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Eighteen Visions

Interview von: arne mit 18V, am: 02.02.2005 ]

Schon für den März steht die nächste Rundreise der Eighteen Visions an, diesmal etwas ausgiebiger und in Support des Euro-Releases des aktuellen Longplayers “Obsession“. Spätestens mit den Songs ihres Epic-Einstands hat sich die Band noch gezielter in Richtung Hit-tauglicher Hardcore-Rock-Hymnen mit hohem Emotionalitätsfaktor entwickelt, doch das war absehbar. Mit eben solchen Stücken musste man rechnen. Und die zünden doch auch richtig!!


Musicscan: Give our readers a short briefing about Eighteen Visions, please. What are you guys doing right at the moment?

Eighteen Visions: We are on a headlining tour in the US with Emery, Remembering Never and Misery Signals which ends at the beginning of March.

Musicscan: You are a very busy band concerning touring and stuff. How does it feel to be back in your own home and spend some time there? Can you still enjoy it and are you able to relax or do you miss the touring life with all the trouble?

Eighteen Visions: We still enjoy it. The more you tour the easier it gets as far as things going smoothley. Of coarse we miss home (we've toured about ten months out of the last year) but we know this is what we have to do.

Musicscan: How much attention you put on europe in general? It took quiete a long time before you came overhere to tour, if i am right!?

Eighteen Visions: We were there a few years ago on a full European tour and then again just recently to specific parts. There hasn't been that much focus on Europe because our records weren't released there yet and we wanted to wait for that to happen.

Musicscan: What have been your experiences while touring europe with Lost Prophets?

Eighteen Visions: That tour was incredible! We had a great time in Europe with them and I think we gained a lot of new european fans who will come see us again when we are there in March

Musicscan: What sort of show do you feel more at home with, your "average" hardcore show or one that places you in front of a diverse alternative/rock crowd?

Eighteen Visions: Either. Our music is diverse enough that we can play to either crowd. We also have done enough touring of both hardcore and alternative crowds to know how to make the shows work for us. We feel very confident playing for any crowd.

Musicscan: And what is more challeging for you guys?

Eighteen Visions: Nothing is really to us about touring anymore. After the first few shows of any tour you can adjust and find a place to settle into with the crowd.

Musicscan: What's your attitude towards Eighteen Visions in general? I noticed that you are a highly professional working band, right?

Eighteen Visions: Yah we take the band very seriously of coarse. This is our passion. This is also our job. We treat every show whether big or small with the same intensity.

Musicscan: The word on your guys band has been spread quiete quickly over the whole world. How does all of this attention make you feel?

Eighteen Visions: We are very excited! It means that our years of hard work is paying off and it gives us fuel to keep going.

Musicscan: Do you have some advice for upcoming bands: How does a band make themselve known to the world?

Eighteen Visions: Making great music will get you noticed and its the labels job to make sure you will be heard to as many kids as possible. Obviously, the bigger the label, the more kids will hear you.

Musicscan: What lessons have you learned from being involved with the punk music scene for a couple of years? What has it done for you?

Eighteen Visions: We've been involved in punk/hardcore for about 12 years now and it has totally changed my life. It helps me stay grounded and level-headed with decision making. Its taught me to be open-minded and to expect the unexpected.

Musicscan: And how did you experience the changes within the hardcore/emo scene.

Eighteen Visions: We accept and embrace change. This is something you learn after being involved for a long time. Everything has become biggger and bigger...

Musicscan: You surely are confronted with hc-kids speaking of sell-out (they already did in the past) and blaming you for stupid reasons for signing with sony/epic? What do you reply?

Eighteen Visions: Well in the states we haven't gotten any of that really. We braced ourselves for the worst but it never came. Kids are more accepting of bands these days. Maybe it will Be different Europe but as of recent we've only gotten nice things said about us from over there since touring with Lost Prophets.

Musicscan: While being on tour you have to play crowd's favourites every night, cause the people are asking for what they know. Did you ever had motivation problems so far. I can imagine that it gets boring to play the same songs over and over again...

Eighteen Visions: Yes it can. After playing songs for multiple years its more fun to play something different and new. We try to play a good mix of what we want and what kids want to hear. We are the reason kids are listening, but kids pay to see us so its a balance of both.

Musicscan: What is more important to you while working on new songs, to represent pretty deep emotion and/or kinda bleak real life situations?

Eighteen Visions: Some bands are a specific style or genre of music and its obvious but we are too ecclectic to be lumped with a specific group. With the diversity in our music we hit an entire spectrum of emotions (sad, happy, angry).

Musicscan: Your releases always cover a lot of bases - there's something for everyone within the heavy underground. Were you going for a more inclusive approach right from the beginning or is it a result of your progression?

Eighteen Visions: We just like all types of music so that's why we have so many different kinds of songs. The diversity is what creates great contrast. We learned this from the great bands before us like Smashing Pumpkins, The Beatles, Metallica to name a few.

Musicscan: What does Eighteen Visions hope to do with the average hardcore/emo kid checking out your records?

Eighteen Visions: Hopefully they will enjoy the music and come see us play live. We belive there are 2 parts to a band. The first is the band in the studi and can they make a great record. The second is the live band and can they entertain and win over crowds. Each are equally important.

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