Tuesday, April 06, 2010


The other day, I interviewed Matthias Jabs from the German rock band, The Scorpions, and as good as I'm getting at conducting interesting interviews with mixed martial arts fighters, it is clear that my passion for rock music lends itself much better to an opportunity such as this.

My first goal was making sure I was saying his name right. One would thing it would be pronounced "Muhthius" and "Jabs," as in, he through a lot of JABS in the third round. It turns out, it's pronounced Muhtius Yaabs. I was panicking for a pronunciation on youtube because all I could find were clips of virtuoso solos of his. Finally, I found a video of a DJ saying his name, asking him if it was right, and him saying that she did it perfectly. So, I said it just as she had, and he said the way I did it was "absolutely perfect." This guy was so polite, humble, likable, and just as engaged and as excited as I was.

It turns out this is the final tour for The Scorps. He actually points out that as a hard rock band, it makes even more sense to hang it up early because they pride themselves in rocking arenas, running around the huge stage, and that's just not something they believe they should be doing in their 50's.

I'm really pleased with how this thing turned out, so when I post it over at Starpulse.com, please give a listen to some snippets.

Thanks, and keep on rockin' like hurricanes, Seven Readers.


radioactive girl said...

I love that you made the effort to learn how to say his name correctly. I have a really difficult last name and when people actually take the time to listen and pronounce it right it makes me feel like they care much more than when they continually butcher it.

And what a great attitude about stopping while they are still good instead of making the last memories suck.

Heff said...

Pretty good guitar player, but I doubt they'll really "hang it up". There are SEVERAL old metal bands still rocking out in their 60's.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Nice gig dude! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Haven't been around in a while, but good job on the pronunciation... and interview!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Radio: It's probably a Polish name, right?

Heff: Well, I think this is it. It's like a 2 year tour.

Candy: It's good. I'll probably edit it tomorrow, so it will go live Friday afternoon or Monday.

Blame: Yeah, where you been, bra'?

radioactive girl said...

Did you know my last name from email and then guess Polish? Because most people guess Indian. You were right, it is Polish, I was just curious if you knew or it was just a lucky guess.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Radio: I was just thinking you are in the Chicago area (lots of Poles), and I didn't even think Indian by the pic.

BeckEye said...

There's no one like you, Gancey.

Ms Smack said...

Hey I didnt even know they were still kicking!

I used to love one of their tracks though... I just cant' remember it!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Beck: So true . . . So true . . . Yet, I still don't get paid on Starpulse like you.

Ms. Smack: Well, if you're anything like me, it was probably Still Loving You, but it was probably Winds of Change.