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Since 1992 Johnny Gioeli´s fantastic voice has a place in my personal „Top 10 Rock-Voices“. So it is a special honour for me to present an interview with Johnny at Sarkophag Rocks.
First I would like to say thank you very much for this interview. Here we go:
For me Hardline is a phenomenon. Long waits for the next release, the band line-up changed with every album, but the result is always awesome.
Thank you! My pleasure to speak with you too... (even thru email) haaa. Yes, I like to change the line-up and this one is certainly great. They all are in the past too...! I like change... can you tell?? haa
Your new album Danger Zone was released on May 18th, 2012, through Frontiers Records. It's a very impressive CD – congratulations! Are you satisfied with the feedback you got until now?
Yes, I really love this CD and the response is overwhelming. Many people are comparing it to the original Hardline CD. For me, nothing can ever be the original Double Eclipse CD... that was and is, what it is!!!!
You are the only one who is to hear on every Hardline CD. This time you worked together with European musicians. How did you manage that - via internet with e.g. Skype and mails and/or face-to-face meetings in Europe or America? Did you all record your parts in several recording studios?
We worked primarily thru Skype and email... Modern technology makes it cool and easy to send files to each other. Both Ale (>Keyboarder Alessandro Del Vecchio<) and I have our own studios that we own and so we do everything in our own... right down to the mixing and mastering. So, the process was REALLY easy.
Who wrote the songs for this CD?
Ale wrote a lot of the CD along with others too... but it’s not a song until everyone adds their flavor... THEN, it becomes a song.
There's a video for the song Fever Dreams. Cool location ;-) Where did you film the clip?
Haaaaaa! This video makes me laugh actually... it is located in Italy at some warehouse for fabric. Looked like toilet paper everywhere! What the hell was that?!! Haaaaaa... People like... I hate.
You surely will showcase your album live on stage pretty soon. Do we have a chance to find Germany listed in your tour-schedule, too?
I hope so... The German fan base has always been so welcoming for me... starting with Axel Rudi Pell in 1998... so, it would be really cool to play a different style for the German audience.
Your brother Joey played guitar on the first two Hardline CDs. Is he still working as musician/songwriter, maybe with other projects?
No... he’s retired from music and runs the West Coast division of our company we’ve had since 1995.
I really fell in love with your great voice as I listened to Hot Cherie for the first time in 1992. :-) Do you have little tricks to protect your voice?
Haaaaa.... oh YES... MANY TRICKS. Haaaaa... Well, basically the key element to voice health is 2 things... 1. WATER and 2. SHUT UP INBETWEEN SHOWS. Haaaa... Moisture is key. If you’re dry, you're dead. So I have specially made steamers for even in the bus bunks when traveling and hotels. It’s a pain in the ass and I wish I could yell and scream and talk all day... but I have to save it all for the show. It’s worth it.
If you would have the free choice to select a duet partner, female or male, across all music styles – which singer would you choose?
Cool question... I would have loved to been part of the Frank Sinatra duet. This would have kicked my ass.
Do you often find time to see live-performances from other bands/musician? Which concerts have you visited as a spectator in recent months?
Never. I haven’t been to a show in a very very long time... except taking my daughter to teenie bopper shows with the Jonas Brothers and guys like that. I feel asleep in my seat. Haaa.
You are in the music biz for ages now - can you tell us some very special or important moments in your career?
Ages! Yes, I am old. Haaaaaa. Ya know, I can’t be specific because there have been so many great times and memories. Everytime I see someone singing along in the audience, it becomes a special moment. I don’t ever forget how music and my music can impact someone.
How do you look back to the years of your career? Surely with a lot pride, but with mixed feelings too?
Yes and Yes. I wished that Hardline original members would have continued on... even at a smaller scale. I love those guys and just wish we were all playing together again... it would be much different now. I was such a freakin’ poser! haaa
What technical enhancement was the most important for you as a musician?
“Pro-Tools” by far! My God...
What is on your plan for the next months?
Well I have a few shows with Axel Rudi Pell... but in-between I am opening my 3rd restaurant. I have 2 in California and now one opening in NYC. The one in NYC is called “800 Degrees”...some of the best pizza in NY. So, I’ll be very busy there as well as fitting in as much time with my family as possible. My son and I love to jump in the boat and go fishing... or flying because I’m a pilot... so we’ll take an afternoon and hop in my plane and off we go... we’ll hit an island of the East Coast and have lunch or just walk the beach... so... that kind of RELAXING stuff!
What CDs are spinning in your CD/MP3 player the most these days?
I listen to a lot of 5 Finger Death Punch... I just turned on my MP3 player to find I last was listening to Breaking Benjamin. So, I like the modern heavy sound a lot. But in the car, I listen to smooth jazz to minimize the road rage in NYC. Haaaa! At home... it' s common for me to have spa music on when I’m working... don’t ask why please... haaa.
Is there anything you would like to add to this interview?
Just want to thank you for keeping the music alive... it' s people like you that play an even more important role than I. Keep up the great work –best -Johnny
Thanks for your time. We wish you and the band all the best and a lot of success with the CD!!
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