jakob
Now playing:

Stratovarius “Nemesis”, Delain “We are the others”, Foreigner “Classics”, and a lot of even older stuff.

Now watching:
World War Z, a lot of old western movies.

Now reading:
Plutarch “The art of listening”, I. Christe “Sound of the Beast”, B. Milkowski “Jaco Pastorius”, tons of Tex Willer comics.

 

Links:
www.ajsimons.com

Date of birth?
July 25th, 1984

When did you start playing?
I started with violin as a child, then at the age of 15 something changed…

Why did you start playing?
My parents noticed my interest in music and encouraged me to start taking lessons.

Favourite bands?
Iron Maiden, Queen, The Police, Europe, Toto, Journey, Survivor, Judas Priest, Muse, Symphony X, Angra, Lordi, Stratovarius and a lot of classical and film score music.

Favourite musicians?
W. A. Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Freddie Mercury, Steve Harris, Sting, Joey Tempest, Samantha Fox.

First album bought?
It think it was “Piece of Mind” by Iron Maiden, in late 90s.

Favourite albums?
Queen “Innuendo”, Iron Maiden “Seventh son of a seventh son”, Europe “The final countdown”, Shaman “Ritual”, Symphony X “The divine wings of tragedy”, Stratovarius “Infinite”, Angra “Fireworks”, Rhapsody “Legendary Tales”, The Police “Synchronicity”, Toto “Isolation”, Nightwish “Wishmaster”, Journey “Frontiers”.

First concert (as visitor)?
A lot of classical music and operas with my parents, first rock concerts probably were Deep Purple or Angra in 2001. The same year I also attended one of the very first Elvenking shows in Venice!

Best live show you’ve seen / would like to see?
The Police (Boston 2008), Stratovarius + Symphony X (Milano 2003), Iron Maiden (Bologna 2008), Rammstein (Verona 2010) / after those ones I can die happy.

Favourite EK songs?
Old: Seasonspeech, Jigsaw puzzle, The divided heart, Dawnmelting, The last hour, Silence de mort.
New: Midnight skies winter sighs, We animals, Through wolf’s eyes, Chronicle of a frozen era, Khanjar.

Favourite EK song to play live?
Pagan purity and Runereader, but the new material will be fun as well…

Which band would you like to open up for?
Iron Maiden, Nightwish, Europe…

Highlight of your career on/off stage?
Touring with Rhapsody of Fire (2012) and Lordi (2010) / I hope it’s ahead!

Craziest situation on/off stage?
On stage: amplifiers and various stuff exploding in smoke and flames (more than once), playing off stage after a stage invasion…
Off stage: a lot of toilet-related situations!

Most embarassing moment of your career?
Ahh, the university years… I had a band and we used to party a bit too hard before the shows. I remember: playing a whole different song while the others were playing another one; falling on the drums/off stage a couple of times in the same gig; hiding in garbage cans to scare people outside the venue…

Favourite drink / smoke?
Coke, Lemon tea, Mojito, Malibu Cola / Never!

Favourite movies / actors?
Movies: the whole Star Wars, Indiana Jones, James Bond and Pink Panther series; everything by Mel Brooks, The Naked Gun series, war, history and western movies in general. / Actors: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Peter Sellers, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leslie Nielsen, Clint Eastwood, Gerard Butler, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis.

Favourite TV series?
Californication, Scrubs, The walking dead.

Favourite books?
Julius Caesar “De Bello Gallico”, Bram Stoker “Dracula”, Michael Crichton “Jurassic Park”, Frank Herbert “Dune”. Comics: Uncle Scrooge and Tex Willer.

Favourite computer/console games?
Tetris, Sim City, Warhammer 40k, Hearts of Iron, Dead Space, Call of Duty, Civilization…

What do you like to do on your freetime?
LAN parties, going to concerts, watching movies and mountain climbing.

Describe yourself with 3 words:
Lover of life.

Equipment you use?
Spector bass guitars, Mesa heads, Schroeder Cabinets, D’Addario strings.