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KAMELOT: Interview mit Chatevent: Thomas Youngblood

01.01.1970 | 01:00

Nahezu 70 Fans und Neugierige waren dabei, als wir am 15. Januar 2003 mit KAMELOT unseren ersten offiziellen Chat starteten. Gitarrist Thomas Youngblood wählte sich pünktlich um 21 Uhr aus seinem Heimatort Tampa in Florida bei unserem Partner METROPOLIS ein, um seinen Anhängern Rede und Antwort zu stehen.
In gut einer Stunde wurden Fragen unterschiedlichster Natur, mal kurios, mal allgemein beantwortet. Angesprochen wurden nicht nur Standardfragen rund um Thomas' Band KAMELOT und das aktuelle Album „Epica“, sondern auch politische, spirituelle oder auch ganz alltägliche Themen. So erfuhren wir beispielsweise, woher der Bandname kommt, welche Einflüsse ihren Kompositionen zu Grunde liegen und dass eine DVD-Veröffentlichung geplant ist. Aber auch Themen wie die Irak-Krise, George W. Bush, das amerikanische Gesundheitssystem, Fastfood, Fallschirmspringen und deutsches Bier kamen nicht zu kurz.
Nach zahlreichen Begrüssungen konnte das Frage-Antwort-Spielchen nun losgehen...

Thomas-Kamelot :
Hello Metal Heads! Nice to meet all of you!! I am fine here in Florida

Nashkarul :
Frage: why did you chose the name kamelot

Thomas-Kamelot :
Kamelot was chosen due to the fact that the old drummer and I love the tales of King Authur.

ChavaMetalThunder :
I think that´s a great name

+netterMann+ :
where does your band come from?

Thomas-Kamelot :
We are from Tampa Florida, home of Savatage and Crimson among others. Khan is from Norway

MAN O WAR :
Thomas, did you make the new album also in germany

Thomas-Kamelot :
Germany is where the producers Sascha and Miro are from. We recorded some parts of Epica in Florida

Vive la France! :
Do you like french?? ;o)

Thomas-Kamelot :
viva la France!

Lady Irea :
You write one day that you came to Brazil one day... It was a so many years ago?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Brazil...we are waiting for promoters to arrange this now.

Dark Reflection :
what is the song The Light I Shine On You about?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Its a tribute to the Kamelot fans, the best in the world!

Plöppi :
I think it´s hard work for you, to read and answer all the questions in here... :-)

Thomas-Kamelot :
;0

Thomas-Kamelot :
no problem....

MAN O WAR :
what do you think about Miro and Sascha ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
great producers, friends and musicians.

Drummerrin :
you have a good band

Thomas-Kamelot :
thanks;)

ChavaMetalThunder :
Thomas, please, tell us, where did you met Roy... and why you choosed him for Kamelot... Did you like Conception?

Thomas-Kamelot :
We loved his voice in Conception and when we heard they split I called him.

Nashkarul :
Which metal-bands do you like ?...exept kamelot ;)

Thomas-Kamelot :
Many different bands...too many to name but SX is great. among others

MAN O WAR :
last year you played support for axxis in germany and then you changed the headliners in the other countrys. why?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Axxis had at that time more fans in Germany and we outside of Germany. we will do a Headliner tour everywhere unless Maiden calls;)

Kuessly :
how do you call the kind of music you made? ehm.. is it power metal? ;) i have no music of you heard yet...

Thomas-Kamelot :
Melodic Power Metal with Prog Influences..?

Powermetal-Moderator :
yeah, less prog with every album...:/ *g*

-Megaherz- :
when do you play in germany and in witch city´s?

VSS :
do play in switzerland perhaps?

Thomas-Kamelot :
we will tour all the previous countries and also add new places for our circus. Like Japan for example

Defender of Steel :
What do you think about luca turilli?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Luca is a very cool person and innovative musician, a good friend as well

metal4life :
when will you go on tour here in germany and play you on the opean airs in germany ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
We are hoping to confirm some Festivals in Europe for the Summer. Sweden Rock is confirmed but more will be added

metal4life :
what is with wacken open air ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Wacken is being discussed.

ChavaMetalThunder :
really looking forward to see you here, in Spain !

Thomas-Kamelot :
Spain is great!

ChavaMetalThunder :
What are your influences when composing?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Influences lately are NewAge, Film Scores and real Heavy stuff.

MAN O WAR :
What do you think about war in irak? do you think it is a war on terror or a war for oil?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I am for peaceful solutions....

No suicide today :
What do you think about George W. Bush?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I voted for Gore

The Deep Blue :
gore? wise vote *s*

-Megaherz- :
when could we see kamelot on dvd/video?

Thomas-Kamelot :
DVD is being planned with our record company. More to come on that

Kneipenterrorist :
what do you think about the MTV show the osbournes?

Thomas-Kamelot :
the Osbournes were funny at first but its really just another way to make fun of Metal musicians. Like Waynes World etc...

ChavaMetalThunder :
What do you try to express in the lirycs? Does Roy work on them, or you work in the lyrics also???

Thomas-Kamelot :
Roy composed the majoiryt of the lyrisc on Epica with input from me on parts and subject matter. We really work together on all aspects of the albums.

Toto17 :
when did you start your music career ???

Thomas-Kamelot :
i started in 1991 with former Drummer R. Warner

Lady Irea :
Who have the idea to do Epica inspired in Faust from Goethe? I read one day that Roy likes Romantism... and we know that Goethe was a romantic writer...

Thomas-Kamelot :
The idea of Epica was born out of our discussions on life and the universe. Khan found a great connection with the Faust story.

PakoSpain :
Hi Thomas. First of all congratulations for EPICA

Thomas-Kamelot :
Thanks Pako

Ruler of Asgard :
You believe in christian God? or in a numan or a godlike power.

Thomas-Kamelot :
I believe is the forces of good and evil. God is a representative of good. I do not know if there is only one true god.

SpookyLordCharlie :
sorry for this funny question - Thomas - but do you also sometimes like to hear classic music.:-)

Thomas-Kamelot :
I love classical music yes!

Powermetal-Moderator :
you can hear that on every album...=)

ChannelMaster- :
Thomas what do you think about eminem ?!

Thomas-Kamelot :
hmmm....good marketing person;)

Lady Irea :
You made Karma, telling about life and death... Do you think that exist another kind of life after death (no.. it´s not an Iron maiden album.. hehehe =)

Thomas-Kamelot :
Karma for me is really related to life on this planet. How things come back to you depending on your actions

The Deep Blue :
the philosophy of good and evil in relation of religion is a good step in the right direction, i think

Squirrelchen :
Your previous album Karma was an fantastic album. How do you feel about that if you look back now ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Very proud of Karma.

Thomas-Kamelot :
and the band

+++superfriesen+++ :
thomas where do you live ???

Thomas-Kamelot :
I live in Tampa, Oslo and Wolfsburg;)

PakoSpain :
Thomas, do you think that EPICA is your best album?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I cannot judge our best album Pako, you know but I like it!

-=YGRAMUL=- :
what do you think about the german metal-scene?

Thomas-Kamelot :
The scene in Germany is great, the scene in the US is not a scene at all.

-wizzy- :
do you like Wolfsburg?

The Deep Blue :
wolfsburg? there are many other beautiful cities in germany for sure *s

Thomas-Kamelot :
I have travelled all over Germany, its a beautiful country!

Naughty1 :
kamelot´s last albums were recorded in wolfsburg. producer: sascha paeth

Cedric Rake :
What do you think if somebody compares you with Stratovarius or something like that???

Thomas-Kamelot :
I dont see any comparisons to Strato, so it doesnt bother me

Powermetal-Moderator :
but i do *bg* ;)

Thomas-Kamelot :
They do what they do very well.

-Megaherz- :
do you know some german metal-bands?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I know all most the common German bands, yes.

The Deep Blue :
what do you think about the numetalhype nowadays?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I am not a numetal fan...

Kneipenterrorist :
Do you think that german beer is the best? ;)

Thomas-Kamelot :
German beer is great! probably the best

-Megaherz- :
and witch is your favourit german metal-bands?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I loved Helloween in early days

Plöppi :
and which german beer do you like most...? I think this is a really interesting question :-)

Thomas-Kamelot :
Great thing about Gemany is every town has a brewery so I sample each towns own beer. No current fave

Dark Reflection :
do you have contact with ICED EARTH, because they are from florida too

Thomas-Kamelot :
no, they have moved to Indiana I think. everyone is always travelling you know?

metal4life :
who guitar player influence in your youth to play guitar ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Alex Lifeson, Schenker, DiMeola

metal4life :
what do you thing about the accusation to pete townsheed ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I think its maybe the press making more of it than it is...not sure though,

PakoSpain :
Thomas, you in Florida... Khan in Oslo... How is a normal day in the life of Kamelot?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Khan and I talk nearly every day. Like a neighbor in the next town.

-wizzy- :
do you like Bands like Tool?

The Deep Blue :
or a perfect circle?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Yes, I like Tool. Not too many bands like them

-wizzy- :
that´s very nice

PakoSpain :
Greetings from all spanish fans

Thomas-Kamelot :
Cant wait to return to Spain and Germany and Europe to see everyone again

Skoogie :
if you could chose some musicians for a side project.. who would it be?

Thomas-Kamelot :
hard to say, so many good musicians...

MAN O WAR :
is kamelot big enough, to pay phoning around the planet every day?

Thomas-Kamelot :
our phone bill is BIG!

Squirrelchen :
thomas ... skydiving is in florida very famous, I heard. Did you ever try it ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
yes, we all went skydiving in 98-99

Thomas-Kamelot :
part of Khan;s initiation into kamelot. Not really;)

The Deep Blue :
how is the impression of europe for an american in general?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I love the culture of Europe and other countries outside of the US.

Nashkarul :
what do you think about tha band Hammerfall ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
cant say I have heard too much of them...good?

Cedric Rake :
are you popular in the USA??? many bands told that metal is not as popular there as in Europe

Thomas-Kamelot :
Only bands that are popular in the US are Punk/Pop (Sum41) or numetal.

Arnold Layne :
Do you listen to 70's stuff like Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Van der Graaf Generator and such?

Thomas-Kamelot :
yes, Zep. Rainbow, Yes, Styx, I have all my older sisters vinyls. Great music!

PakoSpain :
When we´ll can see all the dates from EPICA Tour?

Thomas-Kamelot :
dates coming soon...hopefully in the next 2 weeks.

Arnold Layne :
Which equipment do you use?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I play Jackson guitars and now Mesa Boogie amps.

Ruler of Asgard :
Do you think the ways of METAL are still expandable, or is there no teritory for young musicians to invent a new style??

Thomas-Kamelot :
there are always ways of expanding musical genres. It must come naturally.

PakoSpain :
I can´t wait to see Kamelot on stage...

Squirrelchen :
Is there any album from KAMELOT you are not really satisfied with anymore?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I am not happy with the mix of Siege. I like the songs but the vocals are too low.;)

Powermetal-Moderator :
it's been a good album, though! =)

SpookyLordCharlie :
what was your greatest tour expirience during the years with your band - Thomas - ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
So far so of the Festival shows were the greatest.

Thomas-Kamelot :
Hearing the several thousands of people sing a chorus, you know

Powermetal-Moderator :
a broken rainbow falls from the sky... *sings*

Thomas-Kamelot :
Thats from Dominion ja?

Powermetal-Moderator :
yeah right, the best record so far in my opinion - no offense...;)

-wizzy- :
how do you think about drugs? also about drugs like Coffee, Nicotin oder Dope

Thomas-Kamelot :
I dont do any hard drugs....just an occasional beer and coffee.

The Deep Blue :
progress..... with the process *singinalong*

Thomas-Kamelot :
ok...

No suicide today :
What was the first Vinyl you bought??

Thomas-Kamelot :
cant remember?? Iron Maiden 666...?

The Deep Blue :
or the first CD?

Thomas-Kamelot :
first Cd was Alcatrazz I think...too long ago.

-wizzy- :
please say us Thomas, which Band was your absolut favourite in your youth?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Queensryche, Maiden...

Cedric Rake :
have you ever had an accident on stage?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Nothing too bad...my wireless has gone out a few times!

Skoogie :
what do you think about online-zines like for example powermetal.de and about chat-sessions with fans?

The Deep Blue :
fans like us *s*

Thomas-Kamelot :
cool, fun to chat with everyone. zines are a part of our society

Plöppi :
what do you think about fastfood? (Cause i´m working in a Mc Donald´s store scine a few weeks) :-D

Thomas-Kamelot :
fastfood is good every once in a while, I try to stay away from it. But sometimes you just cant

-wizzy- :
what do you think about woman in Metalscene?

Thomas-Kamelot :
what kind of woman, singers?

-wizzy- :
musicans, singer, everyones

Thomas-Kamelot :
fine with me...got to have women right?

-wizzy- :
Metal is most Men-Scene, that´s why iféd asked

The Deep Blue :
in germany there was a female metalsinger named DORO ... do you know her oder the band?

Thomas-Kamelot :
yes, warlock

Arnold Layne :
How come in Rock or Metal bands, the girl always plays bass.. Got an idea?

Thomas-Kamelot :
lot of girl singers these days Arnold...got an idea?:)

Arnold Layne :
maybe they can't play bass?

Thomas-Kamelot :
haha...

Skoogie :
can you tell us something about the beginning of your career?

Thomas-Kamelot :
we cut a demo in 1993 an sent it to Noise records. They signed us in 1994. Kamelot was my first real band

Dark Reflection :
if you were a politician what would you do for the people?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I would give people a national healthcare system. here most musicians do not have it.

Powermetal-Moderator :
yeah, r.i.p. chuck *sniff*

metal4life :
thomas would you for 100 million dollars play rap or pop music ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
100 million....play metal....I guess if I had to pick it would be pop

SpookyLordCharlie :
Where or when do you have the best ideas for your lyrics - Thomas - ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
lyrics come best from life experiences, sounds cliche but its true. Others relate to the lyrics that comes from the heart

sataani :
do you plan any collaborations with other bands??

Thomas-Kamelot :
not anymore,,,I did the Consortsium Project with Ian Parry but Kamelot and the fans deserve 100% of my musical time.

Powermetal-Moderator :
i dream therefore i am!

-Megaherz- :
what do you think about gerhard schröder?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Cant say I know too much about his ideals. I think its good he won.

Plöppi :
oh... now I´ve got a question about the healthcaresystem... I can´t imagine how it is without a health insurance company... please tell me about...

Thomas-Kamelot :
Ploppi- if something happens bad, like a car accident, you may not get treatment. if you do then you are paying the bill til you die.

Heavy Herb :
Do you read all critics about Kamelot or do you ignore the negative ones?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I read most of the critics, the good always outweighs the bad...

Hu Lee :
what do you think about George W. Bush and his politics?

Thomas-Kamelot :
I am not the biggest Bush fan...

Ruler of Asgard :
Are you rich or can we young musicians chuck away the drream of becoming famous + rich ...hehe

Thomas-Kamelot :
I am not rich but I am able to make a good living playing music to great music lovers that appreciate it.

Squirrelchen :
Why did you chose the title Epica for the new CD ?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Epica is the epicentre of the Universe. the place that all of life questions may be answered. Ariel is searching for this place.

Powermetal-Moderator :
we are not sperate...one we destroy...

Dark Reflection :
what would you do if you weren´t a musician?

Thomas-Kamelot :
Hey Dark R, I used to work for Kappa

Naughty1 :
sorry folks! i am afraid thomas have to leave to do interviews...

Thomas-Kamelot :
Cheers!! I have to go too....Interviews in Canada!

Thomas-Kamelot :
Thanks to all of you!

Powermetal-Moderator :
thanx a lot thom and all the best...

Dark Reflection :
thank you for being here thomas

Janis ** :
good bye thomas, it was interesting to read the conversation... best wishes

Thomas-Kamelot :
cheers!

Naughty1 :
hallo leute, wer noch fragen zum thema Kamelot hat kann entweder www.noiserecords.com/de/kamelot checken oder eine mail an mich schicken (Noise Promoter) naughty.kuntz@sanctuarygroup.com

Naughty1 :
ich versuche alle anfragen schnellstmöglichst zu beantworten.

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