<from SILENT NOISE No.19>

RABBIT HILL INTERVIEW

By Mari

Jens Nickel(B), Martin Woratz(Vo.), Peter Woratz(g), Alex Heinz(Drs),

SILENT NOISE : What's kind of music, RABBIT HILL is playing?

Peter Woratz : The music of RABBIT HILL is a kind of guitar oriented (classic) rock. Existing since 1993 the band is playing self composed songs settled somewhere between the three Cs : Clapton - Cocker - Coverdale...

SN : Could you please let me know about the band members? I like the photo with the smiling faces stand in a length line. Please use it to explain.

Peter : On the photo there is only one band member from the old days (1995/96), when we made the cd "CARROTS AND STICKS" and that's me, the guitarist / composer (the longhaired on top). But since two months my brother Martin is back in the band to replace the singer (who is the second one on the photo - under me). Martin was our drummer on the first cd and he was also the singer of the harder songs "Cage of gold", "The witch" and "Mr. Roper". His favourite shouter is David Coverdale and I think you can hear that on the cd ; -) Last year after our big concert in the famous "Circus Krone" (where at the time all the famous groups where playing when they were in munich - (like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Ingwie Malmsteen etc.) Martin left the band cause it began to get too much for him (concerts, tv, radio etc.). Now, one year later he came back for just singing and playing the second guitar (if necessary) cause we had big trouble with our last singer and seven concerts to play at the same time.

Last year after our big concert in the famous "Circus Krone" (where at the time all the famous groups where playing when they were in munich - (like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Ingwie Malmsteen etc.) Martin left the band cause it began to get too much for him (concerts, tv, radio etc.). Now, one year later he came back for just singing and playing the second guitar (if necessary) cause we had big trouble with our last singer and seven concerts to play at the same time.Martin has shorter hair than the second guy on the photo but looks a little bit like him. The third longhaired guy (from the top) is our drummer Alex. He's the youngest bandmember (25) and plays with us since ten months. Before he came to RABBIT HILL he played in several rock 'n roll bands. Finally the guy with no hair (except under his nose) is our bassplayer Jens. He's called "Karl" but nobody knows why. He's a funny guy with piercings, tattoos and he's a big Rammstein fan also (if you know this german band). He joined RABBIT HILL one year ago.

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Peter Woratz(g), Martin Woratz(Vo.), Alex Heinz(Drs), Jens Nickel(B)

SN : Where did the band name, RABBIT HILL come from?

Peter : The band's name refers to a famous district of Munich ; in german "Hasenbergl" ( in english : RABBIT HILL ), comparable to the Bronx in New York City.

SN : I see...but, why did you decide to use this area's name as your band name? On my first impression, the name "RABBIT HILL" sounds very cute and I associated a famous picture-book from England, "PETER RABBIT". (Your name also helped my imagination,too.) But your music is very bluesy Rock'n'Rool, that made me surprise with a impact.

Peter : There are a lot of funny things around names and titles in this band. In 1993 when we started the group we had to give the baby a name and I thought, "where are we here?". Our rehearsal room was in the badest part of munich (Hasenbergl), our music was bad at the time ;-) and corresponding to that RABBIT HILL was born with a simple translation. About two years later I heard for the first time of the "PETER RABBIT" book when we did the fotoshooting for the cd cover. Also the title of the album "CARROTS AND STICKS" is a translation of a german expression associating and corresponding to the range of songs from bluesy to hardrock.

SN : What are you supposed to do the band activities in the upcoming month?

Peter : Momentarily we are testing an additional keyboardplayer cause - like on the cd - from time to time it's nice to have the good old hammond sound and rock'n roll piano sounds in the songs. Also we began to work on the new songs for the next cd and there will be needs for keyboards also. The final line up will be decided in January after our last concert before we really begin to prepare the new cd. I hope the lineup-trouble will have an end then cause we plan a lot of gigs in 1999 and a germanwide tour.

SN : Do you have already the conception for the next album?

Peter : Yes, we are going more into the hardrock direction - songs will be faster and harder (like "Coming Home" or "Mr. Roper" on our last album) and the sound will be a little bit more like Deep Purple, White Snake or the great band from switzerland Gotthard (hope, you know them cause they are really great!).

SN : Wow, I like GOTTHARD! When they came to Japan to do the concert tour, I was there. I'm very looking forward to listen to the next album of RABBIT HILL!! Hope your tour in Germany successful. At last, do you have any message to the readers of SILENT NOISE?

Peter : We hope to get the opportunity to play in Japan one day cause we think Japan is one of the countries where the people really appreciate handmade rockmusic. Our first cd is sold out here and we don't know if there will be another release before the next album is coming out but we will place some new soundfiles (wav and real audio) for your readers on our english homepage (http://members.aol.com/rabthill/plakat.htm) for downloading. Best wishes and kindest regards to all readers of SILENT NOISE and we hope to see you - somewhere - sometime. KEEP ON ROCKIN' !!

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CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL RABBIT HILL HOMEPAGE!!

YOU CAN SEE THE NEW LINEUP THERE!

@Here you can listen to the new song of RABBIT HILL, "JIMI" unplugged version of this song which played during an one-hour-radio-interview live on air at "106.4 fm"/Southern Germany.The song is complete (3:15 minutes) and 1.6 mb by REAL PLAYER. If you liked it, plase sign on my guest book!

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