Nur einen Tag nach dem Frank Turner Konzert in Frankurt, gab es mal wieder ein Heimspiel: Rocky Votolato spielte im Würzburger Cairo! Auch mit ihm hatte ich einen Interviewtermin vereinbart. Als ich zum entsprechenden Zeitpunkt im Backstagebereich stand, wurde ich freundlich gegrüßt und direkt zum Essen eingeladen.
Da ich bereits zuhause gegessen hatte, lehnte ich dankend ab und machte es mir auf einem Sofa bequem, während Rocky das Essen mit „Leider geil!“ betitelte. Jaja, so eine Tour in Deutschland übersteht eben niemand ohne bleibende Schäden. Nach dem Essen ließ er sich dann nicht einmal davon abhalten, seinen Teller selbst abzuspülen. Grinsend ging es in den Konzertsaal, wo wir es uns auf der Bühne bequem machten und ein wirklich nettes Gespräch begannen.
LT: You’re already on tour in Germany for two weeks now, how is it so far?
Rocky: This tour has been great! It’s a really good trip. I got to Italy – I’ve been there once before, but this time I had several shows there and a lot of off days to look around. And it was so cool! Yeah we – it was the singer from a german band “Mikroboy” – he was my tourmanager for the first half of the tour. So he just finished yesterday and he’s a great guy and so we had a really good time. The shows have been going well. I think I had one of my biggest show ever in Cologne. So it was great!
LT: I noticed you’re really often in Germany: For example last year in July and the year before in november and december. What’s so special about Germany you come back again and again?
Rocky: I don’t know! (Laughing) I think because my booking agent is here, so I have a lot of friends here now. I’ve been here like seven times! (Smiles) We talked about it today, because I thought it was less, but he reminded me. We were counting them all up. The first time I came was in 2003 and I think for some reasons it’s like a second home to me. This really relate to the people here and I just feel very comfortable. And I have so many people, who are coming to my shows and it’s always great!
LT: So tell me, what is your favourite thing when you stand on stage and look into the crowd?
Rocky: I think it’s just that feeling of a connection that you get. I can feel the energy, you know? When they’re enjoying the show and it makes me really have a much better time, too. That’s my favourite thing!
LT: On one hand you’re really often on tour, but on the other hand you have also a family with a with and a son. How do you manage this?
Rocky: It’s pretty difficult. (Laughing) It has always been a ‚Drahtseilakt‘? (Laughing) It’s kinda like that. It’s really tough to balance, but I’m always focusing on trying to balance. Now I have Skype on my MacLaptop and this is helping a lot! We keep in touch. It just takes a really disciplined effort to stay in touch.
LT: Okay, so the next question is about your latest album ‚Television Of Saints‘. You financed it by a kickstarter campaign. So how did you get the idea to do it this way? And did you think it would work out this fast?
Rocky: I was so surprised that it worked out really fast. The idea came actually from my management team in the US. I have a really good manager and they have been playing around with this idea. My contract with Barsuk Records was up on my last album. So when I fulfilled my contract, I was ‚Go shitting a new deal with Barsuk?‘ But then I just decided to do the Kickstarter thing. We didn’t know what’s gonna happen. But I’m really excited about how it worked out. It was just such a extreme outpouring of love and support from my fans. Reading the comments on there was just overwarming! I was really happy how it turned out.
LT: Can you tell me something about your inspiration of your new album? Because in my opinion it’s more quiet then the one before, ‚True Devotion‘.
Rocky: Yeah, it really is. It’s like ‚Quite is the new loud‘ (laughing), alright?
So I think I just wanna to express that way. I was in a much different phase when I made ‚True Devotion‘. And when I was making ‚Television Of Saints‘ things were defently bit more common in my life. Not everything was easy, I mean it was defently a struggle, but I was mentally handling things differently. You know, it’s coming out from a different perspective. And I think I just want to do a lot of dark experiences when I was making ‚True Devotion‘. Just like not taking life seriously, (Laughing)
LT: I really love ‚True Devotion’….
Rocky: That’s good! Really? (Laughing Out Loud) Thank you! I’m happy with that album too, but I think for me: I always want my writing to result what happening with my life. So I think it’s good, I think this one is very honest, about what I’m going through right now.
LT: Well done. If you have to listen to one artist for the rest of your life – who would it be?
Rocky: Ahh, it’s easy: The Beatles! (Laughing)
LT: Tell me why!
Rocky: Because there are three amazing songwriters. And George Harrison is the best, I think. I just love all their music. They have a very wide variegated stuff. It is kind of a hard choice, because I would really miss all the punk bands like Jawbreaker, Fugazi,… so many songwriters like Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, a lot of people that I looked up to when I started the songwriter-thing. But yes, if I have finally one to choose from, I would take the Beatles.
LT: So in the last months there have been reunions like Refused or At The Drive In. Did you ever think about an reunion with The Waxwing?
Rocky: (Laughing) Yeah! I got this question a few times, I’ve talked to my brother Cody (Anmerkung: Zweiter Gitarrist bei The Waxwing) about it. And we wouldn’t be opposed to doing it, it’s just about he’s always touring with some bands and I’m on tour all the time. So if it could work out: Maybe! A good maybe (smiles).
LT: Then tell my about some more future plans. Do you plan to make music just as long as you can?
Rocky: Yeah, at this point, I don’t really have a plan. It comes with each tour. I’m just trying to keep it open, cause I want to see how things are going with this album. Things go really well, maybe I continue doing it. If they don’t work so well and if I could do something else, I will do that. I’m not really attached to it, I just wanna do the right thing at the time.
LT: Okay than let’s get forward to the last question: If you would have to make a favourite mix tape – which songs could we find on it?
Rocky: I would say ‚West Bay Invitational‘ by Jawbreaker – that’s one of my favourite songs of all time. Ehm, maybe ‚Give Me The Cure‘, by Fugazi, ‚Kentucky Avenue‘ by Tom Waits and ‚Something‘ by the Beatles. It’s a George Harrison song and I love it so much.
Das Interview wurde am 02. April ’12
von Arabell Walter geführt.
Fotos: Arabell Walter