Jan, vocals & lead guitar, Fabulous Desaster.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW DID THE BAND NAME BORNAND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
A few years ago Luke, our drummer, came to me and said "Do you know what would be a cool band name? Fabulous Disaster!". So I said `okay´.
I just changed the Disaster´s `I´to an `E´to make sure not to play in a female punk band.
WHO ARE THE BAND MEMBERS AND WHERE ARE THEY FROM? IF YOU ARE A ONE-MAN BAND, CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS CHOICE?
Luke: Drums, Andi: Bass and backing Vocals, Matthes: Guitar, Jan: Guitar and Vocals. We´re all from Bonn/ Germany. In fact, we are almost from the same street!
TELL US PLEASE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR LAST JOB.
I worked in a metal pub right here in Bonn. If you wanna get drunk while you hear a lot of metal go there and you´ll never forget this night. Maybe you´ll meet one of the other band members there.
DO YOU HAVE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES BEFORE YOU FORMED THE BAND?
Me and Luke played in a couple of bands together and Andi played in a lot of bands before, too. But soon we had to confess that it´s the best to put us together and do Thrash Metal to destroy everything.
WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
We´ve got a lot of musical influences. But I think the main influences are the typical Thrash Metal Bands everyone likes like Exodus, Slayer, Testament, Razor, Demolition Hammer... And of course RAVEN! RAVEN are very important.
REGARDING THE SONGWRITING, TELL US PLEASE SOMETHING ABOUT THE TEXTS. WHO TAKE CARE ABOUT THE LYRICS?
Good question. First of all I have to say that we make music to have fun. Don´t take the lyrics too seriously. Just lay back and listen to some typical Thrash lyrics. I know our lyrics are about a lot of chaos and torture and terror and violence but, hey, that´s what Thrash Metal is about.
HOW IS BORNTHE ARTWORK? WHO CREATEDIT AND WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The Cover Artwork was made by Mario E. Lopez. His work is awesome and he is a pretty cool guy. We had no specific idea what our cover should be about. So we just send him our demo recordings and some lyrics for inspiration and then this high energy blast of Thrash Metal arised in his brain.
DO YOU SING IN ENGLISH OR IN ANY OTHER LANGUAGE? WHY THIS CHOICE?
There are not so much languages I speak fluently. Only german and english, but a lot of languages that I constructed on my own. I think it would be very strange not to sing in english.
WHERE DO YOU CREATE YOUR MUSIC?
Under the shower and while I´m stuck in traffic!
CAN YOU TELL SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR LIVE EXPERIENCE? DID YOU PERFORM SOMEWHERE SO FAR? HOW IS YOUR APPROACH WITH THE PUBLIC?
We all got our jobs, so we don´t do this for the money. It´s all about destroying olaces and people and I think that´s good.
CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE US ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR RELEASES?
This year we released our debut album "Hang ´Em High" which also includes Songs from our 2014 demo "Chaos.Torture.Terror.Violence."! It´s only a few weeks old but meanwhile we are already writing on songs for the second release. Be prepared!
IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUS PUBLICATIONS,WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT DIFFERENTIATE THEM FROM EACH OTHER?
On our first EP "When the Silence´s so loud" you can hear that we were a few years younger. The voices were clearer and the new stuff is a bit more Thrash Metal!
IN ITALY THERE ARE MANY METAL BANDS. GIVE YOUR OPINION ON MUSIC SCENE TODAY IN OUR COUNTRY.
To be honest I have to say, that I don´t know that much bands from Italy. The only bands I know from Italy are NECRODEATH and INSANE. And I think INSANE don´t do music anymore. But I´m always receptive to new bands. If you know some cool stuff please send me to extend my collection.
WHAT’S THE REASON YOU DECIDED TO PLAY A SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT?
Well, I´ve been doing this for a long time, so I don´t really know how it started. But I try to remember. I think when I was 12 or 13 years old my father gave me an old acoustic guitar. It stood in the corner of my room and a few years later I thought `Come on, shake off the dust and start to play!´.
IF YOU SHOULD CHOOSE TO BE PART OF A FAMOUS BAND, FOR EACH OF YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I think all the famous bands are good as they are. They don´t need one of us to play in their band. I don´t want other people I don´t know to play in our band, too.
YOU CAN END THE INTERVIEW AS YOU LIKE...
Thanks a lot for the interview and I hope you all listen to FABULOUS DESASTER. If you listen to Thrash Metal I think you will like it. I hope so. Cheers!