EMQ’s With Crack Up
Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with German Death Metal band, Crack Up. Huge thanks to their Bass player/ Vocalist, Tim, For taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi, I´m Tim, I play bass guitar and do vocals in CRACK UP. Our band started back in the 90s and recorded 5 albums back then. We didn´t do anything in the last 20 years except one gig at the Summer Breeze Festival last year.
How did you come up with your band name?
I think we searched for cool band names in a dictionary, ha!
What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?
We are from Germany. Nowadays we don´t have much to do with the scene – so I can´t really tell you.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
MDD Records re-released our first album from 1996 called “Blood is life”, so I guess that is our latest release.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Back then, in the mid 90s there were so many great Death Metal bands that influenced us – Paradise Lost, Obituary, Edge of Sanity, Bolt Thrower, Morbid Angel – those were unbelievable times!
What first got you into music?
See Q above!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I like the rolling Death Metal like Obituary, Memoriam, Disbelief…
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I don´t know… Oh, of course… It would be the DYNAMO FESTIVAL in Eindhoven back in 1995! That was the ultimate festival of all time! Like Woodstock in the 60s, it was the same for the metal scene 😉
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
It was not exactly a gift, but a weird guy wrote our band’s name on his head… with a knife…
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I hope you enjoy the old stuff, it’s really cool to re-release the first album – I didn´t listen to it for 20 years or so, but hey – it really surprised me! Cool stuff!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
There are many rock stars I really loved – Peter Steele, Kurt Cobain, Mark Lanegan, Layne Staley…
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Nowadays we are more hobby musicians, meeting 2 times per month, having a nice time in the rehearsal room with no pressure or bad vibes… So everything is okay for me!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Oh, it sounds strange… Because personally I also stream music online a lot… But I would bring back the old times with only vinyl and cassettes – that was much better!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Obituary – Cause of Death.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl and cassettes.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Puh, it’s been a long time… We played some great festivals in the 90s like Wacken or With Full Force.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I´m a teacher nowadays!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Well, I guess… My family or the old band mates… I don´t like surprises, ha!
What’s next for the band?
As I said, we are very relaxed… If someone comes up with a great idea for a festival or gig, we maybe would do it if we have time and could organize it.
What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun, a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?
I don´t really know, sorry, haha!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for the interview!
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