of Jack Russell’s Great White/Perfect Beings and formerly of UK
Rock band, Skin that took place April, 2014.
by Glenn Milligan.
was it for you growing up in Germany and how was the scene there in
those early days for you personally?
Dicki: Looking back, the scene was pretty amateur back then, and also
really diverse. I grew up in a mid-size town, Bonn, and the bands playing
on the same bill would be Funk, Hard Rock, Pop/Rock, Blues. In a way,
I guess it kept you open to all sorts of music.
originally turned you onto music as a listener and also player?
Dicki: Not to be all philosophical here, but I think everyone has (at
least) one of the Arts that he/she connects with - if it is painting
or dance or music etc. For me it was music all the way. My dad remembers
me sitting in the kitchen bashing on all the pots and pans when I was
2. I was always drumming along to music with anything. Spoons, sticks,
hands, whatever. It was in my blood from the start.
influenced you originally as a drummer and in what way?
Dicki: I had lots of "idols" over the years and I am sure
I learned from all of them: Keith Moon, Phil Rudd, Neil Peart, Tommy
Aldridge, Ian Paice all were big influences before I turned 18.
was the first kit you ever had?
Dicki: We had a family friend who played drums. One day he said: "Dicki,
I am going to go to India. I will leave my drum set with you. If I come
back in 10 years or so I want it back." He never came back. Thanks
and I hope India is still good to you!
there certain songs that you enjoyed playing along to when you first
learnt how to play - if so which ones and what was it that turned you
Dicki: The very first song I played along to is super old-skool: "Needles
And Pins" by The Searchers. What turned me onto it is that it was
super easy and I thought I could play along. My stepdad was a big 60's
music fan and he always played music - that's where I had heard it.
Another song I played to when I was 14 was "Spirit Of The Radio"
by Rush. A must for all drummers. Of course I couldn't play it back
then but I thought I could, so I still had fun.
were the first bands you were in and shows that you can recollect for
any particular reasons and what happened to make them memorable?
Dicki: I just posted a picture from my very first show with my first
band on Facebook. It shows us four 13-year olds playing our instruments
and it looks like we are naked, because we are just wearing underpants
and our instruments are hiding our under garments. That was surely a
memorable first gig.
Then there was the gig at our guitarists school when we were 14. He
got too drunk and puked out of the 4th story window. Then the power
went off and I had to do a 5 minute drum solo while someone found the
breakers. Good times.
was the bridge between being on an amateur level to being on a Professional
level with Skin?
Dicki: I was in a band called Vamp in Germany. We gigged a lot and got
a deal with Warner Brothers in Germany. We got on a few tours with White
Lion and U.D.O. (Ex-Accept) and from there got a deal with Atlantic
in New York. We made an album and while playing shows Bruce Dickinson
from Iron Maiden saw us. One year later he asked me to play on his solo
world tour. That was my break.
would you say your biggest highlights have been as a member of 'Skin'
with regard to being in the studio and releasing albums - especially
the debut that had so many great songs on it?
Dicki: Our first album was produced by Keith Olsen, who had worked with
anyone from Whitesnake to The Scorpions to Fleetwood Mac and Foreigner.
That dude was just a legend and super knowledgeable, but also seemed
unhappy although he was so successful and rich. I learned quite a bit
there. I also learned that I loved LA, where we recorded the album.
I always wanted to come back and live there. 7 years later I made it
and now I have been here for 14 years.
were your personal favourite songs in Skin and why?
Dicki: "Look But Don't Touch" is my favourite. It seriously
was and is an instant classic rock hit and the response we have had
with this song has been so great. "Shine Your Light On Me"
also was great live - super epic with the more laid-back beginning and
the uptempo ending. Everyone in the band shines on that song - no pun
played a wide range of shows with Skin over the years but which ones
have meant the most to you and why?
Dicki: First time we played the Monsters Of Rock Festival in Donington
was just epic. We had a song in the Top 40, our album was coming out
and the crowd loved us. We had arrived! Playing at the Download Festival
after our reunion in between Tesla and Journey was another one. 50.000
people singing along is a good thing. And there was this little rock
club in Norwich called the Oval. We must have played there twenty times.
We had our best and sweatiest nights there.
you have any particular favourite tours you were part of and what made
them so favourable for you?
Dicki: We played quite a number of headline and support tours, but one
of the most outstanding ones was opening up for Helloween in Japan.
We were playing to 2-5000 people per night in a country all of us never
had been to. The reaction of the crowd was great, but so different.
We had quite a bit of time off and saw a lot of the country and had
cool experiences in a culture quite alien from ours.
What were your thoughts when the band broke up the first time around
and what were you up to in between Skin reforming?
Dicki: I was sad and relieved when we broke up the first time around.
I played in a Hendrix cover band in the UK, which was fun and I tried
to get something original going, though the scene for rock was pretty
much dead in the late 90's in the UK.
were your personal thoughts when Download Promoter, Andy Copping persuaded
you guys to get back together again and how had you changed as people
since the first time around?
Dicki: Although that is the official story, in hindsight I'm not so
sure that our guitarist Myke didn't plan the whole thing. He is a great
chess player. We were all in a good place when we got back together
and amends were made that needed to be made.
were the best moments when you got Skin back together and why?
Dicki: Just to see the guys, hang, make music and reminisce in the van
was already worth it. Playing the shows and reconnecting with old fans
and making new fans was a bonus.
went through your head when Skin disbanded, dare I say for good?
Dicki: Just like after the first time: I was sad and relieved. "Old"
patterns had started to creep up and those were things no one wanted
to deal with again. It's hard to keep a band together, just like any
other close personal relationship.
things in LA have you managed to find that you missed when in Germany
or in the UK or are there certain things you still crave for that you
can't get there if so what?
Dicki: I can't go out with my oldest and best friends and have a beer.
I can't go over to my dads place with my daughters on Sunday afternoon.
The "things" I miss are people.
would you say are the main differences and similarities between London,
UK and Los Angeles, California?
Dicki: Differences: The weather and the mentality of the people. Both
are more sunny and friendly in LA. Similarities: in both of these places
most of the people come from somewhere else and all claim to speak English.
Some actually do ;-)
were your thoughts when you were asked to audition for Jack Russell
when Guitarist Robby Lochner mentioned it to you?
Dicki: First I thought "I had no idea you played with Jack Russell's
Great White!" And then I thought, "wouldn't that be a fun
was the audition for you personally and what did you play during the
Dicki: We played a few of the hits, like "Rock Me", but then
while we played "Mista Bone", the guys went into the live
arrangement, which means suddenly we found ourselves in "Purple
Haze" and "Voodoo Chile". I was hanging on for the ride
- I had a blast!
was the first show with Jack for you and what were the highlights?
Dicki: The first show was at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. A bunch
of my friends were there, we sounded good and the manager said the vibe
had totally changed to the better. It was a good start.
you've worked with Jack a few months now, what shows have you enjoyed
so far mostly and why?
Dicki: Truly, all of the shows have been great so far, because of the
fans. I felt right at home from the start because the fans were super
friendly and receptive. They also remind me of the fans we had with
Skin in the UK. So, If Winston-Salem or Sacramento or Daytona Beach
or Joliet or all the places in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio we have played
so far - all awesome! One show stands out, though, which we did in South
Dakota with Warrant and Lita Ford. I got to meet her and what a cool
lady she is! And I saw Robert Mason again after 20 years - he is the
lead singer in Warrant and did the backing vocals for Skin on our first
album, so here we are - full circle!
are you most looking forward to with regard to recording the album with
Jack and what songs are you most excited about so far and why?
Dicki: I am really enjoying the writing and demo process so far. I was
really surprised how open and easy-going Jack is regarding the Songs.
We are all writing and collaborating and there are no Egos involved
- its just about what makes a song great and what is the best song in
everyone's opinion. Personally, I like all the songs we are working
on so far, though I'm super stoked about working on a song called "Coming
Out Swinging" which I have written, but Tony and Jack are collaborating.
The song kicks major ass if I may say so myself!
are you involved with musically outside Jack Russell's Great White and
how is that going?
Dicki: I'm in a prog rock band called "Perfect Beings". We
have just released our first album and we are getting great reviews
all over the world, which is kind of mind-boggling to me. It's really
complicated material, but also very musical. Chris Tristram, who plays
bass with Jack Russell's Great White is also in the band. Check out
to see what you think.
would you describe the drumming style of Dicki Fliszar?
Solid, Groove-oriented, musical and mostly not too loud. I'm driving
the train safely to the destination. At least that's what I say.
are you most proud of in your career so far and for what reasons?
Dicki: I think it is pretty mind blowing that I have been able to make
a living from playing, making, writing and teaching music for over twenty
years. I certainly didn't plan it.
would you like to say to the Metalliville Readership and all your fans
all around the world overall?
Dicki: Thanks for reading this interview and being interested in music
and musicians. There are always new artists and bands coming out worth
listening to. And there are always established bands and artists coming
out with new stuff that is just unexpectedly good, like the last AC/DC
or the last Black Sabbath. Hopefully
the next Jack Russell's Great White can manage to make it up there too.
A big thankyou to Dicki for
an amazing interview about his colourful career so far!
Be sure to check Dicki's