Masterplan is definitely the new super group that all of us were waiting for so long. Well anyone that listen to the album has no doubt about that. We found Roland Grapow the guitarist and the founder of the band - in the middle of the tour - and we ask him as many things as we could. Read below to see what he told us.
Roland and accept my congratulations on “Masterplan”. As you already
know we voted Masterplan’s album as the best of January!!! How did the
idea to form a full time band come?
OF COURSE AFTER THE HELLOWEEN SPLIT, ULI AND I DECIDED TO STAY
TOGETHER AND WE JUST FORMED A NEW BAND. WE NEVER WANTED TO LEAVE
HELLOWEEN AT ALL! BUT NOW WE ARE HAPPY, SOMEONE DECIDED FOR US, HEHE!!!
you believe that some songs that are including on Masterplan’s album
could be on the forthcoming Helloween album, if you and Uli had never
OF COURSE IT COULD BE, ESPECIALLY THE FASTER MELODIC STUFF.
you think that Jorn is the ideal singer for Masterplan? Did you have in
mind some other singers, like Kiske, for the band or Jorn was the first
and the last choice?
I GUESS JORN IS THE PERFECT SINGER FOR MASTERPLAN, HE WAS NOT THE FIRST
CHOICE, FIRST WE ASK RUSSELL ALLEN AND MICHAEL KISKE TO JOIN OUR BAND,
BUT THEY SAID NO. JORN LOVED OUR MUSIC AND I GUESS HIS INFLUENCE WAS
ALSO VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE THIS ALBUM SO GREAT.
me why do you call the band Masterplan? Who thought it?
WE HAD A CONTEST ON MY BRAZILIAN HOMEPAGE, THE FANS SENT US IDEAS AND
NAMES, A GUY FROM MEXICO TOLD US, YOU ARE MASTER MUSICIANS AND YOU HAVE
YOUR FUTURE IN YOUR HANDS, THAT SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN. SO CALL YOURSELF
MASTERPLAN. I LOVED THE IDEA!
would you characterize the music style that you play? And what are the
influences of Masterplan?
OUR MUSIC IS BETWEEN ROCK AND METAL, VERY MELODIC AND COLORFUL. WE DON'T
LIKE TO BE LIMITED IN ANY WAY, MUSIC IS COMING FROM OUR HEART AND SOUL.
IF YOU WRITE A GREAT SONG, THEN I WON'T ASK IF IT'S METAL, HARD ROCK OR
POP. I'M VERY MODERN AND OLD FASHION AT THE SAME TIME.
a comment about the artwork of the album. I think that is wonderful! Dou
you think that the world’s future is going from bad to worse? Is there
any connection with the lyrics of the album?
THE ARTWORK IS JUST ABOUT THE 4 ELEMENTS, INSIDE THE OLD WAY AND ON
THE FRONT THE MODERN WAY OF THE ELEMENTS. THE 4 ELEMENT ARE RELATED TO
EACH MUSICIAN... I'M BLAZE! JORN IS THE CREATOR WHO KEEPS THE 4 ELEMENTS
UNDER CONTROL AS A BALL IN HIS HAND. THAT IS THE CONCEPT FOR MASTERPLANS
FUTURE. IT IS NOT REALLY A CONCEPT ALBUM. BUT WE HAVE POSITIVE MESSAGES
FOR OUR FANS.
far as I know press reaction for the album was fantastic. How has the
reaction of the fans worldwide? What do you believe about Masterplan’s
THE REACTION WAS UNBELIEVABLE! LIVE, E-MAILS, TALK WITH THE FANS. WE
WENT INTO THE POP CHARTS IN SWEDEN AND GERMANY VERY HIGH. IT WAS LIKE A
DREAM COME TRUE. IN JAPAN WE ARE NR.1 RIGHT NOW IN THE ALBUM CHARTS, IN
FRONT OF BON JOVI AND STRATOVARIUS! PLAYING WITH HAMMERFALL WAS ALSO
VERY VERY NICE!
are the next plans of the band? I believe that Masterplan is here to
stay and to offer fantastic music to the people!
RIGHT NOW WE ARE WRITING SONGS ALREADY FOR THE NEXT ALBUM. WE WILL DO
AROUND 8 FESTIVALS THIS SUMMER AND HAVE STILL MANY OFFERS FOR TOURING.
BUT WE TRY TO RECORD OUR NEXT ALBUM IN NOVEMBER 03 - FEBRUARY 04 NEXT
YEAR HEADLINING, THE FIRST TIME!
the tour is going? Is there a chance to see you for a live show here in
IF WE WOULD HAVE A GOOD OFFER, WE WOULD PLAY TOMORROW IN GREECE!!!!
BUT WE DON'T HAVE AN OFFER RIGHT NOW!
some Weird Questions now!!! If you were living in Middle Earth (I hope
that you have seen or read the Lord Of The Rings) which character would
you choose to be and why?
SORRY I HAVE SEEN IT IN ENGLISH BUT I FORGOT MOST OF THE STUFF (I
SAW IT ON THE PLANE SOMEWHERE!) I DON'T HAVE A CLOU. IT MUST BE SOMEONE
POSITIVE WHO GIVES MANKIND HOPE AND LUCK!
you believe in luck and in coincidences or do you believe that the human
mind and will can affect all the things in life?
I BELIEVE IN BOTH, IF YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON AND TREAT OTHER HUMANS WELL,
THAN YOU WILL HAVE LUCK ALSO. BUT YOU HAVE TO DO A LOT TO MAKE SOMETHING
HAPPEN. WILL AND MIND IS THE KEY, WITHOUT THAT, YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A
CAGE. (MAYBE WITHOUT LUCK)
do you imagine that the music world could be, one thousand years from now?
I CAN'T IMAGINE REALLY, I GUESS NOBODY HAS A GUITAR ANYMORE, JUST CHIPS
AND COMPUTER DOING ALL THAT STUFF, HORRIBLE. MAYBE IT IS COOL WHEN YOU
ARE BORN IN THAT PERIOD. WHAT A QUESTION, HAHA!!!
Roland, I wish you the best for you and for Masterplan. The last words
of this interview belong to you.
A LOT AND HOPE TO SEE OUR FANS IN GREECE SOON.
by Thanos Aggelakis