Do you have any direct contact with your fans? Do you know what they really think about TD and what
Answered by Edgar Froese
Well, the only personal contact occurs during the various concerts around the globe. Often we spend some time after gigs giving autographs and talking to fans. A lot of fans are quite cool and open-minded. It’s interesting how they’ve managed to make the music an integral part of their life experience. I’ve heard some statements which have given me the impression that all our hard work hasn’t been in vain. It’s a good feeling. Apart from these smaller meetings, I surf the net from time to time. Sometimes I find myself in a very bizarre landscape of opinions and primitive sounding statements. Often, by having a look at the dozens of TD mailing lists, I ask myself how people can make definite statements about something that never happens. Sometimes it might just be a comment out of curiosity to find out about a non-existing truth. Even if the number of possibilities is extremely low, fans find endless things to discuss, often of little or no value. Music is and must remain at the centre of it all, whereas the musician’s personality has to come second or third. But to put things straight, they have the freedom of choice of course, to discuss what they want to discuss and to spend their time doing what they like. Digging deeper into subjects just a little bit to bring a conversation or discussion to a higher level is highly appreciated. Often you’re just like a projection on the wall for others to manifest their emotions against. It’s a strange experience – surfin’ with the aliens.