MASTERPLAN

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.

Hi 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?

R: 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!!!

Do 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 left?

R: OF COURSE IT COULD BE, ESPECIALLY THE FASTER MELODIC STUFF. B.T.W. INTO THE LIGHT WAS MEANT TO BE ON THE DARK RIDE ALBUM, BUT ANDY NEVER TRIED TO SING ON THAT SONG! INTO THE LIGHT WAS ROY Z. FAVOURITE SONG

Do 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?

R: 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.

Tell me why do you call the band Masterplan? Who thought it?

R: 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!

How would you characterize the music style that you play? And what are the influences of Masterplan?

R: 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.

Make 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?

R: 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.

As 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 future?

R: 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!

What are the next plans of the band? I believe that Masterplan is here to stay and to offer fantastic music to the people!

R: 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!

How the tour is going? Is there a chance to see you for a live show here in Greece soon?

R: IF WE WOULD HAVE A GOOD OFFER, WE WOULD PLAY TOMORROW IN GREECE!!!! BUT WE DON'T HAVE AN OFFER RIGHT NOW!

And 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?

R: 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!

Do you believe in luck and in coincidences or do you believe that the human mind and will can affect all the things in life?

R: 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)

How do you imagine that the music world could be, one thousand years from now? And why?

R: 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!!!

Ok Roland, I wish you the best for you and for Masterplan. The last words of this interview belong to you.

R: THANX A LOT AND HOPE TO SEE OUR FANS IN GREECE SOON. YOURS, ROLAND GRAPOW...MASTERPLAN.

by Thanos Aggelakis