The crossover / rap metal institution CLAWFINGER took the Schlachthof Wiesbaden by storm with a best-of program on October 10th. Before that, singer ZAK TELL Lydia and Michael from the Metalogy.de team answered a lot of questions. Among other things, he gave us an insight into his private life and reported about his preferences, fears, his family and much more. Read the third part of the four-part interview series here.
We have a few personal METALOGY standard questions that we would like to ask you. Is it okay?
Zak: of course, you can ask me whatever you want. If I want to answer, I also answer. (Laughs) No problem.
What is your favorite animal?
Zak: I somehow don’t have it with animals. I used to have dogs. So when it comes to whether I’m a dog type or a cat type, I’m a dog type. But nowadays I don’t have animals anymore. There are of course a lot of wild animals that I love. For some reason I have a weakness for panthers.
Your favorite movie?
Zak: Just a movie? So a film that I watch again and again? I was 7 when the first Star Wars film came out. So the first three Star Wars films. So episodes IV, V and VI. They just blew me away. Not just because I was a kid. I will love her forever. (Laughs) I’m not that interested in the rest of the Star Wars stuff. But I love these three films. I also love the original Blade Runner. But there are many other good films. It is always difficult to choose just one. As soon as you start thinking about it, more and more comes to mind.
Your favorite book?
Zak: A book that I really loved when I was younger is … I don’t know what it’s called in English. It’s about Vincent Van Gogh and the letters he wrote to his brother. And it’s about his life as a whole. The title translates to “He who loved life“. I just can’t remember the author. I should have a look there. Another book I read as a child … It’s funny that you remember what you read as a child. I don’t think about today at all, but about the time when I was 17 or 18. Another book that I really loved was “Outsiders“, which was later made into a film. Nowadays, the film couldn’t be made that way anymore because it featured Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, and a whole lot of well-known people. But I read the book before I saw the movie. It’s about these two rival gangs. I couldn’t stop reading at the time.
If you were allowed to take exactly one CD to a desert island, which one would that be?
Zak: Oh god, that’s really difficult. I take “King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime” by Faith No More. Wonder again in 20 minutes. Then I’ll probably say something else. (Laughs) But that’s definitely one of my favorite albums. I can always hear that.
Your favorite food?
Your favorite drink?
Your hobbies besides music?
Zak: Beer. (Laughing). I think music is most important to me. Also as a listener. I’m always looking for these kicks. Unfortunately, I don’t find them that often anymore. I bought the new Mike Patton album a week ago. It is a soul album that he made with a French composer (Jean-Claude Vannier). The album is called “Corpse Flower“. It’s Mike Patton, but it’s not metal. It’s more like his “Peeping Tom” album. It’s rather light fare. With a Mike Patton note, of course.
Your favorite travel destination?
Zak: It’s definitely something I’ve never been to before. I’ve been to Greece a lot. I like Greece very much. It is perfect for summer holiday. When it comes to memories, I like England because my father is from London. And I dream of travel destinations like the Maldives. I would like to stay in those expensive, exclusive places. Something that is really expensive and on the other side of the world. If I can only choose one destination, it is certainly Greece.
Is there something you’re not good in? Where you’re all thumbs?
Zak: There’s a lot. I would like to be able to play guitar better. I have an acoustic guitar at home, but I can only do things like “No Woman, No Cry” or “Knocking On Heavens Door“. The basic chords. I would really like to be able to do it better, but I’m too lazy to practice. So on the guitar I’m really bad and I really wish I could do it better. But I still like to play anyway.
Your biggest worry or fear?
Zak: Probably being rejected. In many different ways. In friendships, in partnerships, at work. Rejection. Rejection is probably very normal.
Is there something you really hate?
Zak: There are many things I hate. What I really can’t stand are people who judge other people prematurely. If you don’t know someone at all, you shouldn’t make a judgment about them if you only start with the outside. You should take a closer look before you start pulling on someone. I really have a problem with people who are aggressive and rashly judge others. It really annoys me because it’s just stupid.
What do you love most?
Zak: beer ??? (Laughs) Of course I love my wife and I love music. And I do love beer as well. I love my friends. I love my family.
Your greatest wish for yourself?
Zak: I’d like to be braver. In this context, I want more faith and belief in what I know I can achieve. I would like to be braver and less scared. Less anxious to try new things out. The older you get, the more comfortable you get. I notice that and it is clear to me. But more courageous would also mean recognizing your own potential. Courageous to try new things. Maybe I would be if I just got involved with something new. So being braver is the short answer to the question.
Your greatest wish for the world?
Zak: Obviously, this planet is inhabited by a few egoistic idiots. I know that I see it very generally and I don’t exempt myself from it. I can be an idiot too. But there are many evil forces. On a bad day, I would assume that we will not be the last race on this planet. It may well be that in the end we all kill each other and there are only animals afterwards. To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised. Maybe it won’t happen as long as I live and not as long as my son lives. But if we don’t pull ourselves together, we’re a race doomed. We just have to start seeing the big picture. All of us. We have to stop being so small-minded and egoistic.
How old is your son?
Zak: He is 17 and a half years old. He’ll be 18 in five months. How the hell could that have happened? (Laughing)
Does he also listen to metal?
Zak: Not really. He was at a couple of our concerts and he’s proud of it, but he’s not a metalhead. He tells me that he doesn’t tell his classmates that I play in a band. He just doesn’t want that attention. He doesn’t like to be the center of attention. He likes to integrate. But he’s proud when he’s out with us. It is funny. If you want to find out how popular someone is these days, go to YouTube and see how many views someone has or on Spotify how many listenings someone has. When he found out we had 2.5 million views, he said he didn’t know I was so famous. That’s what teenagers are like these days. (Laughing)
Does your wife come with you sometimes?
Zak: Yes. Sometimes. But it also has to fit for various reasons. When it gets there, she’s there every now and then.
Tomorrow is the fourth and last part of the four-part interview with Zak von Clawfinger
Here part 1 and part 2
Lest hier alle 4 Teile des vierteiligen Interviews mit ZAK TELL von CLAWFINGER auf DEUTSCH
Exklusiv-Interview mit ZAK TELL von CLAWFINGER – Teil 1
Exklusiv-Interview mit Zak Tell, Frontman von CLAWFINGER – Teil 2
Exklusiv-Interview mit ZAK TELL, Sänger von CLAWFINGER – Teil 3
Exklusiv-Interview mit ZAK von Clawfinger – vierter und letzter Teil
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Lydia Dr. Polwin-Plass
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