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10 Quick Ones with JÜRGEN BREFORTH of MAD MAX – August 2018

| 7 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The first single “Beat Of The Heart” stands out among the eleven songs on the forthcoming album 35 for a number of reasons. On one hand the track could be described as the 2018 successor of Mad Max’s most important hit “Night Of Passion,” and on the other hand the band members have made their longstanding dream come true with the video that supports the song. “For once in the history of Mad Max, we wanted to shoot a video that has the look and the cinematic quality of a real little motion picture. Thanks to the support of our sponsor Hubert Teichmann, we got that opportunity at last.””  We get Jürgen to discuss new music, influences, and much more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

35 is a no bullshit straight and honest metal album. There are absolutely no hidden nuggets. We just followed our hearts, paid our tribute guitar riffs to our heroes like DOKKEN, JUDAS PRIEST or EXTREME and wrote a couple of the best songs we ever did in our 35 years career. It all came together perfectly. There was no master plan behind it, just pure instinct.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I was a huge fan of glam bands like THE SWEET or T. REX in my early days but was also into STATUS QUO and blues hero Rory Gallagher. It all changed to metal when I listened to the very first IRON MAIDEN record. That was the magic moment. I wanted to have my own band and write my own songs.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

The whole band of DOKKEN is the ultimate influence for us. Our bass player “Hutch” is a huge Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath fan and I guess you can hear that on a couple of our new songs. Our 1986 cover version of “Fox On The Run” from THE SWEET was also a huge hit for us and many radio stations played our version not knowing that it was originally from THE SWEET. So I guess THE SWEET can be described as a huge influence as well. And I am definitely inspired by the NWOBHM with Bands like DEF LEPPARD, JUDAS PRIEST and SAXON. And last but not least – since we are from Germany – I have to name our legendary SCORPIONS and guitar hero Michael Schenker as well.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Our singer Michael and I are great Keith Urban fans. It would be killer to have Keith delivering some cool metal riffs for us. I know he can definitely do it!

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Lots of reviews call us “iconic metal veterans” and our album “a masterpiece of celebration to the metal gods”! That’s pretty much nailing it. Songs with catchy choruses and screaming guitars. The album sounds fresh but familiar if you love bands like the classic DOKKEN.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

It’s creating new music. Writing new songs and see how they work with the band and how the fans react when they get to hear the new songs. The other thing is playing live in different countries and seeing the world.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Actually our singer Michael Voss is a great cook in making Italian lasagna and finding the right red wine to go with it. He will also crack out his acoustic guitar to play some classic EAGLES songs.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I would be definitely a tennis player. I am the greatest Andre Agassi fan in the world. He was the rock star among the tennis players.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

A huge misstep was definitely that we split the band in 1989. Our album Night Of Passion was ready to be mixed by Ozzy Osbourne producer Max Norman for the US market but our record label cancelled the deal the night before Max was going to start. The reason why was that our label wanted to sell a whole bunch of bands to the USA but the US label only wanted to have Mad Max. They believed in us and wanted us to tour the USA as a kind of German version of DOKKEN. We were all so deeply frustrated that finally the band broke up for a couple of years.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

That would be definitely the Under Lock And Key album from DOKKEN. This is our all-time favourite. We loved everything about this album. A couple of years ago we got the chance to meet producer Michael Wagener in person in Nashville. He is the nicest guy in the world and a pure genius.

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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