Interview: Man with A Mission, Underground (Köln)28. Oktober 2015
Jean-Ken Johnny – Vocals/Guitar
Lest We Forget: You recently finished your japan tour with Zebrahead – How was it?
Jean-Ken Johnny: It was great. We played 4 venues and the biggest one was the satama super arena with 21 000 people. We are reallly glad we got to play a japan tour with Zebrahead, because many kids in japan were waiting for them to play over there. Also it’s an honor for us, because not many bands can bring an oversea band to play at their venues in japan.
Lest We Forget: What do you like about touring with Zebrahead?
Jean-Ken Johnny: What I really like about them is, that they are funny and silly and mock each other every 5 seconds.(laughs) It never gets boring – they are very entertaining.
Lest We Forget: Have you toured Germany before ?
Jean-Ken Johnny: Yea we did. Actually it’s our second time that we play this venue (Underground) and I’m really glad to be back.
Lest We Forget: Is there something you like about germany in particular?
Jean-Ken Johnny: Definitely Beer! My favorite one is „Alt Bier“ it tastes amazing.
Lest We Forget: How did the collaboration on your song „Out of control“ with Zebrahead happen?
Jean-Ken Johnny: Me and our Bass player went to America to write some new songs with american artists, when a mutual friend of us called and asked us if we wanted to hang out with Zebrahead. So we bought some beer and met at the studio. The actual process of writing the song was really fast and smooth. It was like some kids hanging out at a studio jamming and recording their stuff.
Lest We Forget: How would you describe your style of music to people that haven’t listened to you before?
Jean-Ken Johnny: It’s a mixture of rap and heavy sounds, comparable to alternative rock.
Lest We Forget: Which band inspired you to play music?
Jean-Ken Johnny: Oh that were many bands. Zebrahead of course and basically all the 90’s american rock music bands like Smashing pumpkins, Nirvana, Foo fighters, The pixies…
Lest We Forget: What was the best show you every played?
Jean-Ken Johnny: That’s a hard question. Of course we are always excited to tour europe, get to know new cities, venues and people, but I’d say my favorite show was when we played a big stage at a japanese festival for the very first time. At that time we hadn’t even recorded a CD but many people heard the rumors about a wolf band playing the stage so they came out to see us. The place only had the capacity of 2500 people but 3000 people came just because of that rumour. Seeing that huge crowd for the first time really blew my mind. It was amazing.