Oliver Holzwarth - Bass

Oliver Holzwarth

NAME:
Oliver Holzwarth

PLACE OF BIRTH:
Landshut, Germany

ACTUALLY LIVING IN:
Hamburg, Germany

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU START PLAYING YOUR INSTRUMENT:
In 1981 my mum bought a Bass Guitar for Christmas. I Started playin to my favorite records which at that time were UFO (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT), KISS (ALIVE II), IRON MAIDEN (DEBUT ALBUM AND KILLERS), which helped a lot, prior to taking first lessons in 1982. Learning by hearing and playing with passion has been my way of approaching music ever since. Not to forget: in the early nineties I went to bass school in Munich for two years. Nevertheless writing music, playing songs on stage and in studio is the most powerful tool for musicians.

GEAR:
Sandberg Bass Guitars, Elixir Strings

HISTORY AS MUSICIAN:
It all started with my own band SIEGES EVEN in 1983 when we wrote our first songs and finally got our first world wide record deal with SPV/STEAMHAMMER in 1988. Untill today I have played with many artists (in studio and/or live on stage) like PARADOX (GER), POWER QUEST (GB), TARJA TURUNEN (FIN), LEAVES EYES (GER/NOR), BLIND GUARDIAN (GER), SIEGES EVEN (GER), HANK DAVISON BAND (GER), RHAPSODY OF FIRE (ITA), DEMONS AND WIZARDS (USA).

ALL TIME FAVOURITE MUSICIANS:
JACO PASTORIUS, GEDDY LEE, CHRIS SQUIRE, MILES DAVIS, EDDIE VAN HALEN, PAUL STANLEY, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

ALL TIME FAVOURITE PIECES OF MUSIC:
OUTLAW (RIOT), CAMERA EYE (RUSH), ATOMIC PUNK (VAN HALEN), KING OF THE NIGHTTIME WORLD (KISS), CLOSE TO THE EDGE (YES)

FAVOURITE ALBUM OF RHAPSODY OF FIRE:
FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY

FAVOURITE SONGS OF RHAPSODY OF FIRE:
LAND OF IMMORTALS, EMERALD SWORD, AEONS OF RAGING DARKNESS, REIGN OF TERROR

YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE GENRE:
FILM NOIR - GANGSTER MOVIES

ALL TIME FAVOURITE MOVIES:
THE GODFATHER, TAXI DRIVER, BAD LIEUTENANT, ASCENSEUR POUR L'ECHAFAUD, AMORRES PERROS, CHUMP AT OXFORD, ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA

HOBBIES:
Sports (running), cooking (creating recipes)

YOUR ARTISTIC DREAM:
To write a perfect song

YOUR LIFE’S DREAM:
To be a good father