Interview with Vocalist, JC Wesenberg & Guitarist, Stefan Aurel
the German Southerns & Classic Rockin’ Band
late February, 2009 by Glenn Milligan
are all your influences and how did they transcend into the band ‘Kickhunter’?
JC: We all had different Idols to grow up with. So KH is a kind of
mixture from many rock 'n’ roll styles and off course many famous
bands as AC/DC, Whitesnake, Little Cesar, Van Halen, 68 Special, Skynyrd,
Beach Boys and others...so one can say the power comes from AC/DC..the
blues from Whitesnake..the dirt from Little Cesar..the fun from VH
and the southern injection is coming deep out of our hearts because
of the southern lifestyle...it's all about beer, barbecues, partys,
girls..and it’s easy but real and it’s telling the truth..and
off course the sun is always shining. We love to do it the southern
Why did you decide to call the band ‘Kickhunter’
and where did the name come from?
JC: We are always on the hunt for the next kick...that’s what
it means. Searching for highlights...
Stefan: And I think the name sounds cool!
How did you guys all meet up and what made you
decide to form the band?
JC: I guess it was Stefans decision back in 2ooo. He wrote some cool
songs and sang ‘em while a big barbecue was going on. I tried
to sing with him and hey... the first song was almost done... It took
about 2 or 3 weeks to find the rest of KH...Because we knew all of
them before!! We are all big buddys now and then and that’s
the most important thing about KH. It’s not all about making
music, it’s about hangin’ around and havin’ fun...
Stefan: I have played with Rollie 20 years ago. Longhaired hardrocking
Teenagers!Markus Grosskopf was our first producer then...Rollie played
years later in a band with our drummer Karsten. So it’s all
kinda family affair...
was the reason for making Kickhunter a Southern Rock band - good choice
of genre by the way?
JC: It comes without any pushing or willing, there was no real plan
to made KH a Southern Rock band..but it happened in a way so I choose
to wear a hat he-he.
Stefan: I don’t think we are pure Southern. But about 70 % for
sure. The rest is Classic Rock.
Who would you say are your favourite Southern
Rock artists and for what reasons?
JC: I can only speak for myself. I am very much into the Van Zandt
solo stuff because there’s a lot of Country Rock in it....and
I like the lyrics too.
Stefan: For me Skynyrd! They are the inventors. I like old 38 Special,
Van Zandt, Allman Brothers and Molly Hatchet as well.
What have famed southern rock artists said about Kickhunter and how
did it make you guys feel?
JC: Back in 2003 as we opened up for Skynyrd, Van Zandt was standing
behind our backline with his brand new video....he was filming us...that’s
a fact, and it says more than a 1000 words.
Stefan: When we left the stage he was singing our song “Smile
What were the highlights of the Lynyrd Skynyrd
'Simple Man' cruise for you guys?
Stefan: There were so many! The beautiful people on board, the weather,
the fantastic bands on 5 different stages. To be with 3 of us on the
ship. It was the best time of our lives! We hope to play on the cruise
Everyone who likes this kind of music will be pleased!
was it hanging out and touring with Deep Purple and Lynyrd Skynyrd
- you got any cool stories to tell - if so, what?
JC: Both bands are on tour for decades, so they are used to this tour-life...so
everything was normal in a way. Especially LS were very friendly,
we had big conversations with each of them because we had the same
catering. They gave us a very warm welcoming feeling. We were rookies
then...Sorry Mr. Grosskopf ha ha. We were running around like little
noisy kids..and then entering the stage ha ha. I won't tell you some
cool stories about our aftershowpartys..but believe me they were long
What other bands have you enjoyed performing gigs with, where at and
for what reasons were they such memorable occasions?
JC: Back in 2005 on our Portugal tour "Araya" and KH were
double headliners for about 10 shows..we played all big cities and
turned Portugal into a Southern Rock state, we had barbecues and millions
of beer, it really feels a bit like the big south and the sun was
shining every f*kin day.
Stefan: We also played with Quireboys, Classic Whitesnake, Rose Tattoo
and others on festivals.
What influenced the cover of the 'Little Monsters'
album and where was the picture taken?
JC: It was taken by chance on Stefans balcony. He is a great photographer..I
guess he changed the colours with the PC..I think it looks great and
Stefan: I actually did the photo in my music-studio. The little monster
looked right into my eye. I have a lense function in my camera. I
didn’t change the colors. I just made them a little stronger.
Why did you decide to change the title of the
album from 'All In' to 'Little Monsters'?
Stefan: We haven’t. ‘ALL IN’ is our next album and
will be released this summer.
What influenced each of the songs on the album 'Little Monsters' and
what are your favourites and why?
JC: I cannot tell you about all the influences but my favorite song
is "pimp up your life". I like the lyrics and the positive
Stefan: There are a lot of influences. Like JC said alittle Van Halen,of
course classic southern rock, a little gospel, even Black Sabbath
(King of Life)...
Why did you decide to cover Chuck Berry's 'Roll
Over Beethoven' and slow down the arrangement? - it works brilliant
by the way!
JC: Thank you very much indeed...Jan S. Eckert from Masterplan, who
is guest on LM brought this idea into the rehearsals. He played it
on bass, sitting on a barstool and sang it the slow way...it was f*kin
amazing. The decision was made at this moment.
It was his idea and he arranged the song for us.
How was it working with Dennis Ward & Stefan
Aurel and what were your most pleasured times in the studio and why?
JC: Both of them are very good buddys of mine and absolutely professionals.
It’s very easy to work with them. I know what they want..And
they know what I am able to give. It was fun but hard work also..sometimes
Stefan: I pre-record all the songs in my own studio including singing
the vocals. So JC can listen to the stuff in his car and learn the
What do you guys enjoy doing when not involved in 'Kickhunter' and
outside music for that matter?
JC: Just hanging around in our hometown bars drinking beer and eating
beef, listen to good music, watching footballgames in sportbars, or
relaxing at home..And off course we like to travel.
Stefan: BBQ is our favourite sport. We love the smell of summer! Even
in January we need it! We have the best times when we are together.
KICKHUNTER is a real brother-band!
made you decide to sign to 'Rockphone Records'?
JC: They are supporting us in a very special way.They do not have
many bands. I guess we are the most important band for them. I kinda
What have been your most treasured moments as a band so far and why?
JC: I guess it was the Deep Purple, Lyrnyrd Skyrnyrd tour and don't
ask me why..ha ha. Big shows, big attendance, big stages, big money,
big woman...big hangover.
Stefan: Oh yeah-big money! That’s what we spent! The good thing
is that they asked us to open for them.
Where in the world would you like to tour if
you had their chance?
JC: In America! And of course in the UK!
Stefan: Anywhere as long they have cold beer for us...
are the plans for UK dates - if not as a headliner then as a support?
We are still working on it ...you will be the first to know.
What is the rock scene like at the moment in
your part of Germany?
JC: It’s almost dead. Some young bands may come up with a new
way of rock...its okay...but there’s no Hard Rock or Southern
Rock anywhere...It’s just KICKHUNTER!
Stefan: I think it’s not almost dead. A lot of bands are recording.
But it’s very hard to play and get a bigger crowd...
What would like to say to fans and future fans
JC: In June the new KICKHUNTER "ALL IN" will be in stores,
worldwide!!! It’s a must! Buy it! No barbecue without KICKHUNTER.
We will bring sunshine and fun to your gardens and beaches. Have fun,