Could you describe Overkill in a few words ?

I think that probably the word is purity, and what I mean by that is that we like what we do. If the motive is pure, I think the results become honest and honest results can become successful and I think that it has always been Overkill’s model: do it because we like doing it, purity.

Could you tell us a bit more about your latest album The Grinding Wheel ?

The Grinding wheel was our 18th record which is, I guess, kind of amazing with regard the quantity, but we started this back in the 80’s and I’ve kept kind of the same principles and that is doing this because we like to do it. But there’s also progress within there or at least evolution I think everyone in this band like to press themselves a little bit harder. Myself as a singer, I want to sing better. If I can sing better on the 18th record as opposed to the 17th record, I think of it as successful. when it comes to song writing I think what we’ve evolved into is incorporating many different elements.

We started off as a let’s say a mix between New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and Punk Rock. By the time we get to The Grinding Wheel, we still have those elements in this, but we also have the elements of groove, we also have the elements of hardcore. So, I think it’s a wider scope from when it started, The Grinding Wheel is probably a great example of the diversity that we have with different loves of music that are all heavy.

I’ve read that you are often qualified as the “Motörhead” of Thrash Metal, how do you feel about that and do you agree?

Well, the band’s name is Overkill *laugh*. So, obviously we are flattered by that. You know we were a cover band when we started it. Motörhead was in the set. One of the big reasons we chose the name, was because that was exposed to us through the song Overkill which we had played. It’s a great compliment. To live up to it, I don’t know but, even if a small percentage of the people think of that about us or think of us in that realm then I think it’s the ultimate compliment.

You’ve got a quite long career, you’ve started in the 80’s… Is there something you still want to accomplish?

Well, I think longevity is part of the accomplishment. This is no longer a career, it’s just a life. When you long at 3+ decades it’s not “oh this is what I do for my career”, no “this is what I do”. So, I live it as opposed to think of it as just a business or just as just a love of. It is a combination of all things: I met my wife through this, I’ve started up a business through this, so it is really the core of everything.

A few places I’d like to go, I’ve never been to Iceland, I’ve never been to Africa. I don’t know how big it’s going to be in Africa *laugh* but, maybe in Iceland and some countries on the Pacific Rim like Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand. I mean they all have metal scenes. I’d like to see those places also.

How would you describe nowadays Metal scene?

Well, I think it’s diverse, but it all comes from the same genes. You know we all have the same genes within us, I mean whatever if this is a Death Metal guy or Black Metal guy or a Progressive Metal guy or Symphonic Metal guy or Thrash Metal guy. We’re heavy metal guys, you really come from the same seed guy or girl I mean. And I think that commonality is what makes you know days like Eindhoven Dynamo special. It becomes a mix that when you see that you can enjoy let’s say the different subgenres within it so I think it’s one of the keys: subgenres that keep it healthy and the fact that youth has become back into it , this was really a young men’s game but now experience with bands like us also says a lot. So, I think youth and diversity are what keep it together.

What are your plans for Overkill‘s future?

Well you know we don’t look very long into the future, I mean we’re happier working and not working. It’s about keeping the tours on, it’s about writing on a continuous basis. We’ve already recorded guitars and drums for the next record, the vocal lines are 90 % complete, I touch them up when I go home, and I’ll start recording by orders first and looking to deliver by I think October for a February 2019 release with a tour to filler. So, we kind of work on a clock you know. It’s not like ok what are we going to do in ten years, because I think that’s kind of ridiculous because what has worked for this band is working within the moment, working on A project, putting everything in THAT project. It’s better to do your best stuff in the moment. my plan is to continue to do that.

What is your worst stage memory?

My worst stage memory… I saw a guy in Mexico, Tijuana, jump out of a balcony. He wanted to dive into the audience and he missed, and his face hit the stage and his body flipped off onto the ground and I stood over the top going “Oh!” *laugh*. So that was a pretty bad one.

Et bien entendu ce que nous aimons tous, ce sont les sourire et les mouvements dans la foule quand nous sommes en concert.

What is then your best stage memory?

It is hard to say because there are so many of them. I mean it’s about being high. I think I remember one of the more emotional ones: we were presented within a word by one of our Fanclubs for staying true to what we love doing and they did it in the middle of a show in Germany at a festival called “Rock Hard”. It was about 10 years ago and they brought up this big banner and our logo was made out of a big piece of metal and they did it right in the center of the show. I was announcing the next song and they just sort of walked out with one of the journalists from “Rock Hard” and did that. So that was a quite touching moment like “hey, maybe we are doing the right thing”.

Any last words to our readers?

I want to tell them “Horns up!”. Keep it going, I mean somebody’s got to do it for the future and I would to think some of those people are your readers and our listeners. Good job, keep it up, Bobby Blitz from Overkill.

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