eMail interview with Georg Kajanus
interview with Georg Kajanus was made by Karsten Wagner via eMail in November 2000. It
was used in the second SAILOR radio special that was
recorded for the "Free Radio Kassel":
Question: Is it
true that you have built the original Nickelodeon by
Georg: I conceived and designed it, then built
it with a little help from Henry.
Question: Some people say that the official band
history - the story of the Café "Le Matelot"
is not true. Can you tell us something about it?
Georg: What really is true or not in
life is usually a matter of perspective or expediency.
With regard to 'The World of SAILOR' that we brought to
the public, everything was utterly true.
Question: The first SAILOR songs were planned
for a musical. Will it ever be possible to bring it on
Georg: Who knows? I have spent a great
deal of time on the stage play (the book of the musical)
and written further songs for it. So the package - the
blueprint - is ready, if and when an interested party
Question: At the moment no original SAILOR
albums are available in the record stores. Do you see a
chance for a re-release on CDs?
Georg: I don't know. It is up to Sony
and BMG, I suppose, to decide whether SAILOR is still
Question: With the SAILOR image you can do very
much. The band had a good restart at the beginning of the
90s, but unfortunately your great album "Street
Lamp" did not get much promotion. The band only
performed live on Oldie Nights. Then came the second
break and the captain decided to leave the ship. What did
you do having left SAILOR?
Georg: I composed music that was close
to my heart. It is important to experiment and reach out
to new places for inspiration. Some projects may be
successful, some may not, but it is vital to "Follow
your bliss". In other words, do whatever is
necessary to feed your soul.
Question: What are your next plans?
Georg: I will continue to compose music
that is close to my heart. I am presently still working
on an opus that encompasses classically trained vocalists
and a ten piece string orchestra plus timpani and
orchestral bass drum. It is a sizeable work and I had no
idea when I started it that it was going to take this
long to compose. I have had to research the mechanics and
emotional boundaries of everything from childbirth to the
intricate workings of microbiology as well as the
theories of earth as a living organism, just to mention a
few themes. This all takes a great deal of time.
Hopefully, in 2001 I will see an end to it!
Question: Are you still in contact with the
other SAILOR guys?
Question: Many lead singers leave famous bands
and most of the time nothing works for both sides any
more. What do you say about the sentence: "Never
change a winning team"?
Georg: That may work for many bands, but
inspiration was in short supply for keeping SAILOR going
as an Oldie Nacht entity. Without new recordings and new
visions, projects become stale and this certainly
happened with SAILOR, from my point of view. I never saw
SAILOR as a cabaret act, doing covers of other people's
material. The original SAILOR was for me a tremendous
passion. But that was many years ago.
Question: SAILOR had their 25th anniversary last
year. Do you see a chance for a project with the SAILOR
Georg: Although, I would never rule
anything out, at this moment, I would have to say no.
Question: Will you inform the fans about your
future projects on our website?
Georg: Of course. I will always inform
the fans about any up and coming projects.