DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY
8th October 2016
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy Interview 2016
Tim Christensen – Vocals/Guitar
Søren Friss – Drums
Q: The first thing I’d like to hear from you is a promised that we’re not going to have to wait another twenty years for a new album. Ten years is ok, twenty is too long.
TC & SF: (laughs)
TC: No not that long. Actually we are planning to go in the studio after this which is the last gig on our tour. We’ve rented a rehearsal/studio long term so we’ll go back, take a few weeks break and then start up.
Q: 2014/15 - what was the catalyst for the reactivation?
TC: In 2010 we went on this reunion tour which was all about nostalgia and that was all it was meant to be. The was a deadline, a last gig and we split up again but I think there was a seed sown of some kind in that tour. We went our different ways after the tour and after a couple of years we all felt like we wanted to do it again.
SF: Yes but to do something more than just a nostalgic tour; we needed to do another record.
TC: So here we are!
Forward In Reverse
Q: Personally speaking, I think this is your best album.
TC & SF: Oooh thank you!
Q: Your song writing has matured and the instrumentals give a new dimension to the band. What was the time frame for the song writing and recording? Was it a few months or does it stretch back over several years?
TC: There was no time frame really because we were thinking of doing a tour and we wanted to include new material but there was no plans for a full album at that point.
SF: We just started to rehearse some numbers just to see where it went and took it from there. I think we were doing that for about two years.
TC: And also we didn’t know if the audience would care for new material or music from this band so we started by releasing one single just to see what the reaction would be and of course it was amazing in our own country and here as well.
Q: You didn’t know if the audience wanted new material?
TC & SF: (laughs)
SF: It had been a long time you know…
TC: Maybe they just wanted to hear our old stuff.
SF: …but we tried it out and they proved us wrong so we wrote another song, put it out as another single and the reaction was just as good.
Q: When you got together again to play, were there any differences you noticed within each other in either personality or musical ability? Did you jump straight back to where you left off?
SF: Yeah we just sat down and started playing when we met each other but musically we were in the same place.
TC: Musically and personally we had matured and we do know we are very different from each other but it’s easier to accept that fact now than it was back in the day. Maybe that’s the secret of the whole thing that we can accept each other’s differences.
Q: Maybe a lot of bands should take a good hiatus every now and then.
SF: Yeah it was a good thing to have that break. When we came back, it was fourteen years later and we could just hang together.
Q: For your fans, fourteen years is a bit too long…
TC & SF: (laughs)
Q: …but it obviously worked as you came back with your best album. Tell me about the instrumentals; where do they come from? Are they the result of a small idea expanded by a jam session or are they carefully worked out?
TC: Basically it was that – yes – and also I’ve always had this idea that this band would be good at doing instrumentals because there is a lot of instrumental work going on in our songs anyway. We tried to put vocals on one of the instrumentals and it just didn’t work so we took them off again.
Q: That was late in the recording in the studio.
TC: Yes and a lot of the bands we listen to ourselves do instrumentals.
Q: A couple of the instrumentals are almost Prog Rock and also I notice your wearing a Doors T-Shirt so you’re obviously influenced by Classic Rock. What were you listening to when you were growing up?
SF: Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, stuff like that. I’m still the Heavy Metal Guy.
TC: I love to listen to Thrash and Death Metal now but I grew up on The Beatles, The Doors, King Crimson to name a Prog Rock band. I went to see them a few weeks ago and it was amazing – very inspiring. I recommend it if you get the chance.
Q: You certainly appreciate your Japanese fans; the deluxe edition not only has three live tracks from Rock Cruise but a DVD of your entire set from Loud Park 2015. You hadn’t been there for a few years, what were your expectations before you arrived in 2015 and thoughts post show?
TC: I just had to go all in to see what would happen.
SF: It could have gone the other way but it was a great gig and the audience were great.
TC: It was a little nerve wracking because it was being filmed and we hadn’t played in a while but the result is pretty good. I’m happy about that live recording.
Q: Are there any more live shows you’ve recorded that may see the light of day in the future?
TC: Well it’s so easy to record these days and we have a lot of stuff recorded but there’s no plans for a live album at the moment. Now we’d rather concentrate on new material.
SF: All of our concerts are recorded and maybe someday we can sit and listen to them and make a live album.
Q: Watching that Loud Park show, I was very impressed with how tight you were. Do you ever make mistakes?
TC & SF: (laughs)
SF: Yeah we hide them.
TC: We can have a bad show as everybody can but too me. a bad show is not mistakes, it’s when it’s not together. I don’t mind mistakes – it’s part of playing live – as long as the vibe and the groove is there.
Q: You did take a long hiatus as mentioned earlier. How long does it take you to get back to that togetherness and find the groove again?
TC: We did it in steps. 2010 was the nostalgic tour which had been fourteen years…
SF: Yeah and that took about two or three months but when we sat down, it was pretty tight.
TC: Yes and then from the last gig on that tour to the first rehearsal for the next round, it was pretty fast.
SF: We’ve known each other a long time, it’s in the bones, almost DNA.
Q: That reminds me; how did you all meet?
TC: Me and Martin – the bass player – were in school together in the same class and Søren was in another school not far from us and we just got connected from a mutual friend. There has never really been any members in or out, it was just the three of us from the beginning. There were a few singers at the very start because I didn’t want to sing in the band at first…
Q: Why not?
TC: Well I was insecure, fourteen years old and I wanted to be the guitarist.
SF: But every time you wanted them to learn how to sing the song they couldn’t get it. ‘No you have to do this, you have to do that!’…
SF: …so we said ‘Tim, you have to do it yourself. The other guys can’t do that, you have it in your head what you want. To express what you want to express, you can’t have another guy do that.’
Q: Showing remarkable foresight and confidence in Tim at that early age weren’t you.
TC: (to Søren) Thank you.
Q: Your live set-up is very basic and the sound you get onstage is very close to the recordings. Would I be right in assuming that your studio set up and live set up are pretty much the same?
TC: Yes. My FX board is a little bit bigger back home but it’s expensive to travel with a big set-up so this is the poor man’s version but it works.
SF: We don’t have a lot of things on the album that we don’t have live so it’s very simple and there’s nothing recorded or anything, it’s just us live.
TC: This three piece band is one sound and that sound is kind of documented in the studio when we record it. I like to think of live and studio as two very different things but in the end, this band is very basic, very pure and that’s why it sounds pretty close between the studio version and the live version. Of course there are a few things like harmony vocals on some songs and doubled guitars here and there, even a Mellotron in a few places.
Q: So when you record, do you record as a band, live in the studio so-to-speak?
TC: We do but not everything is kept.
SF: We start by recording the drums but we are all playing together.
TC: Yes and some things in the guitar and some things in the bass we can keep but mostly we try to re-record the whole thing on top of Søren’s drum tracks. I don’t know what you would call it..in Denmark we call it lagkage…like a birthday cake with layers. The birthday cake technique! (laughs) It’s a classic way to record but we are playing together and we can see other when we are recording.
Q: That’s the key isn’t it? To record together and to be able to see each other.
TC & SF: Yes.
Q: I think a lot of that is missing now. I’ve spoken to a lot of bands recently where one member lives in L.A., another in New York, etc and they record their parts by emailing files to each other.
TC: Yeah it’s very cold.
SF: It wouldn’t work for us that way. We have to look at each other and feel that energy in the band.
TC: That’s true.
Q: You must receive a lot of offers from promoters. Is there any temptation to go back out on the road for a year and try to crack the USA and UK? To give it one more shot so to speak?
TC: We don’t actually because we’ve never been released in the States or the UK. Back in the early days they tried to promote our first album but there was nothing really happening so we gave up. Then we grew tired of each other, the band split up and that was the end of that. Nowadays, it’s not that we don’t want to go to the States or to any other countries to play but there has to be some kind of commitment from a label or promoter. With all respect, we are too old now to just hop in an old van, travel around with the gear and try forcing our music down people’s throats. If there is some commitment from people, we’ll be there, as we are here.
Q: Well there’s no doubt that you’ll always find an audience in Japan so make sure you come back soon.
TC: We will.
Q: So are DML now fully reactivated now and what does the future hold?
TC & SF: Yes.
Q: So after the new album…
TC: We’ll have to wait and see.
SF: We’ll rehearse and just see what’s coming.
Q: Gentlemen, thank you very much indeed.
TC: You’re welcome.
SF: Thank you.