After doing some small talk with Michael Kiske (referred to as MK below), which was a lot of fun for me since we were living in the same city (Hamburg, Germany) and rehearsed with our bands in the same WWII bunker (while Michael was in Helloween), we got to the meaty part of this hour-long conversation.
RTM: So, City of Heroes, that’s the big thing coming out for you this year.
MK: It’s the only thing I would say.
RTM: But there is your guest vocals on Wolfpakks “Rise Of The Animal” (Our review here).
MK: Oh yes, that was recorded a year ago.
RTM: Listening to that Wolfpakk track, I am wondering, how do you keep your voice?
MK: I find it quite easy, I get this question a lot.I always like to say it has to do with working with your voice. When you get older…I am not 18 or 19 when we were doing the Keeper records (Helloween), I am 47 now and of course your body changes. The vocal cords change too and they usually get thicker which is not nescesscarially a bad thing. That’s when get a lot more sound in the voice in the lower range. I can sing Elvis tunes now that have a lot of sound and not like a little baby like when I was a teenager. That’s all nice, but a lot of singers forget to adjust to the changes of their voice. There are little changes and I would say my voice is even better these days.
RTM: I agree…and some other vocalists from the school of the 80’s can’t hit the high notes anymore and you are just up there.
MK: That’s easy to me. I don’t know if you are into the technique of singing, but I have noticed when I started off in the 80’s I was leaning more towards a falsetto, but these days I can do things more “Bruce Dickinson-like” if I want to. Going up to “B”, like “Hallowed be thy name” and “The Trooper”, you know, all these nice tunes. I can do that even with all chest voice if I’m in the right condition and it is so much more fun…and it just sounds way better. I can level it the way I like to do it, as I said, the voice is just much better. The whole mid-range I am a lot stronger than I used to be.
RTM: Do you still do daily vocal exercises?
MK: Not daily, but when I do it for fun I am doing like..Elvis tunes. Elvis was the guy who made me interested in music. I was 19 old when he died in 1977 and that’s when they started to show all that stuff on TV. That was the first time I thought music is interesting. It is just very good for my voice for warming up, not something like “Jailhouse Rock” where you are shouting. That is not something to warm up with, but a lot of the slow stuff he did in the 60’s or early 70’s..it opens up my voice nicely. That vibrato and the way he sang was just perfect, that’s why I always do that and if I sing anything for fun…it is usually that stuff.
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