Who are your main musical influences?
MOST OF THE GREATS PLAYED A BIG PART IN MAKING ME WANT TO BE A SINGER, FREDDIE MERCURY, RONNIE JAMES DIO, JIMMI JAMISON, STEVE PERRY AND SO ON, MUSICALLY I WAS A MASSIVE FAN OF MALMSTEEN, RATT, DOKKEN, MAIDEN IN THE OLD DAYS, BUT ALWAYS HAD FAVOURITES WITH CURRENT METAL AT THE TIME, SUCH AS FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE AND MORE RECENTLY AVENGED SEVENFOLD.
Which song by another artist would you have loved to have written yourself?
I THINK THE OBVIOUS WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT MADE A LOT OF MONEY LIKE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, ALRIGHT NOW OR SOMETHING !!
BUT FOR FEELING, I THINK SOMETHING LIKE SKIN BY SIXX AM.
Pick three albums that you would take to a deserted island?
EVERGREY - HYMNS FOR THE BROKEN
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN - ODDYSEY
JOURNEY - GREATEST HITS
Can you describe the importance of music in your life?
MUSIC IS MY LIFE, WETHER I’M PERFORMING OR LISTENING. I’VE BEEN IN A BAND MOST OF MY LIFE SO WOULDN’T BE HAPPY ANY OTHER WAY.
What's the strongest memory of your career so far?
IMPORTANT MEMORIES FOR ME ARE THE FIRST IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENTS WITH MY FIRST BAND LIKE PLAYING SHEFFIELD CITY HALL WITH SAXON AND FISH, THIS IS THE VENUE I FIRST SAW LIVE BANDS LIKE MAIDEN AND PREIST, AND ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY THERE MYSELF.
MORE RECENTLY, FOR SURE IS HAVING PLAYED WACKEN OPEN AIR TWICE TO DATE, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT METAL FESTIVALS IN OUR TIME SO FAR.
Which goals in life did you achieve and which ones do you have left?
FOR SURE ACHIEVED ALREADY, TOURING THE WORLD WITH MY MUSIC AND MEETING THE PEOPLE THAT LOVE IT !!
I THINK ACHIEVEMENTS TO ASPIRE TO ARE CERTAINLY, TOURING WITH SOME OF OUR HERO’S, MAIDEN, AVENGED MAYBE WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE !!
If you could start over as a rocksinger, would you have approached your carreer differently?
YES, FOR SURE I WOULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE MORE AMBITIOUS EARLIER IN MY CAREER AS ITS ONLY NOW IN LATER YEARS THAT THINGS ARE REALLY STARTING TO HAPPEN FOR ME
Do you have an important topic which you need to share through your music?
MOST OF MY LYRICS ARE ABOUT SPIRITUALITY AND HUMAN EMOTION, ITS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO WRITE ABOUT THESE THINGS AND MAKE A CONNECTION WITH SOMEONE THAT HAS HAD THE SAME FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS, OUR SONGS ARE IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE THAT SHARE THE SAME
What is your perspective about the musical climate today?
I LOVE HOW THINGS ARE TODAY, SO MUCH GOOD NEW MUSIC AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, LOGISTICS OF SEEING BANDS AND TOURING ARE SO EASY, AND ITS SO EASY TO GET YOUR MUSIC TO PEOPLE, I THING THE ROCK SCENE IS BUZZING
You guys changed the band name from Crimes of Passion to C.O.P. UK.
Can you tell us why?
THIS WAS A DECISION BY OUR NEW MANAGER, HE WANTED THE ‘UK’ TAG IN OUR NAME TO MARKET US AS A HOT NEW ENGLISH BAND FROM THE HOME OF MAIDEN, PREIST, SABBATH, ZEPPLIN, LEPPARD AND SO ON. HE PRESENTED TO US THE ABBREVIATION C.O.P. AS A LOGO AND WE THOUGHT IT WOULD LOOK COOL AS A TSHIRT AND ON THE ALBUM, AND AFTER ALL IT STANDS FOR CRIMES OF PASSION STILL.
How was the band C.O.P. UK formed and how did you go thru history untill today?
ME AND KEV ARE THE ONLY REMAINING ORIGINAL MEMBERS, PEOPLE CAME AND WENT DUE TO FAMILY AND WORK COMMITMENTS, WE WERE QUICK TO WRITE A BUNCH OF TUNES AND GET OUT ON THE ROAD WITH SOME GREAT ACTS SUCH AS SOUL CIRCUS, JEFF SCOTT SOTO, DANNY VAUGHN, BOB CATLEY, GREAT WHITE, WHITE LION, TYKETTO, MIKE TRAMP, OBITUARY, TNT, GLENN HUGHS, JORN, BONFIRE, JADED HEART, COLDSPELL, DUFF McKAGEN, UFO, HOUSE OF LORDS, RIPPER, HAMMERFALL, WASP, SAXON, POODLES, GOTTHARD, HELLOWEEN, PLUS A LOT OF THE MAJOR FESTIVALS, I THINK THIS IS A GREAT BASIS WE HAVE HAD SO FAR.
Can you tell us something about the different characters in the band?
Is anyone supersticious, or having unusual habits etcetera..?
WELL, THERE’S ME, THE LYRICIST, THE DEEP THINKER???? LOL, PUT A BEER IN MY HAND AND THAT ALL CHANGES.
KEV??? WHERE DO WE START??? LOUD, BLUNT, BUT PUT A BEER IN HIS HAND AND HE…………………… IS EXACTLY THE SAME!!!
CHARLES?? WHERE DON’T WE START, THE KIDS GOT ISSUES, BUT OK IF YOU CAN LIP READ, PUT A BEER IN HIS HAND AND HE’LL FALL ASLEEP.
SCOTT?? HMMM, WE’RE GETTING FURTHER DOWN THE GENE POOL HERE !! AWKWARD KID, BUT HE’S NEVER KILLED ANYONE, PUT A BEER IN HIS HAND AND HE’LL ASK “WHAT’S THAT?”
ANDY?? PROBABLY THE MOST SENSIBLE ON TOUR, LAID BACK, PUT A BEER IN HIS HAND AND HE’LL GIVE TO ME OR KEV, HE DOESN’T DRINK!! SENSIBLE GUY!! BUT UNFORTUNATELY ENDS UP DRIVING US AROUND.
NEW GUY HENNING !! A TRUE ROCK STAR, AND NOT A BAD GUY, FOR A GERMAN LOL!!! PUT A BEER IN HIS HAND AND HE’LL RAISE HIS PAINTED FINGER HORNS AND SHOUT…………………………………., WELL, NOT SURE WHAT HE SHOUTS, HE’S GERMAN !!!
The album reviews of the latest release No Place For Heaven are very positive on various media.
You decided to go for Sasha Paeth as producer who has been very successfull in delivering high class powermetal productions.
Can you tell us about the recording process and the current direction C.O.P. UK feels comfortable with?
WE SEND OUR IDEAS TO SASCHA, HE HAS A PLAY WITH THEM AND MAKES SUGGESTIONS TO ALTERATIONS, WE WORK ON THESE AND RECORD, THEN
WHEN MUSICALLY COMPLETE, I WILL SIT WITH SASCHA AND FINE TUNE THE LYRICS AND MELODY LINES THEN ITS MY TURN FOR THE STUDIO.
How do you guys work when writing songs, do you guys do this all together or is there a mastermind?
CHARLES OR ANDY USUALLY PRESENT A GUITAR RIFF, WHICH I WILL WORK ON A MELODY, WE DECIDE WETHER ITS A CHORUS OR VERSE ETC.
THEN WE PLAY THIS THROUGH AND THROUGH IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM AND EVERYONE INPUTS IDEAS FOR THEIR OWN PARTS AND SUGGESTIONS ON OTHERS PARTS, WHEN WE’RE HAPPY, WE’LL RECORD IT ROUGHLY AND SEND IT TO SASCHA.
What are your favoutite songs on the album and why?
NO PLACE FOR HEAVEN, AND STRANGER THAN FICTION AS THESE WERE RECORDED PRETTY MUCH AS I FIRST ANTICIPATED, BUT ITS A CLOSE CALL AS I DONT THINK THERE IS A WEAK SONG ON THE ALBUM
What's the best and worst during the recording process of the album?
WALKING INTO THE STUDIO WITH SASCHA IS A BUZZ, AS WE’RE ENTERING THE TERRITORY OF AVANTASIA, EDGUY AND KAMELOT, THE MIDDLE PART OF THE SESSION IS THE WORST, AS SOME IDEAS ARE SLOW TO SINK IN, PLUS THE VOICE GETS TIRED AND THIS CAN BE A LITTLE FRUSTRATING, BUT THEN AT THE END, WHEN SASCHA CALLS ME THROUGH TO LISTEN, IT ALL FALLS INTO PLACE, ALL WORTH THE EXTRA EFFORT.
Can you tell us something about the idea/message behind the album?
ITS A CONTINUATION OF THE CONCEPT OF THE FIRST TWO ALBUMS, A LOVE STORY OF TWO SOULS THROUGH TIME AND DIFFERENT LIVES
What are the touring plans now you guys finished supporting Helloween on tour, are you guys planning to take the world by storm?
WE ARE LEAVING SOON FOR THE FULL METAL CRUISE, THEN WE HAVE THE RANCH FESTIVAL WITH ALMANAC AND BRAINSTORM, AND A UK TOUR IN NOVEMBER WITH OUR FRIENDS EDENS CURSE, IN BETWEEN ALL THIS, WE HAVE TO WRITE AND RECORD OUR FOURTH ALBUM !!!
Many fans are new to seeing C.O.P. UK live.
What can you tell us about what to expect when going to your shows?
GOOD SOLID FIST PUMPING MELODIC METAL, WE LOVE IT AND EXPECT YOU TO ALSO, OR THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU??? LOL !!!
Best personal tour memory so far?
WACKEN OPEN AIR HAS TO BE A FAVOURITE, ITS WHERE WE WANTED TO BE !!!!
What's the best and worst being on tour?
EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS GOOD, TRAVELLING, PLAYING, MEETING PEOPLE, I GUESS THE WORST THING CAN ONLY BE THE TIREDNESS CATCHING UP
Can you tell how it feels being on stage?
NOTHING LIKE IT, ALTHOUGH FOR ANY ADRENALIN JUNKIES OUT THERE, YOU WILL PROBABLY APPRECIATE WHAT WE GET OUT OF IT, BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD TO SEE PEOPLE SINGING ALONG TO LYRICS I WROTE.
Is there anything special you do just before hitting the stage?
REMEMBER TO PUT TROUSERS ON
Funniest thing which ever happened to you or the band during a show?
DOING THE WHOLE SET WITH MY TROUSER ZIPPER DOWN???
What question was never asked to you in an interview which you are really waiting for, and what would be the answer?
DO YOU WANT A BEER?
Anything else you would like to add and share with your followers?
IF YOU READ THIS, THEN I HOPE YOU MAKE THE EFFORT TO COME AND JOIN US AT A FESTIVAL OR VENUE NEAR YOU!!
WE LOVE WHAT WE DO AND IT MAKES IT ALL THE BETTER WHEN WE SEE YOU AT THE SHOW AND GET TO HANG OUT WITH YOU.
DONT BE SHY, WE DONT BITE HARD !!! SEE YOU ALL, WHEREVER YOU ARE !!
Thanks for the interview Dale!