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Interview - Paul Logue, Thorsten Kohne, John Clelland, Steve Williams, Nikola Mijic (Eden's Curse)

Interview with Paul Logue, Thorsten Kohne, John Clelland, Steve Williams, Nikola Mijic from Eden's Curse
by Charlotte Whittingham at 03 June 2014, 4:18 AM

The international melodic Heavy Metal act, EDEN’S CURSE, has been trying to head on strong after the release of their new album “Symphony Of Sin”, via AFM Records, which also presented a new talented vocalist. Charlotte attended the band’s gig in London and set down to have a talk about various of things going on with this assorted group. 

So let’s start with an icebreaker, what is the weirdest thing you have seen in a metal crowd at a festival or live show? That can be from when you’ve performed or when you have been a spectator.

Paul: A large inflatable cock from a guy, I mean why would you bring a large inflatable cock.

Thorsten: I can’t think of anything at the moment but the metal crowd in general is a weird crowd.

Nikola: Someone trying to stage dive at a half full venue.

Steve: It depends on what you define as weird; but people coming straight from the office to a metal gig with the whole suit and tie.

Paul: I do remember being in a queue for a DRAGONFORCE gig in Glasgow and I went along to see EDGUY. The queue was right around the whole building; never seen a queue like it. Everyone but my friends and me seemed to be under the age of sixteen, they all had a plastic shield or a sword. I asked the little guy in front of me “What’s the deal with all these swords and shields?” and he says “You know it’s Dragonforce man” like I was supposed to know what that meant. We got closer to the entrance and said to them “There’s no way you’re going to get in with those”. Of course we got to the show and the bouncer shouted “Swords to the left, shields to the right and assorted plastic weaponry in the middle”

You guys are all in a multi-national band, the first one I’ve come across in fact. How do you go about finding members?

Paul: We use a combination of things; I kind of formed the band. I was already song writing in Glasgow and I was in a Glasgow band for nine years. I had never really found the right members in terms of personalities and wanting to play the same kind of music as I like. I kind of knew the scene inside out, I started to write with other artists; uploading and sharing files, so I thought if you were more organised we could do this at a grander level. When picking musicians they had to be talented not just on musical grounds but the ability to record music abroad. I first post adverts on CanIRock website and Thorsten replied amongst fifty applications. I knew what I wanted in a guitarist; what I wanted to see in terms of style and finding out what type of person he was:  easy to work with, no egos involved. It went just like a dream.

Thorsten: It’s not like we particularly look for international players. It’s not like we had this plan to be an international band, it just happened and it’s like Paul said we were looking for the best guys; the best players, the best personalities. Since you have things like Facebook these days where you can connect on an international level.

Paul: When we first did this I thought it was going to be like an Internet studio project. We didn’t expect to be signed so quickly to a huge label and actually topping charts in Japan then you’re opening for DREAM THEATRE a few years later. You can often get jaded in this business but if you look at your eight-year history together and in that short space of time we’ve achieved so much. Yet we’re still not headlining O2 Academys as along as we’re going up as a band that’s all that matters.

Do you think the fact you’re a multi-national band is one of the reasons why you’ve become this successful because it’s something different?

Steve: It’s not that different I don’t think.

Paul: It might contribute to the style of the band but I don’t think it’s the attraction.

Steve: My previous band was multi-national.

Thorsten: It’s not the fact we’re multi-national but the fact we all have various different tastes in music; all that meshes up to create this collaboration of music we have.

Nikola: You have artists from all over the world sending us demos and you have a list of a hundred singers, a thousand guitarists and you can pick from the one you like.

Paul: We’ve done it for five or six years and with two or three records out, at that point in time. There are no boundaries with that apart from when it comes to touring and visa issues; bringing people over to do touring. Our first original singer was from America and from that point we said “No more Americans and let’s be European based” Ideally we’d like to be an all UK band but there aren’t many singers in the UK that have the quality we were after around and when you have the quality of Nik’s voice, Steve’s keyboard playing and John’s drumming then it doesn’t matter where they are from. They are talented people who are easy to work with and are in it for the same reasons.

What happens when it comes to recording and rehearsing? Do you use new technologies like Skype?

Thorsten: I did a lot when we had our last guitar player in the band and that always went well. You can’t always play together since you only have a small time gap on Skype but it’s very useful to show stuff right away.

Steve: I think the reality is that whether you’re in a band where everyone is in the same town or in a band like I’m now where people are all over the place, the idea of a rehearsal you have to define that a little bit more. The idea of a rehearsal; is where everyone should have learnt their parts before hand and we come together to play all these parts. Everyone should know before hand.

Paul: We pick our set list really early; we knew at least three or four months what we were going to play on this tour and because we use technology so openly as we do it’s easy to mute each other’s parts when rehearsing. So Nik will have his set list minus the vocal track to rehearse to in the studio and Steve will have his without the keyboard track. So think of it like a karaoke track minus their instrument track, that’s how we do it. So it’s like Steve said when we turn up we actually play the first song, we’re pretty much there and it’s just some fine tunings to go through and rehearsing as a band in a set up environment. Also getting to know each other, since Niklas is relatively new to the band and we’ve only done one show and this tour together. It’s great way where Thorsten does a solo, I’ll go back and get a drink, Paul comes into the middle; you’re just rehearsing the timings so it’s flows and becomes natural not forced.

Nikola: One drawback from this is that the rehearsal space isn’t as big as where we play shows.

Last year saw the release of ‘Symphony Of Sin’ and I was particularly interested how the artwork depicts the title.

Paul: This is the first album we have done with Niklas as the vocalist; changing the singer of the band is quite huge as it can change the band’s sound. What we wanted to do was to keep the main elements that make us Eden’s Curse and a lot of thought goes into our artwork. The lady on the cover is on the cover of our debut record, we wanted to show our fan base it might be a different voice but we’re still Eden’s Curse and in relation to the album title ‘Symphony Of Sin’ is the noise grated in today’s world. We wanted to give the concept of how you can get the symphony and the noise from the way we live our lives; where everyone wants to be famous, the choices we make and it’s our social commentary on it all. It was quite a dark period at the time with London Riots and child abductions; as a young father that was really worrying and I kept thinking what sort of world have I brought my child into. So when you have Adam and Eve where it showed what happened when they left the Garden of Eden, everything that surrounded their folklore. It was a dark period so trying to translate that into artwork wasn’t easy but to give the fans something to identify with was the idea.

This is the last night of your UK tour, so have there been any highlights in terms of crowds or venues?

John: Wakefield was a great show; it took place at a small venue called The Snooty Fox and it was packed. We played in Swansea last night, all the dates have been great so far.

John; this is your first time touring with EDEN’S CURSE, would you say you are settling in well?

John: I have really enjoyed playing in this band, it’s been a great opportunity for me and they’re lovely guys. You know in a friendly way. I love the music and everyone in the band is a talented musician so I’m really happy in this band.
What can we expect from tonight’s show?

Paul: As a band we’ll give it our all; put our heart and soul into our performance. If you’re not familiar with EDEN’S CURSE and if you haven’t been to one of our shows; you will get very well performed music, a lot of high energy, great guitar playing. Thorsten, in my opinion, is one of the best players in metal right now without a doubt and Nikolas is a great vocalist that’s unknown in this country. The boys and the songs combine into a great show.

This is the first album I have listened to from EDEN’S CURSE, what do you think Nikolas’ voice brings to the band?

Paul: It’s like comparing a bottle of Lombrusco to a Don Perignon. There’s a mile of differences for instance Lombrusco is a lovely wine but Don Perignon is expensive but rich in taste.

Steve: Commenting on Nik’s voice, I’ve been a part of the music industry for about fifteen years, have toured all over the world, played with so many different bands and I have never come across a voice that is as versatile as Nik. That isn’t a way to kiss his arse; it’s a genuine appraisal from someone who has been on the scene for a long time.

John: I would agree with that and I’m speaking as an outsider; when I heard the first songs from the album, just like Night and Day just a soulful, powerful voice.

Nikola; who are your musical influences? When I listened to the album I caught a hint of EDGUY.

Nikola: It’s very broad; all sorts of music starting from MICHAEL JACKSON when I was a kid. I started playing piano so I listened to a lot of RICHARD CLAYDERMAN; I started liking Classical Music because of him. So my influences are Michael Jackson and all kinds of bands right from Punk to Alternative, all the 80s and 90s kids from MTV to bands like SYMPHONY X, METALLICA and MEGADETH. So a bit of everything, my first Rock album I ever listened to came from DEEP PURPLE, my friends who are guitarists decided to put it one day and that was the start of listening to Rock music so it just went on from that.

If you could have pint with any iconic person in the world, who would it be and why? They can be dead or alive.

Thorsten: Well, being a guitar player, I would say my biggest idol Brian May from QUEEN. He is such a great person and a genius, a very intelligent guy and for me my absolute hero. I’ve never met him before so I would love to have a pint with Brian May; I think he would be a cool guy.

Paul: I would have a pint with Jesus; I would have a list of questions to ask him.

Nikola: I would say Superman and I could ask him how to fly.

Steve: I think I’ve already done mine.

Paul: What you’ve already met Jesus?

Steve: I’ve been told I look like him. No seriously; ten years ago I had the great pleasure on my birthday in 2005 having the opportunity to meet Ronnie James Dio. I had a drink with him during one of his ‘Holy Diver’ 2005 shows so I can’t really top that.

John: I suppose the first drummer I got into that made want to start playing drums was Cozy Powell. He influenced my playing; would have liked to have seen what kind of guy he was.

Finally, do you have any upcoming plans for EDEN’S CURSE?

Paul: We don’t have anything lined up yet; we do have a couple of offers on the table for Europe, a showcase with our label in Germany and date in Belguim and Holland. After that we’re going to take some time off in the summer, recharge our batteries to then start work on the next album. That’s it until the end of the year; we’ll just see what happens with EDEN’S CURSE.

Cheers guys, it has been amazing!

All: Cheers and thank you!!


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