Krachwerke – Interview
Interview with Helmut Watterott of Kachwerke and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD:What type of artist are you?
HW: Guitarist and Bassist that loves heavy music.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
HW: Born and raised in South Africa by German parents. I started playing guitar at around 18 and soon started playing in a band. We did well on the gig circuit and were one weekend away from winning a recording contract… but alas..
When I moved to Scotland I immediately started a band again. But ever changing band members and circumstances made that go nowhere. I am record, mix and master all the music and that really allowed me to finish the album. A big plus for the digital age. This would not have been possible 20 years ago.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
HW: Tool, Mastodon, Red Apollo, Fields of the Nephilim and a whole lot of stoner and doom bands.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
HW: Some income and acknowledgement for the music I make. Not much more than that.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
HW: I do.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
HW: Love social media, means I can sit slurping coffee and do all the promo sitting on my butt. This includes building a social media following, submitting to review and blog sites as well as every radio station and music business person I can find.
Actually if I had a band together I would be playing live as often as possible, because I am sure everyone who makes music really does it for the buzz of playing live. At the moment the album ‘Illusion of Evolution’ was done with a semi band, the rest was completed solo.
Until such time the promo will be done via social media, videos, and any other form I can think of except playing live.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
HW: I am old-school and new school. I love having tangible things but I also love what the digital age as brought us. For musicians this is a great age where anyone with effort and talent can be heard. I am all for it as long as it is controllable. But that I mean if you want to be paid you should and it should be fair for all parties involved.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HW: Sound Garden – Black hole Sun, Mastodon – The Motherload
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
HW: Lateness, corporate greed, people who don’t care about the environment or fairness (they are usually the same)
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
HW: The breakdown/lead part in Solid State 🙂
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
HW: Album number two. Hopefully this will be a full band effort as I prefer working with a team of like-minded folk.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
HW: Hopefully in 2020, mid-year we will be able to gig. Most likely in the Glasgow area.
Band/Artist location – Scotland
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