coolest bands. It’s a very good way to find attention, in the most different ways. Everyone could make a website and that’s good. We use the web a lot. Check it out. We are always working on new ideas for the site. For those who care, Nobby is the webmaster by the way;) Awesome job I think.

And how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
Kai - One thing I didn’t like from the start is, that everyone knows everything about everyone, always. I’m really fed up with that. On the other hand I always loved is, the feeling on big concerts or festivals. The “metal-brotherhood” is awesome. The metal fans are the most loyal fans on earth I think, using Joeys (Manowar) words ;)

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
I don’t know. Sorry :(

When did you start playing and how old were you when you became interested in metal?
Kai -
I started on the piano when I was 6 years old. But not seriously, because musical theory became to hard for me and Football and Tae – Kwon  - Do more interesting, to the little Kai. I guess it was during that time, I got AC/DC, and Maiden tapes by my older cousins. I loved the sound but didn’t even know, what an electric guitar sounds like. After I found out , I immediately wanted to have one. My grandparents bought me my first guitar, when I was 12. I got lessons at the age of 12, too. Before that I noodled around on acoustic guitars of other people. Who ever had a guitar, had to make sure, that its hidden far away, when I came to visit :D

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
Kai - When I first heard AC/DC play. Later, perhaps at the age of 10 or so, I first heard the intro lick of “Voodoo Chile”, ...after that I didn’t want to have a Gibson SG, like Angus, but a cool Fender Strat, like Jimi ;) But I thought, the sound of the wah-wah, came from his Jimi's guitar, itself there are so many of that situations, or persons who inspired me in such ways, It just won’t fit in here.  

Which music do you listen to at home?
Kai - Muhahaha, I got a real sick mixture these days I guess ;) Right now, while im typing I’m listening to Neal Morse’s “One” again ;) I consummate A lot of Progrock, Classical music, Jazz/Swing, Classic Rock/Blues stuff and 80´s Metal of cause.  

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Kai - Not Famous I think but: Hey Metallians out there, thanks for your time! Please check out our new album or

Jørgen Ditlev

Galloglass - Heavenseeker

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