Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
Ian Hendrik; 22 years old; Drums, Backing Vocals, Keys; Producer and Manager
Date: May 18th, 2022
PD: What type of artist are you?
Ian Hendrik: I’m the cliché 80s Hard Rock guy, who’s just been born 40 years to late…IMPACT is a Heavy Rock Band with a big 80s influence.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Ian Hendrik: I was born in a small town in Bavaria, Germany as the son of a classical pianist. I grew up on the big rock bands like Deep Purple, Whitesnake and Gotthard but also on the great classical composers like Mozart, Bach and Maler…the music my parents listen to. I got into playing drums very early and started taking lessons at 6 years. I formed my first band with our current lead guitarist and my best buddy Morris Ramon when I was like 13 or so…I was also always interested in the tech behind the music and that’s why I now produce and mix bands and also study Music Production in London. Over the years I taught myself how to play guitar and bass, my dad showed me some basic stuff on the keys and I started to sing as well. IMPACT was founded in early 2020 and since then it’s been a wild ride…a lot of managing and making music….but I just freaking love it.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Ian Hendrik: My main musical influences are: Whitesnake (my favorite band), Gotthard, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Saxon, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Metallica….non-musical…I don’t think there are that much….my style is very much influenced by D.C tough..
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Ian Hendrik: It’s a long way to the top of rock’n’roll…but I want to fucking be there….whatever it will take. My ultimate dream would be: Live in LA., play big shows, have some great records out and basically live the dream of being a rockstar….
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Ian Hendrik: The biggest part of songwriting is on me…Morris Ramon is my main writing partner. As Joe Hanson joined the band while the songs for the first album were already written, he hasn’t written that much for the band yet, but he’s starting to contribute to the songs. My lyrics are about the cliché trio: Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll…being an outlaw, having a great time but sometimes I also critically review a subject or talk about the society.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Ian Hendrik: We already have a great local following who help us promote shows. I try to post something on social media every single day and keep the fans up to date about what’s going on. Coming up with creative ways to engage with the fans is also very important I think. The best promo is a friend telling another friend: “Hey, check them out”.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Ian Hendrik: If it’s free it’s no good. iTunes is cool, but there’s so much work in producing music, that I don’t think it should be available for free. I also need something to eat and a place to sleep…
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Ian Hendrik: Without thinking about it. Still of the Night by Whitesnake…for me that song is the epitome of a rock song. Great riff, a beautiful Bridge section…an amazing guitar solo and best of all Mr. David Coverdale on vocals…does it get any better?
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Ian Hendrik: I tend to speak very fast and then I stumble over my own tongue haha….I also like to have everything perfect and be done good and fast.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Ian Hendrik: That’s a hard one….but probably right after my drum solo I do on stage…just standing up there, with the roar of the crowd, all lights on me. That’s very cool 🙂
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Ian Hendrik: At the moment I’m trying to promote our latest single hometown to its very best….but apart from that we’re writing the last songs for our upcoming album and I’m beginning to prepare for the recording sessions.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Ian Hendrik: We almost play on a weekly basis and it’s always great fun. We give 110% at every gig we play…it’s a great time singing the songs together with the fans and it’s energizing and exciting every single time. I’d love to it more but we hope to go on tour at some point next year, support a big rock/metal act in Europe…that would be a dream come true! Eight weeks with gigs every night <3