Interviewed by Rick
|Olaf Hayer is
one of the best and busiest young vocalists on the metal scene
today. In addition to being the voice behind Luca Turilli's solo
work he also has released CDs with Treasure Seeker and Lord
Byron. Olaf is also the lead vocalist for the great new band
Dionysus. Joining Olaf in Dionysus is Ronny Mialianowicz
ex-Sinergy, who was recently
interviewed by me for Metal-Rules.com. Olaf
answers questions regarding all of his projects past, present
Hey Olaf! Thanks for taking the time to do this interview.
I am going to start off by asking about Luca Turilli. You
were involved with Luca's "King of the Nordic
Twilight" CD. How did you get hooked up with him for that
Well, Sascha Paeth who produced the album,
called me on the phone, and asked me if I'm interested in
singing lead vocals on Luca's Solo album. Of course I was. So a
few days later Luca called me up, and we spoke about how the
album will be like. Luca heard me singing on the Treasure Seeker
album, which I did a year ago. So the story of the nordic
What was your level of involvement? Did you have any input to
the song writing process and vocal melodies or was everything all ready
for you to sing when you went into the studio?
Luca sent me all the stuff as a very ruff pre-production even with
some keyboard-lines for the lead melodies. The songwriting was well done
when I got the songs. But I must say that Lucas taste of music is very
similar to mine, so I loved every song. Luca, to me, is a great
composer, and he gave me the freedom to sing the songs in my style of
singing, but as I told you, we had the same imagination about the songs.
was Luca to work with? Is he intense in the studio?
Luca is a very nice guy, and it's also very nice and funny to work
with him. He is very intense to get the best result out of his music,
but in a absolute relaxed way.
Is Luca Turilli a permanent band or was the CD just a project?
Luca Turilli is not only a project. It is a permanent band for sure
for the next two CD's. You know, the plan is to release three albums. King
of the nordic twilight was just the first chapter of a trilogy about
the cosmic love, that survives even space and time. And I will be the
singer for all three CD's. Nobody knows, what will be after that, but
time will tell.....
So there will be two more CD's...how about a tour?
Yes, we will go in the studio in 2001 to record the next CD. And
after the release there will be a tour, but don't ask me when or where.
This will be decided later.
When there is a new CD will you have more input on this one or
does Luca do everything himself?
Well, the last time I spoke with Luca, he told me that he already has
finished the songwriting for the next CD, and also some songs for the
third. So I guess there will be no space for me to put in some songs,
haha (He is fucking fast!). But this is absolutely no problem for me
because I know that I will love the songs.
There was a video for "The Ancient Forest of Elves"
from King of the Nordic Twilight. Can you tell our readers a little
about the video and how it was made?
This video was made in only two days. It was a low-budget production,
and there where a lot of things that went wrong. But we had a lot of
fun, and I was really impressed about the result. The video was made
outside in the nature, and that day it was raining every five minutes,
so that we had to make a lot of brakes. The next problem was, that the
company that should bring the lights and all that stuff didnít come at
the right time. We started in the morning, and they came in the evening.
And over this we couldn't get the horses on the first day, even if they
were rented. That was the reason why we needed the second day for the
video. But believe me, it was really funny.
Was this an enjoyable process for you?
of course, it was my first try as an actor, and who knows, maybe you'll
see me in Hollywood some day, haha. It's a lot of fun, to ride a horse
for a video, if you do that the first time. I was really happy that I
didn't fall down from the horse (and it was a wild one).
What are your thoughts on videos in general?
I like videos because you can see the musicians, not only listen to
the music. And it's a great thing, if your music tells a story, to give
the people the pictures also.
You have a great new band named Dionysus which includes Ronny
Milianowicz ex of Sinergy who I interviewed a short while ago. Can you
tell me a little about how this band came about and a little about each
Well, we came together the same way, as it was with Luca. Ronny
called me on the phone and asked me if I want to join the band as a
full-time-member. We spoke about what kind of music it will be and so
on. Than they sent me a demo with two songs. I was really impressed
about the potential the musicians had. They are really good musicians so
I couldn't say no, haha. You know, Ronny did a great job in Sinergy, and
Magnus Noberg (bass) and Johnny ÷÷hlin (guitar) have been members of
the Band Nation, which was also quite famous. I must say that Johnny for
me is one of the best guitar-players in Europe. I really look forward to
our first CD.
How would you describe the band's music?
Oh, it's melodic-power-metal. We all love power-metal, but we are
also influenced by some different kind of music. So lets see what it
Does the band have a CD recorded? and who are the main
songwriters in the group?
No, we didn't record a CD yet, but that is the aim. The main
songwriters are Ronny and Johnny. This is because they've had some ideas
even before I joined the band. But I guess that I will also give some
input in the future and hopefully for the first CD.
How about label interest? Has the band been speaking to any
labels and whom, if any, have shown interest?
I cannot say names now, but there are some record-companies that were
really interested. The problem was, that we only have had two Demo-Songs
and that is not enough for a record-company to sign a band. So we
recorded four more demo-songs two weeks ago, and send them to the
labels. Now we are waiting for them to respond......
I gathered from Ronny's interview that you don't live near him
at all. Where are you located and does being far away from band make it
difficult to get any work done?
I live in Germany, and if we want to play together I have to take an
airplane. But in times of computers and internet it is not a big
problem. We are sending all stuff via e-mail and mp3. For me it's even
better to be far away, because otherwise I would not be able to do three
bands at the same time. You know it's the same problem with Luca, he
lives in France now. And I also have a band here in my hometown called
Lord Byron. This would be not possible if you have to rehearse every
week with each band.
Is Dionysus planning to do any touring, or have you done any,
to help get your name out to the people?
We also plan to make a tour after the release of the first CD, but I
cannot tell you more at the moment. The most important thing now is to
get a good record-deal.
What are your future plans for Dionysus? Is this going to be a
full permanent band or is it just another project?
I think and hope that Dionysus will be a permanent band even in the
future. We have big plans, and because of the big potential of the band
I set big hopes in Dionysus. Dionysus is for sure no project, it's a
You have a pretty good website at www.dionysus.power_metal.com
What are your feelings on the internet?
Oh, I love it. It makes life so easy. What would a band like Dionysus
do (you know I'm from Germany, the rest from Sweden) if we wouldn't have
the internet? By the way, I also own a website about myself, and the
bands I'm in. It's www.olafhayer.com
I would be very glad, if some of your readers would visit my site, and
feel free to sign my guestbook!
Do you have any other projects or collaborations in the works
that you might like to tell us about?
Well, maybe you already know, that I'm a student and that I have a
son (1.5 years old). So for me three bands are really enough at the
moment. But maybe in the future....
You have also been involved with the band Lord Byron. Can you
tell me a little about that band and if the band is still together?
Byron exists since some years and the members of Lord Byron are some of
my best friends, and we are still together. We prefer to stay a local
band to play smaller gigs, because most of us are married and have
children. I really love to sing in Lord Byron, because we know each
other very well, and in this band I do some songwriting, so it's ok for
me if I do not in Luca Turilli.
We know that your are an awesome vocalist but do you play any
I started as a drummer (but not a good one) and sang backing vocals.
And I played trumpet in an orchestra when I was a child. But I don't
play a "real" instrument.
What are your influences? and who are you listening to right
My influences are: Helloween (when Kiske was their Singer), Judas
Priest, AC/DC, TNT, Gamma Ray and so on. At the moment I also like bands
such as Stratovarius, Edguy and Rhapsody.
What do you think of the metal scene today? Does metal seem to
be gaining in popularity?
Yes, my opinion is, that metal gets stronger everyday, not so well in
Germany, but I guess in some other countries ,like for example Brasil,
metal is really popular. But I know, that there is a big crowd of people
in every country that like heavy metal, so I believe that metal will
I asked Ronny this question so I will ask you also. In North
America Mallcore, "Nu-metal" or whatever you want to call it,
has become very popular with bands such as Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and
Korn. Do these bands have any popularity in Europe and what are your
thoughts on these rapcore bands and their type of music?
I guess, that Limp Bizkit is also very popular in Europe, but not as
much as in North America. I don't like this rap core style. I prefer
hard riffs with very melodic vocals. But if people like their sound,
they must be also very good. I wish them all the best and success for
Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers of
Yes, I want to thank all the people, that supported me and the bands
I'm in, in any way. I hope to see you on tour some day.
For MP3's from both Dionysus and
Lord Byron, visit the Metal-Rules.com sound archive
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