On the occasion of the upcoming concerts of Diary Of Dreams in Greece in March, we had the opportunity to talk with Adrian Hates about their current tour, their last album and many more.
Rock Overdose: Let me start with this: ....” You see now how it ends, I lay it in your hands. Take care of it my friend, in case you understand”…, and welcome you to Rock Overdose! How are you?
Adrian Hates: Great, thank you - preparing for the new set of shows and finalizing the new album - an uplifting feeling indeed!
Rock Overdose: How's the tour going so far? Any special or awkward moments?
Adrian Hates: The past years pretty much were a constant tour. I kind of got used to the fact that life on the street is a big part of my life. Actually I feel it is a privilege and an honor too. Awkward moments? Oh, where do I start... touring in China in November was crazy. I will always remember the concert in Shaoxing on the Midi Festival as one of the craziest things I have ever seen while being on stage. The people went nuts … moshpits, headbanging, fireworks, stagediving: there was nothing they did not do … What a night …! But really awkward was me trying the Chinese Wasabi. Forget the stuff you eat in Europe. Chinese Wasabi is insane, what was obvious to the other guests in the restaurant just by watching the color of my face change...
Rock Overdose: Your last album "Grau im Licht" received very good feedback from both reviewers and fans. What is the key of success?
Adrian Hates: I always stay true to myself. I do not adapt to others. I always try to walk on my very own musical path … I love writing music. It is nothing I do for a living. I do it to survive. Maybe that gives my work a sense of honesty and authenticity. Who knows ...
Adrian Hates: Insecurity. Excitement. Being overwhelmed and overburdened while feeling at the same time that this is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Rock Overdose: How would you describe the evolution of the band’s sound?
Adrian Hates: It is a natural process - never was conscious - never will be. If you walk step by step you only think of the very next step you do. I try to avoid to look too far into the future. That avoids disappointments.
The music changed with the new possibilities, the equipment revolution and my growing horizon on music in general. Growing older and finding out my true talents really helped me too. I focus on those things and let others take care of the rest!
Rock Overdose: If you had the chance to go back in time, is there anything in your career that you would wish to change? If yes, what it would be?
Adrian Hates: My albums are like chapters in my musical diary. Some of those seem lifetimes away and you lose touch a little; so obviously the later chapters feel closer and therefore I prefer them, but I value and appreciate every musical step I did. I wouldn’t change a thing …
Rock Overdose: Which are your five favorite top bands?
Adrian Hates: At the moment: Katatonia, Empathy Test, Moderat, IAMX, Massive Attack, but that can change any day …
Rock Overdose: Since everyone was a startup once, can you give some tips and advice to any small or local band looking to get some gigs?
Adrian Hates: Believe in yourself, never rest, fight for your dream and be aware of the fact that you will need a veeeeeeery long breath to survive … but being true to your dream never can be wrong. It is well worth it.
Rock Overdose: In March we’ll be expecting you for two live shows in our country. How do you feel about it? Any special words for your Greek fans?
Adrian Hates: Can’t wait to be back. I lost track of how many times we were in Greece, but I know for sure that I loved every single visit. Thank you for being out there and for supporting us! We love Greece!
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