TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with the vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen of the Dutch atmospheric metal band The Gathering was done through e-mail in June 2002.
Hello, how are you doing?
Fine, thank you!
You have just released your new mini album
"Black Light District", could you tell us a little about it?
It is an EP
with 3 songs. These are the songs we wrote during the last 1 and a half
years together with many more which will be out on a full length
release later on. These 3 songs did not fit the concept of the moody and
dark album but were very beautiful and so we released them on this EP.
They are all 3 very different from each other but certainly worthwile
You have now left Century Media in favor of creating your
own label Psychonaut Records, what were the reasons for this?
We have now
total creative and business freedom. It is good to make your own
decisions. For the full length release we will look for a partner who can
help us out to get the CD released everywhere.
Will Psychonaut Records
promote other bands than The Gathering?
For now we will promote only
the Gathering but in the future we might try giving other bands a fair
deal and a chance in the music industry.
Who handles the artwork for
The Gathering these days?
We do it ourselves with help from a company
specialized in that field.
You have had a very long and prosperous
career so far, which one of your albums are you most satisfied with and
We all love "How to measure a planet". It was a good period, we had
a great producer and that album was a big experiment with songs and
recording techniques. The songs turned out very good we think.
metal has become very successful on an international level during the last
five or so years with bands like Ayreon, Within Temptation, God
Dethroned, After Forever and of course yourselves just to mention the most
well known. Is there even more to come?
It is a growing thing, there are a
lot of young bands out here, who knows?
Is the general attitude
towards metal more supportive in Holland today than it was ten years
The masses yes, but the underground do not like this very much because
it is not underground anymore. I think it is all silly, we should
listen to the music we like, whether it is liked by many people or not.
Sometimes these genres get picked up by a lot of people and that is nice
for the bands because they get some exposure and they get to play
What will you occupy yourselves with for the rest of 2002?
will finish the songs for the full length album and in the mean time we
will play some festivals around Europe in August. From October until
way in 2003 we will tour.
What is the best thing about being a
What are your top five albums ever?
1- Sign o the times- Prince
2- Revolver- the Beatles
3- Kid A- Radiohead
4- Three of a perfect pair- King crimson
5- My beautiful demon- Ben Christophers
Now to my own and brand new right or wrong section. You are just going to tell us whether you think the following acts would be right or wrong:
I think these questions are too silly to answer!
a) If someone killed Hitler prior to his mass murder campaigns.
b) To burn down a church because it's "evil".
c) To burn down a church because it represents oppression.
e) Death penalty.
f) To lie if it will be of benefit to yourself.
Any final words of wisdom for the fans?
If people want
more info about the band please check out www.gathering.nl.
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