is the “newest” Danish hard rock name. He had been around for quite a
few years as a producer before his breakthrough on the Danish
Since the Danish release of his debut album, ‘Get Ready’
in September 2008, OLIVER WEERS and
his band have managed to establish themselves as one of
Denmark's finest hard rock acts.
On May 1 the album was released in the rest of Europe
through Target Records. Mister Weers has managed to add a number of
impressive names to the list of guest musicians on this new record.
Tommy Aldridge (o.a. Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Vinnie
Moore, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Motörhead, Ted Nugent) can be heard on drums
and Marco Mendoza (o.a. Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) takes care of the bass
duties. All the more reason for us to get a little better acquainted
with Oliver Weers!
Here you can read what Oliver had to say to the
readers of Metal-Experience.com:
First of all, could you start this interview off with a
short introduction of yourself and could you give us a little update
about your career as a musician?
Oliver: I’m a singer/songwriter that has worked in
Germany, Norway, Japan & Denmark resulting in a moderate release in
Japan in 1996 and another one in Norway in 2001. Early 2008 I made an
album in Denmark with my former band RIPE. In September 2008 my solo
Album ‘Get Ready’ was released starting in Denmark featuring Tommy
Aldridge (known from Ozzy Osbourne/Whitesnake) and bassist Marco Mendoza
(known from Whitesnake/ThinLizzy).
I started singing in bands in 1983 (actually with
Peter Maffay's guitarist Peter Keller) and have been part of the action
ever since. I’m a "front man" that's been playing rock/blues/funk and
progressive metal from small clubs to big festivals. .... My voice was
trained for 7 years by a Hungarian opera singer in Germany while I was
engaged as a hard-rock vocalist doing competitions, recordings and
touring through-out Germany and Europe. ....
I found more interest in the Norwegian rock scene and
their quality of musicians inspired me very much. It resulted in an
excellent piece of work which was released in Japan: Diabolos In Musika
- "Natural Needs" Get a sample of the music via following link:
www.ronnyheimdal.com. After Japan not resulting in the big break
through, the band members started to go in different musical directions.
Shortly after becoming a father I thought of actually
enjoying music in a little more relaxed state and started in a blues
band: (www.nobodysbusiness.no) who toured extensively every year. This
also resulted in the album: ‘Blue Shoe’. It might be a bit different
musically than my first release but it was still an enjoyable project
that lasted until early 2007. ....
Living in Denmark since 2000 and stopping with Nobody's
Business (Norway) early 2007, I wanted to try to get together with
people that know their instruments, love creating music, enjoy
performing and who work with an aim. I was very happy to have met Ripe (www.myspace.com/weareriperocks)
and it was cool to be part of a good old 80's style metal band á la Iron
Maiden, DIO. The first album was recorded early 2008: ‘At The End Of
www.riperocks.dk RIPE has a new singer now after I started my
January 2008 I joined the Danish X-Factor TV show and was
profiled a lot during the audition rounds and the finals. I joined the
show to make contacts in the Danish music business. Coming from outside
of Denmark I thought this was a fast way to build contacts. I was
rejected just before the X-factor live shows for reasons the audience
still has no answers for. The X-factor production manager didn't accept
this and got me back into the show at the TV finals where I joined to
sing Queen's: “The show must go on”! This resulted in so much storm on
youtube and media that I was contacted shortly afterwards by
producer/songwriter Søren Andersen who is part owner of the well known
Medley Studios in Copenhagen.....
During the Summer of 2008 Søren Andersen and I recorded
Oliver Weers first solo Album. I signed a record deal with Target
Records for this album. And this will with no doubt be the most advanced
production in my career and to make sure about this we hired drummer
legend Tommy Aldridge who amongst many others has played for Ozzy
Osbourne and Whitesnake and bassist Marco Mendoza who has also played
with Whitesnake and many other big bands like Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder.
On your album ‘Get Ready’ you worked with Tommy Aldridge
and Marco Mendoza amongst others. How did you get in touch with them and
how difficult was it to convince them to play on you album?
Oliver: Søren (my producer) was touring with them for
some time. He had the idea to hook us all up. Tommy and Marco liked what
we were doing and said YES!
How did you launch into writing material for ‘Get Ready’
and how much time did you spend on the songs?
Oliver: It was hard but we didn’t struggle for a
second. Søren and I melted together as if we were meant to do this for a
long time and now finally our paths crossed. The motivation level was of
course driven by the fact of recording an album with the 2 legends Tommy
Aldridge and Marco Mendoza. Also the fact of not even having a deal and
record company backing us up was a driving factor. After about 2 weeks
of intense writing we had something like 12 songs (+ the 2 covers). We
chose to keep 10 of them and these songs developed throughout the
project of 2 ½ months.
Did ideas come easily so that you just had to write them
down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
Oliver: It was as if we had it all in our heads for
a long time. It came straight from our hearts!
What were the goals you had in mind when you started to
record ‘Get Ready’, any elements you definitely wanted to have on the
Oliver: It’s all about having fun doing what we live
for……. which is music! I wanted to create something that is technically
amazing and would still sound like it coming from the radio. On my
previous projects there was always the limitation of not having all
technical profiles in place, the studio limitations, the budget etc. so
the only exceptional difference was to be as much of an artist as
possible. This time I could just concentrate on bringing my voice
forward and embedding it into a well balanced monster sound and
production. It was also very important for us to write music which would
emphasize our great musicians Tommy Aldridge and Marco Mendoza.
Was it a conscious decision to do it this way?
Oliver: The overall concept idea was there but the
details developed along the way. It’s nice to have some surprises in the
Could you please describe the implications of the title
‘Get Ready’, what does it stand for and is there a special meaning
Oliver: Maybe the next albums will be called “Get
Ready”….”Steady”……..”GO”! Haha. Who knows? It was the music that
inspired me to the lyrics. The pumping energy and “wanting to jump out
off your seat”, kind of thing. No special meaning other than what the
lyrics bring to the listener. I’m not so analytic on my lyrics but “Get
Ready” to stand up for what you are, “get ready” to be proud of
yourself, “get ready” to show it and “get ready” to inspire others.
What about the lyrics, where do you get your inspiration
from and can you tell me something more about them?
Oliver: I love floating on a thought, I love
watching happiness, I love analyzing and I constantly look for answers.
Writing helps me focus, collect, research and finally refresh.
Most of the time I write some lines when something
comes to me, catching these random flashes is often the best way to
build a baseline for a new song. Then when I listen and work on new
music I always have a tool box with different lyrical sketches to kick
off or pick from.
My inspiration is my surrounding and my experience through life. I’m
very interested in people, the way we think, we learn, we communicate,
we love, we hate and we mate. It’s a long list of inspiration there and
always a big question mark behind it.
The hard work is then to make the lyrics seem
simple. Remember a song is only 3-4 minutes long and it’s challenging to
give each word something meaningful in the context. On “Get Ready” I
like the lyrics because they come straight from my heart. I’m of course
always very curious of what people think of my lyrics.
Can you give us a little background about the songs on the album, is
there a story behind them?
Oliver: It feels a little like the birth of a fine
partnership for Søren Andersen and me. We agree on so many things, we
often don’t even have to discuss them. They just happen! There is no
background because it all started April 2008 and that’s when we hit the
studio! I didn’t know Søren, Tommy or Marco before. I think that our
positive, ambitious and highly professional attitude is reflected in all
the songs! The lyrics focus on happiness, which isn’t always easy to
achieve due to certain factors in life and in the world we live in. But
they also try to define happiness, like when we live it! Cause then we
What is the utmost important ingredient for a song
according to you and is there any typical way that your songs comes into
Oliver: The utmost ingredient is: “Does it make me
About the song writing, how can we imagine you work on
new songs, what's the typical writing process like for Oliver Weers?
Oliver: Well I never really work on my own when it
comes to the music (I’m an awful guitar & piano-player). I do play the
piano and guitar for myself but mainly just to come up with some lyrics
and write stuff I haven’t released anywhere…..yet. With previous bands
we created the songs in the rehearsal room but this time Søren was in
the Medley studio recording some primitive sketches. He sent me the
sketches that definitely had potential, others we listened to together.
Some got discarded, others needed changing slightly and some were just
cool from the first take. I took the music home and worked on lyrics and
melodies. The melodies I took back to Søren and then we compared them to
the melodies he had in mind. Some of my melodies we kept but others
couldn’t compare to Søren’s ideas and were discarded. The lyrics were
slightly adjusted while recording. Sometimes words were too hard, too
soft, too many words, too weak a meaning. I could spend 2 hours
adjusting a simple line sometimes and sometimes I just started from
scratch. The production is another story!
What comes first, lyrics or melodies? Is it like you sit
down and write a new song because you need more material now or do you
wait until you get an idea?
Oliver: Push the button and I’m ready. I love being
creative, imagine all the stuff you put in your head during a day and
you’re not letting out in some way. I can’t wait to get started again.
You’ve got two cover songs on the album, “The Show Must
Go On” by Queen and “Army of Me” by Björk. Why did you choose these
Oliver: Army Of Me: I played in a Progressive Metal
band in Norway (Diabolos in musika D.I.M.
http://www.ronnyheimdal.com/index.php?info=sounds) and we
covered this song live years ago. This is where I got the idea. But it
was also because I wanted a Nordic angle to the album and hey, Björk is
so cool, I love her!
“The Show Must Go On” by Queen isn’t on the European
release. In Denmark this was chosen because so many fans that followed
me on TV were begging me for it. And it was so much fun recording it!
Who was responsible for the production, and did you run
into any difficulties during the production process?
Oliver: Søren Andersen is the producer. We ran into
challenges with regards to the first mix/master, we all decided to have
someone else (Jakob Hansen) give it a shot. The first mix/master was
great but we needed to be sure and it was really worth it!
Do you have any favorites on the album?
Oliver: “First Day Of Our Life”, “Crawling Back
Again”, “Even Giants Cry” and “Angel”.
Have you received any feedback on the album yet?
Oliver: Yes and it’s been positive all the way.
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Overall, are you pleased with the outcome of the songs or
would you have liked to have changed anything in retrospective?
Oliver: Very happy indeed!!!!
Which element on the CD are you most proud of?
Oliver: To do this interview! (sorry mate……), but
most of all to have Tommy Aldridge and Marco Mendoza with us!
What can we expect from Oliver Weers in the near future,
any touring plans?
Oliver: All in the works! A Tour in Denmark is being
planned for September/October. Before that we’re doing some festival
jobs in Denmark and we are warming up for Mötley Crüe here in Copenhagen
on June 10th. For Europe we’re currently working on a Tour to warm up
for someone, who this will be is not 100% clear yet. I hope to hit the
studio next winter for a follow up album.
Where do you see the band going within the next couple of
years, and where do you see the band’s musical direction going for the
Oliver: It’s all about giving it 100% and enjoying
it. We will all go as far as it takes us keeping passion and work in a
Is there someone in particular you’d like to do a future
project with, either a band or a solo artist?
Oliver: I’d like to use Tommy again, his drums are
just amazing! A fascinating idea would be to write/record an album with
Søren Andersen, Dough Aldridge (Whitesnake), Timothy Drury (Whitesnake),
Tommy Aldridge and Marco Mendoza!! What’ya say?
Anything left to say to our readers?
Oliver: Music and writing is the only way I have to
express what is inside my heart, soul and thoughts. I know that now!
I hope you all enjoy the album and I can’t wait to visit
you and play some Rock ’n Roll!
Thanks for your time,
Oliver Weers - Vocals
Søren Andersen - Guitar
Marco Mendoza - Bass
Tommy Aldridge – Drums
(2009) - Get Ready