IVORY TOWER   POWER PROGRESSIVE METAL FROM GERMANY Band Questions answer by SVEN BÖGE    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Björn Bombach-Bass, Thorsten Thrunke-Drums, Dirk Meyer-Vocals, Sven Böge-Guitar, Frank Fasold- Keys   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? We were looking for a band name and sat together. After about 100 band names were on the list, we came to the decision that ivory tower is a pretty appropriate name for the band.   Where and how was the band founded? The band was formed in 1995, then under the name Ax nSex. In 1998 we decided on the more suitable IVORY TOWER for the prog metal Have you played in other bands before? Yes, Ax n sex ... And the other musicians in different other bands here in the Kiel Area   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Yes, it is always difficult to find the right musicians. Life paths changes and thus also time quotas, so unfortunately the musician also has to get out due to lack of time and life and job changes.   What does the band name mean? The ivory tower is the place for us to be. Ivory Tower is often depicted dreamy and lifted off! But that is not the case with us!    What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? At the first 4 discs, our former singer andre fischer wrote the lyrics,   It is often about social critical topics (undisturbance, starvation), the conceptual album subjective enemy is about a person who is personally divided, in the new (upcoming) album we have all written along, because it is often about hard realities and the Fiesities of life!   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? We are influenced by bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray, Dream theater, Rush, Fates Warning, savatage. A mix of many bands we've ever heard   Why should people listen to our music? Funny Question! The music is   great!!!If you don't just like metal, you should listen in. Melodic and rhythmic powerparts alternate and flow into a large whole.   Two years after your founding your debut album Ivory Tower appeared in 1998 at the label LMP. How did you come to the contract and how did the cooperation work? Limb became aware of us in a CD shop in tokio. We had a distribution there via hellion records with our AX´N SEX Album “Victim of Time”. When we tried to bring the first album Ivory Tower to a company, he immediately recalled and gave us the contract. Working with limb was great! He's done great promotional work. We had songs on the sampler at all the big magazines and were represented with ads.   How long did the work on the debut album take and who was actively involved? I had pre-produced the songs and we then rehearsed them with the complete band in the rehearsal room. That lasted about 6 months. After that we went to the Northern Light recording studio near Neumünster/Germany and recorded the songs there. The team from the studio did a great job there at the time!   How proud were you of your first album back then and what memories do you have of it? We were very proud of our first official album. We still play songs of it today when we play 90 minutes shows.   In 2000, you released your second album Beyond the Stars. Where did you record it and how long did you work on the songs? The same like the first album. We did the pre production over half a year in the rehearsal room and then went back to the Northern Light recording studio! Never change a winning team!   Rainer Kalwitz was responsible for cover artwork, how did you get in contact with him since then and how satisfied have you been with his work today? Limb made the contact toRainer   Kalwitz, as we had no idea who to ask. Pure suited us well with his spacey ideas and we still love the art works of him!   For the 2006 album it took you six years to publish it, why did it take so long for the album to be released? We had several changes of cast in the band, unfortunately one of the ex- musicians who had not previously played on any album of ours had to play dirty games and sued us ... on this, interested record companies left the fingers of us and we had to ga to court. But at least everything was decided to our detriment but ... that took a very long time and cost a lot of money back ... and just wasn't pretty   What is your favorite song on the one hour long album and why? Silence, the first song   You made the production with this and the following album also you did not want to give this into other hands and you prefer to control the whole thing a little bit? Or is it partly a question of cost? At Limb there were money paid in advance for the production, so we could go to the studio and just were focused   on playing. When we were away from limb, we had to raise that money ourselves, which was not possible, so we decided to do the recordings and the mixing by ourselves. The digital technology was far enough to be able to do everything in a bedroom studio, we also used this freedom to try a lot, because the time pressure was no longer there.   The album was released on Remedy Records. How did the collaboration work? And why you have not patner since? No, the disc has come out at pure steel records. It was planned to publish them to remedy, but remedy was not interested anymore when we had to fight at the court against our former bandmember……   In 2011, your last album IV appeared on the label Dust on the Tracks since you came to the label and what do you expect from the collaboration We expected that we would receive again more media attention. The promo was quite ok, but because we appeared a bit gloomier and harder, some of our old fans were a bit distraught. Dust on the tracks is now unfortunately broke ... hopefully not because of us.   The album is already eight years old now. how do you feel about it today and what is your favorite song on this album? It's a bit different from the rest of the ivory tower style but at that time only andre (ex singer) and I were the only permanent band members. We didn't have a keyboarder, we didn't know if we would ever find someone suitable again or if we would make pure guitar music now, that's why we drove the keyboard insert back a lot. It was all a bit gloomy around us and we had the feeling the whole world would have conspired against us. My favorite song is "Catatonic Sleep"   How far have you been with new songs when can we expect album number five and in what direction are the new songs going? The new album is fully recorded and mixed. We also already have a partner for the publication! That's going to be awesome! In terms of direction, it goes back to the style of “subjective Enemy”. A bit more modern and harder produced   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it?   Acdc with brian johnson on the back in black tour. I had to go there with my big cousin. He was paying attention to me! Kiel, Baltic Sea Hall! It was fantastic! From then on I wanted to play guitar like angus!   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? We played with a lot of bands! Even on the big Festivals! The people love to hear that we share the stage with Motörhead, Saxon, Doro etc   and the stories around there, but the more interesting things will happen with underground bands, you will party a lot with them and have fun without any AAA wristbands! ))   Have already resulted in friendship ? Yes, we are friends with many bands, with whom we   play again and again!   Which band would you like to play live with and why?   I would like to play together with steve vai and band tim,   steve is one of my absolute heroes!   With what do you earn your money except with the music? We don't earn enough money from the music to be able to live from it. We all still have honorable jobs. Guitar teacher, craftsman, baker ... the usual ...   How important are social media for you as a band? Social media is quite important for getting gigs and for the performance around the gigs and in particular advertising.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? We want to have a lot of fun together, play a lot of great gigs and festivals and get to know great relaxed, nice people whether as a band or fan!   What do you think about the Germany Metal scene in general? The metal scene is pretty cool here in Germany! Especially in the south we are always very impressed!   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Slow kill system, Inner Axis, adam in jail these are all cool bands in METAL from kiel! If you like acoustic bands check out my fun and side project: Paydost   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up kiel with my parents. Nothing extraordinary, everything always nice and relaxed!...and sometimes boring    How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I always hated school, so I stayed out of everything, had my 2 friends with whom I had started making music and that was it then! Seat cushions were carried by others….   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? My parents liked it when I start playing music. Metal they didn't have any problem with it but at some point as the music got louder and louder and the whole long-haired, beer-raising, smoking friends and musicians sat in the room ... )…they were upset and so much satisfied anymore    Would you be successful in making music as a musician? Successful? For me, yes! I can now play everything I always wanted to learn ... but then you can also see what you can't play and understand and what else you can learn ... a barrel without a floor. Besides, music-making is something that relaxes me and makes me happy ... of course there are also people that tells me that I´m not successful in music because I can't live from the music, but they have unfortunately not understood that this is not my main aim!   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature?   I love both. The rest on the land or high up in the mountains, but also the alarm at a metal festival or party alarm in the big city, all when it fits right now!    Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? i love to sit on the couch! But also go jogging regularly, ride a lot of bike and love hiking   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you ) I like to cook ... but my girlfriend can do this better and loves this even more, vegan and vegetarian cuisine!!   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? My friends also love metal, the family doesn't understand it because they don't understand so much ... lol, and the colleagues also think that metal and playing in a band is pretty cool, but they won´t hear my music at home!   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? Yes I see the problem and I don´t know what to do….the social networks have a big responsibility. They earn a lot of money with their business….so the have to look for all tze posts and in harder cases to delete them…. It all has its 3 sides ...   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? The internet already offers incredible possibilities, even for us as a band that is the hammer ... how else would you get contact with fans from Japan and South America, that's really impressive ... but also the whole fake news shit is of course not harmless!   Which question would you like to have answered and why? Why do you actually play such an ugly pink guitar? Because many people love my guitar playing   but can get upset about the fact that I have a guitar with such a – for their conceptue- ugly   pink guitar ))   What would you personally like to do in your life? ) The same like i do now   Schleswig-Holstein The place that I love and where I live   Austria The I love to spend my holidays! Winter/snowboarding/après ski and summer/motorcycling   Glücksburger castle I was never   Kiwo Megageile event in summer with a super lot live music, unfortunately a bit commercial, the young stage has been recommended!   Holstein kiel Yes our home club! Horny in the 2, liga! Currently 4th place! Won yesterday against regensburg 2:0! Vulture Club, Small Budget, nevertheless successful in their frame! As a teenage footballer, we used to get fused by the holstein teams ...   Vale Best motarcyclist ever! Has become insane racing duels with his contrasting borrowed and is despite being advanced   Kojak I was never allowed to see earlier when it was later repeated I found that boring   Beer Life elixir! Makes!... full and satisfied and is vegan!   Sylt You can do it ... but sometimes a lot of fan-imicki   Movie or series play guitar! Kepp practicing   Cd or vinyl vinyl is bad at the car! Otherwise I like both of them!   Family You have family you don't need a fine   Top 10 all time: Bee gees   Saturday night fever Abba   Gold AC/DC Highway to bright Cinderella Long cold winter Overkill- Fuck You Helloween-Keeper of the seven keys Jimi Hendrix-Are you experienced Chick corea-time warp Metallica-Master of Puppets Morgenrot-Morgenrot   Top 5: Judas Priest-   Firepower Soilwork-The Living Infinite Megadeth- Dystopia Kreator-Gods of Violence Gojira-Magma
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