Interview

 Saltatio Mortis - Alea & Frank at Amphi 2009
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Nadine Romance



NR:
Hi, these are the guys from "Saltatio Mortis". Do you wanna introduce yourselves?

Alea:
The nice guy next to me is Bruder Frank, bassplayer and aesthete of "Saltatio Mortis".

Frank:
Yes, that's me (laughs). The man to my left is Alea, the humble, our singer and,
depending on the day, less humble.


NR:
At first I would like to thank you to do that interview with you. So, yo just arrived
here but could you get any impressions of the Amphi festival?

Alea:
The impression I got is a spacious garderobe, delicious food...

Frank:
The garderobe is an improvement, last time it was only a quarter!

Alea:
Right!

Frank:
With even more people. Otherwise, the food is good, the weather not but we'll make the
best out of it.

Alea:
We haven't seen anything more yet.


NR:
But you're looking forward to your gig?

Frank:
Yes, of course!


NR:
Where did you come from this night? Also from a festival?

Alea:
We came from Bückeburg, that's near Hannover, there's a chateau park and there was a
medieval spectculum and yesterday we played there four time. Yes, and when we crawled
into our beds at 2am, we left in the morning at 6am (laughs)



NR:
You're quite a lot on the road in the near future, what else is to do?

Fank:
On August 28th, there will be the release of our new album "Wer wind saeht" (Who sows
wind) and then in October, we'll be on our maintour. At the moment we're playing
festivals and smaller concerts with friendly bands. We're doing more or less promotion
at the moment, it's a kind of warm-up. We'll also play new songs today.



NR:
Well, great that you're stealing my questions...

Alea:
That is the asian's wisdom...

Frank:
No, I can see the questions (both laughing)

Alea:
I will steal your glasses!


NR:
Do you also play other Songs from your new album or just one for now?

Frank:
No, we vary through the song, we have about half of the regular albumversions also in
our program. It depends where we play and how long we play. So at full shows, that are
about two hours, we play more new songs. Because of the festival today, we only play
one new one, because of the short time and we don't wanna introduce only new material but
at random songs.



NR:
So, what can we expect from the new album?

Alea:
(smiles mysteriously) A LOOOOOOOOT....As keynote we conequently took the way we started
with "Aus der Asche" (Out of the ashes) but we've become more playful. That means more
experimental, more profound...

Frank:
...more complex. So, we did more experiments. "Aus der Asche" was a straight rockalbum,
and that's good, but this time we spread more our sensors, we spread more levels all
over the album. There are partly harder songs, partly very soft sogs. It's a good mix and
one more step into the direction we wanna go. It's quite rocking but not that straight
as "Aus der Asche" is. Anyhow nice varying.


NR:
Do you have a personal favourite on the album?

Alea:
Oh, that is hard...

Alea:
Do we have an instrumental song? (laughs)

Alea:
We talk about that later, darling!  It's really hard. On the one hand I am a big fan of
ballads, so the two ballads are in the front for me. Anyway "Ebenbild" (Similitude),
the song we did the video for (louder) which you can see on our MySpace page...

Frank:
And on YouTube!

Alea:
Yes, and always leave a comment! Anyway, "Salome". This song is something special for me,
because when I was young and beautiful...

Frank:
Long ago!

Alea:
About 15 year...

Frank:
LONG AGO!!!

ALea:
Yes, long ago, I was a big fan of Doro Pesch and on "Salome" we had the opportunity to
record this song with Doro. A duet with the one rockicon, the one female metalsinger. I
don't know any woman worldwide who was at at the very front of metalbusiness and still
is and that is amazing.


NR:
How did it come to that duet?

Alea:
You don't win if you don't dare. We even didn't take the official way, we wrote her an
e-mail. We wrote like "Well, we sat together and we asked ouselves who could sing the
female part". The song is about the dancer Salome, a wild wife, and we don't wanted an
innocent voice and the only one that came up to my mind was Doro. So, we wrote her a mail
and she anwered: "Boys, that is wicked, let's do it!" And that is awesome!

Frank:
Meanwhile, did you answer the question? With the favourite song?

Alea:
Well, I can go on, we have 14 new songs! Yes, Frank is a but reluctant, so I pass the
word to him, then the question is through.

Frank:
I don't have a favourite song thus I know almost every note in every song and that is
partly a surfeit. But I think the varyiety, the experiments, the advancement is very
exciting, to do not exactly the same other bands do. It would cause death if we would
stand still. We wrote more songs going into other directions we haven't used yet but that
is yet to come.



NR:
So, we can be anxious to the new stuff?

Alea:
With "Saltatio Mortis" you can ALWAYS be anxious!


NR:
As you said yourselves, you'll be on tour soon...

Frank:
...and young and beautiful! Well me, not you.

Alea:
Yes, he's young and beautiful and I am old and ugly.


NR:
Be that as it may, you're a little crazy...

(Frank points panically on Alea)
Alea:
(sarcastic) NOOOOOOO! The difference between me and him is that he's a bassteacher. He
has to imply to his pupils...or to their parents, that the kids are save there. So, he
has to seem sovereign.

Frank:
That is why I am the teacher and you not! That's so simple. I think you wanted to ask us
a question...


NR:
Yes, exactly. When you're on tour, a lot of follish happens, right?

Alea:
The follish just looked inside, that was Samuel. He's always good for some rubbish. For
example overhearing some phrases in another language and recite them so long that also
the last one knows what he means.Anyway, it's always dangerous to leave some beer in the
morning in the bus. Then sometimes bad things are happening...

Frank:
So, then tell us, I thought you are a rockstar!

Alea:
Okay, we'll tell the rockmusician now, what's going on at medieval markets.
SO, LISTEN...(both laughing)

Frank:
Now I am curious...

Alea:
Well, a funny story from a market...Yesterday on stage, Lasterbalg invented in his
anouncement for "Varulfen" a werewolf that only likes blondes and so he's got a can of
bleach always with him.

Frank:
And he was a barber.

Alea:
Yeah, he was the werebarber.

Frank:
We're working on a conceptalbum about this barber, about his career, about his decease.

Alea:
Next thing will be the werepedicure.

Frank:
Of course...(looks down on his fingers)...good idea!

Alea:
I don't know, there happened so much rubbish in this band, so that it's very hard to keep
certain things in mind.

Frank:
I think outsider can only see a bunch of young..and old guys confused talkig in their own
language. We're spending a lot of time together and so there are many internal jokes that
can lead to pointless mental enfeeblement. Mainly at the older semesters.

Alea:
We have one! (sings) HAH!

Both:
Hah, hah, hah, staying alive, staying alive!

Frank:
Things like this. It's really hard to fight that back!


NR:
You have a relatively funny tourdiary on your homepage. Are you doing that for the fans?

Frank:
There happenings?

Alea:
No, Lasterbalg writes that down to free his mind othewise he would probably jump from a
bridge. When you wake up in the night and remembers what you did again...

Frank:
It's a process of processing. He has to get along with what's happening, to him the most
things are happening. But on the new homepage, that arises at the moment, there will be
an area where everyone will write tourdiary. Not everyone regularly but I think it will
be a colourful bouquet. There will be stories from different angles and that will be the
most interesting thing. We also write to share things with our fans, the more our fans
get to know the more he feels appropriate with the band. And when there are songs we
write maybe fit in with a life situation or with feelings of the fans, then why not? We
also just cook wih water.

Alea:
I think, it's very important that people see exactly this, that we only cook with water.

Frank:
Hmm...Rice...oh, sorry...

Alea;
We also have people in the band that refuel the wrong gas and then the whole band stands
at the freeway during the night.

Frank:
(laughs) Something like this happens!

Alea:
Okay, I will just go outside, will take a deep breath and then we can go on talking...
(laughs really loud)

Frank:
Good.


NR:
So, you don't leave things out and it's the pure truth?

Alea:
I think, things are left out, but that's good.

Frank:
But I think, the most important details are written down. If we would write down all the
rubbish, we would write more than we would tour!

Alea:
And who would take us seriously anymore?

Both
I wouldn't!

NR:
A Propos Tour. Gibt es einen besonderen Ort oder eine Bühne auf die ihr euch besonders
freut oder auf der ihr wirklich gerne spielt?


NR:
A propos tour. Is there a certain place or stage you are looking forward to or you really
like playing on?

Frank
We're looking forward on today's Amphi (winks) and next week on Feldenstein...

Alea:
Feuertalfestival is nice, Fendelstein is nice, Bochum Matrix will be funny.

Frank:
I think the most exciting thing will be to present the new songs and to see our fan's
and friends reactions when the new album is released. At the moment, we show a few songs,
not always the same because we also wanna test how they hit the audience. I am also
excited about the new setlist, it's not fully done yet, but we know what we'll play.
There will get a lot into our set that we already play. I think about 10. Of course other
songs will be kicked out but we will give the cards a new shuffle and we'll try to make
the best out of it. I am really excited about people's reactions.



NR:
To your motto "Those who dance won't die"...

Frank:
Yes, Alea always watched "Saturday Night Fever" and so it occured.

Alea:
I am speechless...and shocked!


NR:
Honestly, I would believe you...

(Frank laughs so loud that he almost falls off the sofa)

Alea:
John Travolta is sitting in my side. Right, honey?


NR:
"Saltatio Mortis" means dance of death. Isn't that contrary to your motto?

Alea:
No, dances of death were medieval dances that were played to the plague times, when death
was walking around. They were played to distract people from that. So this motto "Those
who dance won't die" is like "Don't get attracted fomr death's melody, dance to other
things". There are also so many paintings dedicated to this theme. For those who are
interested, there is one painting from Lycern, a bridge where all historical dances of
death are painted on. There you can see pictures where death plays a merry or a flute and
daces with every status groups. If it's the farmer's wife, if it's the beggar, if it's
the king, if it's cleric, death makes no difference and he dances with everyone who is
following his melody. And that is the point: Don't follow that melody, follow our's
because it's a bit safer.



NR:
So, what about your plans for tonight? Will you stay here, will you see other bands?

Alea:
SLEEPING!

Frank:
We'll be here for a while, we have a few more interviews and signing sessions. We try to
pick up as many as possible. And we'll leave, I think at 22pm and then it goes back to
Karlsruhe.


NR:
So, no more party with the other bands?

Frank:
No, some are just too old, there is no chance, they have to get into their beds (to Alea)
Where is your walking cane? (louder) WHERE IS YOUR WALKING CANE??

Alea:
I will hit your brain with it! As against Bruder Frank, who slept in his own bed tonight
there are people who worked this night! No, after our concert, I wanna see "Qntal". We
are connected to them, especially after the last album where Michael Popp played the
lafter on "Salome". That is an oriental string instrument. Also Philli from "Qntal" does
our electronic on our CDs. So, "We are family".

Frank:
Where we are back at the dancing.

Alea:
Yes, "I got all my sisters with me", my darling. (both lauging). That is normal with us,
you don't have to wonder, but about the asian. Otherwisen you don't have to wonder.

Frank:
Come on, let's cook some rice!

Alea:
Okay, that runs in his blood.


NR:
So, you have some things to do, stress like signing sessions...

Fank:
But that is no stress.

Alea:
I'm looking forward to that!

Frank:
You're always looking forward to everything! Because he can practice his three crosses
(grins)

Alea:
We are all quite fast, Bruder Frank first unpacks his calligraphy-set, that is a bit
sophisticated. Little hint for the signing session, don't get in line where Mümmelstein
sity and not where Bruder Frank sits, boh could take a bit longer. With Bruder Frank it's
because of his filigreed autograph.

Frank:
I also like carving!

Alea:
Of course and with Falk <pause> Sometimes we ask ourselves if he forgets his name while
writing or...

Frank:
...the action itself...


Alea:
...or he thinks that he is at McDonalds and has to make his order. We dn't know, that
happens in old age.

Sharon - Tourbegleiterin:
That is so rude, he just takes his time for the people!

(unbelievable look from Alea and Frank)
Both:
NOOOO!

Alea:
Well, in this age you have to savour every minute!

NR:
And with these nice words I will say goodbye. It was a lot of fun, thank you so much!