KROKUS frontman Marc Storace recently spoke to Malta Today about the early days of his musical career and his current stint as the singer for one of Switzerland's most successful rock bands of all time. The following are some of the highlights of that interview:
On the high and low points of his musical career:
"I had more than one high point recording wise: The second album I did in my life was 'The Ship'. This was when I sang in TEA, the only Swiss band who ever played in Malta and Gozo in the early Seventies. This album was very special to me from a creative point of view. The whole band was living on a farmhouse out in Emmental and Philip (keys) and I came up with most of the song material out of long jams which lasted into the early hours of the morning! Then we'd trample down to the pub for breakfast and go to bed....a 'topsy turvy' period, but the music sounded good and there wasn't a soul for miles around. Doing KROKUS's 'Headhunter' was also a high point: We were stuck out on our managers farm in Arkansas. It was the height of summer and we had set up all our musical equipment in this huge warehouse with a running reel to reel to catch all the new ideas. In between sessions some lay in the pool or in the stream and I enjoyed taking the black stallion out for a daily ride on the surrounding land. The songs came together like magic and my favourite to this day is still the rock ballad 'Screaming in the Night'. I remember how the melody and lyrics came so effortlessly and I also remember the thoughts that went through my head during those moments...pure inspiration! My latest recording high points were doing KROKUS's last studio album 'Rock the Block' in 2002, and WARRIOR's new one 'The Wars Of Gods And Men' in 2003."
On the "myths" that follow rock bands and especially male frontmen, including those of starving artists, more than admiring groupies, jealous girlfriends and problems with over enthusiastic fans:
"The beginning is incredibly hard, but youth overcomes obstacles with greater ease and you can afford to live for that day! The groupies were a part of the game...you took 'em or you left 'em. When you're young you tend to want to flirt around until you find the one you really love. A jealous girlfriend is like poison to a band...nothing but drama...impossible! There's no such thing as 'over-enthusiastic fans.' Enthusiasm is an essential part of life and that's what’s so good about rock concerts. Our fans are expected to join in and participate in the gig with their full enthusiasm. Rock concerts are a healthy release from daily tension, frustration and pent-up emotions. A good rock concert is like a valve that releases pressure…it allows pressure to be released before it turns into aggression. I love high-energy performances where the crowd gets going and love to hear them all singing along in one united voice. Why it's almost like a great game of football."
Read the rest of the interview here.