If you don’t know of ACCEPT you must be very new to metal or have been living under a stone for the last 4 decades. Wolf Hoffmann answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2018 interviews
When you decide to record a live album what is it that you are looking for? How do you know that the show you’ll record is gonna be a great one, especially if it something like a festival gig.
WOLF: Well you don’t… WACKEN is a historic Festival and our relation ship with Holger Huebner and Thomas Jensen has always been a very special one. No doubt, that our new Life when returning after a long time is associated with WACKEN and many careers have been started there and lifted up ours! Yes, WACKEN was a deliberate choice. And regarding your question if we KNOW it is going to be great…well we know the Festival is great and one can only hope to rise to the occasion. Looking at the live streaming success with millions of views and the reaction of the Fans – I would say – we delivered! But nothing is a given…WE never forget that.
Did location mean anything when ACCEPT started? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it. How did you overcome the fact that you came from Germany?
WOLF: Music History in ROCK, Hard Rock and later Heavy Metal I would say was “Fathered” in UK and Heavy Metal came to it’s own FAME through 3 FANZINES who became later the incubators – AARDSHOCK, KERRANG and METAL RENDEZVOUS and al the record labels of the world of Metal etc as we know it… We had an easy entry in the world of Music Entertainment, because of our Management – who is the backbone of our career until today. Interesting is to see today, that the bands3233131qqq1 from SCANDINAVIA – particular FINLAND have positioned themselves next to the countries who have had the most influence in the past. Today there are many artists under one roof …and where you come from is not an issue and that is wonderful.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about? What is it that still makes you want to do this 4 decades later?
WOLF: First of all we had a 15 year break and during this time – a wonderful and important time for that matter – it became crystal clear to me, that yes – there are many very fulfilling things I can do and I did – but the thrill, the connection with the fans and the fascinating adventure to see the world – is priceless. Think about it – you see the world, you do what you have to do, you are honored, respected, “wined & dined”, sleep in the best hotels and are loved to death by your fans – and you bring home money! What on earth is not to like about THAT??????
What kind of feedback have you had on your music over the years and with the different vocalists, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
WOLF: Looks like we had a fantastic feedback , don’t we? tours are going great, album sales are going great and we have and outfit right now, which is having fun and rockin’ the stages. I rather have new blood on stage, than people who are not in it no more. That is not a character flaw – it is like in a marriage – IF THE THRILL IS GONE … admit it and move on. Music is – after all not only business… it has a lot to do with emotions and charisma. And no doubt, people change on some levels and on others they don’t, taste changes, opinions change, life situations change big time – WE change and our FANS change – we all grow into something…. I guess there is a huge difference between a 17 year old and a 50 year old! And that is all good. It is also good to be young dudes and go crazy on stage… WE love that. But Life happens off stage and circumstances are constantly changing and requirers adaption… A band is a living organism and guess we should be very tolerant and understanding. You entertain much better, when you are happy with what you are doing and I am grateful that the fans tell us – we get that across!!!
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
WOLF: That is a musicians biggest challenge – the quest for a hit. It does not work for me. The decision what is a hit is completely in the hands of the fans. It is a love affair and some happen at first sight and others a bit later. song writing sure is a long and winding road or a spontaneous moment – you never know when you lay down the first riffs
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs? Do you still get goose bumps when certain songs are being played and the crowd react to them?
WOLF: Goose bumps …forever …
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
WOLF: Very much – sometimes yes…
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
WOLF: Open minded … some are very concerned – others are not. For us it is important to grab your attention … it is sure a “hit and miss” task – isn’t it?
What does the future hold?
WOLF: in regard to ACCEPT? We are on a mission and we are pumped up to challenge us again …always! After South America we are coming back to Germany first week of November to Headline METAL HAMMER PARADISE & to start Rise of Chaos Festivals in Germany and end of January we do 70 000 Tons of Metal , April 2019 we start SYMPHONIC TERROR Tour with our own ORCHESTRA and a very different production than you are used to see from ACCEPT! That will keep us on our toes, believe me! We will write a new album ( title: 20/20) planned release in 2020 and as far as my calendar looks we are very busy for the coming years – exactly how we love it!!!