2020-07-07

U.D.O. – Story by Anne Erickson, courtesy photograph

Udo and Sven Dirkschneider of U.D.O. be part of Anne Erickson to debate the band’s new album, “We Are One,” and extra on this in-depth interview

Metallic greats U.D.O. have teamed with the official Live performance Band of the German Armed Forces (Musikkorps der Bundeswehr) to launch a particular new album, “We Are One,” out July 17. The efficiency, which is beneath the command of Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Scheibling, options 15 new songs created and organized by U.D.O. with Scheibling particularly for the stay launch.

U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider, who can also be the unique voice of legendary rockers Settle for, heads up U.D.O. His son, Sven, is the band’s drummer. Udo and Sven spoke with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink about “We Are One,” the state of the world proper now with coronavirus (COVID-19), if they’d ever carry out a drive-in live performance and extra.

Anne Erickson: Thanks for becoming a member of me, Udo and Sven. How are issues in German proper now with coronavirus?

Sven Dirkschneider: It’s unusual occasions. The entire yr was taken away from us, in relation to stay music, and naturally, issues modified in our private lives, as effectively. Instantly, there have been no eating places or bars or cinemas– nothing you would do. However, in the long run, you must keep optimistic and make the perfect out of it, and I believe we just about managed to do this.

Udo Dirkschneider: In Germany now, it’s getting slightly bit higher. Eating places are open with some rules. You need to depart your handle there, and you may’t sit so shut collectively. All the pieces now could be open, and all the things works the traditional manner, however with some regulation. However, it’s nonetheless unusual. It’s actually unusual! You need to put on the masks if you happen to go into the grocery store and stuff like that.

Sven: It’s very uncommon.

Udo: In Asia, they’re used to that, however right here, it’s slightly bit unusual. However, we aren’t losing time. We’re working already on the brand new Udo file slowly, and now we do all of the interviews for the “We Are One” album.

Inform me concerning the thought for “We Are One” and recording an album with the official Live performance Band of the German Armed Forces.

Udo: I had an opportunity to observe the the symphonic brass orchestra, and that was positively the sound I used to be searching for to do music like this. We did a present along with the orchestra again in 2015, and the response was unbelievable. To start with, we weren’t positive how individuals would react, nevertheless it was unbelievable. We did one other present in 2018, however an extended present– 2.5 hours. That one, the environment was very fascinating. It was 40 % steel followers, and the remainder was orchestra followers, and there have been additionally older individuals like me there. (Laughs) They had been clapping and singing, and the environment was one thing.

After we had been completed with the present, we had been sitting along with the principle man within the orchestra, and we had been speaking about how now we have to proceed, and the following step will be an album collectively. So, the concept was born. We mentioned, okay, right here we go. We had a gathering to start with of 2019, once more, on how we needed to do that album what sort of message we needed to do, and on and on, and after this assembly, we began composing songs.

What makes the album’s message of “We Are One” so necessary proper now?

Sven: It was necessary earlier than this time proper now, and we didn’t suppose that we’d be dealing with conditions like this proper now. It’s like with a smiling face and a tragic face, as a result of this message is so becoming to this example worldwide, however that is, on one hand, very unhappy that now we have conditions like this, and however, the lyrics match completely, and it comes on the on the proper time.

Udo: After we had been writing the lyrics, there was nothing actually taking place. We simply mentioned, we’ll write lyrics about what’s occurring on the planet and regulate all the things…

Sven: I believe with this sort of message we put out for the songs, it’s not that we need to preach. We don’t need to be the blokes pointing at any person saying, “You’re doing this incorrect.” It’s extra about that the individuals could also be listening to it nearer and begin pondering.

Udo: However, then coronavirus got here, and likewise the rising in America, and now it suits even higher.

Would you ever play a drive-in live performance? Numerous bands are wanting into that.

Sven: In fact! The factor is that we actually can’t do it, as a result of we are available from three continues. Our bass participant resides in Slovenia, our guitarist Andrey resides in Ukraine, so there’s no manner they will journey in the mean time. I believe it might be a humorous factor to do for as soon as, however I don’t need to get used to that. Identical with stay streaming. I don’t need to get used to going right into a rehearsal room or studio and have 5 cameras in entrance of you and no viewers, and also you play to an viewers on-line. I believe that’s a really unusual idea of stay music.

Udo: Particularly for this sort of music that we’re doing, you want an viewers. There needs to be suggestions from the viewers. To simply be onstage and no person is down there, howdy? (Laughs)

Sven: I imply, it might be humorous to see individuals blinking and stuff like that, and I noticed there as one Germany band they made them do a circle pit with vehicles, which is superior. That’s one thing humorous, however once more, nothing I need to get used to.

Primarily based on what you’re listening to contained in the music enterprise, do you could have any thought when concert events may return?

Sven: In Germany, they only prolonged the interval of no concert events allowed till the top of October, so we don’t suppose that there’s something taking place till the top of the yr. For positive not. We simply can hope and pray that there’s no second wave coming, as a result of then, most likely the following yr goes to be gone, as effectively– at the least till the center of subsequent yr.

Udo: We will hope and cross our fingers at all the things getting regular subsequent yr. We, in fact, are shifting additionally lots of touring stuff — South America, America, Canada, Russia, an enormous tour with Helloween in Europe — in order that’s why we hope all the things goes in a manner regular subsequent yr. Undoubtedly, we’re already confirmed for Wacken subsequent yr with the orchestra, and we’ll see and hope all the things will occur.

Sven: They’re already predicting they that this may take a very long time. Identical with airways. They predict all the things (with airways) will get again to regular possibly in ’23, or no matter! It’s the identical with concert events. Some individuals is perhaps scared to go once more in the event that they’re open, as a result of if you happen to can think about a Wacken competition with 80,000-plus individuals, could possibly be lots of people that might additionally say, “No thanks. I’ll simply keep dwelling and watch the stay stream, which is accessible.” However, I actually hope that that is not the case and that we will get to a traditional scenario.

What are your ideas on the state of heavy steel music? Do you suppose steel is in a great place?

Sven: Yeah. I might say. There’s lots of new bands developing. There are such a lot of bands additionally from Germany, which I’m a bit happy with and shocked that they made it this huge. Look, for instance, at Sabaton or Powerwolf– they’re taking on an enormous position, coming to be headliners levels for giant festivals. So, in fact, I believe you possibly can inform higher, however the enterprise modified quite a bit, however I believe it’s nonetheless in a great way, and I consider that rock ‘n’ roll and heavy steel won’t ever die. Undoubtedly not.

Udo: I believe so! I’ve been doing it for 40 years, and I believe that can be taking place additionally possibly for one more 40 years.

Sven: Hopefully longer! (Laughs)

Udo, individuals obtained to know and love you in Settle for. While you hear a tune like “Balls to the Partitions,” are you sick of it at this level, or do you continue to like to listen to it?

Udo: Let’s say, positively, I’m not listening to it at dwelling! (Laughs) Nevertheless it’s nonetheless

Sven: Oh, come on! (Laughs)

Udo: It’s nonetheless very fascinating. We did an extended tour for almost there years with Dirkschneider, and to play this tune stay was very fascinating to see. This album got here out in ’83, and also you see younger individuals, possibly 16 and 17 years outdated — they weren’t born at the moment — and singing this tune, and meaning you had been creating one thing. And that’s my life.

Sven: That’s the fascinating factor, usually, about music. These evergreens that get by way of generations. That’s superb. If you happen to see individuals my age, now that I’ve had the privilege to play this tune since 5 years, you see individuals my age chanting and dancing to this tune. It doesn’t matter the place on this world. It’s superb. It’s nice.

Udo: You possibly can examine it to asking Judas Priest in the event that they nonetheless like “Breaking the Regulation.” I believe they don’t hearken to it at dwelling. (Laughs) Additionally, “Smoke on the Water.’ All these songs are songs, I believe, you possibly can nonetheless play in 10, 15, 20 years, and they’re one thing. Some songs, they final without end.

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