Symphonic metal legend Simone Simons on the BRAND NEW RELEASE “ OMEGA ”, the industry , more time for motherhood , change for the new year and her thoughts on 2020 .
Interview by Michael Presti
“ We all grew up thinking that metal rock stars are larger than life
and there was something charming about that.”
I know, you would have to stream
something 200,000 time to get the
cost of what one purchase of a re-
cord would be, that’s NEVER going
to happen. Which is more difficult
for metal bands because metal has
always been consumed in an album
form, NOT a singles form.
WOLF: That’s right! Metal is one of the last communities to
hold on to the physical sales and we are super grateful for that
because I can see on the meet and greets that people buy their stuff
in hard copy to get signed. They might still stream it but they want
it as part of their collection. Metal fans are the greatest fans. Did
you hear they are now going to come out with cassettes again?
The past 5 Accept albums will be available as cassettes. I thought,
that’s pretty awesome!
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So much of that is part of the
mystique that metal bands have.
Even with symphonic metal bands
carrying the torch now, does it
seems to you that metal bands are a
- Wolf Hoffmann
to it. You don’t want to reveal everything. In these days it’s so strange
because it is always changing. Everybody wants you to post all the
videos all the time. Sharing everything with the fans, so it does take
away from that for sure.
In leu of touring what are you guys
doing to support the record.
WOLF: I mean we could have postponed everything, We have such
great hardcore fans that would love this record no matter when we
put it out, but its been already 4 years since out last release and we
wanted to get it out to them. We have no idea when we can tour, so
we just released it so the fans can enjoy it. I don’t think we’ll do a
live stream because our shows are so dependent on the audience be-
ing there. It would feel strange to play to a bunch of cameras without
any audience participation. I mean we’ve already done live DVD’s
so there no value in doing that.
WOLF: We all grew up thinking that metal rock
stars are larger than life and there was something
charming about that. Now everybody streams
from their sofa and its takes away from that mys-
tique. I mean its not all supposed to be all fake
and fantasy, I mean we’re all real people, but at
the same time I still like the old way because of
I think keeping that certain
amount of anonymity fueled
the passion for purchase.
WOLF: I agree! It’s called show business.
A certain amount of mystique and facade belongs