30 GIUGNO 2018
CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW DID THE BAND NAME BORN AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
In 2005 Raging Mob was founded in Beijing China and 2008 released the first album, 2009 I (Robert) won best vocalist in the Wacken Metal Battle and 2010 best band in the China Wacken Metal battle. In this time I gained his nickname 'Raging Rob'. In 2012 the band split up and in 2014 after I left Assassin I made my own band and called it as my nickname 'Raging Rob'.
WHO ARE THE BAND MEMBERS AND WHERE ARE THEY FROM? IF YOU ARE A ONE-MAN BAND, CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS CHOICE?
We are a 5 men member band. Dirk Preylowski who used to play at Warrent is on lead guitars and wrote most of the songs. Frank Nellen was like me one of the old 80s Assassin founding members and he is on drums. Maik Jansen who wrote 'Innocent Deceiver' on our new album is the rhythm guitar player and Rudi Görg plays bass in Raging Rob.
TELL US PLEASE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR LAST JOB.
In China where I lived 17 years I used to run an Amateur football league. In 2012 I came back to Germany and since then I run a small export company where I export stuff from Europe to Asia.
DO YOU HAVE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES BEFORE YOU FORMED THE BAND?
Well we all are musicians who play music since the 80s. I was founding member of Assassin in the early 80s and was there until 2014.
WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
Motorhead, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth were the bands I loved from the start and the same goes for our other members. I guess these bands and the music had an influence in our music.
REGARDING THE SONGWRITING, TELL US PLEASE SOMETHING ABOUT THE TEXTS. WHO TAKE CARE ABOUT THE LYRICS?
I write the lyrics. Each song has it's own story, but they are linked through my personal feelings, views and experiences. Some are serious like for example 'Enough' where I criticize people following masses or in 'Rise against failure' I speak about people should embrace the good sides of life. 'Freakshow' is just funny where I use bad English phrases of German Thrash bands in the 80s and make a crazy song. In 'Cancer' I describe the real circumstances our guitarist Dirk Preylowski went through as he had cancer couple years ago and is still under observation.
HOW IS BORN THE ARTWORK? WHO CREATED IT AND WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Most paintings were made by my Hungarian best bro Peter Lazar. He makes great paintings and I am real happy that they are part of the album. The front cover is an old picture of the in China and since the start I was always wanting to use it as the main cover.
DO YOU SING IN ENGLISH OR IN ANY OTHER LANGUAGE? WHY THIS CHOICE?
Since the start of the early 80s I always sing in English. In Germany I used to go to an Internation School and was brought up in English so that's where I feel most comfortable.
WHERE DO YOU CREATE YOUR MUSIC?
Dirk created most of our material at home and in the rehearsal room. In the rehearsal room we play together each piece and make it fit for each musician.
CAN YOU TELL SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR LIVE EXPERIENCE? DID YOU PERFORM SOMEWHERE SO FAR? HOW IS YOUR APPROACH WITH THE PUBLIC?
So far we had only two shows in 2015. After my one year off to fight drug addiction we came together just to work on the new album. Now it is finally out and are ready to play.
CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE US ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR RELEASE?
Well we just released it a month ago. After we formed the band in 2014 the band rehearsed often and started making the songs. Then in 2015/2016 I took a year off cause I had a drug problem and the band had a break. In summer 2016 we started rehearsing again and finalized the material of the album which we recorded then in 2017.
IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUS PUBLICATIONS, WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT DIFFERENTIATE THEM FROM EACH OTHER?
The first Raging Mob album was released in 2008 and with a completely different line up. I was in China and made with one US-American and three Chinese locals the band. Raging Mob was rather a power thrash metal where Raging Rob is pure 80s Thrash metal. Of course because of my voice both albums sounds related but actually they are very different.
IN ITALY THERE ARE MANY METAL BANDS. GIVE YOUR OPINION ON MUSIC SCENE TODAY IN OUR COUNTRY.
Italy brought out many great metal bands: Bulldozer, Death SS, Labirinth, etc., but I don't know how the current metal scene in Italy is doing. I just know it is always a pleasure to play in Italy with great people and headbangers ! I played there in different places: Napoli, Roveretto and Milan and all was great fun and will never forget.
WHAT’S THE REASON YOU DECIDED TO PLAY A SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT?
Actually I can not play proper any instrument...lol. Since the start I am the vocalist and front man. That's what I am good at and I can do.
IF YOU SHOULD CHOOSE TO BE PART OF A FAMOUS BAND, FOR EACH OF YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I can not say for the others but just for myself. I actually am happy that I make make music in bands with musicians who I met in my lifetime. I can not picture me in bands I love like Motorhead or Slayer so I am happy just that I played in Assassin and Raging Rob as it is.
YOU CAN END THE INTERVIEW AS YOU LIKE...
I wanna thank you for making the interview with me and I wanna greet all Italian thrashers ! Thrash til Death as always ! Hope to see you soon !