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15 Questions to Mathias Grassow

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Hi! How are you? Where are you?
Thanks I’m ok so far ! I’m living in Wiesbaden, in Germany.

What’s on your schedule right now?
I’m collecting new sounds and samples for some exciting rock-projects, and a 2nd WINTERSILENCE, my psych-rock-passion.

How would you describe or characterise your composing process?
I’m working mainly with keys and synths, not much with computers. I need all the knobs and real feelings. Also, I play a bit of guitar and flute. My composing process is very intuitive, not really planned or organized. I’m doing new things, if the feeling is right. Some pieces grow slowly, time by time, while others are ready in a few hours.

What or who was your biggest influence as an artist?

The 70s artrock, early Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze; later the first recordings from US artists like Steve Roach and Robert Rich. Today my influences are not fixed on any musical styles – more from experiences in life and philosophy.

How do you see the relationship between music and business?

Difficult. We have commercial music, like pop with faces come and go and we have an upcoming underground, which has ist roots in the 60s and 70s. Jam-Rock, Psychedelic and extended pieces are timeless and many re-unions of old bands are enough proof, that REAL music is timeless. Many underground bands need more promotion, because they’re innovative !

What’s your view on the music scene at present? Is there a crisis?
A crisis only in CD-sellings. In these times of the internet, many guys want to get music for free and illegal copying is an upcoming problem more and more. I critizise, that most listeners don’t want to take time to search for new and good music. We’re consumers and no searchers of real art. So, I’m a bit tired to fight for that, what music stands for in my ideas and mind.

Some feel there is no need to record albums any more, that there is no such thing as genuinely “new” music. What do you tell them?
Bullshit. There is much to investigate for those who search and are open minded. Today many musicians have best suppositions to record albums without a label behind them – And we must discuss in detail, what’s new ?!?

What constitutes a good live performance in your opinion? What’s your approach to performing on stage?
I only can speak in my specialized working: Ambient. In this kind of music it’s very important, to have a nice place to play – not normal locations, but more places like a church, caves (remember my ‘Lanzarote concerts’) and open-airs.

How do you see the relationship between sound and composition?
Both is important and depending from the mind and ideas of the musician. I’m being a kind of a ‘musical philosopher’ and I try to transform emotions and moods!

True or false: It is the duty of an artist to put his personal emotions into the music he plays.
Absolutely true!

True or false: “Music is my first love”

True or false: People need to be educated about music, before they can really appreciate it.

Yes and no. I think, man needs no strong classical teaching to be a ‘good’ musician, but everyone has to learn some fundamental rules.

You are given the position of artistic director of a festival. What would be on your program?

Which kind of music ? I think, I prefer a good headliner, like YES and then some unknown underground-bands. That’s very difficult to say, because as a director I need to look at costs. And you need to specify: Where is the festival, when, which budget I have and so on....

What’s your favourite CD at the moment?

More than one...: PRIMORDIAL “The gathering wilderness”, MOURNING BELOVETH “A muderous circus” and ENSLAVED “Isa”.

Does the success of stars like Britney Spears sometimes make you wish you had chosen for a career in Pop?

Defintely NO. These are puppets – not my world and understanding of ART and PASSION.

Prophecy (Aquamarin)
Psychic Dome (AIM)
In Search of Sanity (No-CD)
Lifecycle (AIM)
Ambience (Totem)
The Lanzarote Concert (No-CD)
Lanzarote Spirits (No-CD)
Namakar (Soleilmoon)
The Fountain of Remembrance (Aurora)
Himavat (Staalplaat)
Dissolution (Aurora)
Himalaya (Aurora)
The Fragrance of Eternal Roses (Arya)
Bliss (Immaculatus)

El Hadra (Aquamarin) with Klaus Wiese
Arcanum (Arya) with Amir Baghiri, Rüdiger Gleisberg
True North (Aurora) with Amir Baghiri
Mercurius (Arya) with Klaus Wiese
The Hollow (Arya) with Jim Cole
Expanding Horizon (Amplexus) with Alio Die
Holy Domain (Amplexus) with Klaus Wiese, Carsten Agthe
The Last Bright Light (Atmo Works) with Jim Cole
Opus Posthumum (Practising Nature) with Jim Cole, Klaus Wiese, Kai Schröder
Opus Posthumum 2 (Practising Nature) with Jim Cole, Klaus Wiese, Kai Schröder
Dronament (Practising Nature) with Markus Reuter, Holger Brune, Klaus Wiese, a.o.

Mathias Grassow

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