Revolution-Music: Hey there, we would like to congratulate you on the new album.
Emanuel Rudnicki: Thanks!! It's been a long road to completion so I hope people will like it…
Revolution-Music: How did the band originally get together?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Introductions through mutual friends is the best way to describe it. I remember Daniel said he was looking for a guitarist who could play like Yngwie J Malmsteen, but unfortunately he got me instead.
Revolution-Music: How did you come up with the name Voyager? And does it have any special meaning to you?
Emanuel Rudnicki: I came into the band when the name VOYAGER was already in place. The other guys in the band seemed to like it, so I was grossly outnumbered in changing it. It does have special meaning to me – it's a bunch of guys who I love to spend time with, play music with, and argue with.
Revolution-Music: How did you get signed to “DVS Records ”?
I think Rene, our label boss heard about us from one of his friends, who was given a copy of the album that was downloaded illegally from the internet by someone else. So in this case, piracy was good to us.
Revolution-Music: Who produced and mixed the album, and are you happy with the result?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Myself, Daniel and Aidan Barton from Sovereign Studios produced and mixed the album. We were mostly happy with what we got. Some of the drums, maybe the guitar sound wasn't exactly as I had hoped it would be, but then again how can someone be 100% happy? Aidan did an awesome job – we wanted an album like the ones that you buy at the shop – and we got it!
Revolution-Music: Could you tell us about you're process of making the album?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Arguing, recording, arguing, fast food, more arguing, laughing behind peoples backs, more fast food and more arguing. Sometimes there was a little bit more recording going on during that too. It was a long process, with some people going overseas, putting the whole recording thing on hold…as well as the band writing more songs for the album after we thought it was finished.
Revolution-Music: How would you describe your music to someone who is unfamiliar with your music?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Melodic heavy metal. It's got elements from a lot of different styles. I think it's got it's own sound, the Voyager sound…though I don't think this sound will be finalised until the next album.
Revolution-Music: Where do you get your inspirations from, both on the musical part but also the lyrical part?
Emanuel Rudnicki: I don't know where Daniel gets the lyrical inspiration, but as to the music, the inspiration comes from trying to conceive a special, great sounding riff. Personally, if I come up with a guitar riff I don't think about anything except he melody of it, there's no dragons or swords in my brain while I write the stuff. The music has to sound good – I don't really care if my brain is thinking of something or nothing, as long as it sounds good.
Revolution-Music: Does the album have any special message to the fans?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Pillage the village, and take the women as slaves. Well it would have been if I had it my way, but the other guys in the band were not so sure about this idea, but when I play a guitar solo that's the message I'm trying to get across. But as for the rest of the music I don't think there's a message or anything consciously put it there.
Revolution-Music: The album will be released early 2005, but have you gotten any response on the new material yet?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Yes, we have had a number of great reviews already. There have been some people saying that the album is filled with too many styles for them to enjoy as a smooth musical ride. Some of these people who like the clean vocals did not like the harsher vocals on the album, but these guys are wimps and have probably never broken the law.
Revolution-Music: Who made your cover artwork and why did you pick this one?
Emanuel Rudnicki: The cover artwork was done be me!! The rest of the booklet was created by myself and Mark (De Vattimo). We liked this because it has some sort of weird connection with the music. Also we wanted something that didn't reflect what the music on the album would sound like. Our next choice was going to have been a barbarian with a broken sword riding a unicorn.
Revolution-Music: Do you have any tour plans yet? Will you be going on world tour with the new album? And maybe come and visit Denmark?
Emanuel Rudnicki: There are no tour plans as yet…we have to see how well the album will do first. We would love to tour everywhere in Europe, but it's very hard for us (very expensive) to come all the way over there from all the way over here. But it would be a dream come true…
Revolution-Music: Since you're from Australia, and quite separated from the rest of the music world, how do you see the music scene is here in Europe, compared to the scene in the USA?
Emanuel Rudnicki: I used to be very up to date on the music scene in Europe, but it's very hard for us to judge as we are so far away. And the US metal scene I don't know what it's really like these days. As for me, I've always preferred the sound of European bands over US bands…there's something about the Euro-metal sound that attracts me like a magnet to metal.
Revolution-Music: Who would be your ideal band to tour with? And why
Emanuel Rudnicki: My ideal band to tour with? ….hmmm, that's a very hard question because I love so many European metal bands that I would love to tour with them all. Blind Guardian springs to mind, Helloween would be great too, Kamelot, Stratovarius…
Revolution-Music: We have asked a lot of bands on their position on all the peer 2 peer programs like Kazaa and Napster? Were people steel the artists music, and sometimes even before the albums are released. What is your position on that topic?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Well, I think it's a great way for people like me – over on the other side of the world – to find out about a band. If I like the music enough I will definitely go out and import/buy the album. I think people stealing music for other purposes than finding out if they will like a band/album or not is wrong. I personally will not listen to a burnt copy of an album which I know I will definitely buy before I get the proper release – booklet and all – to listen to. It's much more satisfying to have the complete package.
Revolution-Music: That's all we've get this time, do you have anything that you'd like to add or say?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Check out our webpage at www.voyager-australia.com for more information on the band, and some music samples. Also, I'd like to really slag the other guys off in the band, and give myself the utmost praise…
Revolution-Music: Revolution-Music would like to say thanks a lot for you're time. And wish your guys all the luck in the future. And also a big thanks to Intromental Management for setting up the interview.
Emanuel Rudnicki: Thanks a lot for the interview!! Hopefully we will have a new album out late 2005 so keep your ears out. Thanks, and see you soon! J