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LACRIMOSA released their
latest CD - "Hoffnung" - at the end of 2015 to celebrate their 25th
birthday. After the very experimental ‘Revolution’, this album returns to the
classic sound of LACRIMOSA. Brilliant compositions, in which grand
orchestrations alternate with harder rock. LACRIMOSA soon will be performing In
Belgium for the first time in seven years, and apparently, Tilo Wolff is
delighted about it. He tells us more in this interview.
Hello Tilo. You released ‘Hoffnung’ at the end of
2015. We love the album. What are your own feelings about the album?
Tilo Wolff: Great to hear that you love it! Well, for me this
album is some kind of the essence of LACRIMOSA. I’ve been working on this for
over a year and every note, every word is a piece of myself. The whole album is
like a child, like my baby!
The thematic is somewhat different from the
predecessor ‘Revolution’, which was based on social critique. On ‘Hoffnung’,
you return to more personal themes as love and loneliness. I can still hear
echoes of ‘Revolution’, though, for instance on the title track. Is there an
overarching theme on ‘Hoffnung’? If so, which one?
Tilo Wolff: I think Hoffnung – hope – is a word with many
facets. Mostly it is meant in a positive meaning. People hope for something
good or at least something better than the current situation. That opens the
fact that hope has something to do with time. Hope reaches into the future by
considering what lies in the past. And hope considers the current situation.
Without time there is no hope and without hope, there is no future. No-one
could live through only one single day without the hope to make it through that
day and even further. These are already a few facets of hope. But there can also
be wrong steered hope. Hope upon something that never ever can be fulfilled.
This can strain and destroy an entire life. So hope is not only something
positive. These all are facets of hope, and of this album.
For the first time, Lacrimosa formed it’s own
‘Lacrimosa Session Orchestra’, in which you also played trumpet. This must have
been a lot of work that could have saved if you worked with an already existing
orchestra. Why did you choose to form your own orchestra?
Tilo Wolff: Actually it is the other way round. I worked with so
many orchestras as a client who is dependent on the working process of the
orchestra. And these working processes are seldom made for such rock
productions. They might work very well for preparing concerts or recordings
from known classical composers, but when you come with your own scores – music
they haven’t heard before – and with recordings – the previous recorded band –
to which they are supposed to play along, these working processes they are used
to are not helping. So I gathered musicians that I knew from previous
recordings, people from which I know that they understand what LACRIMOSA is
about. So these recordings were much more focused on the music and less on the
organisation. But still, writing all scores and rehearsing with so many
musicians is always a hell of work!
You released two excerpts of ‘Hoffnung’ on YouTube
with great animations. This makes me wonder: will there be a video clip for one
of the song on the album?
Tilo Wolff: I love visual transformation of music and would have
loved to get a video done for the new album. Unfortunately there was not enough
time between the end of the production process and the beginning of the tour.
‘Hoffnung’ also saw the return of Stelio Diamantopoulos for the artwork.
We have noticed that he wasn’t implicated in the artwork of the last CDs, but
he did conceive most of the covers of Lacrimosa since the beginning of the
project. What made you work together again?
Tilo Wolff: Well, actually he made all studio album covers
without reception. Only the cover of the unreleased-track-compilation
‘Schattenspiel’ was made by Alla, a Russian artist.
We were looking forward to the release of the DVD of
‘Live in Mexico City’. It is now included as a bonus on the limited edition of
‘Hoffnung’. A nice present for the fans, for sure, but I am somehow surprised
that you didn’t try to reach to a wider audience with the DVD. Or will there be
another edition aimed at a wider public?
Tilo Wolff: No, after I realized that we couldn’t release the CD
and the DVD of “Live in Mexico City” at the same time, I skipped the idea of
releasing the DVD as an own product and rather thought to pay back the patience
people had to invest by giving the DVD more or less as a present.
You recently came back from a tour promoting the new
Lacrimosa CD in Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America. Just before you went on
tour, you broke your foot in a car accident. Did you succeed to play the shows
without too much harm?
Tilo Wolff: Hehe… I can tell you I would have loved to skip this
accident. It was sometimes not easy to play the shows with this broken food and
the injured knee, but after all it went really well. We could play all the shows
and I even managed to get up from my chair a few times without damaging my leg
again. So now I am totally motivated to enter the stage of this second part of
the tour on my two healthy legs again!
You are now embarking on a new tour, in which you will
also play in Belgium for the first time since 2009. How do you feel about that?
Tilo Wolff: Very excited! Belgium was the first country outside of
Germany that invited LACRIMOSA to a concert back in 1993. I will never forget
about this! Since that time, Belgium has this special place in my heart and
therefore I am very happy that we got invited again!
David Bowie has died recently. He was a huge influence
for the goth scene, and I think also for you personally. What are your thoughts
about his death and his influence?
Tilo Wolff: Yes, he was and is my hero. And I still can’t
believe that he is not with us anymore. Of course I am happy for him, that his
suffering came to an end and that he even could set a final spot behind his
wonderful career with his final album. But for us who lived our lives with his
music, we will always miss him when we hear his voice!
Thank you for this interview. Any last thoughts?
Tilo Wolff: Thank you as well. I want to say that it will be an honour for us
and for me personally to play again in Belgium after 7 years! I am looking
forward to a wonderful night!