KREATOR: Interview with Mille Petrozza: The Academy, Dublin (Ire) 26/04/2013.
Mille from Kreator took the time for us before they hit the stage in Dublin to answer some questions from the lovely Regina Mitchel.
Below you can read the result:
LR: Hi Mille, how are you this evening?
Mille: Im very good.
LR: How has Phantom Antichrist been received so far by a live audience?
Mille: Fantastic. Seems like the audience really enjoys the album. Last year we did a 7 week European tour and a 5 week American tour and everywhere we went people really enjoyed the new tracks from the album. We are very privileged because a lot of the bands I know from back in the day, that have been around for as long as we have, they have a problem because the audience only want to listen to the older stuff but our audience likes the new stuff so we couldn’t be in a better position.
LR: After tonight you play Manchester and London, where does the tour go from there?
Mille: We are going on a cruise again, Full metal Cruise through Wacken Festival. Then festival season starts and after that we go back to America to do a tour with Overkill and after that we go to South America to play for our fans there.
LR: Can you tell me more about tonight’s performance in 3D? What can we expect?
Mille: Thing is about that, I have to admit that the stage was too small to set everything up. We brought everything but it’s still in the truck!! So you get a smaller version of the 3D. Someone told me today that Rob Zombie was to play here ( Dublin) but he cancelled because the stage was not big enough, we would NEVER do that. For us it’s still about the music, this whole thing, this 3D stuff and stage that we have is a gimmick, it’s a nice thing but it’s not what it’s about, it’s about the music.
LR: Can you tell us what your fans in the UK can expect to see?
Mille: When we set everything up it’s very theatrical, we have huge risers on the stage, with the horses and the album artwork, very horror like on the stage and it’s very nice.
LR: When you are taking a break from touring and writing music, what do you do to unwind?
Mille:I do normal things like sports. Im doing a Triathlon for example. I read a lot and go to the movies and try to live a normal life, see my friends and hang out with people I like.
LR: Lyrics and song themes when you started out, were a message to the listener, informing and educating people of the injustices and the horrors that were happening all around them. Today with instant access to information through the internet, has this affected the songwriting process, if so in what way?
Mille: It’s always been metaphorical. We have never tried to be a band that tries to educate people, I would feel very weird in a position like that as it would make me feel like an authority or something to our fans and I’m not. When I write lyrics, I try to create almost like a movie in your mind, where the horror comes from reality. There are a lot of things in the world that are not working right, a lot of injustice, a lot of harsh realities, a lot of bitterness, anger, frustration. We try to turn this into something positive through music.
LR: There seems to be a growing movement towards anti iTunes and paid downloads of music, in preference for the physical copies of an album. Do you feel that legitimate downloads have a place in the industry?
Mille: Im not anti progression, things have to move on but I think if you’re really a fan, like I read a lot but I would never get a digital book, I like to watch a lot of movies but I would never stream a movie, it’s bad quality. I like to listen to music so I buy the CD’s. Record companies are suffering and they dont give out the music anymore, why? Because some journalists, so called journalists, put the music on the internet and then the band is hurt, the surprise effect is not there anymore. Usually you look forward to an album and it comes out and everybody heard it already.
LR: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Mille: We would love to come more often to Ireland and we promise that we will, hopefully in the future.
LR Thank you for your time have a savage show tonight and good luck with the rest of the tour.
Interview done by Regina Mitchell