REVAMP Vocalist Floor Jansen On NIGHTWISH - "Things Feel Good And It’s Going Well, But We're Not In A Rush To Tie The Knot"
July 28, 2013, 3 years ago
REVAMP singer and NIGHTWISH touring vocalist Floor Jansen is featured in a new interview with Ghost Cult Magazine. An excerpt from the discussion is available below:
Q: How do you look back on your experiences as a stand in singer for Nightwish?
Jansen: "It’s still too early for me to really reflect on the whole Nightwish adventure, because there are still a couple of tour dates pending, including some summer festivals. What can I say? It’s an incredible ride and it feels really good. Things went really well from day one. The timing was really awkward, because Annette Olzon just left the band and there wasn’t really time to rehearse with the other Nightwish members. Anxiety levels were running high, because replacing a female singer mid-tour is a hazardous experience to say the least. They were running the gauntlet to make sure that none of the remaining tour dates had to be cancelled. They were scared and so was I. Things went surprisingly well. It doesn’t matter where you perform, Youtube will be plastered with movies of the gig the next day, so I really gave it my all. Everyone in the band and crew were really supportive and all the positive reactions and the warm acceptance by the Nightwish fanbase was beyond my wildest dreams. Some people would rather see someone else fronting the band, but you can’t please everyone."
Q: Would you be willing to sing for Nightwish permanently if they asked you?
Jansen: "I’ve been asked to fill in for the current world tour and for a couple of festival dates, but what will happen after that is still unclear. Nightwish will take a break after the current touring cycle and they’ll make a decision next year. Until then everything is still up in the air. If they would ask me I would be very flattered and I would love to do it. It will be a major overhaul in my life and my career as a singer, but then again we’re not rushing things. Both the guys in Nightwish and I have experiences with previous band break ups and all emotions that come with it. It’s almost like dating. Things feel good and it’s going well, but we’re not in a rush to tie the knot so to speak."
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Revamp's new album, Wild Card, was recorded at SandLane Studio in Rijen, Netherlands with Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever) and will feature guest choir parts by Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION) and Daniël de Jongh (TEXTURES). The CD features guest appearances from Mark Jansen (EPICA), Johan van Stratum (STREAM OF PASSION) and DEVIN TOWNSEND.
Wild Card tracklisting:
'The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline'
'The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: The Limbic System'
'The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: Neurasthenia'
'I Can Become'
'Misery's No Crime'
'Wolf And Dog'
'Sins' (bonus track)
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About Wild Card, Jansen comments: "This album became the most aggressive album I've ever made and in the lyrics I tell a lot about my personal experiences of the last years. This resulted into some heavy stories and some openhearted 'screams' I needed out of my system. It matches the violence of the music in a great way, we wrote as a great team! But not one sentence or word can really cover the contents of this album. Its variety in all its ingredients makes it almost impossible. A wild card is an unpredictable and unforeseeable factor. You don't know what you're getting, or when. That's this album! It's 100% ReVamp and it's your wild card!"
A concept that's taken literally in the album artwork, as the power woman explains: "I am the queen of hearts on it, who is a wild card herself. You see a 'nice' and a 'nasty' queen. The nasty one has a cracked lip, cuts in her face and a bleeding heart in her hand. The other queen looks nice even though queens of hearts never truly are... Again, what is it you're going to get? In that respect it visualizes the music, from aggressive and nasty to melodic and pretty. This theme has been important to me personally throughout my career and also in this album I played with it to the max. I used my voice in so many different ways now! The music invited me to do this, I am super proud of the amazing guitar riffs, the versatile and groovy but mega tight drums and the keyboard sounds and arrangements that bring something new to the table. We hope you like our wild card!"
The band has announced two album release shows in September:
September6 - Dordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot
7 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Helling
As well, Revamp has just been added as special guests on KAMELOT's Silverthorn Over Europe 2013 Tour.
November3 - Cologne, Germany - Essigfabrik
6 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
7 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi
8 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
9 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
11 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
12 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
13 - Genk, Belgium - Rondpunt
15 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
16 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
17 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
18 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
19 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Halle
21 - Trieste, Italy - Teatro Miela
22 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic
23 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Winter Masters of Rock Festival
Additional information about the shows can be found on Facebook.
Floor Jansen - songwriter/singer
Arjan Rijnen - guitar
Jord Otto - guitar
Henk Vonk - bass
Ruben Wijga - keyboards
Matthias Landes - drums