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.