Michael Bormann’s Jaded Hard

Michael Bormann, a musician that never rests and never stops doing what he loves the most… writing music and performing. Grande Rock had a very informative and honest chat with Michael about his debut album, “Feels Like Yesterday” with his new band Michael Bormann’s Jaded Hard. Moreover Michael told us about his old days with Jaded Heart, his side projects and many other interesting stories… so no time to lose… read more below!
Michael Bormann’s Jaded Hard band pic
Hi Michael… I’m glad to have you on Grande Rock. First of all, congrats on your new release “Feels Like Yesterday”. It has been added to our “Gems” category and it’s on our list with the “Best 25 Albums of 2019”!
M: Hey Thanos mou. Thank you for having me! So glad that we’re on the list of the best 25 albums; Unbelievable!
When and under which circumstances did you decide to form Michael Bormann’s Jaded Hard?
M: That was back in the end of 2016 when Eddy Freiberger of the famous Heat Festival asked me to join in but… and here it comes, he asked me to play 80% of the old JH stuff. As this has been asked so many times before I took the chance and formed the band.
And how did you come up with the specific band name? Does it have to do with your Jaded Heart years, right? Did you think it over at some point? Did you have in mind to start something totally new, without any connection to your past?
M: Of course it has to do with it. As I wanted to play just a best of 1990 – 2004 (my years) I kinda had to give it this name. My Jaded Heart years, only these songs. Well, this was my music anyways… I wrote most of the stuff alone. OK, in the very end Barish co-wrote with me. The different writing is just a copyright thing…
Do you consider this to be a solo outing or a continuation of the JH legacy?
M: Jaded Hard. I mean, solo or Jaded. It’s all the same in my opinion as I write everything. The only difference is that I don’t experiment anymore. I stick to my JH roots and write the good old songs.
What was the reason you left Jaded Heart? Have you heard the albums without you?
M: Actually, my ex band decided to find somebody else. Unfortunately behind my back. Well, that’s long gone. I heard a few songs. It’s not for me to say so. It has nothing to do with the original Jaded Heart, as JH back then was only my music… They should have formed a band under a different name in my opinion.
Hence, you’re here with a new band. What should the fans wait from Michael Bormann’s Jaded Hard?
M: What ever they liked about the old JH they will get with the new band. We are a happy bunch of Rock ‘n’ Rollers. It’s fun to watch us.
Which are those elements that separate your new album from your previous works all these years?
M: I think nothing. As I’ve mentioned before. On my solo CDs I’ve tried to use different elements. Sometimes maybe a bit too much for the fans of my melodic side. But the new CD has all those songs that I’ve been writing for 30+ years.
What does the album title “Feels like Yesterday” declare?
M: Actually it’s about that feeling that I had when I performed these old songs for the first time again. It was overwhelming to see the audience singing all those songs along. This feeling stayed. The only consequence was to name it FLY.
Do give us a hint about each track…
M:Feel Like I’m Living”: Great hook. I wrote this for somebody else and decided to use it for myself in the end.
“It Feels Like Yesterday”: I wrote this one for my fans.
“Won’t Surrender”: This song was planned for my last album “Closer”, but didn’t make it… Good so!
“Bring Me Higher Love”: My happy tune….It starts and you have to follow.
“We’d Still Make It”: One of my faves. This was the very first song that I wrote for the album.
“Mr. Mysterious”: This guitar/key theme makes the whole song. Wasn’t planned in the very first minute. Came later and changed the whole song.
Good Times: Actually I wrote this with Bobby Barth and Bob Harris for their “Axe” album. We just performed it the way I had in mind when I came up with this idea, btw. This was in 2000… time flies!
“Don’t You Ever Leave”: One great ballad. Love everything about it, especially the fretless bass!
“I’m a Son of a Gun”: Great rocker…
“Shout It All Out”: My ex-guitarist Dan thru in the beginning riff and I added the rest. Epic. The live tune. Well, we still haven’t played it yet, hahaha… but soon.
“Everybody is A Rockstar”: Just use your imagination and everything is possible. Cool shuffle.
Where did the recordings take place and who is responsible for the production, the mixing and the mastering? What has changed in the way you record and what do you think of the final outcome on the whole?
M: Everything took place in my RMB Studio in Duisburg, Germany. This is the place where everything took place since I can think. Like always I produced, mixed and mastered everything. I guess it turned out great! But I must admit that there’s always some little things that could have been better or so. It’s never 100% and it never was... probably never will be… But I’m shaving fleas – hahahah!
Do you have any touring plans at this point? Do you believe that touring can help you become more known faster and in a wider audience?
M: Yes, we have some plans even though touring is slightly different compared to the past. Back then we would go on tour for 6 weeks straight in a night liner. Now you play over the weekends, max 4 shows in a row. This all in a 9 seater, which sucks big time (hahaha). We are not 20, or 30 years anymore… But still, being on stage is the most important thing and a lotta fun, too. The audience grows from gig to gig.
What are your expectations from “Feels like Yesterday” and what do you wish to achieve with MB Jaded Hard over the next years?
M: I see us on all those big festivals in the next years. The demand is growing from month to month. I know that with this kind of music you will not make it big! Not anymore…But that’s okay. The next album will come soon and we’re gonna be one step further. Then we’ll see.
You released the album via your own RMB Records. Do you feel better to have the total control of your releases in general? Do you have in mind to work with any music labels at some point?
M: I love to be in control. After considering different labels and talking to other bands about their experiences I’ve decided to release it on my own label.
You’ve been involved in a number of bands and projects. Which ones do you consider “active” presently (Redrum for instance)?
M: My main baby is MBJH. But soon there will be a new Redrum album. I guess this will be released by the end of 2020. Well asap! We are already writing new material! There are also some collaborations with different artists. Just for some songs here and there or maybe more.
Are there any other projects you’d like to revisit?
M: Rain would have been great, but this won’t happen. It takes 4 to tango, hahaha…
For a while, you were meant to go on and be minted as the new Bonfire singer, but that didn’t pan out. Care to elaborate? Did it bother you?
M: Well, it only bothered me because everything was planned. Contracts were signed. I had to cancel all my shows to be able to tour with Bonfire. Then Mr. Ziller just changed his mind. His behavior was more than unprofessional. I’ve lost a lotta money and that really pissed me off. Now all is fine between us.
You were briefly involved with “The Voice” reality show, right? How’s that and what did come out of it?
M: I thought I could reach more people with this show as I am still pretty unknown when it comes to the real world. In the scene I do have a name but only in this little rock world. But it really didn’t work out. I’ve lost 1 year as I had to sign contracts from the very start. I wasn’t allowed to sell my music anymore. I had to take everything down from the internet. 6 months after the show I had to bring everything back… it only cost me… big time! It was an experience that I really didn’t need but… you are always smarter in the end, right (hahaha)?! Btw... I’ve made it to the battles… nothing spectacular, (haha).
It’s time for our “weird questions”!!! What are those things that you do not like in the music industry nowadays?
M: You don’t need to have talent anymore. Be crazy enough and you’ll have a chance. Also for the studio work. Back in the day you had to be able to play an instrument. Nowadays to just drag and drop everything into your program and there it is. For the “singers”… auto tune will fix it! Not to forget that you don’t make any money anymore…
What do you think about the “downloading & streaming issue” of our time?
M: This is driving me nuts. I don’t get that these companies like Spotify, YouTube, etc., get away with it. We don’t make any dime anymore. This is insane and aggravating!
Which music kind can’t you bear to listen to at all?
M: Harder music with those shitty, aggressive growling (n)voices… what has that to do with singing?! Or music in genera?! The Rappers are not my style either… any better. In general I don’t get the aggression in music these days.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words:
M: Rockstar: I wanna be a….
Sci-fi: I like… I do believe that there is something out there…
Eurovision: Song contest. Sucks big time!
Music Realities: ?!
Fill in the phrase… “Hard Rock wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
M: Great musicians and visionaries. The Beatles!
Which are the best 3 Hard Rock albums of all time according to you?
M: There are too many but for me maybe Foreigner – “4”, Bon Jovi – “Slippery When Wet”, Def Leppard – “Pyromania”.
Which is that band that you’d like to be part of (any time & era)?
M: Bon Jovi!
Which do you consider to be the best male & female vocalist in rock history?
M: There is none. Way too many great singers out there.
Which is the composer/songwriter who influenced metal music the most?
M: No clue!
If you had the opportunity to invite any musician, living or dead, to play on your album whom would you choose and why?
M: Dan Huff on guitar, great in all he does. Dean Castronovo on drums, greatest drummer.
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
M: Eagles – “Hell Freezes Over”!
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
M: To the past. Back to when all this started and music was something special.
That’s all for now Michael. Thx for talking to Grande Rock. Say anything you feel like saying before we close. Take care dude!
M: I lived for so many years in Greece, mostly Rhodes where I sang during 16 summers at the famous Colorado Pub! So, Greece is where my heart is and I probably have more friends there than somewhere else in the world, including Germany, (hahaha)! I can’t wait to come back for some Rock ‘n’ Roll. We’re working on it right now. So, be there to rock with us!
PS: Special thx to Rockavlon...