The Guido Dossche 'Vulnerabel' Interview - June 2005
Guido, I believe your new album 'Vulnerabel' is due for release
Pete, yes indeed. It´s going to be released on the 4th of July...
heard a preview of the vulnerabel album, I take it that this is
a concept album about a mother and son relationship, with more than
a hint of paranoia and 'madness' involved? Can you confirm this,
or correct me if I'm wrong?
really conceptual, but to tell you the truth, by coincidence. It
wasn't planned... it just happened. The song 'Innocence And Guilt'
always meant a lot to me, a grown up son hidden by his mother cause
she won´t let him go because she´s afraid to lose him. She wants
to keep him for herself... I also saw a very good, but ugly, film
on that theme, called 'bad boy bubby', which deals with the oedipus
complex and incest... and I am familiar to stuff like this... therefore
I had to do songs which tell those stories, no matter if these are
my own lyrics or those of Steve or Falco.
sound appears to be evolving with every new album, with each release
being distinctively different to the last. Is this because you don't
want your sound to be cast in a mould? Or is it that you have so
much to explore and achieve through your music that you can't stay
too long in the one place?
my flat all the time. I don´t live in a place for longer than two
or three years. I'm always always moving. I change everything quite
often... I hate it if every day is like the day before... I need
development... I travel a lot and I always do at least two things
simultaneously. For me certain moods need different "clothes"...
and therefore the style of my music changes too. This time I felt
quite good without heavy guitars, more focusing on the voice and
the stories... the next album might be recorded with a band, with
acoustic instruments without programming. I'm already working on
for most part sounding dark and 'sinister', the album also has songs
with light catchy 'upbeat' sections that hook the listener. I have
certainly been tapping my foot, and feeling the urge to move to
the beat, on most of the tracks. Is this a deliberate ploy to make
this album more appealing to the general pop market?
I need to sell records and not only to fulfill my own thoughts of
creativity. Therefore I need a single which is going to be played
on the radio and in clubs. People should be able to sing along or
tap their foot, or even dance to at least to one song. This way
you get more airplay and more publicity, and if it´s a hit you can
play big venues and you know....
are certainly enough hooks here to suggest a couple of singles?
'mutter, der mann mit dem koks ist da' certainly sounds like a hit!
song is from 1923 or so... it was covered by Falco in 1996, two
years before he sadly died. I always loved the song although it
was not a big hit, but I think it could be. It deals with coke and
charcoal, I guess. Both materials are called "koks" in Germany...
and the hook means:
the man with the coke is here
yes my son I know it dear
I don´t have cash
and you don´t have cash,
who did order the man with the coke?
Harley features quite heavily on this release, with his vocal contribution
on 'Ich Bin Gott', your quite wonderful cover of his 'Innocence
and Guilt' and not forgetting the wonderful video of 'Ich Bin Gott'.
There are also lots of pictures of you, Steve and other contributors
in the studio in the cd's artwork too.
video is quite excellent, It's very 'indie' and very watchable.
Tell us a little about it's making?
of the footage was shot in the studio when we recorded 'Ich Bin
Gott' with Steve in Cologne. When putting it together for a release,
I thought it was too documentary like. Therefore some scenes were
added, developed by the editor Henning Oppermann, who mixed this
material with the stuff Manfred Esser had filmed during the recording.
So it became a colourful trip and quite pathetic... I like it a
lot and so does Steve.
you don't have to sell this album to me (I'm hooked) give me three
reasons why people reading this should make the effort to buy your
I think the album has a good atmosphere... and if you get the meaning
of the lyrics, it´s dark and sad and introspective, but never boring...
and, of course to complete your video collection of SH!
Dossche, I would like to thank you for your time, and may I take
this opportunity to congratulate you on your wonderfully imaginative
and quite brilliant new album. I wish you every success with its
Thank you very much, Pete. I really like your website and I think
you do a good job. I like the humour of you English people, you
treat each other sometimes cruel, but don´t hurt the others.
I love the sheeps on your board and all those sarcastic comments.
already looking forward to visiting Manchester and London this year
to see Steve. In London I will stay at the Bayswater as usual, and
will visit my favourite pub... and a burger restaurant near Covent
Garden. Steve told me that I have to sample their burgers.
excellent 'Vulnerable' album, which includes the dossche/Harley
video of ich bin gott, is being released on the 4th of July,
and it can be pre ordered via this link www.Amazon.com
For those of you who wish to pre order the album, be warned
that you will need to navigate the site in German. The layout
is the same as the UK version, so navigation is not as hard
as you may think!
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